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The Secret to Getting Fitter, Firmer, Faster
Everyone would like to be in good shape. Let's face it, who doesn't want to look good and be fit? The only problem is the path to a picture-perfect body is typically paved with deprivation dieting and endless exercising. As a result, most people throw in the towel, sit back on the couch with some chips, and kiss their bathing suit days goodbye.
Luckily, there's a hot new weight loss approach that promises maximum results with minimal effort and no deprivation…guaranteed. The program was developed by a husband-and-wife team; Dr. Larson is a bariatric (weight loss surgeon), and his wife, Ivy, is a fitness instructor certified with the American College of Sports Medicine.
Using their combined knowledge and experience, the Larsons created a program that revolves around whole foods, nutritional supplements, and thirty-minute workouts three times a week. These elements form the three basic principles of the Fitter, Firmer, Faster Program (2006, Health Communications), a new approach to weight loss without going to extremes.
Good Health with a Side Order of Weight Loss
Dr. Larson says their plan works because it allows people to eat until they are full and satisfied without restricting food intake. Their whole foods diet not only provides the nutrients necessary to curb food cravings and appetite, the diet and recommended supplements also reduce inflammation, which in turn helps to crank up the metabolism. Factor in the exercise program, which is designed to increase one's resting metabolism the energy equivalent of running 1 ½ miles a day, and the result is a fitter, firmer body…fast.
A Closer Look
The Larsons' approach focuses on consuming whole foods, following a vitamin, mineral and essential fat regimen, and doing a time-efficient 30-minute/ 3-day-a-week exercise routine that combines interval training with resistance training.
"We try to get people away from the dieting mentality," Ivy says. "Instead of encouraging people to 'count their food', such as calories, carbs, or fat grams, we encourage people to make their food count nutritionally. The nutrients in the whole foods diet we recommend support a healthy metabolism, help curb food cravings, and reduce the inflammation and insulin resistance that thwarts fat burning. On our program, people lose weight without a low-calorie diet."
"We also add targeted nutritional supplements and an exercise program specifically designed to increase metabolism and reshape your body…something you can't get from the cardio-based workouts most people follow for weight loss. If you just rely on diet, you're going to end up looking like a smaller apple or pear. You're not going to reshape your body. The only way to increase your metabolism and reshape your body is with the right type of exercise."
The Next Steps
Here are six weight-loss secrets from Fitter, Firmer, Faster to help you get on the fast track to weight-loss success:
1. Go Natural
2. Seek Out Nutrients
3. Forget About Fearing Fats
4. Go for Whole Carbs
5. Exercise: Keep It Short But Intense
To get the most bang for your buck, incorporate both resistance training exercises (to boost metabolically active lean muscle mass), and short but intense 1-2 minute cardiovascular interval training exercises (such as jumping rope) to increase EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). Combining interval training with resistance training will increase your resting metabolism the energy equivalent of running 1.5 miles a day.
6. Indulge a Bit
Speaking of indulgence, here are three tasty, healthy recipes from the Larsons' Fitter, Firmer, Faster Program.
Spring Quinoa Pilaf with Macadamia Nuts and Fresh Dill (Serves 6)
Place macadamia nuts in a ziploc plastic bag. Transfer the bag of nuts to a cutting board and pound with a mallet to convert into "crumbs". Set nuts aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and onions, and sauté for several minutes until clear, yet crisp. Add the salt. Stir in the cooked quinoa, fresh dill, and macadamia nuts. Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Lemon-Peach Pie Smoothie (Serves 2)
Place all ingredients into a blender, and whip until smooth and frothy. (About 1 minute.)
Sea Bass with Coconut Cream Sauce (Serves 4)
In a food processor or blender, combine the coconut milk, peanut butter, lime juice, ginger, soy sauce, and cayenne pepper. Process until smooth and creamy. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat; sauté the onion for 3-4 minutes, or until soft. Season the onion with salt to taste. Clear the onion to either side of the pan, and remove the pan from the heat. Season both sides of the sea bass fillets with salt and cayenne pepper. Place sea bass fillets in the center of the skillet, and sear for 4-5 minutes on each side. After searing the second side, add the sauce and bring to a boil. Flip the fish once, and cook 1-2 additional minutes. Serve immediately.
Fitter, Firmer, Faster
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