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  • nerdgirlgetfit 3:27 PM on April 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Angel, Baking and Confections, , Cake, , Castiel, Chocolate cake, Cooking, , , , , , , , , , , , Supernatural, Tel Aviv University, test groups, , ,   

    The Chocolate Cake Diet 

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    Have cake.. on a diet.. really?? I know, I know, I know.. it sounds like one of those really bad infomercials that come on at two o’clock in the morning when you can’t sleep and there is nothing better to watch so you get sucked in by the really creepy man with the slap chop. Well those commercials might not be telling the whole truth but a scientific study can’t lie.. right?

     The Tel Aviv University has just recently published a study where they gathered 193 clinically obese, non-diabetic adults and split them into two groups. Both groups where given an almost identical diets,very similar to the well known Adkins diet, which consisted of 1,400 calories a day for women and 1,600 for the men. The kicker? While the first group was given a low-carb 300 calorie breakfast the second was allowed a 600 calorie breakfast high in protein and carbohydrates topped with.. GET THIS.. chocolate cake!!

     The study lasted for 32 weeks with the first 16 weeks being in a strictly controlled environment and the last portion allowing participants to diet on their own and maintain their weight. During the first 16 weeks most participants lost roughly about 33 pounds each in both test groups; however, during the later 16 weeks when asked to maintain their weight the study found that the participants who had eaten a dessert with their breakfast where more successful at keeping the weight off.

     SAY WHAT?!

     The study put forth the notion that if you were to indulge throughout the day (we all do it!) it is best to do it in the morning when you are more likely to burn off those extra calories during your daily actives!

     Does this mean that you can eat cake when you like? No!

     Does this mean that you can have the huge 3 pound chunk of cake you’ve been eyeballing in the refrigerator? No!

     I believe that it is important to understand in this study that the chocolate cake was consumed in moderation! Moderation!! I can not state that enough! All food, healthy or otherwise, will cause weight gain if you eat large quantities of it!

     If you would like to read more on this study you can go here and here!

     Stay beautiful!

    -Claisha

    P.S.-  Although I may not follow this diet (trying to cut out all unnatural sugars), if i ever came home to this cupcake I would definitely fangirl all over the place!

    Castiel Cupcake

    Castiel Cupcake!!!! (AHHH!)

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  • nerdgirlgetfit 10:27 PM on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Cereal, , , , , , , , , , , Zeus   

    Breakfast- Meal of the Gods! 

    Hey guys! How are ya’ll today? How’s the journey coming?? Swell I hope!! I figured I would talk to you about something that I hate with a passion- breakfast! Breakfast? Yes, Breakfast!

     

    There is nothing worse than getting up in the mornings and smelling food! It makes my stomach roll every time! BUT as I said above- it is the meal of the Gods! Breakfast is like Zeus casting a lightning bolt straight to your metabolism to shock the thing to life! (and yes I know that was extremely nerdy)

     

    Breakfast isn’t just the first thing you stuff down your throat to fill that empty hole in your stomach when you wake up, it is so much more important than that. Choosing the right thing for breakfast really does make a difference in how your diet for the rest of the day will go. Only a week ago I would wake up, grab a bag of chips and a soda then flop down in front of the tv. What do I have now? Well yesterday I had scrambled eggs with a tiny bit of turkey sausage and just a dash of ketchup (it is good.. like really) and today… well today didn’t go to well! I had the worst craving for chips when I woke up and I couldn’t kick it so I allowed myself five baked chips. Now of course that’s not all I ate but I had to get over the craving right then or I would have caved tonight and stuffed my face! So what else did I eat? I ate a bowl of cereal with almond milk. The total calorie count of the cereal and milk is right around 225 calories and is full of fiber so I won’t get hungry before lunch and demolish that bag of chips… maybe.. just kidding but that does bring up another good point: Having your cake and eating it too. I think that will be my next topic!

     

    Let me know how you’re doing!

    -Claisha

     
  • nerdgirlgetfit 5:29 AM on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: explosion, , fitness mishaps, , , leg workout, , , , yoga   

    Fitness- Making Things Explode Since 2013! 

    Hello Ladies (maybe some gentlemen)!! Did you start your weightloss journey today?? Did you atleast find your motivation? Tell me about it! Let me know why you are choosing to change your life!

     Today was tougher than most for me! I woke up this morning CRAVING a glass of Mountain Dew (my weakness!)! I almost gave in; seriously, I was soooo close to just reaching for the bottle and poring myself a huge glass to kick my day off… BUT I told myself that I have hurt for the past six days and I refuse to let it be for nothing!

     Two glasses of water later and I was ready for my breakfast and since Mondays are generally my leg and glute days I decided that a boiled egg would be the route to go so that I would get some of my protein in bright and early! Unfortunately the “gods of egg-y goodness” were not on my side today because after I placed my eggs in their water bath and popped them into the microwave for 8 minutes my eggs exploded which caused my microwave to explode and shattered the revolving glass plate!! Now I am without a microwave and didn’t get my eggs for breakfast like I was hoping to!

     The rest of my day wasn’t so terribly bad however! It did take me a while to get around to actually doing any exercise today though.. maybe it was just monday morning drag! Below is a list of my workout today for my legs:

    Heel Pulses (20x)

    Single Leg Raises (20x)

    Frogger Pops (20x)

    Vertical Scissors (20x)

    I also started with beginners yoga:

    Mountain Pose

    Downward Dog

    Warrior Pose

    Tree Pose

    Bridge Pose

    Triangle Pose

    Seated Twist

    Cobra Pose

    Pigeon Pose

    Crow Pose

    Childs Pose

    Let me hear about your workout!

    -Claisha

     
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