Becky Duffett is a contributing nutrition editor for Fitbit and a lifestyle writer with a passion for eating well. A former Williams-Sonoma cookbook editor and graduate of San Francisco Cooking School, she’s edited dozens of cookbooks and countless recipes. City living has turned her into a spin addict—but she’d still rather be riding a horse. She lives in the cutest neighborhood in San Francisco, spending weekends at the farmers’ market, trying to read at the bakery, and roasting big dinners for friends.
Thank you for this meal plan. It is exactly what I needed and having the shopping list was great. It made me see that I needed to cut portions, eat better, and skip or significantly moderate sweets and alcohol. I have made some minor substitutions like doubling broccoli because I don’t like Brussels sprouts, but for the most part sticking to the plan. I expected to feel hungry and don’t with the snacks.
Lime and honey water helps kick start your metabolism and boosts your immunity. Avocados are rich in healthy fats, and watermelon keeps you full for 2-3 hours. Dry fruits and cinnamon tea will rejuvenate you and improve brain function. Bengal gram is a good source of protein, and the veggies and the rice are rich in dietary fiber that aids weight loss. Buttermilk will improve the number of good gut bacteria. Muskmelon will keep you full and satiated. Tofu is rich in protein, and kale accelerates the fat burning process. Having warm milk before you go to bed will prevent insomnia.

My rule of thumb is this: If it's not water or unsweetened tea, your beverage should count as part of your meal or snack. One vegan client who found she wasn't losing weight was drinking a smoothie along with her lunch salad. Unknowingly, she was essentially consuming two lunches every day. Another client didn't realize that the healthy (and expensive) beverages she drank twice a day in lieu of soda contained about 300 calories total. That may not sound like a ton, but it would take a one-hour speed walk to burn off just those drinks.
Some research suggests that taking certain saffron extracts can positive effects on mood regulation by increasing endorphin and serotonin levels. Saffron’s effects when it comes to suppressing appetite, including leading to reduced snacking and an elevated mood, seem to be the result of increased serotonin action in the body. (5) This has been shown to help improve symptoms of depression, emotional eating and PMS after about six to eight weeks of treatment. In fact, certain studies have found that saffron extract can work almost as well as taking a low-dose prescription antidepressant drug (such as fluoxetine or imipramine).
Studies have found that results associated with eating spices like cayenne with high-carb meals indicate that red pepper increases diet-induced thermogenesis (heating the body and burning of fat) and lipid oxidation. (11) Other research regarding the effects of capsaicin, the phytochemical responsible for the spiciness of peppers, has shown that this compound can modulate metabolic activities through affecting transient receptors in the digestive system, such as one called TRPV1.
People keep asking me why I went vegan. People keep telling me it's not healthy. And hey! That's okay. Since starting my weight loss journey, I have seriously learned so much about nutrition and what works for me that it's becoming a passion of mine. If there's one thing about Nutrition that EVERYONE knows, it's that there's always a new fad diet or there's always a pill or some shakes to take. There's no carb, low carb diets, the Army diet, Shakology diets. Over these past four years, I've learned so much about what my body likes and this is it. I'm focusing on a high-carb-low-fat vegan diet that is based on foods in their purest form. People ask me how do I get protein? Plants have protein; beans, lentils, potatoes, seeds, and nuts all have protein. Enough protein to sustain you through the day. There's this huge trend right now about low-carb high-protein diets, and sure you lose weight. If you're at a caloric deficit, you lose weight. But animal byproducts have cholesterol, something found really only in animals. B12 from meat can be supplemented through B12 supplements and hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, even a lot of herbal teas. No cholesterol. What about your omega 3s Joey? Flax and hemp seeds supply the amounts needed. But Joey! Vitamin D found in milk! Almond and soy milks have vitamin D. Soak up the sun! It gives you so much vitamin D (my favorite vitamin, aye). There's a reason people crave carbs when they cut them. Pizza, potatoes, rice, bread... I eat supple amounts and am losing weight because of the amount of raw foods I eat. Not that anybody cares about this post or health in general, but I love it and figured I would make a mega post about it so I didn't have to keep answering. ❤️ #highcarblowfatvegan #sickandtired #ofbeingsickandtired
Thank you so much for that! So great to see not only delicious, but healthier options as well. Already tried stuffed portobellos and they turned out amazing. Also added your baked crumbled tofu to large salads and wow- that was game changer. I am hoping that maybe one day you could make a oil free and weight loss recipes book. Would be such a great addition to your current one!
Butternut squash and sweet potato are rich in calcium, so no need to worry about ditching dairy products. Broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous family and are cancer-fighting superheroes. Green leafy vegetables like kale, collard greens, and spinach will boost your iron levels and if you eat them with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, vitamin C will accelerate your iron absorption.
Goji tea cranks up calorie burn by 10%. Lycium barbarum, the plant from which gojis are harvested, is a traditional Asian medicinal therapy for diabetes, but it also boasts a slimming effect. In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, participants were either given a single dose of L. barbarum or a placebo after a meal. The researchers found that one hour after the dose, the goji group was burning calories at a rate 10 percent higher than the placebo group. The effects lasted up to four hours! Most goji teas are mixed with green tea, further boosting your calorie burn.
White beans mashed with ripe avocado and blended with sharp Cheddar and onion makes an incredibly rich, flavorful filling for this wrap. The tangy, spicy slaw adds crunch. A pinch (or more) of ground chipotle pepper and an extra dash of cider vinegar can be used in place of the canned chipotles in adobo sauce. Wrap these up to take as a healthy and portable lunch for work.
There are all sorts of products available today that claim to have these appetite-dulling effects, but not every kind has been shown to work or even to be very safe. Examples of weight loss supplements that pose the most risks include guarana, garcinia cambogia, bitter orange or ephedrine. According to the FDA, “Supplements aren’t considered drugs, so they aren’t put through the same strict safety and effectiveness requirements that drugs are.” (1) That’s why I recommend approaching weight loss holistically — especially by eating filling, fat-burning, natural foods and other natural appetite suppressants that won’t potentially lead to complications like taking pills or consuming high amounts of caffeine can.
Here’s the full shopping list for exactly what to buy, and check to make sure you have a few pantry staples on hand. Morris recommends starting on a weekend, so you can make a big pot of veggie soup, and give your body a chance to adjust before diving into a busy week. Her plan cuts carbs for the first couple of days, before slowly reintroducing whole grains. And if you want to mix it up, there are lots more options for healthy snacks, just make sure to get a serving of fruit or vegetables, along with protein.
Like protein, fiber slows the rate at which your body plows through carb calories so you feel full for longer and maintain steadier blood sugar levels, one reason why research consistently links fiber intake to weight loss. That means fibrous whole grain bread tends to be a better choice than white bread and also explains why fruits, which contain fiber and valuable vitamins in addition to sugar, beat straight-up candy every time.
The most recent thylakoid study conducted by the Swedish researchers helps to confirm thylakoid’s role as a natural appetite suppressant even more. This study, in overweight women, found that adding thylakoids to a high carbohydrate meal again decreased feelings of hunger and elevated the satiety hormone cholecystokinin. Twenty moderately overweight female subjects received test meals on three different occasions; two thylakoid enriched and one control, separated by one week. The test meals consisted of a high carbohydrate breakfast, with or without addition of thylakoids.
Before a workout, turbocharge the fat-blasting effects by sipping a cup of green tea. In a recent 12-week study, participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea each day with a 25-minute sweat session lost an average of two more pounds than the non tea-drinking exercisers. Thank the compounds in green tea called catechins, flat belly crusaders that blast adipose tissue by triggering the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then speeding up the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy.

I'm on a weight loss journey, hoping to eventually lose a total of 139lbs. I lost an initial 17lbs and then stalled, so decided to try a weight loss supplement and because of good reviews from other buyers I chose this product. I have previously used phentermine with success and was hoping for a similar product. Thermogenic Burn has worked well for me so far, allowing me to push past the stall and I've now lost a total of 36 lbs (30 lbs difference pictured) in two months. It works to suppress appetite and increase energy, though I think it suppresses appetite more than anything else. Negative thing would only be that I do need to take it with my meals because it causes nausea if I don't. But I don't mind that because if you don't consume enough calories daily your body goes into starvation mode slowing down weight loss and usually making it easier to put the weight back on. So it forces me to eat at least two meals daily but completely diminishes any desire to snack in between. I would reccomend this product and have already.


Loving your body is fine but being fat is so unhealthy! Diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, Alzheimer — well, I’ll stop preaching. Recipes all look wonderful. One thing I’ve found is that so often frying onions is the first step. I have a griddle and instead of pouring oil into a frying pan I spray a bit of oil on my griddle, grill the sliced onions, peppers whatever. They give off enough moisture that you can just put them into the un-oiled frying pan and proceed with the recipe minus a bunch of calories..


DON'T drink fruit juice! This is one source of "sugar" that you need to rid yourself of. Fruits are fantastically good for you, providing you the water-rich fiber your body needs, along with so many important nutrients as well. But if you drink the juice, and eliminate the fiber within (such as OJ, apple juice, pineapple juice, etc.), then you are basically mainlining all the simple sugars naturally contained in the fruit. Much better to eat the fruit as is, or opt for fresh vegetable juice instead;

Studies have found that overweight people who ate a moderate-fat diet containing almonds lost more weight than a control group that didn’t eat nuts. Snacking once or twice a day is one of the ways to lose weight that helps stave off hunger and keeps your metabolism stoked. You can also pack up baby carrots or your own trail mix with the healthiest nuts you can eat, plus raisins, seeds, and dried fruit. Here are 30 healthy snacks that can help you lose weight.


The German and Finnish[2] militaries issued amphetamines to soldiers commonly to enhance warfare during the Second World War.[3] Following the war, amphetamines were redirected for use on the civilian market. Indeed, amphetamine itself was sold commercially as an appetite suppressant until it was outlawed in most parts of the world in the late 1950s because of safety issues. Many amphetamines produce side effects, including addiction, tachycardia and hypertension,[4] making prolonged unsupervised use dangerous.
The pressure, the puffy stomach, the self-consciousness—this tea can help you ditch all of it. According to numerous studies, flavonoids and other compounds found in the hibiscus plant help to counteract bloating by influencing how aldosterone, the hormone that regulates water and electrolytes balance, affects the body. Enjoy a cup of hibiscus tea and watch your pooch slowly–but surely–deflate. And here are 8 Foods That Beat the Bloat!
A whiff of peppermint may keep hunger at bay. “A study found that when participants smelled peppermint every two hours for five days, they consumed nearly 1,800 fewer total calories that week and rated their hunger level significantly lower than participants not exposed to peppermint,” Bauer says. She suggests lighting a peppermint candle, chewing on peppermint gum, or sipping on peppermint tea to get the appetite-suppressing benefits. Learn about 13 other things experts won’t tell you about weight loss.

DON'T simply switch out your meat and dairy for vegan meat and dairy substitutes (soy meats and cheeses). While it is okay to occasionally eat these foods if you go vegan and have NO weight to lose (always buy organic or non-GMO soy foods), it's not ideal if you DO have weight to lose. Many of these "faux foods" are high in fat and sodium, which go against your weight loss efforts. Much better to teach yourself how to create a whole foods vegan menu from the get go;


Wow… Thank you so much for this diet plan. I am following the plan and made a few substitutions for the things I do not eat BUT I make sure to follow the amount suggested & its working wonderfully. I even tried it with vegetarian substitutions for a day & ate tofu instead of chicken. This is my second week and I I’m so proud of myself and the results.. Not to mention it feels like I’m eating clean and when I eat clean I consume water far better then when I don’t . I’m also exercising just, simply walking 3 to 4 miles a day 5 days a week. Im not looking for life changeing results…lol but this plan is working. Looking forward to the summerrrrrrrr….!!!!!

A 2009 Chinese study examined the ability of oolong tea to increase energy and accelerate weight loss. The study consisted of 102 obese individuals who were examined over a 6-week period. Participants consumed four 8-ounce cups of oolong tea every day during the study. The results showed that 70% of participants lost a minimum of 2 pounds. Almost a quarter of participants lost more than 6 pounds.
What happens if you fast for a day? What happens if you don't eat for a day? While most people will feel hungry and possibly tired, there is also a range of other effects. In this article, learn about how the body starts to burn fat for energy and whether fasting for 24 hours can be a good weight loss tool. We also investigate the possible risks. Read now
These recipes look great! I’m excited to try them. Just a comment on the weight loss thing: While it is true that consuming less calories than you burn up should lead to weight loss, eating anything you want to lose weight might not be the healthiest way to go. Many of the diets out there are a recipe for diseases, even though a person might lose weight while doing them. I’m sure you know that but it seemed worth mentioning considering what you wrote. Thanks for your blog and for all the healthy recipes you share.

Enjoy the rich flavor of sweet potatoes? While home on Sundays, cook up a batch. Wrap each one in foil and bake for about an hour at 425 degrees F, or until their luscious, sweet juices start to ooze out into the foil. At work the following week, just pop one in the microwave for a quick warm-up. They’re loaded with taste, so they don’t need any extra toppings. If you want a little zest, swirl in a teaspoon or two of no-salt-added Dijon mustard or a quarter cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt.
Studies on white tea in weight loss are less prominent than green tea studies. However, there is research to show it is effective in maintaining a healthy weight. One such study was conducted in vitro in Germany in 2009. Researchers focused on antioxidants in white tea that can aid in weight loss. Specifically, the antioxidant EGCG was found to inhibit the production of fat cells. That means drinking white tea can help prevent weight gain to begin with.
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