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The Skinny on Slimming Down

Amanda Seyfried, Hilary Duff, and Katy Perry all credit their hot bods to trainer and nutrition expert Harley Pasternak. Here's his tailored-to-you advice.

Q. My metabolism is definitely slowing. How can I rev it up?
A. Graze, don't gorge. Studies show that smaller, more frequent meals shift your metabolism into high gear, which is why my plan has you eating five times a day.

Q. Is there a healthy way to lose weight this week?
A. In the long term, moderation is key. But if people don't see results quickly, they tend to give up. So I suggest having three smoothies and two snacks a day for five days, then two smoothies, a solid meal, and two snacks a day for five more days. You'll lose weight right away because the smoothies have fewer calories than your average meal, but they're so filling, you won't feel deprived. Then for the last five days, you taper off to just one smoothie a day, which is something I suggest keeping up for life.

Q. What's so great about smoothies?
A. For one thing, they're incredibly convenient: You just throw everything into a blender and press a button, which eliminates any excuse for not eating right. For another, they're high in volume, so they take up a lot of space in your stomach. Best of all, the blades of the blender slice through the cell walls of all those fruits and veggies, making their nutrients -- like fiber, protein, and healthy fats -- easier for your body to absorb. And the more fiber you get, the fuller you feel, which means you can eat less and still be just as satisfied.

 

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lucybrankin292 wrote:

Brenda, liquid diets are very difficult to keep up long-term. You WILL get sick of them after a week or so, trust me! Also some of these have way too much fruit and we all know that too much sugar = weight gain. If your goal is to lose weight and keep it off for good, I highly recommend the Venus Factor. It's basically a program designed specifically for women and it works brilliantly well. Here's a direct link to the guide: - www.VenusFactorProgram.co.uk

9/19/2014 06:46:17 PM Report Abuse
rgllawson wrote:

3 smoothies a day for 5 days-ugh! Not sure I could keep that up and not having a solid meal w/ other proteins like chicken, fish, eggs, etc. And not sure a liquid diet is very healthy, despite having a few blended fruits and veggies.

8/10/2014 09:21:30 PM Report Abuse
libby70302 wrote:

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5/23/2014 07:03:02 PM Report Abuse
mpar43 wrote:

I frequently have my veggies in a smoothy. Cup of organic spinach, 1/3 cucumber unpeeled and diced, 1 stock celery, whole apple corec or banana, tablespoon or two of honey, five ice cubes, 1/2 cup pineapple crushed or chunked, with juice, 6 oz water. Mix well on "Ice Crusher." Enjoy.

5/20/2014 12:57:36 PM Report Abuse
johnacraig1970 wrote:

Useful, I like this site for its practical tips.See my blog to find the best smoothie blenders at http://bestblenderforsmoothies.com/the-best-blender-for-smoothies/

5/18/2014 06:20:32 PM Report Abuse

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