9 Diet Hacks That Sheds Inches Fast

9 ways everyday people can improve their diet to shed body fat quicker
 

I can’t be the only one sick and tired of working out every single day and still not reaching my weight loss goals. Trust me, it’s very disheartening to know that even though I engage in cardio literally 6 out of 7 days a week faithfully, I still can’t manage to wiggle my way into last summer’s jeans. Boy I tell ya, the difference a year can make!

So, when I finally realized that my bottom stomach decided it just simply wasn’t going anywhere, I knew it had to be something I was doing (or NOT) when it came to my diet. Perhaps, not being on one for starters 🥴?!?

I had to learn the hard way that you can do all the working out you want, move mountains even, but it’s ALL IN YOUR DIET. See, working out is like cutting your grass, while healthy dieting is like treating your grass for all those bald spots. See where I’m going with this?

But, lucky for you, I’ve put in the sweat, tears and research necessary to find realistic, fool proof diet tips that help improve your diet and shed that body fat…FAST! Remember, a quarantine free summer could be around the corner.

REPLACE ALL COOKING OILS WITH COOKING SPRAY

This is where I went wrong for a while before I realized how much weight even the good cooking oils like olive, avocado, coconut (just to name a few) we’re adding to my diet. Those oils tend to be high in fatty acids which is a good fat, but it’s still fat nonetheless. Kinda counterproductive on a fat losing diet, right? Cooking spray, however, has 0 fat, 0 calories, 0 cholesterol, literally 0 everything. Its main ingredient is soy so if that’s a problem for you then you may not want to switch to cooking spray. With the cooking spray you can coat your meats, coat your pans, basically everything you do with cooking oils, just without the fat! 😁

CUT THE CARBS…LIKE REALLY

Carbs are my kryptonite and literally call my name on a daily basis. I guess that’s how I accumulated an extra stomach huh? But you have to stay away from the bread, the rice (even brown) annnnd potatoes. Lord knows I love me some tatas, I mean I am half country. 😥 Try to make it a habit to double up on the greens and look the other way when you get to the mac and cheese. Just RUN when you smell your Mama’s mouth-watering buttery buiscuits. Trust me, I’m speaking from experience.

EAT A GRAND BREAKFAST

Eat breakfast like a King, eat lunch like a Prince and eat dinner like a peasant. Ever heard that saying? I know it sounds crazy but it actually makes all the sense. Think about it, if you eat your biggest meal earlier in the day, you have more time to burn it off throughout the day. By the time dinner comes, you’ll still be so full from a hearty breakfast and a generous lunch that a light salad for dinner will do you all the justice. Which leads to the next tip.

NO EATING AFTER 6 PM

For me, this meant starting my days earlier so that I can make sure I’m not eating dinner after 6pm. Trust me, it’s very easy to find yourself just warming up pots at 7pm when you have a husband that works late and a baby that’s allergic to structure and schedules. But, I promise if you cut this out, you will start to see a difference in your inches since you won’t have food just sitting on your stomach overnight, getting nice and comfortable, just storing itself there.🙈

DRINK LIME/LEMON WATER WITH A TABLESPOON OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR BEFORE EVERY MEAL

This creates an alkaline water that helps in the aid of indigestion and improve digestion. It also helps to suppress your appetite. Drinking it before every meal will help you eat less and still feel full and fulfilled. Lime water can also be taken as a meal which is low in calories and high in minerals and vitamins. The high vitamin C content of limes can boost the immune system and also help the body to break down fat during exercise. I’m sure you know what that means!

FALL IN LOVE WITH CABBAGE SOUP!

Cabbage soup is a great option when seeking weight loss. It’s great at activating your metabolism and helping you process and eliminate food better and faster. So, this means fat isn’t just sitting in your stomach. I bet you didn’t know our body only eliminates 75% of what we ate last. So that means 25% of that last meal is left in your intestines. It literally blows my mind that my fupa could be filled with old Big Macs from my former un-woke days!!🙉

ONLY TAKE A SHOT OF JUICE/SODA

Water literally needs to be no less than 90% of your diet. Come on, our body is made up of 70% water. So, if you think you can achieve your weight loss goals without it, you’re sadly mistaken. But I do understand that sometime water just does not hit the spot, especially after a good ole meal. That’s the job of a flavorful Minute Maid juice or even better, a Grape can soda (I know, I’m hood.) So instead of depriving yourself of the sugar, when you get the urge (literally an urge or two and THAT’S IT), whip out your shot glass and fill it to the brim with your favorite sugary drink. Follow it up with some water and boom, you’ve just avoided, crushing an entire cup of the devil’s juice… well, one of them!

ALCOHOL ADDS LBS.

This one is the killer, I know. I nearly fainted when I learned that my favorite cocktail (the classic margarita, of course) was part of the reason why I now have two stomachs. I may have even cried; I was drunk so I definitely cried. But the point is, all alcohol, no matter if it’s straight liquor, a cocktail or a beer, make it super hard to shed the pounds. Now, I don’t know about you but I can’t just throw out my liquor just yet but I CAN limit my intake and try to be more mindful of HOW I’m consuming my alcohol. I decided that Monday through Friday, I will not drink a drop of alcohol and just go from there. If I tell myself not to drink at all, I will literally crave nothing but cold margaritas. But by limiting my intake I plan to eventually eliminate drinking out of my diet period. Pray for me. Twice. Please. Thanks.

USE SMALLER PLATES

The psychologist in me came up with the idea to trick your mind into getting used to smaller portions, therefore feeling full with less food intake. Naturally when you have a plate, you tend to fill all the open space with food, subconsciously making yourself eat more than you need. So those beautiful big plates your sister gave you as a house warming gift, throw ‘em out! Jk, jk. Don’t throw them out, just put them up, and replace them with smaller plates. So, when you do have the inclination to fill up your plate, it’s a small plate with 50% less food than what you would have normally consumed. Yeah, I know. Good stuff, right? Thank me later. On second thought, I’m a Capricorn, so you can thank me now! 😉

Aries – First Of The Zodiac

Welcome Aries Season & Find Out What They’re Like As Lovers & Friends

Aries, Aries, Aries! It’s a reason why they come first in the zodiac. They have the strongest leadership capabilities out of all the signs.

Whenever I think of an Aries, I think of the Aries archetype that I meditate on whenever I am trying to get a closer look into the facets of an Aries.

(I do this with all the signs, sometimes the archetype is a man, sometimes it’s a woman, I don’t decide, I let my meditation go wherever it goes and I follow it, not the other way around.)  

And for many reasons, the image that always comes to mind is a handsome high school jock who’s the star of the football team. He’s kind of douchey and fits that football player prenotion, but deep down, he’s a sweetheart. Of course, he’s used to having his way because he’s popular, athletic and usually quite the comic. And if its ever a time he doesn’t have all eyes on him, he knows how to use either his humor or aggression to get it. This guy often throws caution to the wind, and never backs down from an opportunity to lead the way, literally and figuratively.

In my meditations, whenever I call for Aries, he’s makes me meet him in front of his high school. He always has on his football gear with a football in his hands. He LOVES that game. He gives off the vibe that he doesn’t really want to be there with how he throws around his football and looks at me like he wishes I would hurry up and say whatever I need to say.

But somehow, in the midst of it all, he always manages to throw in this adorable, sarcastic smile when he’s trying to be flirty. He often interrupts me with a “I’ll do it”. I guess that’s just how he is, rather skip the small talk and get right to it. He knows he the best for the job, he always gets it done, fast and efficient, whatever it is.

Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, which is the planet of action, initiative, ego and what? WAR! Makes sense now, doesn’t it?

Personally, as a Capricorn, I mesh well with Aries, as friends and lovers. So, I thought you might gain from hearing my personal encounters with Aries. Maybe you share my perspective or need to hear it!

ARIES AS LOVERS

You may not know or believe this but despite Aries constant tough guy act, they are some of the sweetest lovers you will ever have. Once you learn how to co-exist with an Aries, you will find that they are extremely loyal (meaning good to you, if you are good to them, because they definitely cheat.) They will do anything for the ones they love, right after they give you a piece of their mind of course. Nonetheless, as a lover Aries will push you past your potential and make sure you have everything you need to be successful and will beat up anyone or thing standing in your way. Who wouldn’t want someone like that on their team?

The downside to falling in love with an Aries is that their strong personality often finds other strong personalities as a challenge. And we all know Capricorns and Aries never back down from competition. So, for me, this is usually where things get a little cray (literally).

This is usually how Aries view almost everything in their lives; competitively. And in love, that’s never a good perspective to have. Any zodiac sign with a strong personality will find the same issues with an Aries. Some signs will be able to deal with the constant tug of war with their lover. But you have some signs, like mine, that that kind of love will take a toll on and eventually be the reason why they leave. 

But an Aries’ tendency to love self is very strong, sometimes so strong that they come off as self-centered which in relationships tends to leave the other person feeling slighted and unnurtured by Aries. And when you bring this to their attention, you better believe they will laugh you out and insist that you’re being too “sensitive”. Then adding more fuel to the fire, they will resort to joking at a time when you’re not.

Their inability to realize or care enough to refrain from antagonizing behavior is what can make Aries come off as childish. But trust me, holding a grudge against an Aries is impossible. They always manage to reappear in your good graces telling that same joke that pissed you off.

Loving an Aries takes patience, balls and a helluva sense of humor. If you need an idea of what I mean, just think about Martin Lawrence and Gina’s love. Now do you get it?

ARIES AS FRIENDS

You need a ride or die? Someone that’s going to have your back more than you have your own? Then, call up your dear friend, Aries. They’ll never disappoint you. But, sometimes I can’t help but question if they go so hard for the ones they love because they love them or because they cant turn down a good ole brawl. Either way, they’ll always have you covered.

If you’re looking for a friend that sugar coats truths and holds back, an ARIES CANNOT YOUR FRIEND, period! They respect friends who they can be themselves with and wont constantly complain about how mean they are or what comes out of their mouths.

Aries are all about the ego, so you have to watch what you say to them if you want to avoid getting cursed out, even if it’s the truth. Ironic huh? They literally say whatever they want to whoever but make you feel like you better think twice before saying what you really think of them. That’s just an Aries for you. Remember how Martin used to treat Tommy, Cole and Pam?

But, what Aries lack in sportsmanship, they definitely make up for in humor. These are some of the funniest people you will ever meet. And if for nothing else, you will want to be in an Aries life just for the kicks and giggles.  

Spring Equinox, Meet Corona!

Learn ways to embrace Spring in quarantine!

The Spring equinox, also known as March Equinox or Vernal Equinox, marks the beginning of Spring every year. Spring equinoxes usually begin on either the 19th, 20th or 21st of March.  But this year, it will be starting on the 19th at 11:49pm, making it the first time in 124 years.

Scientifically, a Spring Equinox is basically when the Sun moves North, or up, the equator instead of across it. And when it moves south, or down, the equator, it’s known as the Autumnal equinox, signifying Fall. 

Spring, in general represents releasing and renewal hence Spring cleaning. Taking out the old to prepare for the new. However, Spring is set up a little different this year due this Corona virus scare. So, we’ll have to welcome Spring in a ‘no contact’ kind of way which sucks. But, that’s ok! Being alone or keeping company to minimum during the Spring equinox is not a bad idea. In fact, releasing and renewing in solitude is actually the best way to manifest exactly what you want because you’ll be focused, no distractions or confused energy. You’ll be able to really identify your “leaky faucets” in the silence, then accurately assess the problem and provide a foolproof solution. It’s hard to do those things when you have to entertain (and feed) Joe, Schmo and Moe.

On the day of the Spring Equinox, the amount of daylight is equivalent to the amount of night time.  But, if I do spill some tea myself, daylight will actually be slightly longer than night by several minutes this year due to the shape of the Earth. But, you get the idea right? Let me add that this introduces a common spring theme, balance.

So, I created a list of things you can do during this reclusive Spring equinox quarantine to still embrace this Spring without compromising your health!

Create A Vision Board. 

This doesn’t have to be “sister circle professional” vision boarding. Just use what you have at home. I am not going to be the reason you’re going to Micheals in these conditions. But, use some old or new magazines and cut out words and pictures that resonate or that you want to resonate with you this Spring 2020. Capture how you want to look, feel and be and over time,  watch it develop right before your eyes.

Clean Out Your Closet, Cabinets, Phone etc.

You should have seen this one coming! They don’t call it spring cleaning for nothing. Rather you’re swapping out winter clothes for Spring or just getting rid of things you don’t wear anymore, just get rid of the access. In fact, cleaning out EVERYTHING is strongly encouraged. For instance, I just cleaned out my refrigerator, my kitchen cabinets, re-organized my coat closet and my “hair bag” (yes I have a hair bag) cuz you know sis lives for a good wig!

Sage Your Entire House & Yourself.

Prepare for a Spring filled with amazing energy by cleansing away old vibes and welcoming the new ones.  If sage isn’t your thing (which it should be by now because it’s everybodys thing) you can always substitute that out for burning candles instead while saying your affirmations and prayer.

Cross Something Off Your Bucket/To-do List.

I know you’ve got one. Most of us created this list from New Years. I know I did and it was quite lengthy. And during this qurantine, I realized that a lot of it, I could start on right here in the loneliness of my own home. Like for instance I’ve been wanting to catch up on writing, both blogging and novel writing. So what did I do? I wrote the 1st chapter of my book and my 1st blog post in over a year. Thanks Corona!

Create or Revamp Your Schedule.

Take a look at your schedule again to see where you can improve your time, add a new thing or take away one that no longer serves your purpose. Personally for me, I’m not big on sticking to the script per say,  but I do like to utilize my time as much and as productively as possible. So for once in my life I’m going to start new habit of having and sticking to a schedule to ensure I’m making the most out of my time and self.

Detox.

Ha! (I can just feel the blank stares) That’s right, I said it. DETOX. That means no liquor, no drugs, no sex. OK, clearly I went to far with the no sex thing but you get my drift. Whatever your vice is,  whatever you overly- indulge in, try to take a break during this quarantine, at least.