New Year’s Resolution Diet

It’s That Time Again

Here we go again; that time of year where we tell ourselves this time I’ll stick to it.    If you don’t know what I’m talking about it’s the dreaded New Year’s resolution diet!  We all do it…. we have all been there and yes I’m saying it again too.  You will find my exclusive Exante discount code at the bottom of this blog post.

My Reason For This New Year’s Resolution Diet

It’s not really for blood sugar for me but it always helps that but it’s about some other health problems I have which I will be writing about in more detail soon.  I’m currently undergoing lots of tests because of Barret’s Oesophagus which is a pre-cancerous condition.

My Reason For Losing Weight

At the moment I have Level D oesophagitis, a hiatus hernia, gastritis and Barret’s Oesophagus and am on high strength PPI’s.  Weight loss and diet will help to some degree so to lose some weight at the same time will be great.  For this, I am going to be using Exante products again as I trust in them 100% and I know they are great products and they work.   I will also be using them for at least 12 weeks so if you want to accompany me on this journey please do.

Because of this, I am getting all my products together so I can start on 1st January with no excuses.   This time I have new products to try and also to review for you guys.  So let us look at some of Exante’s new products that will be included in my diet.

New Year’s Resolution Diet

From 1st January 2022, my diet will consist of 4 Exante meal replacements a day; broken down as below:

Exante Meal Replacement Bars – These I will be having for breakfast.  TIP – What I tend to do is cut them in half and have one half with a cup of black tea for breakfast and the other half mid-morning.  My favourites are the lemon yoghurt, strawberry jam, chocolate and orange, and the toffee nut.

Exante Meal Replacement Shakes – These I have at lunchtime/midday. I tend to stick to Cherries and Berries, Almond, or Vanilla.  Sometimes I will also have a shake for my evening meal too. TIP – When making the shakes please make sure you use very cold water from the fridge they taste so much better for it.  Also, don’t make them up in advance they have to be drunk as soon as you have made them taste the best.

Exante Meal Replacement Meals – This is my hot meal of the day and I tend to go for the spaghetti bolognese pots and the shepherd’s pie, apple crumble.  TIP – With the bolognese, I add dried oregano and a splash of tabasco.  Add any herbs you like.  With the shepherd’s pie, I add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and pepper.

I have talked about the above products already as you know.  However, this time I will be adding the following to my diet too.

Exante Burst – This is a fruity and refreshing low-calorie multivitamin energy drink with added collagen, caffeine and green tea extract. Available in three flavours: Strawberry Lime, Tropical and Mixed Berry.

Exante Slender Sip – This is a Cherry drink containing glucomannan which contributes to weight loss.  Once consumed, glucomannan aids weight loss by absorbing water and gently expanding in your stomach.

The  7-day pack provides you with 21 sachets, each containing real cherry juice and 1g of glucomannan.  Glucomannan is recognised and approved by the EU Commission to contribute to weight loss.  It is a water-soluble dietary fibre that expands in your stomach.  It is advised to take SlenderSip before a meal on a calorie-restricted diet, 3 times a day.

Exante Juiced -Juiced is a new product for Exante.  It comes in a tub that contains 10 servings.  It is the worlds first juicy meal replacement shake collection.  The flavour I am using is dark cherry which is made with real cherry juices this fruity shake is made with the revolutionary clear whey protein to create the ultimate juicy refresher!  Packed with 27 vitamins and minerals.  It is perfect for when you are craving that fruity fix.  Shake with 500 ml of cold water for the perfect juicy drink at only 202 calories.  Juiced also comes in Peach and Mango, Grapefruit, and Apple and Pear.

Exante Snack Shots -These are the perfect low-calorie taste sensation for busy lifestyles! Pick between Sweet Chilli & Honey, Dark Chocolate & Cranberry and Buffalo Chickpea & Pumpkin Mix. Each box is split into 12 individual packets making them the most convenient solution to healthy eating on the go.

I will go through all of the newer Exante products and flavours in the coming weeks; which there are a lot of.

Getting Ready

You have 12 days left to get yourself organised.  What I will be doing is going through my cupboards and taking out anything I will be tempted by and will give away to family.

Get your measuring tape out and the day before you start take all of your measurements including your weight.  This is so important as you have some weeks where you just lose inches and not pounds.  It also acts as a pick me up when you feel like giving it all in (which you will) just take a look at how far you have come.

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Not only do you need to take measurements you also need to take a photo, from the front, from the side and from the back.  I know this is going to be a really hard thing to do but I promise you that you will thank me for it in 12 weeks time.  At the end of 12 weeks if you would like to share your before and after photos with me for the blog please do.

Why not buy yourself a really nice large glass to have your shakes from, or your burst etc.  Make it a bit more special; it does help.  As does having sparkling water in a nice glass with a slice of lemon, spring of mint and ice etc.

Get yourself some things to take up your time at your worst times.  For me, it is at night time so I tend to paint, knit something, or draw.  I have done embroidery in the past, made bags, used adult colouring books.  Find something you will enjoy that will keep your fingers busy.  I will have other tips to share with you soon.

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Do Something You Love

Most importantly buy your products as soon as possible because I can guarantee if you leave it another week all the best products will be gone as people will panic buy ready for New Year.  I have mine already now.  Create a space for you to keep them organised.   You can also use my money off code TRACEY35 which will let you have a 35% discount.

I have a lot going on right now and also a lot more to come so will be writing a lot more moving forward.  As usual, if you have any questions or if there is something you would like me to write about in the coming months please just message me and I will get back to you.  Hopefully, I will be posting Monday’s and Friday’s.

Tracey xXx

 

 

 

What Is The Best Supplement To Take On A Diet

Early Days of a Diet

So how is everyone going?  Here we are in the early days of a new diet.  The first day is usually not too bad as you are usually quite motivated.  Although I find the novelty wears off by early evening.   Last night at 6 pm I was thinking about spaghetti hoops on toast.  Yep followed by chocolate but there you go that’s me.  Fortunately, though I didn’t give in to temptation.  There is a reason for this and that is the subject of today’s blog post which is what is the best supplement to take on a diet.

What Is The Best Supplement To Take On A Diet

Now I do stick to the four shakes but I have found that after the first Exante diet meal replacement shake and the last shake I need to feel fuller so at those times I make my shake but I add a scoop of collagen powder.

What is Collagen?

The skin-firming ingredient is actually created in the human body, making up a huge 90% of the bone mass and a third of all proteins produced.  It is the connective tissue for the heart, lungs, muscles, joints, blood cells, arteries, etc – just to name a few.

From this, you’d wonder why your skin wouldn’t automatically reap the tightening and strengthening benefits as a by-product of producing the popular molecule?

The answer is simple – collagen is considered a fibrous protein, and just like any protein, it is made up of amino acids.  Collagen protein will break down without the nine essential amino acids, which can only be obtained through consuming a protein (amino) rich diet.

For example, consuming dairy, eggs, lean meats, and soy can supply your body with these amino acids, enough so to combine and form enough collagen to benefit your body.  Alternatively, without it – joints can weaken, muscles can break down, skin can sag… it’s pretty important!

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Feel full longer

Benefits of Taking Collagen

The side effects of taking collagen can be a feeling of fullness and for some heartburn.  Regardless, these supplements appear to be safe for most people.  I do find I feel fuller from adding collagen protein powder to my first and last shake.

Collagen for Weight-loss

The purified, high-protein content of hydrolysed collagen is known to be an effective, natural appetite suppressant, in which many clinical studies have proven the satiating effect to promote weight-loss.

Additionally, unlike some weight-loss-promoting products, there are no fillers, hormones, acids and it’s not produced with any forms of harsh processing that may affect the normal functioning of your body.  Hydrolysed collagen is also proven to show a decrease in fats, avoiding clogging of the arteries and increased organ support.

Individuals can, therefore, benefit from losing weight by consuming edible collagen, due to a lessened desire to snack and helping the body feel naturally fuller for longer… without the nasty side effects!

Consuming collagen protein may reduce both the elasticity of loose skin and the visible appearance of cellulite during your weight-loss journey.  This is due to the molecule being responsible for making the connective tissue in your skin, therefore able to thicken the skin and camouflage any irregularities!

Muscle Growth and Performance

Collagen is a powerful molecule that promotes a multitude of benefits to assist the needs and demands for athletes, bodybuilders, and everyday gym-goers.

Consuming hydrolysed collagen in the form of smoothies, protein shakes, and pancakes aid the promotion of a natural source of creatine in the body.

How Does it Work?

Your muscles rely on a direct energy source to maintain a regular function in the body – this is provided through the breakdown of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in your cells.  The amino acids glycine, arginine, and methionine form the creatine molecule.

Where Does Collagen Come In?

Collagen peptides contain two of the three amino acids needed to form a natural, energy-boosting creatine source in the body.  The glycine and arginine duo in collagen may aid the production of creatine, helping to increase physical performance through repeated bouts of exercise.  Arginine also helps promote increased muscle growth and maintain muscle mass.

Joint And Bone Strength

The high percentage of our bone mass, that’s made up of collagen, has significant control of how strong or weak our joints will be going about everyday life – especially those with an active lifestyle.  Not providing your body with the necessary essential amino acids it needs to build up the proteins required for support, will result in the breakdown of proteins in the body.  Not what you need when you’re trying to gain strength.

On the other hand, nourishing your body with the amino acids needed will build up proteins needed to strengthen many parts of your body, allowing for:

  • fewer aches and pains that could prevent any form of exercise.
  • an increased range of motion when lifting weights
  • the strength to be able to increase the intensity of exercise/lift more

Collagen For Sleep

A decent sleeping pattern can do miraculous things for your body.  Besides the obvious factor of making you feel less tired and lethargic during the day, more sleep can increase the quality of your health, improve your everyday mood and your sex life.

Plus, not getting enough sleep could be the reason you’re not losing weight too.

Multi=tasking amino acid Glycerine has the ability to help individuals who struggle to sleep or suffer from insomnia.

A study analysing the effects of consuming glycerine, in comparison to a placebo before bed, clearly shown the amino acid to reduce fatigue and have a tendency toward reduced sleepiness.

Collagen For Digestion

A healthy digestive system is a great base for a happy and energetic lifestyle.  Alternatively, a weak digestive system can result in feeling sluggish and lethargic, make you feel demotivated and it can additionally cause stomach pains – in other words, you definitely won’t feel like exercising.  Does this sound like you?

Collagen can contribute to a healthier, less agitated digestive system due to the soothing properties of one of the amino acids glycine.

Just in case you’re interested in the sciencey bit..

When meat is consumed, amino acids cysteine and tryptophan are released into the bloodstream, which can suppress normal thyroid functioning.  This can lead to the brain receiving signals to break down muscle rather than fat for energy also having a potential domino effect causing fatigue, inflammatory conditions, and a weakened immune system.

Glycine from collagen can help even out the absorption of these amino acids, building a smoother, ‘protective-like’ guard in the digestive tract.

So by taking collagen peptides you can improve your joint health, support bone strength, promote healthy aging, boost skin beauty, support connective tissues and prevent injuries.  Some other potential things that collagen may help with include: maintaining a healthy gut, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing anxiety, improving mood, and promoting healthy nail and hair growth.  As I have already mentioned I use one scoop in the morning and one at night in my last shake.

At this point I want to say I am not a nutritionist, I’m not an expert on supplements.  All I can say is that I have learned these things from my own research and trial and error over the past couple of years.  The best supplements including Collagen I have found is by My Protein (also recommended to me by the PHD nutritionist that worked with us on The Fast Fix alongside the Exante meal replacement meals).  I use the unflavoured version and it comes with a scoop inside the packet.  To look at this product please click here.

Improve Your Skin From Within

A doctor once told me that all these face creams etc that contain collagen are a waste of time; you need to ingest it which makes perfect sense to me.  So if you want to feel fuller and look and feel younger at the same time I’d give some a go and decide for yourself.  Each scoop contains 90 calories and 22g protein.

The take-home message is that by adding collagen protein to your diet might just be the answer to your problems.  (Laura Bowden)

If you decide to try some please let me and the readers know how you get on.

As I started my diet yesterday my weigh-in dates will be every Wednesday so watch this space.

Tracey x

 

 

How To Lose Weight Fast And Safely

Lowest Price Meal Replacements

As my regular readers know my weight loss journey with Exante started 2 years ago.  Taking part in the groundbreaking documentary; ITV’s The Fast Fix: Diabetes.  I along with 4 others lost weight (a lot of weight), reduced our liver fat considerably and reversed our type 2 diabetes.  All this was done in a short space of time also.  We were looked after by 2 professors, a nutritionist, and doctors.  I can guarantee if you follow the diet to the letter you will and can accomplish the same results as we did.  Exante diet meal replacements are one of the safest and cheapest ways and they will show you how to lose weight fast and safely.

Christmas Indulgence

If like me you gave yourself time off from diets over Christmas and enjoyed yourself a bit too much (like me).  New Year is a good time to shift those few extra pounds we have put on.  I for the last month have been following a vegan diet which I have to say I have enjoyed; however, I will be changing to vegetarian now as opposed to vegan.  This also means I can enjoy a lot more of the Exante diet meal replacement products.  However, if there are any vegans looking to go on this diet Exante does have Vegan shakes.


Time To Get Stocked Up Before The Rush

Believe me, if you are wanting to do this diet you need to get your orders in before the rush.  I have a discount code of TRACEY35 which gives you 35% off all meal replacement products.  Exante’s codes vary so please bear this in mind when placing your order.

Chocolate and Orange Bar

New Year – New Me – New You

So for anyone wanting to shift a few pounds please feel free to follow my new Exante journey.  You can also find information on my blog when you are needing a bit of a helping hand and motivation.

Until next time…

Tracey x