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I'll be the first to admit, I'm a long term yoyo dieter. My worst period was from the start of college (hello Freshman 15) through graduation into my first 2 years of working in Japan. During those 6 years I peaked and valleyed several times, getting as far as FORTY POUNDS over my self-determined goal weight. I've since buckled down and have gotten a better hold of my weight. For the past decade I've been able to kept my upper limit within about 10 pounds of my goal weight. Well, outside of two pregnancies anyway, which was 25 pounds for my singleton and 35 pounds for my twins, all lost within a few months thanks to breastfeeding, thankfully. Mostly it's come down to living a generally healthier lifestyle and digging deep into a couple months of dieting as soon as my jeans get uncomfortably snug.
But it always seems to happen. Once I hit that goal weight again, I relax, my mindset changes little by little, and I start giving into the nightly deserts and daytime snacking. And the weight starts creeping back. It's a vicious cycle that I'm sure many out there can relate to.
This is why I was so intrigued when I found a blogging campaign pop up for a new book:
Always Eat After 7PM: The Revolutionary Rule Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks-While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion (affiliate link). I'm being compensated to read the book and blog about my experience implementing the program, but all thoughts and opinions are my own, as always!!
“Always Eat After 7 pm is a three-phase program that teaches you how to lose big by strategically eating big when you are naturally hungriest—in the evening. This may sound too good to be true, but let me assure you it is no gimmick. It’s all about making strategic and smart food swaps, and you can still eat your favorite foods.” The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good.
As quoted above, a large part of the program is that you eat your biggest meal in the evening, and have a snack in the late evening. It sounds counterintuitive but the book goes into great detail to explain the science behind it. We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal. “Specific higher-carbohydrate foods (including berries and cherries) support your fat-burning metabolism while you sleep, providing your body with a steady stream of fuel throughout the night. The trick is knowing how to combine them with other evening and pre-bedtime fat-burning foods to fuel your metabolism as you sleep.”
As part of this program, you are practicing intermittent fasting, which means going 16 hours without food (overnight) and skipping breakfast. I'm currently 12 days in on this diet and the "skipping breakfast" thing has been my hardest adjustment, but actually has not been as bad as I'd feared because there are some simple "3-Minute Fat-Burning Morning Rituals" and even some small breakfast ideas for those who cannot skip. I've been blending in a scoop of BioTrust MetaboGreens (affiliate link) and some instant black coffee (both on the 3-minute fat-burning morning rituals list) into 24oz of water and sipping that all morning to keep my tummy at bay til I break my fast at noon for lunch with my family. And before you ask, no it's not disgusting LOL! MetaboGreens includes polyphenols, prebiotic fiber, and 40 phytonutrient-rich raw greens, fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices, and is sweetened by Stevia, a sweetener that doesn't affect your blood sugar level.
Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.
Follow me along on this journey if interested in seeing how it goes, I'll be posting updates over the next few weeks! Any questions - ask away below!!
Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed above are my own.
About Me ^_^
I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1). This blog is chock full of product reviews, family travel guides, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, and several guides focused on kid-friendly activities and guides to South Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, as well as family-friendly destinations beyond the NYC area (check the menu bar!)