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I realize this post might be a little untimely seeing as Christmas and New Year feasts are looming up ahead. Or is it? Just think of it as your first line of offense in Project Sexy Back. When the holidays are done, you can get back to shaping up. My recent updates in social media have been somewhat health and fitness related (seeing as I started Capoeira and yoga this year), so I might as well strike while the iron is hot, right?
So some time ago, I was sent a box of Nestle Fitnesse, the plain variant (Original). I’ve read about the 14-Day Program, but as I’m not after losing weight, eating whole grain was merely a nice idea but not a priority. It was only when I started getting serious about Capoeira, and eventually, yoga, that I thought about my food intake and how it could possibly improve my training sessions.
However, my current body mass index is 18.9. Normal BMI is 18.5-24.9, so I opted not to follow this diet strictly. What I did was eat Nestle Fitnesse for breakfast with low-fat or non-fat milk (which I never did, until now) and fruits. Sometimes I throw in yogurt or a sunny-side egg. I used to have this habit of eating until I’m full (and I used to joke that, especially in buffets, you should never stop eating until your forehead and stomach are about the same hardness), but I’ve been trying to change that and I think I’m successful for the most part. So now, I eat only until my hunger has abated, so that results to smaller portions and more meals. I haven’t quite figured out how to set cheat days yet, because cutting down on processed sugar was also in my plan, but I can’t seem to stop just yet–I need my Crunchy Speculoos fix.
Well, baby steps I suppose. I love food, so that’s no surprise. If I suddenly just stop eating my favorite ones, I’ll be a very sad individual indeed. And trust me–you don’t like me when I’m hungry. If you’ve been following me in social media aside from this blog, you’ll hear me saying “cutting down on” instead of “avoiding” specific food altogether. Because saying I can’t have certain things just makes me want them more!
But enough about that, what is this 14-Day Program of Nestle Fitnesse?
VERY IMPORTANT: The 14-Day Program is recommended if the individual is between 18-50 years of age with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 25%, and without any medical condition. For individuals with medical condition or want to lose substantial weight, consultation with a doctor is recommended before beginning the program. The success of the program will depend on how strictly an individual will follow the meal plan.
The meal program is simple and easy to follow. First, replace your breakfast with one bowl of Nestlé Fitnesse with skimmed milk, a portion of fruit, and a cup of tea or coffee. Second, have a healthy balanced meal for lunch (such as vegetables and rice or pasta plus a low-fat dessert). Third, have a fruit or a cup of low-fat yogurt for snacks. Lastly, eat one bowl of Fitnesse with skimmed milk instead of your regular meal for dinner.
Whole grains are rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, protein (amino acid lysine), dietary minerals (such as magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and selenium) and vitamins (including Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E). These dietary fibers play a key role in slowing down digestion, thereby resulting in improved absorption of carbohydrates, fats and proteins into the bloodstream
I don’t really watch my weight closely, but what I can share are tape measurements. I lessened my rice intake by half, but made up for it with whole grains (Nestle Fitnesse), fruits, vegetables and a lot of fish. I still eat meat–I’m not that picky with food that’s served at home. My normal waistline was 25 inches, and I’m currently down to 23.5 and I feel fine. If you’re used to rice like I am (almost all my favorite dishes are rice-based or you can’t not eat with rice, like Arroz Caldo, Paella and Bulalo), don’t eliminate it completely–just lessen your portions gradually or you’ll be irritable.
When the plain variant of Fitnesse ran out, I went ahead and bought the Honey & Almond one (leftmost), because I like honey sweetness and nuts in my cereals (that’s why I love muesli, too). The plain one was, well, a little too plain tasting for me, although my mom and sister prefer that one. It’s actually low fat and packs more punch, in terms of vitamins and minerals, though! I thought I’d buy Nestle’s low fat and non-fat milk, too, for this particular consumption, because I’m OC like that.
By the way, if you’re eating the plain variant, I find that the whole grain flakes are tougher than regular cornflakes. Steep them in milk for a bit before taking your first scoop!
Nutritional facts. That’s Honey & Almond on the left, plain variant on the right. The latter has more energy
and protein and less carbohydrates.
While I was looking for Fitnesse at the groceries, I couldn’t help but notice that Kellogg’s had a similar program (they call it the 2-week Challenge). Just to compare, I bought the Honey variants of both brands. Fitnesse by far had more vitamins and minerals and less fat. Kellogg’s was more expensive, and yet it had much lesser nutrients and more sugar (and if the printed nutritional facts don’t convince you, taste it for yourself. It’s definitely a lot sweeter).
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