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I am not a protein shake person so I have been struggling a little with the shake days on the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet.

I do make a lot of smoothies for my kids so I just modified that recipe a little for a fruit smoothie, which is quite tasty.  I also supplement dinner and one snack with real food carefully calculated to ensure I am staying within my calories and ratios.

This morning I was feeling I might need to try something a little different.  When I started this I bought one vanilla and one chocolate protein powder.  My chocolate hasn’t been getting much use really as I couldn’t figure out what to put with it.  I am not a huge fan of chocolate peanut butter flavored things so the protein/fat smoothies are my big challenge and I also don’t really like chocolate and fruit together so you can see my dillema here.

Side Note: I use and recommend Jay Robb Whey Protein.  It tastes great and meets all the recommended quality and nutritional recommendations — high quality ingredients and sweetened with stevia.

I threw some things together this morning and it turned out pretty good, so I thought I would share my couple of shake recipes with you.

How Much of Each Ingredient?

Each one of us will have specific quantity requirements to meet our calories and macro-nutrient ratios.  For this reason I have left the amount off of anything that would add to the caloric total or affect the ratios.

There is a whole section of the diet manual dedicated to calculating your needs.  This is a very important part of the program so don’t skip over this part.

Morning Wake Up Call

Chocolate protein powder
Non-Fat Milk
Banana
1 t. instant coffee
1 t. unsweetened baking cocoa

Mix it all together in a blender. May need a little more time in the blender than other shakes to fully dissolve and incorporate the instant coffee granules.

Basic Fruit Smoothie

Vanilla protein powder
Orange Juice
Banana
Fresh or Frozen Berries (whatever you have works great – I love the frozen mixed berries)

Blend and enjoy!

Side Note: If you like your smoothies colder or thicker, add a couple of ice cubes after you have blended the ingredients together and then spin it again until all the ice is crushed up.

Bonus Tip: One thing I have noticed about protein powder is if you let it sit for a minute or so after blending but before you drink it, it tastes better and has a better consistency. This gives it time to fully dissolve. What I do is blend it up and then let it sit for a minute or two and then give it another little spin before I pour it into a glass. Way Better!

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When I started the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet I had never heard of BCAAs.  I am not a body builder and have no desire to be one or even live that lifestyle, but I really like what Joel Marion has to say about the science of metabolism and fat loss and my system needs a major reboot.  That is why I am completing this 25 day program.

But, not being a body builder and not know about all the various supplements they take, I had some questions.  What are BCAAs?  Why do I have to take them?  How much do I take?  Where do I get them?

As I see what others are asking about them, I also see that people are having a hard time interpreting the label and determining how many pills they need to take.

So, I thought I would take a few minute and share what I have learned and give you a few resources.  I am not a doctor or a trainer or a nutritionist or anyone with any expertise in this.  I am simply following the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet and searched out some additional information I thought some others might find helpful.  Please do not take this information as gospel.  Do your own research and by all means talk to an expert if you have any concerns.

What are BCAAs

BCAA  stands for Branch Chain Amino Acids.  Amino Acids are the “building blocks of Protein”.  Proteins are made up of strings of amino acids.  BCAA are just a specific kind of amino acids that contains a branch in it’s molecular structure.

When we eat protein, it is broken down into amino acids which are then used by our bodies in different ways.  How efficiently we absorb these amino acids varies greatly depending on the quality of the food we eat and differs in different kinds of protein (dairy vs. meat for example).

So, BCAAs are really just the basic fundamentals of proteins in a pill.

Why am I taking BCAA on my fast day?

BCAAs make up about a third of the bodies amino acids and are an essential component of skeletal muscle mass.  The purpose of taking them on the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet fast day is to prevent the loss of muscle mass that would typically go along with the giant caloric deficit we are creating on this day.

How Much Do I Take?

These calculation are specific to the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet and the amounts are just for the fast day.  If you are not using this system, please follow the dosage recommendations on the package.

For the fast day you want to take .3 grams (or 300 mg) per pound of total weight.  You want to take this total amount and split it by six so you can take it six times a day.

Let’s use me as an example…

.3 x 163 lbs = 48.9 grams BCAA per day

Six servings of 8.15 grams

Now lets look at how to determine how many pills to take.  It will very likely be unclear what amount of BCAA will be in each pill so you will need to look at the label and do some math.

On the nutritional label of your BCAA bottle it will list the total amount of BCAAs per serving.  This will likely be broken down on the label by specific amino acids.  You want to add up the amounts listed for each amino acid.  The amino acids start with an L- .    This doesn’t mean per pill though.  It will say how many pills per serving.

For example, my bottle of MRM BCAA+G 6000 says that each serving contains 6000 mg ( = 6 grams ).

There are five pills per serving…

6000 mg / 5 pills = 1200 mg per pill ( = 1.2 grams/pill )

OK, so I need 8.15 grams per serving.

8.15 /1.2 = 6.79 pills per serving

Now we all know you can’t take a part of a capsule so I take 6 pills for a couple of servings and seven for a couple of serving to make it work out.

Close enough.

Where can I get BCAAs?

I got mine at my local natural supplement store, but you can easily get them online as well.

I use the MRM brand and they are available on Amazon for a pretty reasonable price, quite a bit less than what I paid.

Amazon:  MRM BCAA+G 6000 High Potency Formula

Amazon:  Browse BCAA Supplements

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I hope that this information has been helpful and good luck on your journey.

Well I am having a hard time figuring out if I chose the best or worst time to take this on.  Right now, life is simply lobbing me one stressful event after another.  The timing has definitely not been ideal for extreme weight loss, but it has been primed for personal growth and that sometimes is even more important.

The last several days my son has been very sick and Monday we spent the good part of the day and all evening in the ER.  He is getting better and is going to be just fine, but the stress has been profound.  Believe me, the last thing I want is excuses for why I can’t succeed at this.

This is what I struggle with time and time again.  Life gets in the way, the stress gets to me and then I eat to make myself feel better and then I feel guilty and crappy about myself so I give up.

This cycle, I only lost half a pound.  I have hit my mark in that 163 pounds is this sticking point for me.  I have not been below it since my son was born three years ago.  I try and I try and I get to 163 and it just won’t budge.  Well, here we are again after a stressful and disappointing week and I have to say I am not surprised.  I am trying very hard to look past that number and not feel defeated.

But a couple of really good things have come out of this cycle and right now I am celebrating the littlest of victories.  I am still here.  I haven’t given up, I haven’t blown my diet.   I am sticking to the plan, despite all the obstacles.  I will finish what I started and push past my fears.

I also started exercising again.  There are still many things that I can’t do with my thumb as it is, but I went for a run and biked as well.  I also tried out some of the bodyweight exercise routines, which I totally love.  There were several of the exercises that I couldn’t do as I am unable to put my full weight on that hand, but I either modified, substituted or skipped the moves I couldn’t do and kept going.  Tonight I am going back to swim classes for the first time since the accident.

The biggie though has been gaining some control back over the food.  The fast days have been so pinnacle in this.  Yes, I get hungry but I embrace that and I have control of whether I eat or not.  And that gives me more control over the rest of the days when I have to choose what I will eat, whether I will stick to the plan or give into the little gremlins in my head.

Through all the last few weeks of craziness with family in and out of the house and two major medical events, I have stuck to the plan as much as I could.  There have been moments of weakness and moments of circumstance, but I didn’t let them affect my resolve.  I just kept going.  This may not seem like much to you, but for me it is a pretty big deal.

I have two more cycles to go and I hope that I can get it together enough to lose a little weight in the process.  But even if I don’t, I have gained a lot from this and I will be completing the program again in July before my husband and I take a trip to Sonoma.  So, I will have another chance to make it happen for me.

I have updated the Xtreme Fat Loss page with the latest.  Not much to look at though…

Don’t let my lack of success deter you from this program.  My results have nothing to do with the program.  I have no doubt that it works and that you could achieve significant results.

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Don’t let your fears or reservations stop you in achieving your goals.  When we fall all there is to do is to get up and keep going.

This week we are celebrating being healthy and small victories. This thing with my thumb could have been so much worse and although it has kept me from being as hard core as my heart would like right now, I am thankful.

I will take my one pound and rejoice it. I am also looking forward to rocking it this cycle. I have three to go. That is plenty of time to do some serious damage.

Wow, I sound cheezy.

Anyway, new stats and even a new photo (eek!) have been posted on the Xtreme Fat Loss Page.

Despite my obstacles I am dedicated and feeling very positive about this program.

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Well, here we are on protein day of cycle two of the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet. This week has been a struggle with me because of my thumb.

I have not been able to work out at all. I tried to do some lower body work, but any bouncing of my body is painful and any significant increase in my heart rate starts it throbbing.

I also just generally don’t feel particularly well with a feeling of general wooginess. When part of your body is dealing with trauma it is like the rest just functions at half mast.

I have been pretty good about sticking to the food plan though, with a few minor exceptions. I couldn’t fast entirely, but I did manage to keep it to three small bites of food corresponding with when I needed to take my medication.

I didn’t have a chance to plan as well as I would have liked and grocery shopping got pushed out a couple of days so I had to wing it a little. I found myself very hungry yesterday during moderate carb day. I assume that had something to do with not planning and therefore not eating enough of the right things at the right time. Hunger is not something that has been an issue with this program at all, except on fast days and that is to be expected and easily managed.

All of this makes me a little nervous for this cycles results. I am just hoping that I can really dig in next cycle.

Joel had a bodyweight workout made to accompany the program and I am really excited about that. I am a huge fan of bodyweight workouts and much prefer them to weight lifting. Included is a booklet explaining everything and with logging sheets. Also there are instructional videos for each exercise as well as follow along videos for each type of day. I am really excited to give these a try next go around.

My new cycle starts tomorrow and once again I have family coming into town. I have definitely had my challenges with the program and ultimately I am impressed that I am still motivated and dedicated to making it happen. Big step for me.

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I have updated The Xtreme Fat Loss Diet page with my latest stats and measurements.  I lost 4 pounds!!!!

Unfortunately we have hit a little bit of a snag for this next cycle.  Saturday night I slammed my right thumb in the car door and it is pretty bad.   I can’t work out for a couple of days at least, heck I can hardly take care of myself.  My mom stayed an extra day to help me out and take care of the kids.

Also, this is my fast day but I am having to take pain killers and therefore I have to keep a little food in my stomach.  I am keeping it to the bare minimum, but total fast and the three workouts I had planned for today are out the window.  So, I am definitely not expecting much from this next cycle.

This is a total bummer because I feel like I had really good results the first cycle and I learned so much about what I need to do.  I am just going to have to be super strict on my food for the rest of the week.  I guess we will see what happens.

My protein only day went pretty well with my protein grams ending up spot on and my carbs super low, but my fat was too high.  Another thing to think about about this next cycle.

I lost 4 pounds in five days!  Want to learn more yet?

Joel Marion’s Xtreme Fat Loss Diet

Remember to plan ahead, log your food and exercise and keep your thumbs out of car doors.  OUCH!!!!

After logging my food for yesterday, my ratios are once again a little off. This time my fat was a little high and my carbs a little low. My calories were pretty dead on so that was good.

I was worried as I was adding foods to my log that I was going to go over but at the end it worked out fine since I logged my entire breakfast and only ate about two thirds of it.

I tend to be over critical and think too much about things but getting all these ratios just right is not that easy. This probably means I should have bought the upgrade with the calculator and menu plans.

This all gives me more to think about when planning out these two days next week.

Maybe I just need to give myself a break as well. It is my first cycle and the truth will be told Sunday morning when I check my stats. Stay tuned for that.

I have been really good about my workouts all week, but didn’t get my workout in yesterday since my mom was coming last night and I had so much to do. Need to make sure I make working out a priority and to make time for it. Doesn’t take that long, really.

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Have a great day and remember to do something nice for you mom tomorrow.

In addition to the Cheat Day and Fast Day that we have already discussed, The Xtreme Fat Loss Diet has three additional days that are strategically laid out to maximize your fat loss, keep your metabolism racing and your hormones balanced.  All these days combined form the five day cycle that is central to the program.

Yesterday was the first of these days and lovingly called shake day.

Now, just let me say that I have always hated protein powder.  It’s the smell that gets to me.  But, for dramatic results, I figured I would suffer through a day.  I also cheated just a bit and subbed out two meals with real food and supplemented another with a tomato salad.

I only subbed out these meals after very carefully doing all the math and calculating exactly what each meal needed to contain given the macro-nutrient and calorie requirements for the day.

After logging all my food on CalorieCounter.com (my absolute favorite food and exercise logging tool) it turns out that my calories were dead on and my macro-nutrient (protien/carb/fat) ratios were pretty good.  My protein was a touch high and my fat a touch low.  For my first go at it, I figure this isn’t so bad – there are definitely worse ways the ratios could be out of whack.

In order to keep to my ratios and calorie requirements I carefully portioned and measured to get the exact right amounts and only used foods off the included food lists in my substitutions.   My food scale and measuring cups and spoons are earning their keep during this process.

This may sound like a total pain, but really it only takes a few extra seconds to measure out your portions.  The calculations and meal planning takes a bit of time, but if you can’t dedicate a little time once every five days for these types of results then you don’t really want it.  I don’t mean to be harsh or anything but getting real with our committment is fundemental to our success.  This is something I struggle with too, but it just comes down to do you want it bad enough or don’t you.  Do you feel your worth it or don’t you?

By the way if you answered no to that question, you should read this.

Ok, so back to protein powder.  Like I said, I hated protein powder, but I found one that actually tastes pretty good and has the nutritional requirements that  are recommended.

Both Joel (Xtreme Fat Loss Diet) and Isabel (The Diet Solution) highly recommend Prograde supplements and I am sure they are really great, but they are pretty spendy.  Now, I am sure they are worth the money, but I am not going to be using protein powder long term as my long term plan recommends always trying for real foods over powders and the Prograde only gets reasonably priced when you do the autoship.

With all this said, I knew that the quality and nutritional suggestions they made were really important so I did my research and found a product that was reasonably priced, tastes great and is made with cold-processed whey protein isolate, natural flavors and is sweetened with Stevia.   I feel that this is a quality product and would recommend it.  And it is the best tasting protein powder I have had and let’s face it, that is really important.

Jay Robb Whey Protein Powder – Comes in assorted sizes and flavors.

Overall, I feel great so far.  I have a ton of energy, my mood is good (well except for the afternoon of fast day, but I think I deserved that – hee hee), my muscles are sore and I even think these pants were a tad looser this morning.

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Because of the huge success in the first couple of days, Joel has extended the $30 off promotion for another 48 hours to celebrate.

Celebrate yourself and your accomplishments as well.  Have a great day!

It pains me to say this but I have posted a before shot and my stats on the Extreme Fat Loss Page

Well, I made it through my first Extreme Fat Loss Diet fast day.   It wasn’t really as hard as I thought it was going to be.

The morning was easy as I am never really hungry until late in the morning anyway.

The tough part for me was the afternoon.  I get those crazy afternoon hunger pains anyway so I was going nutso for a couple of hours, but then it subsided and the evening was a breeze.  By they time I was sitting on the couch watching Lost with my husband I felt great actually, no hunger and a significant sense of calm.

I will say that feeding my kids dinner was tough.  I just wanted to snatch the food right off their plates.  And then I asked my husband to eat while I was at my swimming class so I wouldn’t have to watch him eat, but I walked in the door and he was putting the finishing touches on a chicken burger.  My mouth watered something fierce and I had to leave the room, but really no biggie.

The BCAA capsules that I purchased are the biggest pills I have ever seen, but surprisingly easy to swallow.  Taking them throughout the day ensured that I guzzled massive amounts of water and filled my belly, if only temporarily.

Some tips for getting through the day….

  1. Stay Busy.  Get out and about as much as you can. Tackle something consuming at work. If you are stuck at home like me, then find a project that needs to be done or a hobby you haven’t picked up in a while.  Also, use your workouts to your advantage, you have three of them today.
  2. Embrace the Hunger.  When the hunger hit it’s worse about mid afternoon I went looking for advice (well and really just another thing to keep me occupied.  Nothing like a targeted Internet search for info to kill some time).  The biggest thing that I found from both those fasting for health and religious purposes is to embrace the hunger, not fight it.  That also reminds me of what my therapist is telling me about negative thought, anxiety, depression or whatever your dealing with: “Acknowledge the feeling and then let it pass through you and out the other side”.  This is highly effective, but often easier said
  3. Drink Hot Liquids.  I had a cup of coffee (with xylitol to sweeten) mid afternoon and that made all the difference in the world.  Warm and satisfying a cup of tea or coffee can really do the trick.  It also gives you something with taste to sip on.
  4. Drink a Ton of Water.  I just kept the water coming all day.  I carried a big bottle around with me everywhere and guzzled several large glasses each time I took my BCAA supplements.
  5. Focus on the Results.  This is the biggie.  It is only one day and there are only five in the whole program.  Totally doable.  And just think about how great you are going to look and feel when you are done.

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The Extreme Fat Loss Diet is a short term fast fat loss plan.  To continue your healthy lifestyle and/or continue losing weight, you will need a long term nutritional plan.  My recommendation and the one I follow myself is Isabel De Los Rios’  The Diet Solution.  I have been following this plan for a month or so now and I feel great.   Sound research-based nutritional advice tailored to your personal metabolic type and an easy to follow portion controlled eating plan.  Brilliant.

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Isabel is offering a free bonus to her members right now of a personal outline and coaching on how to follow the Extreme Fat Loss Diet in a healthy way that gels with her nutritional advice and eating plan.  Really cool, I know I can’t wait to get my hands on that.

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