A question about weekly weigh-ins in our private Facebook group this week and so many Instagram accounts still approaching weight loss in the worst possible way, prompted this blog piece.
When it comes to losing weight, making your diet plan simple to follow is one of the factors that makes it work!
The idea of making things as easy as possible is a major theme throughout Kristy Alford’s books based on her own experience of not being able to stick to things long term.
“I was three years into following a Ray Peat style diet and was loving the benefits,” author Kristy Alford said, “I’d written the ZEN Beach Diet and loved using the easy measuring system. But I started to get frustrated at the amount of fruit I’d have to cut up all the time and grating all the blooming carrots. I was staring in the fridge starving but didn’t want to cook elaborate meals!”
So in the effort to simplify things even further, the 3 Day Summer RESTART was written. It breaks the meal down into the bare essentials of getting the right macros. So it makes it super easy for those who work a lot, or are just busy all the time.
You cook once and have all meals done for 3 days. Then you sit back, relax and remove all stress around food entirely. It even includes a shopping list!
Here are some benefits others have found already:-
- I feel really full but I’m losing weight, how is that possible?
- It’s so refreshing not to have to think about what I’m eating for 3 days
- I feel really satiated, like my nutrients are being met
- Finally my body is happy
- I found the Ray Peat diet confusing, this made it so much easier
- My energy is so much more consistent throughout the day
- I already have the ZEN Beach Diet and it’s a fantastic resource with lots of recipes but this just helped everything click for me in terms of weight loss
- It feels like my meals are better balanced now, I would never have eaten this much protein at the start of the day before
- I didn’t realise how much it was stressing me out having to constantly think of what to eat
- A surprising benefit is that I’m more regular, is that the juice focus doing that?
More of what others had to say…
“I thought I was eating 1,800 calories before but I mustn’t have been as the weight is just dropping now.” – Rita A.
“I have officially lost 8 & 1/2 lbs in 3 weeks. This is not a small amount for me. I have been trying unsuccessfully to lose weight for about 6 years. After getting incredibly sick, my body just did not want to release the weight. Until now… This plan is working so well for me.
I have had two other folks in my health coaching group try it. One girl lost 8 lb in 2 weeks. And another girl lost 5 lb in the 3 days.
If you are considering trying the plan… Do it!!!”
– Maggie M. (Creator – https://www.facebook.com/groups/beingonpurposetribe )
“I have a lot (50-60kg) of weight to lose and feel confident that your books will make the process much easier than in the past. My major downfall has always been planning which you have also made fool proof.
I was done with all the extreme diets like keto and vegan that cut out so much lovely food. Then there was the challenge of trying to get my family to eat the same way…it never lasted very long.
I just wanted to thank you again for putting so much of your time into your books to make this process easy and affordable for people like me.“ – Bunny G.
“I’m doing this 3 days of every week just to make life easier for myself. Also while I’m generally sticking to the 1,800 cal ZEN Beach Diet plan, for some reason it doesn’t seem to have the weight loss effect that this 3 day plan does for me. Not sure why but I love it!” Lindsay Z.
“Omg WOW!!!! Your books keep getting even more amazing!!! (If that’s even possible!) It’s so beautiful! I opened it while with my friend at work and she was blown away too by the gorgeous design and layout and photos, and we hadn’t even read any words yet…!! “ KD
“I’ve enjoyed the Summer RESTART recipes so much that that I’m making them every week! Also the HIIT workouts have been wonderful too.” Courtney G.
“Using her books has made it possible for me to lose weight for the first time in years! I’m down 12lbs since I started a few months ago and feel great! I also love eating the foods that are recommended, they are delicious!” Grace O.
“I’ve lost 9 lbs in 3 months. Have more energy, lots less pain/inflammation, sleeping better too.” Aleena S.
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High protein ice-cream for breakfast?
You bet! That’s what I’ll be eating in the heat of summer with loads of fruit.
In our Facebook Private Group, we were discussing making sure we get enough protein to keep the liver functioning properly. One member complained that she struggles to get it all in because she doesn’t always feel like it. So I asked the question:
“If it was ice cream with fruit & chocolate on top would you feel like it then?”
Recent research and a few other influences piqued my interest to read a little about Fat Burner HIIT and test it to see if it actually works.
Fat Burner HIIT is actually recommended to those with PCOS, which seems like a huge mistake as it would raise stress in a person who’s health is already compromised. Realistically most HIIT programs out there would be a mistake for most people – it’s brutal.
After months of hard work and my kitchen/household turned upside down, I am excited to reveal my latest book – The Zen Beach Diet and show you how to lose weight and gain your health at the same time.
The Best Diet
After Keto ruined my health, I went searching for something else that would enhance my health as well as give me the weight loss results I desired. The fast metabolism, thyroid supporting approach by Dr Ray Peat was the one.
What’s in the book?
It’s based on my experiences with the Dr Ray Peat style of eating and solves the many questions about what to eat, how much to eat, and exactly how to lose weight with this diet. You’ll learn how to formulate a meal, exact macros, calories and how to balance your starch and fat intake.
The Zen Beach Diet is a detailed guide of Kristy Alford’s experiences with the Dr Ray Peat style of eating.
After eating low carb/keto for 10 years, she realised it was no longer working. Weight was coming back on, she was feeling cold all the time and her hair started to fall out. Kristy sought further answers and found the work of Dr Ray Peat.
After researching, experimenting and eating this way for nearly four years now, Kristy has finally found her answers. It was about fine tuning the calorie level, balance of macros and types of food to maximise her health, metabolism and finally reach the weight loss goal she desired.
The book includes information, food guides, a how to build your own meal plan formula as well as a 7-day meal plan and new recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kristy says, “Many of the resources on Ray’s way of eating give the general guidelines, but no-one tells you specifically WHAT to eat and HOW MUCH to eat. This is where the Zen Beach Diet book fills the gap.”
Beautifully photographed by her husband and professional photographer Adrian Alford, it features a stunning collection of beaches from around the world.
Enjoy the amazing view as you learn how to finally get your health and weight on track and into the Zen Beach vibe.
Priced at only AU$9.95 (US$6.65, £5.15), it’s a PDF file of 34 mb and is available for immediate download now.
“I love it! Such an easy concept to follow and the pictures are stunning. Feeling better already.” – Lindy Z.
“Easy plan, easy recipes. Love the way she incorporates fruit into everything.” – Rita A.
“Ray’s information and education is amazing but I could never find it all in just the one spot, so this book is amazing!” – E.D.
“Yep I have bought this recipe book and can safely say we are given fabulous recipes with lots to eat. I feel very well fed plus the gorgeous photography images are sunny and cheery!” – Lisa W.
“You are to be commended on putting the basics in one easy reference for sure! This isn’t easy to simplify at all! Very, very helpful” Marcine P.
“I am really enjoying the Zen Beach Diet. Great info in it and easy to understand.“ J.V.
“I’ve been trying to follow a pro-metabolic diet for years but it didn’t click until I started working with Kristy and reading her books – the Zen Beach Diet is SO simple and easy to understand and makes me feel like I can do this. With Kristy’s help, I’ve been able to get my temperatures back to where they should be and feel more energized. Thank you, Kristy!” – Rachel B.
“What a gorgeous book, it’s such a delight to read and use.The pictures are amazing, it’s beautifully written and easy to follow.I love all of Kristy Alford’s books and I think The Zen Beach Diet is her best book so far! Very inspiring! – K.D.
“I recently purchased the Zen Beach Diet book and Sweet Treats. Both of these books contain great recipes and break down the macro nutrients for each meal/snack. When I’m out of ideas for what to make, I pull out your books for easy meals and snacks that also hit my nutrient needs (especially protein!) I also recommend both books to my clients because you follows the principles I teach. Recipe development is NOT my favorite thing to do, which is why I am so grateful for the diligent, hard work you’ve put into these resources, Kristy. Thank you!”
– Nosheen Hayat, MPH, RDN, LDN www.hayatnutritionandwellness.
“While I am pretty new to the Peaty way of eating, (about 2 months now,) I have all three of your Peaty books and am having great success with gradual changes and love your perspective of watching the fat and calories so I don’t blimp out!
So far, I have lost 10 pounds, feel so much less bloated and never felt like I was on a diet but rather quite satisfied. I can totally eat this way the rest of my life and my only hunger is to learn more about this way of eating.
Truly though it has been MOST helpful to ‘see’ the Ray Peat plan simply laid out in your Zen book with the information and daily food plan. Can’t say enough how much this has helped me and I always refer back to it.
After on and off again dieting and interests in nutrition, etc., since my teens, I can wholeheartedly say, I’ve finally found it…what really works to keep me healthy, balanced & happy.” – Jen H
“I also want to thank you for writing an excellent book. It really explains things well. I guess I didn’t realize one needed to eat that much fruit at a meal.
I think as simple as your food measurement method might sound, it is brilliant. It does make this way of eating easier. I don’t want to have to count my macros.” – J.F.
The Zen Beach Diet available here.
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I just wanted to give everyone an update on my super low fat diet experiments.
As you may or may not know, since about June 2020 (4 months,) I have been trying to have only 20g fat a day, (10% of my 1,800 calories.) This was spurred on by the desire to lose about 5kgs (10lbs) within a Ray Peat diet framework.
(10% of calories was deemed to be the magic level where weight loss was more likely, along with a wider margin of calories allowed to no adverse effect.)
I frequently get asked what I eat in a day. So I thought I would document it, to help others out.
- Note I have updated this to reflect the fact that I am not doing super low fat of 20g a day (or 10% of calories any more.) Click here to read why this came about.
So overall I aim for 1,800 calories – 100g protein, 40g of fat and the rest carbs per day. I won’t always hit these targets, as measuring and counting every ounce of food I eat is not conducive to a balanced, happy life for me. However every quarter or so, I plug everything into cronometer.com to see what’s what, and if anything needs adjusting.
You hear this line thrown out everywhere – “Just eat less and exercise more” – as the magical answer to everyone’s weight issues. The problem is it doesn’t actually work if you do it incorrectly (which most people do) and makes the issues worse, as you will see in this story…
So interestingly, after my last blog post – Does low carb dieting making your hair fall out? – all over the news in the same week, there was this confession from workout queen Kayla Itsines:-
“My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair,” she wrote, adding that her grandmother and her mom have thin hair as well, and that there is a family history of female pattern baldness. “I can see my hair getting thinner and thinner the older I get.” See articles below.
And in most of these similar stories, the reason given for it is Female Pattern Baldness that runs in Kayla Itsines family. The message of being happy and proud no matter what your issue is commendable. (I learned long ago that worrying what other people think is a waste of a happy life.)
So far so good.
However then in another two articles, there is a mention of hypothyroidism….