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Dairy, Big Boobs and Belly Fat

Dairy and Belly Fat

Does eating dairy foods give you big boobs and belly fat?

In my experience – yes it does. But let me explain why I’m not quitting dairy altogether.

So before I was on a Ray Peat style diet, I was Keto for 10 years and dairy free. I lost all the weight I wanted, bust was down to a nice C cup and I had a flat stomach as well.

All was dandy until my health fell apart and my hair started to fall out, along with a dozen other symptoms pointing to hypothyroidism. So I had to stop that quick smart and found Ray Peat’s teachings.

He espoused the value of dairy as a great balanced protein with little downside, as well as the all important calcium content. I needed the calcium part as my teeth were suffering as well from the past dairy avoidance.

The only reason I had stopped dairy in the past was that everyone said how bad it was for you and when I would have a lot of it, I would get sinus blockage. So I started again, slowly at first. But soon I was having four glasses of skim milk, low fat Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and some cheddar cheese for  my protein and calcium. I didn’t even have the full fat versions, it was all skim or low fat.

But very soon my bust started to grow as well as belly fat. I wasn’t overall gaining more weight necessarily but it was a definite shift in weight distribution. Boobs grew to DD cup and became bloated and sore. Belly fat felt like I had a fat suit on the front only, where I could grab at least 3 inches before I felt the abs underneath. I was sure it was the hormones in dairy causing my big boobs and belly fat.

But there’s only a tiny amount of hormones in dairy

Now Ray says that the hormones in dairy are negligible and granted, when I look into it, the data says the same thing:-

Dairy Belly Fat

So when you convert nanograms (ng) to say millilitres, you are only looking at 0.01 ml per litre of milk for the progesterone for example. So IT IS tiny and you are never going to have such a vast quantity of butter or cheese.

But when I was having butter, a litre of milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and hard cheese, all of these little amounts add up and just must have tipped my previous hormonal balance to get these effects.

Further reading says too that both estrogen AND progesterone contribute to a large bust and belly fat. And that’s exactly what I was getting. Another story I read the lady said, “I quit dairy for a while and my boobs completely went down.”

The crazy part is though that it doesn’t happen for everyone. Another person can eat all that dairy and not have these effects at all. Perhaps their previous hormone levels were lower, and the dairy intake just served to balance it all nicely. You just never know.

This is why this all diet stuff is so difficult, because everyone is different.

Someone said to me, “so do you think I should quit dairy again all together?” And I think Ray has convinced me that the intake of good quality dairy is really important for health, but it’s just the optimal quantity of it that will vary from person to person.

So personally I had already the reduced the amount I was having to only 2 cups total of any dairy per day. This has had the effect of reducing my bust to a D cup and the belly fat has definitely gone down as well.

My latest reduction now is the following daily:-

2 TBS skim milk powder in coffee*

1/2 cup cottage cheese

2 slices of cheddar cheese

2 tsp butter

(*you can have fresh milk, I just can’t be bothered getting it for the small amount I have now.)

Now just remember too the greatest concentration of the hormones is in the fat portion of dairy. So if you are having skim or low fat then you are definitely having less of it. But even though I was always having mostly skim, it still had an effect anyway.

So you’ll find some articles that will say the hormones make no difference and others that say it definitely does.

Do you think dairy is causing big boobs and belly fat for you? Make your own decisions and conduct your own experiments on yourself to gauge the effects. The more we can share our stories of our own experiences, the more it helps everyone.

Kristy x

 

All beautiful images in my 5 books are by www.adrianalfordphotography.com. Oh his Youtube channel he actually shows exactly how he sets up and styles the shoot and the camera settings he uses. View video here.

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Lose weight – Summer Diet RESTART

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Hands up who’s eating has been a little all over the place lately and needs to lose weight and get back on track with a Summer Diet Restart that’s Dr Ray Peat Inspired?

The good news is that I’ve just created the new Zen Beach Diet 3 Day Summer RESTART book and double bonus – you can even get it for FREE! Read on to find out how.

So with the Ray Peat style diet, we’re eating all the right foods now, we’re eating a sensible amount of calories, getting the right nutrients and feeling good. But doing all that doesn’t stop us necessarily from creeping into poor dietary behaviours, which is probably what got us on to the ‘dieting’ track all those years ago.

I’m talking about eating a second helping when you were not hungry and now you’re feeling sick full. Eating mindlessly when you’re bored. Having what they’re having because it’s easier, even when you know it’s full of polyunsaturated fats or starch or anything else that’s not conducive to good health. Life getting a bit too crazy and you haven’t food shopped or prepped properly, so you eat the pasta, cake and bread because that’s all you have left.

For all these reasons and more, we all need a way to STOP, draw a line in the sand and get back on track.

This is why the Summer Diet RESTART was created.

Three easy recipes to prep all at once and have all your highly nutritious meals covered for three days. Then just relax, tune back into your body and feel what good nutrition, the right amount of calories and stress free living is all about. This is how to lose weight the easy way.

ZEN Beach Diet

Based on the principles outlined in the ZEN Beach Diet, the 3 day Summer Diet RESTART makes the already simple methods outlined even more simple – if that’s even possible!

It will change the way you approach your Ray Peat style diet ongoing.

Once again beautifully photographed by Adrian Alford continuing the relaxed Zen Beach vibe.

The 3 day Summer RESTART is AU$9.95 (US$6.50, GBP 5.15) and is available for immediate download here.

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How to get it for FREE!

Simply purchase THREE of Slim Birdy’s Ray Peat Inspired Books.

  1. The Zen Beach Diet,
  2. The One Ten Toned exercise program
  3. The Sweet Treats recipe book

Then BOTH the Bonus FAT Burner HIIT Guide AND the 3 Day Summer RESTART will be sent to you FREE!

(Those who have previously purchased 3 books will contacted over the next few days.)

Note 1

Those who have already purchased 2 of my books, would have received the Bonus FAT Burner HIIT Guide Free. Simply purchase another book, and you will also get the 3 Day Summer RESTART for FREE.

Note 2

If you already have one of my books and purchase the 3 Day Summer RESTART, you will also receive the Bonus FAT Burner HIIT Guide for FREE!

The 3 Day Summer Diet RESTART is just another way to make your life easier.

Summer bliss.

Kristy x

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Cheeses Protein vs Fat

 

There is no doubt that cheese is a wonderful food in the Ray Peat line up. When weight loss is a consideration however, the protein vs fat equation comes into play in all the cheeses you are eating.

This post was inspired by two of the members of our private Facebook group who were discussing cottage cheese and the fact that it was awful and tasteless. Another issue was gut irritation.

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High Protein Ice Cream

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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?”

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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins – Ray Peat Inspired

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Everyone loves fruity muffins, but they’re even better for your health when they are Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins!

I was trying to think of other things to have for breakfast instead of eggs, fruit and Greek yogurt or the 5 other options in my Zen Beach Diet book. All are fabulous choices but sometimes you want something that still fits the Ray Peat Inspired eating model, but is a little different. The fact that it can be eaten with the amazing protein filled cottage cheese and zesty marmalade is just an added bonus.

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Fat Burner HIIT

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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.

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The Zen Beach Diet – How to lose weight

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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.

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The Zen Beach Diet

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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.

Buy here.

Testimonials

“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.

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“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 helpfulMarcine P.

“I am really enjoying the Zen Beach Diet. Great info in it and easy to understand. J.V.

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“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.

Zen Beach Diet

“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.com

“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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Note 1:

Purchase any two of my three Ray Peat Inspired books & receive a BONUS Fat Burner HIIT guide to ramp up your weight loss without damaging your health, absolutely FREE.

Books included are the Zen Beach Diet, One Ten Toned or Sweet Treats. When I see the sale come through I will manually send you the Bonus Guide.

Note 2

If you purchase all 3 of my Ray Peat Inspired books, you will also receive a copy of my new book 3 Day Summer Restart. So 2 bonuses!

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This applies to all past and future purchases.

See more detail on all books here.

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Low Fat Diet – A Health Perspective

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 (4 months,) I have been trying to have only 20g fat a day, (10% of my 1,800 calories,) which 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.)

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What I eat in a day – Ray Peat Inspired

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.

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