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Fat Burner HIIT

Fat Burner HIIT

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.

 So for those who don’t know,  HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training. Think fast sprints, trying to do fast burpees non stop for 15 minutes, and cycle sprints. Cross Fit peeps go to a whole new level of HIIT craziness and incorporate weights in amongst all that, at a fast pace in circuits of different exercises. It’s a sure way to wreck your thyroid, slow your metabolism, completely stress your body out. For some, it leads to illnesses like chronic fatigue and Hashimotos disease.

So you might be wondering why I’m even bothering to talk about this if it’s so bad for your health!

Well as with most things, it’s the dosage makes the poison. It’s also a bit of a warning for those who think it’s actually good for you and a subtle point – OVER HERE – in the right direction of what to do instead!

So for the last month, I’ve been trialling a super easy version of FAT Burner HIIT. After reading a really interesting study on it, I created a more practical sequence for the rebounder and one without any equipment, so we could all do it at home.

Two things are critical to its success:

– the brevity of the session and how often you do it.

The results have been a trimming of fat around the mid section, which is often a difficult area to move for most. And the true test as to whether this activity is good for your health or not, I’ve been measuring my body temperature throughout and it has been staying at its recovered high levels.

So this is a fantastic indicator that it is actually beneficial for health as well.

Just a quick recap for those who are new to my blog, a low body temperature often means your metabolism is low and thyroid function is compromised. All of these things lowered my body temperature:

  • Keto
  • Low carb
  • Low calories
  • Intermittent fasting
  • Exercising on an empty stomach
  • Coffee first thing in the morning
  • Running
  • Excessive exercise

So getting your temperature to 36.7C (98F) when you wake up and up to 37.7C (99.8F) after food is where it should be. Anything that lowers your temperature on an ongoing basis is bad for your health. It will lead to increasingly worse health issues, if you continue down that path.

FREE Bonus FAT Burner HIIT Guide

 I have written a little guide of exactly what to do in this new Fat Burner HIIT approach and I am giving it away for FREE to everyone who has purchased two or more of my Ray Peat Inspired books. It details the studies, the moves, the timing and a bonus study on when to do your walking for best health benefits and improving digestion.

Simply purchase any two of the Zen Beach Diet, One Ten Toned or Sweet Treats and the HIIT guide will be sent through.  It’s really important to be on board with all aspects of your metabolic health, rather than just trying to pursue weight loss. It encompasses eating, your habits, stress reduction, importance of sunlight, nutrient rich foods, the right exercise and more. You can learn all about this in my books, which are each under AU$9.95 (US$6.50 & GBP 5.15.)

Buy books here.

If you have purchased one book already (thank you!), then just buy another and the FREE guide will be sent through as well.

Let’s all get healthy and trim in the easiest, safest way.

Kristy x

PS: Images by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

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Low Fat Chewy Plum Fudge Recipe

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A diet for a fast metabolism includes sweet fruity treats, so this Chewy Plum Fudge recipe fits the bill.

When people start eating a Dr Ray Peat type of diet they think, “look saturated fat is protective so gimme all the ice cream, let me put butter on everything and what do you mean a handful of grated cheese at every meal may be too much?”

20 kgs (40lbs) overweight a few months later and they wonder what happened!

Saturated fat IS protective, but only in the right doses.

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Dr Ray Peat beginners guide to eating for a fast metabolism

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A fast metabolism is one of the key factors that improves overall health no matter what your specific ailment.

I’m coming across more and more people who are health damaged by keto, low carb, paleo, veganism, intermittent fasting and even excess exercise, so I just wanted to make a summary post of all my articles so far, that talk about my journey back to health via the Dr Ray Peat guidelines and a fast metabolism is a really big part of the solution.

Examples of issues

Just this past week a friend with weight issues tested her waking temperature and came in at 36.1C (97F) – so it’s not diabolical but whatever she is doing is contributing to her metabolism decline, which will only get worse if she doesn’t address it now.

Another follower on IG complained about not being able to lose weight any more, she had lost and regained a few times in the past but just couldn’t budge it any more, despite still eating the recommended balanced diet with low calories and doing heaps of cardio. Her temperature – 35.0C (95F) and pulse 60 bpm – which is pretty bad and the level I was when I realised I was heading down the wrong path.

Then two other people where a dietitian and an obesity specialist both recommended low carb/keto diets!

So there is no surprise that the US currently has a thyroid dysfunction epidemic and Australia will soon follow, and already world wide nearly 20% of all women have PCOS! Given the popularity of keto/low carb and quitting sugar, these issues are no surprise.

What controls the metabolism? The Thyroid gland!

So if you are already in the damaged state, these articles will give you an insight as to what you may be doing wrong and the steps required to fix it.

Articles

Understanding PUFAs

Why knowing your waking body temperature is so important.

Fast metabolism

Metabolism update

Sugar is actually good for you

The switch from Low Carb to Pro Metabolic – what to eat

The switch from Low Carb to Pro Metabolic – what NOT to eat

Low Carb and hair loss

Hair loss, low calories and excessive exercise

Carb loading to restore metabolism

Pro metabolic eating awareness

Testing your thyroid

Drinking coffee correctly

Where you may be sabotaging your metabolism

Pro-metabolic snack ideas

Weight loss troubles with standard advice

Exercise that preserves your metabolism

Dr Ray Peat Inspired Weight Loss

Dr Ray Peat inspired recipes

So this is a snapshot of the pro-metabolic direction for optimising your health and hormones with food and exercise. (I don’t know anything about the supplementation side of things because I didn’t need to do that. I do take about 4000mg of non acidic Vitamin C a day though, just because it makes me feel better and it actually reduces cortisol.)

After two years now my body temperature has increased from:

A waking temperature of 35.3C (95.5F) – and after exercise/walking was 34.3C  (93.7C).

To now, just in the last few weeks, I’ve reached 36.7C (98F) waking and goes right up to 37.7C (99.9F) after food. (I credit my new light weights exercise program for this last boost.)

How to eat

When my body fell into a heap two years ago with a pile of hypothyroid symptoms, I had also put on about 6kgs (12lbs) since my lowest low carbing weight, but I didn’t put on any more while switching to Peaty foods. This was because I ignored most of the advice to drastically increase calories to help the body heal, namely because I researched the forums first and everyone who said they did this put on loads of weight. Honestly I don’t think it gets you there any faster, your body needs time to learn how to process carbs again properly, and clearing the fat out of the way via a lower fat diet was probably the most effective tool for me.

Further resources

Anyway, please join us in the private Facebook group where we discuss more about this and share ideas and experiences:-

http://bit.ly/SlimbirdyFBGroup

Please start on the super easy One Ten Toned exercise program to make sure whatever exercise you are doing now, is not sabotaging your healing efforts:

http://www.onetentoned.com

I show some of the exercises on my YouTube channel:

http://bit.ly/YouTubeSlimbirdy

Having muscle tone helps your body burn fat at rest, shifts around the belly fat, and just helps with circulation, posture, and puts the spring in your step.

Also I have now completed the Zen Beach Diet book which summarises all of the above and gives you a meal plan to get started on right now. Available here.

And please share this post with anyone you feel is suffering the effects of wrong diet and punishing exercise, so we can help as many people as possible get on the right track.

A big thank you to Dr Ray Peat whose wisdom is helping so many people regain their health.

Happy, healthy and now on the right track.

Kristy x

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Thyroid blood tests – the easy way.

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Your thyroid gland is the key to your metabolic health and getting thyroid blood tests along with knowing your body temperature and pulse, tells you a lot about the health of your body.

As readers of my ramblings know, I am interested in my health, that’s why I read about it, write about it and see how things work for me by testing it out and gauging how I feel.

I can also measure if things are working by taking temperature and pulse, see how my weight is tracking, how energetic I feel as well but sometimes, you need a blood test to reveal more. Things like your cholesterol levels, iron levels, and B12 levels. Only then it reveals a complete and more accurate picture of what’s really happening in your body.

Hands up all those who have a cooperative doctor who will 100% test everything you would like to test? Or who doesn’t try to talk you out of it or have an argument about why you don’t really need it.

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Applesauce Four ingredient Brownies – Ray Peat Inspired

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I am slowly working my way through my recipes and tweaking them to be less full of nuts, less fats and introducing more Ray Peat friendly ingredients to offer maximum nutrition, even if it is a sweet treat. The Applesauce Four Ingredient Brownies turned out perfectly!

Good fats are great like cacao butter, coconut oil, even grass-fed normal butter, however when the fudge you are eating is equivalent to a tablespoon of fat each mouthful, well ‘the too much of a good thing’ rule may very well apply.

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Light sweetened condensed milk ice cream

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Did you know that sugar is actually a powerful metabolic food that feeds every cell in your body? The biggest problem though, is that we all eat it incorrectly, then blame the sugar for being bad for us. Anyway, that’s a thought bubble for another post!

So for those who still allow a little sugar in your life, here is a super easy light sweetened condensed milk ice cream that easily trumps store bought chemical-filled options, and tastes amazing!

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Kayla Itsines – BBG – thinning hair & stretch marks

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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.

Health.comTeenVogue.com; Cosmopolitan; FoxNews.com

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….

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The Keto diet causes hair loss

keto diet causes hair loss

After 10 years on a ketogenic diet, I can unequivocally say the keto diet causes hair loss!

It was coming out by the handful and not growing back, until I made some changes.

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Buzz Buzz Banana Smoothie – hint, hint – coffee!

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As both more fruit and coffee is coming back into my life, start the day with a Ka –BANGO with my new recipe creation Buzz Buzz Banana Smoothie.

So I’m back from Cherry Blossom gazing in Japan and wow(!) what an amazing place that is for a number of different reasons. Will elaborate more in a coming post but for now, I just wanted to show you my latest breakfast-on-the-run creation.

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