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Lose Weight: A Simple Plan to Jump Start Your Health

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These days people will tell you they want to live a healthier lifestyle. They want to lose a few pounds and they want to work out more. But wants aren't always the motivation to make changes and get things done. If you're looking for an easy-to-follow diet plan to lose a few pounds, read on. This diet included in the Naked Fitness, A 28 Day Weight Loss Program for a Slimmer Fitter You, Vanguard Press, offers a realistic guide to eat healthier and lose weight.

Daily intake:

Eat 9-11 servings of fruits and vegetables. This may seem overwhelming at first but diet doesn't have to mean less food,. When you eat 9-11 servings of fruits and vegetables daily a few great things happen. First, you're bumping up the natural vitamins and minerals that these foods offer. Benefits including more energy, less inflammation in the body and healthier skin glow are the results. Secondly, you'll be increasing the daily fiber intake. Recommended fiber intake is 25-35g of fiber daily. Most people are not hitting that mark.

Eat 80-100 grams of Protein. This varies from person to person the minimum amount depending on sex, frame size, and lean muscle mass, but the research proves that a higher protein diet helps maintain and improve weight loss. Protein stabilizes the blood sugar from carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables and should be included in every meal. Even if you're vegan, protein is important. Sources like almonds, beans and soy products are good choices. Although lean proteins like tuna, salmon, turkey and chicken are encouraged, beef can be lean and densely packed with protein as well.

Hydrate. Low and no calorie beverages like teas and coffees help hydrate the body almost as well as water which should be the primary beverage choice. But keep in mind that up to 3 cups of coffee can help boost energy and still have hydrating effects on the body.

More details can be found in the book including shopping guides, menu plans and food swaps. Tips for eating out or on the go are also outlined. Naked Fitness can be found on www.AndreaMetcalf.com.

Andrea Metcalf is a healthy lifestyle spokesperson and one of America's top fitness experts.

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