Author, The Cardio-Free Diet (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2007) and #1 New York Times bestseller, The Business Plan for the Body, and Flip the Switch
Fitness Contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America
Host of Couch Potatoes on ABC News Now
Regularly appears on CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, Fox News, ABC7 in Chicago and Cityline in Toronto
Featured in Vogue, Time, People, US News & World Report, In-Touch Weekly, More, US Weekly, Self, Town & Country, Tycoon, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Men’s Health, Chicago and Odyssey Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times
Founder of Jim Karas Personal Training, LLC, which has worked with over 500 clients in Chicago and New York, including ABC’s Diane Sawyer and Cynthia McFadden, CNN’s Paula Zahn, and actors Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Candace Bergen and Emma Thompson
Graduate of the Wharton School of Business
Jim Karas: Seven Days to a New You
By Mimi Elliott
The 700 Club
Many Americans know that genetics and biology play a role in weight and metabolism. Body weight, calories-in and calories-out work closely together. Jim says there are a lot of things that we can control to affect these three variables.
“The 7-Day Surge doesn’t just rev up your energy; it also keeps you on an even keel so that you don’t crash,” Jim said.
Jim suggests starting the 7-Day Surge plan on a Monday.
“I found for most people that Monday represents a fresh start and a clean slate,” he said. It gives you the weekend to shop, plan, prepare and schedule for upcoming changes. By building a foundation during the week, you will be better prepared for challenges you face on the weekend.
What you will need for the 7-Day Energy Surge:
Braided “Xertube” with door attachment
Mattress less than 10 years old
Pillow less than 1 year old
Snore strips (if your mate snores)
Night light (turning on full lights if you have to get up at night wakes you up)
Pet bed (if you own a pet)
iPod (for white noise or other music player to drown out noise).
Just the thought of a scale sends people running, but Jim says it should actually be a friend. The more often you weigh yourself, the less you weigh. Get out your jeans (they don’t lie). If they are loose, then both the scales and inches are probably down. The moment weight goes down, you will immediately feel energy bubble up.
Also, buy and use the smallest plates and glasses. Research shows that the smaller the plate, the less you will eat. Keep a food diary. Jim says it is important to see every bite written down.
Get a weight loss buddy. Studies show that 66 percent of people with a partner kept their weight off versus 24 percent who went at it alone. Schedule a physical. When embarking on any new program, it is important to get a doctor’s clearance if you have had past medical issues.
LOSING WEIGHT AND GAINING ENERGY
When it comes to losing weight, Jim says there are positive behaviors we can adapt that help us perform more:
- Count calories. It’s the only way to successfully lose weight and stay on a long-term plan.
- Add protein to every meal (chicken breast, can of tuna, nuts, cottage cheese, etc.). It’s the most difficult food to digest and makes you feel fuller longer.
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies. They are a great source of many compounds as well as a great source of water.
- Consume whole grain carbs. They are released in the bloodstream slower therefore blood sugar remains more constant.
- Flavor foods with balsamic vinegar, fresh lemons and limes.
Jim says there are behaviors to avoid when losing weight and gaining energy:
- Don’t skip breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. People who skip breakfast regularly are 450 percent more likely to be obese then regular breakfast eaters.
- Don’t wait so long between meals.
- Americans are also drinking too much of the wrong liquids. We should drink more water, tea, and wheatgrass juice, and less of coffee, milk and protein shakes. (Most protein shakes are over 500 calories when purchased ready-to-drink. Use sparingly unless using as a meal replacement.)
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