Mike Levinson is a former amateur bodybuilding champion and registered dietitian who holds dual degrees in sports nutrition and physical education. He has worked extensively as a nutritionist with the California Angels baseball team and with famous athletes such as Charles Oakley, JT Snow and Sean Rooks. He also worked as a nutritionist for the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders.

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No-Nonsense Weight Loss

by Mike Levinson, Fitness Expert

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I work with many clients and have come to the conclusion that we are all creatures of habit and really do not like change. We also like food as a crutch, comfort, when we are sad or happy, at social events, or pure boredom.

Are you ready to start the journey to a beach-ready body?

In order to lose body fat and not just weight (muscle, amputation, or water weight) we must fool our bodies and rev up our metabolism.

We all throw the word metabolism around. Let me tell you about it through a dietitian and fitness expert's point of view and opinion. We all have a healthy and normal metabolism unless thyroid issues are diagnosed.

First, go get your blood work done and make sure your levels are all "normal." After assuring yourself you have normal levels, you must get that stubborn metabolism going.

Most people tell me they do not have a metabolism. I am here to tell you that we all have normal and healthy ones. However, the best way to increase your metabolism -- which in turn will burn more body fat and get you leaner and healthier -- is to eat properly and be active.

As for eating properly I have been working with many people on ways to lean up and lose body fat. I recommend cycling your carbs. What does that mean? It means for two straight days eat no starchy carbs -- NO potatoes, rice, pasta, cereals, corn, desserts, sugars, breads or anything starchy or sugary in nature. But do eat whole fruits (smaller the better), whole veggies, lean sources of protein such as chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, or lean beef, some healthy fats and nuts such as peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds and olive oils.

Basically eat well-balanced just for two straight days cut out your starchy carbs except for fruits and veggies.

I recommend eating the whole fruit versus drinking juices. Juices should be avoided.

So for two straight days you do this and then on the third day incorporate two meals with SMALL amount of carbs such as two slices of whole grain bread, 1/2 cup brown rice, small baked potato or some wasa crackers. Eat two "carb" meals on Day 3 and keep the rest of your eating plan as is.

Do this for a month strictly and watch 8 to 10 pounds fall off. I'm not talking about water or muscle weight. No, I am talking pure fat.

Make sure you are doing some form of activity/exercise 4 to 5 days a week of at least 30 to 45 minutes per day. Also, be sure to drink 65 ounces or more of water.

This is a surefire way to drop some fat pounds and begin your journey to a beach ready summer body.

@ 2:14pm ET on February 11, 2009
Does this mean to repeat 2 days no carbs, 1 day carbs for a month or does it mean, 2 days no carbs and then for the rest of the month you eat 2 carb meals a day?


@ 7:28pm ET on February 11, 2009
what I mean is to do two days of low low carb- only fruits and veggies and then on the third day add some other carbs such as oats and whole grains. Repeat the three day cycle.

@ 12:20pm ET on February 12, 2009
Every web site says something totally different about how many calories I should have each day. From 1100 to 1700. Im 5'1, 145 pounds and trying to take off 20 pounds.

@ 4:13pm ET on February 12, 2009
Thanks Mike, I am definitely going to try this one. I tried South Beach and thought the no carb thing was too restrictive, but I think I can handle this!

@ 12:55pm ET on June 13, 2013
Can I eat butternut squash? And what about quinoa and cous cous?

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