Your Questions About Better Weight Loss Coffee Tea

by Maricela on February 28, 2013

Laura asks…

I weight 255 pounds and i wanted to know the best way to drop atleast 70-80 pounds by spring break?

I would love to be around 180 pounds by spring break going into my prom night and next summer, because i’ve lost about 30 pounds in the last 4-5 months with minimal exercise from more than half that time accept for my bowling leagues about 3 days a week and if theres a better way to quicken up the weight loss process please let me know.

Maricela answers:

Well I went from 207 to 173 in about 8 weeks using a ketogenic diet. Many people say these are not safe, but the research shows that, if the directions are followed correctly, they are completely safe. Additionally, bodybuilders have been using ketogenic diets for decades during their cutting phases prior to competition.

The most common ketogenic diet is the Atkins Diet. The Atkins Diet (and any other ketogenic diet) involves eliminating practically ALL carbohydrates from your diet for a period of 2 weeks BUT eating as much (within reason) meat, cheese, eggs, and fat as one wants, then slowly adding back carbohydrates until one reaches a level where he or she is neither gaining or losing weight.

Here’s the science behind it:
Normally, the carbohydrates in food are converted into glucose, which is used to fuel one’s body and brain. However, eliminating carbohydrates from one’s diet causes the liver to convert fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. When the body produces ketone bodies it is referred to as a “state of ketosis” (which is why these diets are called “ketogenic” diets)

The diet has just enough protein for body growth and repair, and sufficient calories to maintain the correct weight for age and height. The “classic” ketogenic diet contains a 4:1 ratio by weight of fat to combined protein and carbohydrate. This is achieved by eliminating foods high in carbohydrates (starchy fruits and vegetables, bread, pasta, grains and sugar) while increasing the consumption of foods high in fat (cream and butter).

The reason a person MUST eat fat on this diet is because if a person eats too few calories, that person’s metabolism will slow down. So, a person still wants to eat somewhere between 1,300 to 1,800 calories a day (this is a rough estimate; the real figure depends on a person’s height and weight. This was my estimate). Eating meat almost exclusively makes getting this many calories into one’s system a bit challenging (think about it: 1 whole can of tuna, for example, only contains 200 calories). Also, eating 6 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 big ones keeps one’s metabolism going, which also aids the process.

While on this diet one should NOT do heavy weight training because carbohydrates are required to rebuild muscle tissue that is damaged during these activities (NOTE: Bodybuilders do use ketogenic diets, but they actually use “cyclic ketogenic diets,” which is unnecessary for your purposes). However, riding an exercise bike or vigorous walking for 15 – 30 minutes every morning BEFORE you eat will REALLY make the pounds disappear, and aerobic exercise/light weights are always good for a person.

My Experience:
When I did this diet, I followed it by-the-book. This meant for the first 2 weeks, I could only eat a MAXIMUM of 15 grams of carbohydrates each day. To put this in perspective, 1 slice of bread has between 15 and 20 grams of carbohydrates. I could eat no fruit, no grains (bread, pasta, cereal, rice, etc.), no milk, no nuts, absolutely nothing with sugar in it, and very few vegetables. The diet I did (Atkins) also recommends eliminating all caffeine since it often affects ones insulin levels (NOTE: eating carbohydrates creates insulin spikes that transport nutrients to fat cells to be stored, so insulin spikes are completely counterproductive during ketogenic diets). So I had no coffee, tea, etc. Finally, the diet required me to drink about a gallon of water a day; I was constipated a lot due to a lack of fiber; and I had a killer headache for the first 2 days while my body switched over from using carbohydrates to using ketones. However, I lost almost 20 pounds in that first 2 weeks. AND, I lost almost 20 pounds in 2 weeks by eating cheese, bacon, and spinach omelets, tuna salad with extra mayonnaise between cheese slices instead of bread, and steaks cooked in butter with bacon and cheese on top of them. This was WAY better than those no-food diets I had tried before. Anyway, during the 3rd week, I added nuts to my diet; in the 4th week, I added dairy; and so on…Remember, this is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.

I did this diet because I had a fatty liver, and my doctor told me to try it. After doing this for 2 months my liver function test showed that my liver was very healthy, showing enzyme levels that were near the bottom of the healthy range (whereas they had been 3x higher than the top of the range before). AND, since my body was converting fat for energy, my cholesterol level actually went DOWN during this cheese/bacon/mayonnaise frenzy! I am actually healthier now than I’ve ever been, and as long as I remember that this is a lifestyle change, and keep doing light aerobic exercise a few times a week, I shouldn’t have a problem with putting the weight back (and I haven’t yet). I even have a cookie or piece of cake on special occassions…I just have to do it in moderation. So, this diet/exercise plan will work, but it takes commitment. You sound like you have commitment, so maybe give it a try!

The links below should be very helpful in understanding this type of dieting further.

Robert asks…

What are the health benefits of drinking hot or warm water, if any?

I just want to know if there are any benefits to drinking warm or hot water, not scalding hot of course, but hot.

Are there any benefits to weight loss or other health aspects.


Maricela answers:

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, you should drink water at room temp or slightly warm. As cold water is not so good for your stomach.

For better health benefits, try squeezing the juice from half an organic lemon into warm or hot water and drink it upon rising first thing in the morning.

Preferably to be drunk instead of tea and coffee. If you really can’t survive with your morning coffee, at least wait an hour after consuming the lemon/water before you have your first coffee.

Most professionals suggest drinking the lemon/water first thing on an empty stomach and then waiting at least one hour before eating or drinking anything else.

This is ok to do at weekend but a bit impractical during a working week 9 – 5 type job. In this instance, still drink it first thing, then go off and have a shower/prepare for your day, and then have brekkie.

Really helps to build up your immune system, especially during winter.

For weight loss, add a teaspoon of organic Apple Cider Vinegar (must be organic and must still contain the Mother – otherwise will be useless) to room temp water and drink 15 – 30 mins before a meal, helps to reduce your appetite.

ACV is not so great for your teeth, so make sure you rinse your mouth out with plain water after consuming.


Lizzie asks…

What other food besides vegetables and water can someone eat to loose weight?

my goal is to loose weight but it is hard when i am not a veggie person but if i want to loose weight i will eat vegetables unfortunately and drink lots of water.
what else can i eat to loose weight?

Maricela answers:

Eat lots of protein. This can be found in lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, etc…Protein helps the body create muscle which in turn helps you burn fat. As for the other answer, don’t cut out all the carbs. It really won’t help you in the long run, which is why carbs are included in the food pyramid. Here are a couple of tips that can help you 🙂
I also have a blog that I’m writing to help women, especially mothers lose weight.

#15. Eat Breakfast. More specifically, eat a good breakfast. I’m not saying that you have to go all out with pancakes, eggs, bacon and what not. But it is a proven fact that those who eat breakfast regularly lose more weight than those who don’t. Having a simple piece of wheat toast, an egg and some coffee will suffice. Make sure you eat in moderation, which leads me to tip #14.

#14. You can enjoy your favorite foods, in moderation. I think one of the best things that you can do is start eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. And instead of going for that second helping of dinner, just stick with one and have a piece of fruit. Even the most healthy foods can be harmful to your weight loss goals if overdone. I know, it’s happened to me.

#13. Try and have around 4-5 small meals a day. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 1-2 snacks. The reason behind this logic is that when their is less time in between meals, your metabolism stays high, you don’t get hungry and therefore you tend to eat a little better and don’t over do it.

#12. Eat Slowly. I know, you’re probably thinking. What does that have to do with losing weight. Well, when we’re in a hurry, we tend to just scarf down our food, usually just swallowing it in whole chunks. We don’t listen to our bodies because we are eating so fast and we can never know when we’re actually full until we’re past that point. Just take some time when you are eating, savor your food and realize the full flavor of it before you swallow. That should be good enough.

#11. Never skip a meal. NEVER!! When we skip meals, it sends our bodies into starvation mode, causing it to save all the fat we’ve eaten for another ‘starvation mode’ instead of converting it into energy and burning it off.

#10. Drink more water. They say that we should have at least 8 glasses of water a day, and I’m pretty sure most of us don’t. But we need to. Actually, if you’re actively trying to lose weight you should have at least 12 glasses of water per day, and another glass of water for every cup of tea, coffee, or soda we drink. Water flushes out our system, getting rid of all the impurities we have inside that make us gain weight.

#09. Know your portions. I hate the idea of counting calories in foods, and I’m sure most moms are too. It’s a lot of work to do, especially when you’ve got a little one running around. Knowing your portions is especially handy because it lets you know how much you should be eating of a certain food. Half a cup of rice is about the size of your fist, one ounce of cheese is as much as a large marble; a three ounce serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards. Divide your plate into parts: Three fourths of it should be filled with vegetables, grains, beans and fruits while the other quarter should be extra-lean meat or low-fat dairy products.

#08. Eat more protein with every meal. Protein helps build muscle, and muscle helps burn fat. There are tons of foods that are high in protein; eggs, lean meat, beans, nuts, etc… Take your pick.

#07. Get enough sleep. Try and get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night. This tip can be especially hard for some people, but sleeping a full 8 hours gives your body time to recuperate from strenous exercise. Plus, who wants to work out when they are tired? No one.

#06. Add fruits/veggies to every meal. This is very simple. For breakfast, add a banana or apple. Lunch? Maybe some broccoli with ranch dipping sauce. It’s easy to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet if you have them for every meal. Feeling motivated? Add two portions of fruits/veggies.

#05. Stay Active. Try and find little ways to burn energy, like cleaning the house or going for a walk.

#04. Don’t eat on auto-pilot. What I mean by this is, don’t just eat just to eat. Eat when you’re truly hungry and eat to maintain your energy. If you love to cook, this should turn out to be a big problem, as it is with me. I taste everything I make. Have you done that before? Tasted the food that you’re cooking to make sure it is good, only to be full when the food is done? Bad idea…..

#03. Stock up on pre-cut fruits. These handy little snacks should help you not to crave the bad foods. Just pull one out and munch. But remember, chew slowly 🙂

#02. Fight the temptation to cheat. If you’re really serious about losing weight, stick to it. Don’t give up just because you’re having some friends or family over. If you go out to eat, still try to eat something healthy, or at least in moderation if it

Thomas asks…

Can apple cider vinegar water be detrimental to your health?

While reading a series of articles about weight loss I came across an article about 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar in 8oz of water.Then I bought some and made my own following the directions.My question is because it is also used for cleaning purposes can it erode or wear away my throat or stomach after long term use, and does anybody have any success stories.Thank You.

Maricela answers:

No it is very good for your health and most people find it hurts heartburn not causes it. I saw a site with many testimonies to vinegar helping their gerd and heartburn not the opposite.

The doctor who started the craze Dr Jarvis in the book in the 80s or so called Vermont folk medicine used it on so many of his human both children and adults and animal patients (he was also a vet) and found it only did good for the body. He went back to stufdy the hundreds of year old folk medicne in Vermont and doctor the people and animals.

He found that when used to try to change the urine from acidic to alkaline sick people always got well if they could get their urine to be alkaline Generally only produce is alkalizing and most grains, beans and animal products are acidifying.

You do want to be sure the apple cider vinegar you use is raw and not pasteurized as this kind is not really safe for the body.

Never use vinegar in plastic bottles as the plastic leeches into the vinegar since it is acidic environment (before it enters the body) if you must use pasteurized use Heinz

To find it check health food store like whole foods or health food section of the grocery store or buy online. Most common brands are braggs (she has a good book called apple cider vinegar on amazon–her dad opened the first health food store in America), eden or spectrum

Some people add a spoon of raw honey to it for its benefits.

Vinegar is one of the few negative calorie food..other foods that help metabolism are hot foods like cayenne and hot mustards

The average American thinks nothing of drinking coffee, tea, smoking, eating all kinds of artificial flavoring, colorings, junk and fast food but then questions if a natural food or treatment is gonna hurt them..far more damage comes from eating the average SAD than from vinegar

I have heard it gets rid of bone spurs and am currently trying it for this purpose and have been on it 5 days thus far. It has many many uses including making “runts of the litter” both people and animals grew taller and most of them go on to become blue ribbon winners (the animals that is) and it helps take calcium out of joints and flesh and into the b0ones and teeth where it should go..

Jarvis noted butchers that butchered both animals given no vinegar over rations and those given vinegar noted these animals were different.

Those not given vinegar has easy to cut through bones and hard to cut through joints and flesh and those given vinegar had hard to cut bones and tender flesh and easy to cut joints showing that the calcium was not going to the wrong place (source dc Jarvis book called arthritis)

In Vermont it was used to get rid of calcium deposit buildups on the inside of tea kettles and water heaters form the hard water found in Vermont,.

He also found animals loved and wanted it so much when poured on their rations they licked it dry and ate the dirt it fell on down several inches to get it and little kids instinctively sought out vinegar and sour leaves and drank vinegar straight on say cukes. I remember doing that as a kid and loving the straight vinegar on cucumbers. When we get older we lose our natural instincts

It has many uses including keeping the skin more tender and youthful according to Patricia Bragg’s book

My success story was being very ill one day with nausea and diarrhea and stomach upset and having a ticket for a concert that night I did not see how I could get through, I sipped vinegar water all day and by night I was fine again and able to go to the concert.

In fact, I am sipping it now.

Here are links to the right vinegars in my answer here

Daniel asks…

Do anyone know of a good way to detox your system without pills?

I am trying to stop drinking and want to loose weight. I figure if I try to stop drinking and cleanse my body first then that will help or is this going about it the wrong way? Desperate to do both!

Maricela answers:

Green Tea…


It has antioxidents to help your wounded insides heal from the alcohol and is supposidly able to aid in weight loss.

AND It only has 1/6th the amount of caffieen as coffee!

“They” say the average person should drink 6 cups of it a day just to stay healthy so if you make it in a huge quantity and keep it iced in the fridge with some lemon slices or mint then you can sip it all day instead of water.



They are TOTAL bullshit… Scams… No proof what so ever that they work…

Your better off drinking wine then the bullshit ‘lemon juice and cyanne pepper’ drinks that they sell as a “Detox Flush”.

ANYTHING that has the words “DETOX” or “FLUSH” on the package are bullshit… A total waste of money!!

Just drink tea, eat fresh fruits and veggies, and you will be fine.

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