Hi, I'm Angela! I am a mother, daughter, wife, middle school teacher, and Sunday School teacher. I love all things farmhouse, galvanized metal, chippy paint, and raw wood. I am a sucker for a good DIY and I will never get tired of poking around in antique shops. Find what makes you happy and enjoy it as often as you can!
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Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion. Why I chose this book: a review
I’ve tried a lot of diets over the years, and most of them didn’t go so well. Like most people, I do enjoy eating desserts, even if they aren’t on my diet plan. Many times when I failed at a diet, it was because the diet itself was too restrictive and didn’t allow for occasional treats. I’d feel guilty about eating the food, and as a reaction to failing at my diet, I’d eat a little more. Before I knew it, I’d be completely and totally off my diet. Another reason I failed at my many diets is that I was constantly hungry, which led to a lot of snacking…and lot of that snacking was late at night.
Most of us know that if we truly want to lose weight and keep it off, diet and exercise are both key pieces of the puzzle. It’s also important that we understand treating ourselves in moderation is OK and doesn’t mean you’ve failed. And eating dinner after 7 doesn’t impact your weight loss as so many of us have believed for years!
I know what you’re thinking. There are thousands of different diets out there, and most of them are fads. How is this one any different? When Joel Marion, a six-time best selling author, was asked this question, he said, “You’re a six-time best selling author, what is different about this book compared to your others?Although many of the concepts are similar, the biggest difference is that you don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. You don’t have to deal with the burden of eating every few hours. And you don’t have to skip the carbs at dinnertime or avoid eating before bed.”
Doesn’t that sound a lot more realistic than the diets we are used to reading about?
When asked why he chose to write this book, Joel Marion said, ” After authoring 6 best selling books it was glaringly obvious there were 2 huge misconceptions about dieting that needed to be exposed. The first is that you can’t eat late at night or before bed, which science now shows is NOT true. And second, you can’t eat large portions that satisfy your natural instinct. This book solves both these problems by providing an evidence-based, enjoyable approach to dieting that can be used by any person to quickly achieve their weight loss goals.”
Yet another misconception Joel Marion addresses in Always Eat After 7 P.M. is the misconception that carbs are bad and will cause you to gain weight. In his book, he writes, “You’re probably thinking, ‘But I thought going low carb was the way to burn fat and lose weight.’ Not according to important scientific evidence. So that’s another misguided diet ‘rule’ that I encourage you to break on Always Eat After 7 P.M. You see, low-carb dieting interferes with leptin, a hormone that is produced in the body’s fat cells and monitors incoming energy as well as total body fat stores. When either incoming energy or body fat stores start to decline (as is often the case on low-carb or low-calorie fat loss diets, a series of reactions is set off in the body. As your leptin levels decline, you’ll experience a downward spiral of negative side effects.”
This is another reason I often failed at dieting. I did not take in enough carbs and experienced a major crash in energy. With Always Eat After 7 P.M., I am already noticing a change in my energy level and I haven’t gained any additional weight.
Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program. Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7PM program makes dieting easy and eliminates 90% of reasons for resistance. Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.
My grandfather was an excellent carpenter. He and his brother built me many neat things over the years but my favorite is this porch swing.
It’s handmade, solid wood and heavy. In fact, it’s so heavy that in the 15 years since he built it for me, I’ve never had a place to hang it. It’s been in my mother’s basement for years.
As you can imagine, 15 years in a damp basement takes its toll. We had several rotten slats and a rusted chain. We were blessed the frame was still in good shape .
I promptly ordered the things I thought we would need and I got to work replacing the slats that were rotten or warped. I toyed with replacing all the slats but since some were in great shape, I decided against it.
I then gave the whole swing a good sanding with my orbital sander and removed the rusty chain.
I then put two coats of primer and one coat of paint on the swing and replaced the chain with a new one.
My mom got me this arbor for my birthday so I could hang the swing. It’s very pretty and very sturdy. And we know the song isn’t hanging straight- the arbor isn’t exactly level yet. We haven’t anchored the arbor yet because we are waiting to put down some pea gravel to deal with the mud. We also want to cut those bushes but there are birds nesting in them, so we want to wait until they leave.
I’m so excited to have this swing at my house- finally! I miss my grandpa so much so I am happy to be able to have this gift he personally made for me. It looks so pretty hanging from the arbor. It brightens up our yard quite well!!
I can’t wait to finish this area so I can show it to you!!
Basically, the Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good.
That sounds so simple and so easy, right?
Many of us have grown up believing that if you want to manage your weight, eating after 7 P.M. if off the table. In the beginning of the book, Joel Marion addresses this thought. He then shares how his own experiences with weight gain and loss research from various studies helped him to form the theory that eating after 7 doesn’t have negative effects on your weight, but actually positive effects. After his research, Joel put his theory to the test and the results were awesome! In his first two weeks, he lost 12 pounds, and after sixteen weeks, he had lost 46 pounds. He also noticed an increased energy level and flatter abs. Don’t these results sound like results we would want to achieve?
We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal. In the book, Joel writes, “Always Eat After 7 pm is a three-phase program that teaches you how to lose big by strategically eating big when you are naturally hungriest—in the evening. This may sound too good to be true, but let me assure you it is no gimmick. It’s all about making strategic and smart food swaps, and you can still eat your favorite foods.”
Out of everything Joel said, this is what resonates with me the most:
“At my next medical checkup, my doctor was shocked at how good my blood work had gotten, so quickly. And let’s not forget the most important part: for the first time in months, I had the energy to keep up with my little girls.”
Having the energy to keep up with my children is certainly at the top of my list! I’m so excited to accept the challenge and dive in! Stay tuned- I’ll post an update next week.
In the meantime, check out this video on Joel’s top tips for success.
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