Two Weeks of “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”

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.



Hi, all! Remember this post, where I talked about wanting to have more energy, and lose weight since the gyms are still closed? After trying fad diet after fad diet, believing many diet misconceptions, and always gaining my weight back, I decided to try Joel Marion’s 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  to see if I could lose weight and gain energy.

I have been counting macronutrients and calories as well as weight training and running, which I have had a lot of success with. I decided I’d incorporate some of Joel Marion’s principles in conjunction with counting macronutrients and it has proven to be the best fit for me.

Prior to beginning Always Eat After Seven, I frequently ate light meals for dinner, and I ate them no later than 6:30 P.M. This often meant I would wake up starving, or I’d cave and snack on something unhealthy at night time. I decided to try eating a heavier, higher carb meal (but making sure to save my carbs so I did not exceed my daily carb allotment). Within two weeks I lost the remaining three pounds and hit my second short term goal.

In Always Eat After Seven P.M., Joel Marion addresses the misconception that eating heavier meals later in the evening is detrimental to weight loss.

“A research paper published in Sports Medicine in 2014 showed that people who eat the majority of their carbs at dinner actually sleep better,” he said. “Carb-induced, quality sleep decreases cortisol (a fat-storing hormone) and ramps up the production of your sleep hormones, serotonin and melatonin. Restorative sleep increases fat-burning hormones—the main one being growth hormone—overnight.”

There are so many things I love about the book- the easy-to-follow meal plans make meal planning and grocery shopping easy. The recipes are easy to make and are delicious, without a lot of special ingredients. Have you ever had trouble following a diet because you couldn’t find the recipe ingredients anywhere in the stores? You won’t have that problem with Always Eat After 7 P.M.

My children are picky and often won’t try new things, but this cheesy ground beef skillet was a crowd pleaser. It was easy to make and everyone in our family loved it. Most of the recipes in the book require minimal prep so they are perfect for busy families like ours. You can eat a quick and delicious meal that doesn’t come from a drive thru.

Check out this video of author Joel Marion talking about some of the recipes included in the book:

You can find the cheesy ground beef skillet recipe and many others in Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7 P.M. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

 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. 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. 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.

You can find my other posts about Always Eat After 7 P.M. here and here.

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Why I’m Doing 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….and why you should, too!

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

I have always been fitness and diet conscious, but now that the gym is closed for COVID-19, my good habits have suffered! I noticed I was gaining a little of my weight back and my energy level was suffering as well. I knew I wanted to change those things, so I jumped at the chance to receive an advance copy of “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. Over the next month, I’ll be sharing my experience of the book and diet (and hopefully some awesome benefits!)

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.

Learn more about the book and how to purchase here. 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.

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

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How to keep your routines and keep your sanity!!

I am sure this is true for all of you- but all of our usual activities are canceled. No school, no church, and no dance classes. No church and no fitness classes. We have been struggling to find ways to fill our time and make sure we stick to a reasonable routine.

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This schedule has been widely circulated on Facebook, and while it is a good model, we have been using the schedule below. I am a teacher and during the summer, we “light homeschool” our kids. We can’t truly call it homeschool because we don’t meet the hourly requirements for actual homeschool, but we do still sit down and do school for about three and a half to four hours a day. We use this schedule:

Please pardon the handwriting.

Following a more extensive schedule would be hard for us, and heaven knows a combination third grade, pre-k class throws up its own challenges. We chose a schedule that doesn’t look like much but works for us.

In addition to creating a schedule, there are some “distance education” resources for teaching your kids, worshipping and working out.

Education:

There are so many websites you can choose from to learn at home! If you want worksheets or written practice, check out K12 Learner or Super Teacher Worksheets.

But for more engaging, interactive learning, we like to use these sites:

No Red Ink– This website has kids fill in their own personal likes and interests, and then it creates sentences for them to correct, and it makes those sentences about the things they’re interested in. I use this at school in my classroom, too. Best of all, it’s free.

ReadWorks– This is a great website for test prep. You can assign passages by grade level, or you can assign them by topic. You can complete them online, or you can print them off. You can do a passage a day, or however you choose. You can also enable the “read-aloud” feature and the kids can listen and follow along while they read. It’s also free.

NatGeoKids– You can read and watch videos about animals, natural disasters, etc. You can take quizzes and play games.

PBS Kids– You can play games or watch videos. There are also clips from PBS kids shows that you can watch.

Storyline Online– Award-winning actors read children’s books aloud on this YouTube channel. The videos are entertaining and they’re animated, too.

Quizlet– This is great for studying words and definitions, math facts and spelling words. You can choose from flash cards, and two different games. There is both a free and a paid version.

Splash Math– This website is subscription based, but it isn’t expensive. Just select your kids’ grade, and they can practice math skills that are taught in their grade using games. It’s a lot of fun and my kid loves it. You can also set weekly goals, and the website will email you a report on what your kid completes each week.

ACT Academy– ACT Academy has games, lessons, videos, assessments, and more for all grade levels and all subject areas. There is a premium version where you have access to everything. I highly recommend getting the premium version, as we use this one a lot.

Worship

Of course, worship is best when you’re among your church family, but if your congregation includes elderly people, immunocompromised people, or young children, then you know this isn’t feasible right now. What you can do is start a new Bible study you can do with your church friends through Facetime or Facebook live. You an also find a plethora of churches offering online services. Here are some of the resources we are currently using:

YouTube– While I direct linked Lifeway Christian Resources, there are a number of great worship resources on YouTube. You can directly search for sermons by a pastor you love. I have enjoyed watching Charles Stanley and Josh McDowell while at home. You can also find Cedarrock Kids, Veggie Tales, and LifeTree Kids.

Children’s Sermons for Kids– These are short, scripture based and include a lot of activities that go right along with the sermon. They’re perfect for Sunday School lessons when we are back at church, too.

Exercise

Fitness Blender has free, full length workouts that are for all levels. There are a number of them available. There are workouts that use equipment, and workouts that don’t use equipment. Did I mention they are free?

You can also go outside and take a walk, if you get tired of being in the house.

Please comment below and share your favorite resources. I am always looking for new ideas.