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What’s the secret to weight loss?

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There is NO big secret to losing weight!  It won’t happen overnight.  There are no magic pills.  There are no detoxes that will make you lose weight.

The secret is eating healthy foods, exercising at least 30 minutes a day,  drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, journaling your foods and being consistent!  That’s it!

Seems like all you hear in the media is how to lose weight fast!  So many different options to chose from, so many different quick schemes.  The truth is while you  may see a few pounds lost within the first couple of days, it is mainly water weight.  And once you stop consuming your “quick weight loss product” you are more likely to gain the weight you lost plus some!

  • Shoot to eat every 2 1/2 – 3 hours
  • Shoot to eat less processed foods & more natural foods
  • Shoot to have complex carbs, lean proteins & healthy fats at each meal.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day ~ shooting for cardio & strength training exercises
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Write down every bite of food and every drink EACH and EVERY day!

What a workout

3 days ago I started a new workout program ~ something to change up the mundane cardio rut I found myself in, something to shake things up with my metabolism.  I decided on Body Beast.  It is a 90 day strength training workout, splitting between different muscle groups and throwing some intense cardio circuit in there.  As a Beachbody coach, I have the All-Access pass for Beachbody on Demand ~ all of Beachbody’s workout programs from the comfort of my home ~ on my laptop, phone, iPad or stream it through my TV.

Now I’ve considered myself in shape ~ sure could I use to lose a few pounds or tone my muscles more, yup ~ but for 3 days now I have been walking a bit funny & watching my arms do a little shaky dance when trying to use them.  Guess that means I needed more toning than I thought.  But I absolutely love the feeling.  I love when walking up my stairs that I have to take it easy and grit my teeth with every step 🙂

I have taken my before pictures & measurements.  I cannot wait to see how my body changes over the course of the next 90 days!

Interested in having access to ALL of Beachbody’s workout programs?  Join me at Get Fit Today

 

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Transitioning into healthier eating lifestyle

 

There are more & more fad diets on the market these days & so many people desperate to find the right “one” that works for them.  But in reality what they are doing is actually harming themselves.  Here is a great 8 week transition into a healthier eating lifestyle, rather than viewing it as a diet!  

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Just KISS

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Do you seem to always be going back and forth with the latest fad diet craze?  Are you juicing for 3 days straight & then binge eat?  Are you just lost with how to be healthy?  Just KISS (Keep it Simple Silly)!

1. Be active every day ~ find ways to move EVERY DAY.  If you are at work, set your alarm to get up from your desk every hour and walk around the office, go walk the stairs, get outside for a quick walk.  

2. Fuel up on real food ~ steer away from the processed foods, refined carbs and high fat dishes.  

3. Create your own healthy environment ~ find different ways to get your exercise in.  Go for a hike, find a new park you can take the kids too, get outside and start cleaning up your yard.  

4. Stay true to your purpose ~ are you living your life with what you want to achieve?  We all have goals and dreams, is your lifestyle built around them?  

5. Believe you can succeed ~ learn to get rid of the negatively nellie sitting on your shoulder.  When the scale isn’t responding as fast as you want we tend to get disappointed and “throw in the towel”.  Look at what you have already accomplished & focus on other ways of measurement besides the scale.  Keep a positive mind & see the results faster!

6. Make healthy living fun ~ being healthy isn’t suppose to be a chore.  It is suppose to be fun and all in moderation!  Look at ways to make exercise fun ~ grab your spouse, grab your kids, grab a friend & go try something different.  For example gardening & yard clean up is something that needs to be done in spring, get outside and really work your heart & your muscles.  Just make it fun!

7-Day Bikini Bootcamp

If summer has you feeling like you want to hide from the shorts, tank tops and swimwear and crawl right back into your yoga pants… let’s CHANGE that. Join our 7-Day Sampler group to kickstart your fitness journey and ROCK that suit this summer… with CONFIDENCE! In our group, you’ll receive:

–> 7-Day Meal Plan and Exercise Plan
–> Access to Meal Planning Tool and Menu Plan
–> Healthy Recipes
–> Coaching and Peer Support

Our group starts May 8th and takes place in a CLOSED Facebook group. Message me ASAP for details and to reserve your spot!

Email: debi@evolutionfitnessny.com

Can’t we just love ourselves?

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Body shaming ~ what an evil thing.  Everywhere we turn these days we are told to change our appearance.  How many times have you looked at yourself in the mirror and said “Wow you look great”?  Not as many times as looking in the mirror and critiquing our imperfections.  Trust me ~ I’m guilty of this as well!

Body-shaming manifests in many ways: 1) Criticizing your own appearance, through a judgment or comparison to another person. 2) Criticizing another’s appearance in front of them, 3) Criticizing another’s appearance without their knowledge.

No matter how this manifests, it often leads to comparison and shame, and perpetuates the idea that people should be judged mainly for their physical features.

So how can we change this?  How can we start loving ourselves for who are (and how we look) without judging?

2017 goals

Do you have your 2017 goals written down yet?  If you have started thinking about some but haven’t written them down yet, now is the time to get them on paper so you can see them every day!  If you haven’t even begun thinking of them, there is no more time to wait!  Planning is key to achieving your goals!  Get in the habit now and the rest will follow.

* Start a food journal.  Write down your daily intake of food & drinks, this is a HUGE eye opener!  You can journal it in a notebook or on a free online website (like My Fitness PalSparkpeople or Lose It).  Capture not only your food you consume, but your exercise, your moods, energy levels, any stressors, etc.
* BE CONSISTENT!  Don’t give up after a day, a week or even a month!  Slow & steady wins the race.

* Set small goals & then put a time frame for each of those goals!  Be realistic.

* Find 1 or 2 areas of weaknesses, such as you drink soda or juice instead of water, and try to change that.  (Example: tell yourself you will drink 1 less glass of soda/juice and 1 more glass of water).

* Don’t set high expectations.

* Learn something new ~ weights, running, dancing, bootcamp class ~ anything that takes you out of your comfort zone.

* Don’t focus all of your attention to the number on the scale ~ that is all it is, a NUMBER!  Instead ask yourself, how do your clothes fit?  Did you take your measurements before you started eating better and/or exercising?  If so, re-take your measurements now and see what the progress is.  And finally, how do YOU feel?

* Shoot for 4-5 days of at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise ~ walking, jogging, bike riding, hiking, running, swimming or try personal training with Evolution Fitness ~ the ideas are endless.

* Shoot for 2 days of strength training targeting all of your muscles.  You do not need a fancy routine, just exercises that are going to tone up your muscles.

Have you been measuring all wrong?

Have you been taking your measurements on a monthly basis but not really seeing much progress, despite all of your hard efforts?  Well maybe you are measuring in the wrong spots.

 

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Females should measure the following areas:

  • Arm (bicep area without your muscle flexed)
  • Chest (directly across your nipple line)
  • Waist (directly across your belly button)
  • Hips (widest point)
  • Thigh (widest point directly below the groin area)

Males should measure the same areas but also include:

  • Neck
  • Calf

You should measure yourself once a month so you can see the progress you are making.  Remember the scale may just be maintaining or even up a couple of pounds, but look at your measurements & see the real measure ~ body fat & lean body mass!

Have you been measuring correctly or all wrong?

Sugar Cravings ~ 3 weeks to ditching the sweet stuff!

 

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Going overboard on sugar can lead to high cholesterol and blood pressure and a greater risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, not to mention excess weight gain. BUT there’s a different between added sugars and the kinds found in naturally whole foods (like fruit & dairy). Naturally occurring sugars is considered healthy because they contain nutrients with metabolic benefits such as fiber and antioxidants. Added sugars (sweeteners put into food for flavor) have no such perks.

Week 1 – Clean House

The more sugar you have, the more you crave it.

  • Learn to recognize the other terms for sugar ~ words ending in “ose”, cane, syrup, nectar, agave, fruit juice ~ look at the ingredient labels for these.
  • Throw out sugary packaged food & drinks.
  • Label items in your pantry, like honey & brown sugar, to caution yourself before grabbing them.
  • Make sure you have a snack with you at all times ~ such as a banana or some nuts ~ which will help prevent grabbing another sugary snack.

Week 2 – Start slashing

Retrain your palate by making small changes. In just 2 weeks your taste for sweetness will dramatically decrease.

  • Measure carefully
  • Mix it up ~ if you cannot go for the full no-sugar added option, go for ½ cup of plain unsweetened almond milk with ½ cup of vanilla almond milk
  • Drink only water! Add fruit slices to give it a little flavor

Week 3 – Plan long term

  • Eat dessert ~ going cold turkey can cause headaches and cravings for some, so have a well-portioned treat, if YOU want it.
  • Increase healthy fat ~ add a good fat, such as avocado, olive oil or every meal. Healthy fats shut off receptors in your brain that stimulate sweetness cravings.
  • Stick to a schedule ~ aim to eat your meals and snacks at the same time each day. Having a routine keeps you from getting caught off guard by hunger and giving in to something that comes in a wrapper.

Make the transition

There are more & more fad diets on the market these days & so many people desperate to find the right “one” that works for them.  But in reality what they are doing is actually harming themselves.  Here is a great 8 week transition into a healthier eating lifestyle, rather than viewing it as a diet!  

Source: Beachbody

It’s often said that no one diet works for every individual. While this is true, you may have noticed that many of the “diet” eating plans target a similar goal: Eat more natural, whole foods and less junk. That’s because there are no secrets to healthy eating. There are strategies that can lead to various performance benefits, but 99% of the goal of eating healthy is to minimize junk and get your diet to consist of real food. 

The 8-Week Transition Diet is simple  ~ outside of a small list of what you can’t eat, you’re free to eat anything. How hard can that be? You should also find that by making your transition gradually, the road to healthy eating is pretty easy.

Week 1

No junk. Eliminate junk food from your diet. That’s it, just junk. Other than this, you can eat whatever and whenever you like. The definition of junk is obvious stuff, like potato chips, candy, ice cream, cake, etc. You may be stricter if you’d like, but for Week 1, don’t be too hard on yourself. For many of you, this step alone will reap huge benefits.

Cheat Days: 2. Since no one’s perfect, you get two days to cheat. That’s right, two days where you can eat anything you want! A trick on cheat days is to listen to your body. At first, it’ll probably tell you it wants whatever you’ve been denying it. However, over time, it’ll start to crave nutrients you’re deficient in. Learn to read your body’s subtle signs. If you’re craving ice cream, you may be short on essential fatty acids. If you crave a hamburger, your diet may lack protein. By listening to your body and learning what it really needs in this way, you can make better food substitutions. It’s a way of getting in tune with yourself that will benefit you for your entire lifetime.

Weekly focus: Water. Not swimming in it, though that’s good, too, but staying hydrated with it. “They” say you should drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, but I say you should drink more. Shoot for a gallon (though don’t worry if you fall short). Yeah, that probably seems crazy but almost all of us walk around dehydrated for most of our lives, which not only hurts the way we function but also makes us hungry when we’re actually thirsty. A glass of water when you feel hunger pangs both staves them off and helps you fill up faster when you do eat. As for other drinks, juices and sugary sodas also (obviously) fall into the junk category. And alcohol should be kept to a minimum. We tend to forget (purposely or not) that alcohol has calories. A lot of them: 7 calories per gram. Mixers can be even worse—not only can they add calories, but these sugary calories influence the way alcohol reacts with your body. 

Week 2

Each week’s rules are cumulative, so the “no junk” rule from Week 1 will apply until the end, as will each subsequent week’s rule. Remember that this is a process. Treat it as though you’re in school and the subject is your own body.

Eat small, eat often. Eat every couple of hours while you’re awake and try not to eat anything for about three hours before you go to sleep. Following these rules will keep your blood sugar levels more static and your energy level will stay consistent. Try to keep each snack or meal balanced. Something like a 30% protein, 40% carbohydrate, and 30% fat ratio, though you don’t need to worry too much about it. Just realize that you need a bit from each macronutrient group. Eat based on what you’ll be doing for the next few hours (if you’re working out, eat a little more; sitting at a desk, eat a little less). The three-hours-before-bed rule is important, especially for fats and carbohydrates. By allowing time for all the carbs you eat to get into your bloodstream, your body will sleep in fat-burning mode, rather than in calorie-storing mode. This is important because undigested carbs in your stomach at night are stored as adipose tissue (fat).

Cheat Days: 2

Weekly focus: Carbs are not the enemy. Your body needs them, just like it needs proteins and fats. The trick is to choose the right carbs. As a society, we eat too much refined sugar. Complex carbs, like whole-grain breads, whole-grain rice, sweet potatoes, and legumes are outstanding foods. Even fruits, which have simple carbohydrates wrapped in fiber, are exceptionally healthy. While you don’t want a diet based on nothing but carbs, making the right carb choices will maximize your body’s potential. Try to avoid white rice and flours. Read labels, and try to avoid ones that use the word “enriched,” because this means these products have been stripped of their natural nutrients, overprocessed, and then fortified with a few random nutrients.

Week 3

Eat some colorful, low-density food at every meal. These are foods that take up a lot of space without a lot of calories. Veggies are the most obvious example. You can eat a salad bowl overflowing with lettuce and veggies and you most likely won’t exceed 100 calories. By eating low-density foods like veggies and fruits, you’ll keep your portions under control naturally, because they have very few calories for their size. Conversely, high-density foods, like chocolate and butter, are loaded with calories in even the smallest amounts. So beware of salad dressings and other things you add to salads and veggies. Only add enough for flavor; don’t fill up on them. When it comes to live foods, the richer the colors, the fresher the products tend to be. Try to eat a variety of colors in your diet. This simple-yet-random-feeling act will help ensure that you’re covering all your nutrient bases.

Cheat Days: 1

Weekly focus: Protein at every meal. This becomes even more important as you eat more low-density food, because protein tends to be high-density. Many veggies have a lot of protein, but the quantity you must consume starts to become prohibitive. Try to get some protein—meat, dairy, legumes, nuts, or seeds each time you eat, especially when you’re working out hard, because you need to repair broken-down muscle tissue. Since your body can only utilize a certain amount of protein at once, do your best to eat small amounts often.  Reading labels is a simple way to learn how to estimate your protein intake. You’ll notice natural foods don’t have labels but once your diet is comprised mostly of these you’ll no longer need them. More on this later.

Week 4

Cook at home. One of the best ways to control your eating is to prepare all your meals yourself. Eliminate all fast food and most other restaurant food. You may still eat food from certain restaurants where you can be sure of the ingredients (most will be savvy enough to make a point of how healthy their food is). As you may have seen in the news, restaurants tend to use alarming quantities of salt, among other things. This single step will often bring your body closer to homeostasis (its desired state of balance). This can be hard for many of us because we now have to plan our meals and prepare ahead of time, but try to treat it like vocational school—you don’t learn a new “job” without a little retraining.

Cheat Days: 1

Weekly focus: Fat is essential. Remember that fat is a vital part of your diet, not just something that makes you fat. What is not vital is junk fat in processed foods. Healthy fats come from fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, etc.—natural sources. You need to be careful about that amount of fat you eat because it’s very dense. At 9 calories per gram, it contains more than double the calories of carbs and protein.

Week 5

Reduce starchy carbohydrates. Starches include rice, bread, potatoes, corn, beans, and other legumes. While many of these are in no way bad foods, most of us eat too much of them. The goal here is to cut way down on them, if not totally out, and then add them back in when your body feels like it needs energy. This will teach you the relationship you have with carbs. They are vital for energy but eating too many of them leaves us lethargic (and eventually fat). Once you figure this out, your entire relationship with food will change.

Cheat Days: 1

Weekly focus: Sugar is only beneficial after a hard workout or during a long one. Your body doesn’t need processed sugar. But if you really enjoy it and can’t avoid letting some sneak into your daily diet, the one-hour period after you exercise is the best time to indulge. During this window, your blood sugar is low, because you’ve used it up to finish your workout (assuming you pushed yourself), and eating sugar during this time will help you recover faster because it speeds into your system and initiates the recovery process. 

Week 6

If man makes it, don’t eat it. This is likely to be the hardest week of your diet. You want to eat only whole foods and eliminate all processed foods, even good ones, for the week. This includes breads, most salad dressings, all cereal, luncheon meats, cheese, dried fruits, anything with preservatives, and alcoholic beverages. What you can eat are whole foods such as fruit, raw or steamed vegetables, meat (sans any type of sauce), natural whole-grain rice, poached eggs, etc. Since your eating habits have been slowly changing, this shouldn’t be that big a shock to your system, but it will still likely be hard. Try and get creative. There are now many raw and whole food “cook” books that can help keep you entertained.

Cheat Days: 1

The “cheat day” mentality is a good one. Decadent desserts, a night at the buffet, drinking with friends, etc., can be good for you as long as they are rewards and not habits. Studies proving this have been steadily appearing for about as long as we’ve been studying things. All work and no play does, indeed, make Jack a dull boy.

Weekly focus: Nuts and seeds make great snacks. A handful of raw almonds or cashews is a quick and easy snack that goes a long way. Don’t be put off by the high fat count of nuts, because this means it takes fewer of them to satiate you. Nuts and seeds are loaded with important phytonutrients, as well as good fats, proteins, and fiber.

Week 7

Be yourself. No rules—just try and eat as healthily as you can and do it by feel. Trusting yourself might seem like a lot of responsibility, but by now you’ll be up to it. Learning to eat byfeeling what your body needs is an important step in your transformation. Consider the way you’ve been eating over the last six weeks, but don’t worry about what you should and shouldn’t do. Just fuel yourself. The point is to take a mental break. Relax and allow yourself to eat in a way that feels normal. You may be surprised to find yourself craving something healthy instead of a candy bar or soda. You’ll be better at listening to your body because it’ll tell you what it needs to eat, as opposed to what you’re used to eating. Your body should feel somewhat transformed.

“Reward for a Life Well Lived” Days: 1

Weekly focus: If you’re so hungry at night that you can’t sleep, try a protein shake. A recent study confirmed what’s been a focus of this diet for two decades; that protein before bed can raise amino acid activity for a full night of rest.

Week 8

Eat a perfect diet. Let’s get after it. No one is better able to tell you what you should eat than you. Our bodies are all different, and the key to your own perfect diet is learning about how your body reacts to different foods under different circumstances. Your journey over the last seven weeks should have brought you to a new understanding of how food affects your body, both for good and for bad. The time has come to test it. See how well you can eat for a week. In fact, see how well you can eat for the rest of your life. Live and enjoy.

Reward Days: 1, of course!

Weekly Focus: Don’t bonk. Bonking is a state when your body runs out of blood sugar and glycogen for energy. If you feel like your workouts are going backward instead of forward, this is a likely culprit. Use your energy level as your gauge. As soon as it starts to drop, start adding carbs back into your diet until you feel energized all day long. When you feel energized during your workouts and the rest of the day, you’ll know you’ve found the right balance between carbs and other nutrients. Also, remember that as your body puts on more muscle, you will need to eat more. Muscle weighs much more than fat, so as you gain muscle and lose fat, your body shrinks without losing weight. You will also require more calories in order to maintain your muscle. So, when you’re working out hard, don’t be afraid to eat more carbs than you do otherwise.