Weight Loss

My Results After One Year of FASTer Way to Fat Loss®

Has it really been a year of FASTer Way?

My parents always said that time flies, and I really notice that more in my 50s! It has actually been a little over a year since I started making the FWTFL program a part of my life AND I became a certified FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coach.

My fat loss and weight loss results

Fat loss and weight loss are different things. In the FWTFL program, we do a lot of heavier resistance training and eat enough carbohydrates to support the work it takes to build muscle, combining this strategically with low carb cardio days and plenty of rest. Because muscle is denser and weighs more than fat, you can lose fat and actually weigh more.

Now, I needed to lose both weight and extra fat, and have not only lost both, but maintained it! I lost 45 pounds that I have maintained pretty effortlessly, and gained obvious muscle (my body shape is completely different and I am down many inches - 3 sizes worth).

AFTER

AFTER

BEFORE

BEFORE

My cholesterol and thyroid results

I take prevastatin for high cholesterol and levothyroxin for my underactive thyroid. About six months ago I was able to cut the prevastatin down to 3x per week, and my TSH levels improved even more, on top of the low dose of thyroid hormone replacement. My energy is better (I did have to make some adjustments to my fasting schedule to account for adrenal fatigue, but more on that in another post), and I am stronger than ever! I look great, but most importantly, I feel great!

Intuitive eating

After a year of tracking my nutrition and calories per FASTer Way to Fat Loss guidelines in My Fitness Pal (MFP), I am now able to eat intuitively and know what my body needs and when. Some days I eat in an 8 hour window, while others I expand to a 12 hour window, depending on how I feel.

I know now what a day of low carbohydrates looks like and what to eat, as well as a full carb day. Every once in a while I input a day into MFP to check myself, and I am always on point.

What I eat on FWTFL

I eat everything. Seriously, I eat everything. On low carb days I treat myself to higher fat foods - ribs, brisket, salmon, organic aged cheese (I tolerate dairy), lots of vegetables, full fat salad dressings and yogurts, berries for when I need a little sweetness. On regular and rest days I add carbs - rices, pastas, quinoa, and sometimes even good bread. And on leg day I treat myself.

Lately hubby has been baking, so I have had everything from orange iced shortbread cookies to flourless chocolate torte and lemon poppy iced bundt cake! But sometimes my treat is Blue Ribbon fried chicken with sweet potato fries. Seriously, what I don’t eat is junky processed food. Everything else is fair game!

LUNCH ON REGULAR DAY

LUNCH ON REGULAR DAY

LEG DAY TREAT - SHORTBREAD COOKIES

LEG DAY TREAT - SHORTBREAD COOKIES

How much do I exercise on FASTer Way to Fat Loss®?

Not too much, actually! I do heavy strength training (including Pilates for full body powerhouse work) for a total of 30-45 minutes, 3x per week and higher intensity cardio for about 30-45 minutes (including sprints + lower intensity fat burning ending), 2x per week. The other 2 days I either rest but for dog walks or do some gentle pilates or yoga.

Nothing crazy. Not an hour of high intensity exercise every day, like some programs require.

Would you like to lose fat and improve your health?

Women and men of all ages have had success with FASTer Way to Fat Loss®. The combination of enough whole foods in the correct proportions, intermittent fasting with carb cycling, exercise, and enough rest, is powerful and life changing. It worked, and continues to work, for me!

My clients ALL feel satisfied and full at the end of the day, because they are giving their bodies exactly what they need. No deprivation, no depression over what you can’t eat - because in your week you can eat all the foods you love. In fact, I usually have to encourage my clients to eat more, since so many of us have eaten way too little for way too long.

My next round of FASTer Way starts prep week on October 29th, and I would love to see you there. Let’s get stronger and healthier together!

Are You Ready For Summer?

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We are beyond excited about our NEW opportunity for FASTer Way To Fat Loss coaches because we’ve made it even easier to do what you love, change lives, and make an incredible income!

If you’ve been on the fence about trying FASTer Way To Fat Loss and becoming a certified FASTer Way coach, then now is the time to act! We’ll explain everything at our LIVE Special Recruitment Event on April 23rd, but here’s what we can tell you right now.

We have a brand new backend system to make the registration process completely seamless for you. We will take on the liability and insurance so you have one less thing to worry about. We will provide you with all the branding assets and marketing materials you need. We’re handing you a business in a box!

But we aren’t just simplifying the process and making it even easier... we’re structuring the FASTer Way so you can earn even more money!

Here’s how it works! You will earn 75% commission on all of your sales (with an average of $200 per sale going directly to YOU). This is the HIGHEST in the industry (by far!). But it gets even better. For each coach that you bring into the FASTer Way family, you will earn a $1,000 referral bonus PLUS once you have 5 coaches on your team, you’ll earn 10% on all of THEIR sales! Are you already running numbers in your head? That’s right. HUGE potential! Not only that, if you apply during our special LIVE event, you’ll receive $1,000 off your Tier 2 coaching package!

Don’t wait! Space for this LIVE event is limited, so register now and experience the life-changing benefits of FASTer Way, before we fill up! 

You will start Prep Week on Monday 4/23, AND will be eligible to join the LIVE coach recruitment event! Click here for more information about being a FASTer Way To Fat Loss Coach.

There Is Still Time To Get Fit This Summer!

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Don’t think you have time to get bikini ready?Want to rock those shorts, but don’t think you can make it happen? And would you like a solution that is easy to implement, is backed by science, and is sustainable and healthy for the long term?

The people in my FASTer Way to Fat Loss program are slaying their summer body goals, and you can do the same! There is still plenty of time left to get lean, toned, and fit so you can feel confident hitting the beach this summer.

BUT… lean is not the only thing you will get through the FASTer Way to Fat Loss. Your results will stretch way beyond a rocking summer body! Don’t worry, you will find those abs and sculpt those legs...but the FASTer Way is about so much more.

  • The FASTer Way is about getting the most fit, healthy body possible...all year round. 
  • The FASTer Way is about increasing your energy so you can live your life more fully present.
  • The FASTer Way is about feeling more in control of what you eat, so you can live in freedom, not guit. 
  • The FASTer Way is about creating greater health, building your immunity and enhancing your overall quality of life so you can be there for your family and friends. 

And of course, the FASTer Way is about helping you look incredible whether you are hitting the beach, the ballfield or a night out on the town.

There are lots of ways to get bikini ready for a short period of time, but most will have you yo-yoing back to your pre-summer body before the leaves start to change colors.

The FASTer Way is not a quick fix with results that will be gone faster than they appeared! Instead, it is a flexible, simple lifestyle that can be done at home and on vacation. It will not only help you look amazing, but will help you feel incredible.

It won’t JUST get you that summer body, but it will get you in shape year-round.

There truly is no program on the market as effective as the FASTer Way in terms of better health, improved energy, effective fat burning and greater confidence. Thousands of people have experienced the life-changing power of this program and you could be one of them!

It’s not too late to join us. In fact, there is NO better time to get leaner, stronger, healthier and more confident than today. You still have time to smash those summer body goals and carry that confidence, energy and strength into the year ahead!

To join my next round of the FASTer Way, beginning July 10th, click the link below.

This program will truly change your life and finally give you the tools, accountability and support you need to hop off the diet hamster wheel that’s left you feeling defeated for years. It’s time to finally start seeing results that last.

Join us! Spots are almost gone!

Sign Up Here!

More info on the program - FASTer Way to Fat Loss.

Skype/Facetime Sessions are a great way to fit private Pilates and Fitness training into your life! We can do just about anything, including Pilates mat and apparatus (if available to you), bodyweight training, TRX, and weight training, Click here to buy 3 sessions for $200 (save $70).

 

FASTer Way To Fat Loss™ Testimonials

I have news! I recently passed a new certification, and am now a FASTer Way To Fat Loss™ Coach!

What is FASTer Way To Fat Loss™?

FASTer Way is an online, 6 week, cutting edge program that combines intermittent fasting, carb cycling, and effective workouts into an extraordinarily effective fat loss program.

Intermittent fasting is known to be the easiest plan to stick with, showing the greatest adherence over time. That's because when you give your body a chance to fully digest food, and eat in a defined time window, you are not as hungry and are better able to burn fat for energy. It's a win-win!

Carb cycling is the intentional manipulation of carbs, since a low carb diet is not sustainable long-term. In the FWTFL, we balance out low carb days with higher carb days, depending on what workouts we are doing and how much energy we will need. This also makes the plan easy to stay with.

FASTer Way To Fat Loss™ Testimonials

Let's start with my testimonial! After spending years fighting to keep my calories and carbs low, while grazing all day, and doing HIIT constantly, and still not losing weight, I was tired. My thyroid function dropped, my cholesterol and blood pressure went up, and my cortisol levels went through the roof.

Then I decided to try FWTFL. Whole foods and plenty of them, sane amounts of exercise, and an easy to follow eating window (I eat from 2-10pm) that allows me a late dinner without feeling gross. Now I am down 40#, my numbers are better, and my energy level is up! Plus, I am not hungry!

Here are some more testimonials:

“This program has been single handily the best thing I’ve ever done for my health and fitness. The support and encouragement from the group is amazing and really keeps you engaged! In just seven days I can wear what I call my skinny girl pants and I can’t wait to see what 6 weeks will do!” – Lauren

“When I first signed up for this bootcamp my main goal was to be able to see my ab muscles by the end of the bootcamp. Little did I know that I would get SO much more out of it! I now have the knowledge on how to fuel my body on a daily basis. This is knowledge that I will be able to use long-term. No crash diet or 21 day fixes here! My skin has completely cleared up. Like completely. I have spent A LOT of money on facial cleaners and moisturizers over the past year so I never expected my skin to clear up the way it has…especially since it has only been a week and a half!

And ya know all those clothes that you squeeze into because you refuse to go up a size? Yeah, those fit me now! So thankful I refused to go up a size 😉My waist is significantly smaller and I can tell by the way my clothes fit and by the way I look. I love that I’m only a week and a half into this and already having such fantastic results!” –Hannah

Register Now for the next round of FASTer Way To Fat Loss!

Easy 5 Day Fast Diet

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Easy 5 Day Fast may help you stay healthy long term

As my long-time readers know well, I am all about moderation. I tend to eschew fasts, meal replacements, and deprivation diets in favor of real food. So when I received an email from Weight Loss Buddy about their new Easy 5 Day Fast Diet, I was initially skeptical.

What About Fasting?

Recent studies at the University of Southern California first tested the "periodic fasting mimicking diet" on mice, and then moved on to a small group of 19 randomized people who tried the diet, and 18 participants who ate a normal diet. The experimental group ate a diet that was less than half of their normal caloric intake, and featured about 12% protein, 44% carbs, and 44% fat. They ate the diet for five days in a row each month, for three months straight. For the rest of the time, they ate whatever they wanted. Read more in Cell.

By the end of the three months, the participants had lower risk factors when it came to diabetes, heart disease and cancer, as well as aging in general, with no major side effects. The idea of the diet is to decrease a certain hormone in your body, IGF-I, which promotes aging and makes you more vulnerable to cancer. "It's about reprogramming the body so it enters a slower aging mode, but also rejuvenating it through stem cell-based regeneration," according to lead researcher Valter Longo. "It's not a typical diet because it isn't something you need to stay on."

Once I read this, I accepted the free sample box!

The 5-Day Fast Diet

The folks at Weight Loss Buddy decided to make the The 5-Day Fast Diet easy, by choosing healthy snacks in a particular nutrition profile and packaging them into daily suggested servings - 1175 calories day 1 / 750 calories days 2 - 4. The snacks include miso soup, Kind bars, veggie chips, and apple sauce (you may substitute an apple if you prefer) and are all quite good. There are also packets of green drinks and different herbal teas to keep your mouth occupied. And a chocolate square every single day!

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Short Term Fast for Long Term Gains

To replicate the study, you could do this pretty painless fast over the course of three months. You would do the fast once a month for 5 days, eating whatever you like the rest of the time. You should see some weight loss, feel better, and your overall health numbers - cholesterol, sugar, etc. - should improve.

How often should you do this? Nobody is sure, but it seems reasonable to try this twice a year - 3 months with 5 day fast, 3 months off, 3 months with 5 day fast, 3 months off.

Will You Be Hungry?

Look, it's a fast. You will be going from well over 2000 calories per day to under 1000. But the nice thing is that the snacks are chosen to give you enough fat and fiber to feel somewhat satiated. Plus, your food is spread out over the day along with the flavored herb tea to drink.

Here is a sample day:

Morning – mini Kind bar Mid-morning snack – apple Afternoon – pretzel crisps/wheat crackers/animal crackers/rice pops and almond butter Mid-afternoon – super greens (mix with 8 or more ounces of water) Evening – miso soup and kale chips Late Evening – chocolate square

Note that even though this is all snack food, the snacks have been picked for fat, protein, and fiber content. No day contains too much salt or sugar (my concerns), and at least there is chocolate! Other than the crackers and pretzels, everything is gluten free, so if you can substitute a GF snack of the same nutritional value, go for it.

What Will This Cost?

Cost is not a big issue with the Easy 5 Day Fast. Each box, which contains all food for 5 days and a shaker bottle for the green drink, costs $99.95 with free shipping (and less if you order 2+ at once) - basically, less than $20 per day. You would spend at least that to buy these snacks at a retail store (especially the almond butter), plus you would have to spend the time doing that and parsing out the snacks.

Try it!

If you are looking to kick off a longer term weight loss program, or simply want to try a monthly fast protocol to get your cholesterol down with minimal effort, the easy 5 Day Fast Diet is for you.

Click the "Start Your Journey" button on the top right of the index page and you can order there. Note that none of the site's Buy Now buttons work, and the product is unavailable on Amazon. Hopefully they will fix that soon!

 

Lose Weight With Me Week - Starts April 4

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Lose Weight With Me Week - Starts April 4, 2016

Why should you lose weight with me? In the past three months, with the help of the awesome coaches I work with at Team INSPIRE, I have been my healthiest self, ever! Without remotely depriving myself or over-exercising, I have lost 20 pounds and gained much muscle.

Team INSPIRE 7 Day Health & Fitness Bootcamp Starts April 4

I am SO incredibly excited to announce a Team INSPIRE 7 Day Health & Fitness Bootcamp launching on April 4!

My fellow health coaches and fitness professionals on Team INSPIRE are joining forces to bring you the BEST possible 7 Day Bootcamp and I could not be more thrilled to include YOU! The cost is only $35.

This is specifically for women who are serious about slimming down for summer, gaining more energy, strengthening your midsection, and saving time with effective workouts. You will gain hundreds of dollars worth of high level training and resources for a $35 investment.

Leave your email in a comment below if you would like to join, and order your 7 days of Shakeology for $35 and free month of Beachbody On Demand. We will add you to a private FB group with access to everything.

This is a treat! You will learn exactly how I managed to lose 20 pounds in the past 3 months directly from me and from the coaches who helped me.

More on how this helped me....

How I Lost 20 Pounds in 3 Months

Hormone Replacement and Thyroid

First, I had my hormone levels and thyroid checked. Sure enough, my hormones were balanced but low, and my thyroid was slowing down. My TSH levels were elevated and going up and I was exhausted, lazy, and 206 pounds.

My physician started me on 25mg per day of Synthroid and my gynecologist upped my bio-identical HRT dosage.

I did some food elimination, and recognized right away that gluten and sugar made me bloated and tired, so I slowed down my consumption of those (including fruit). I also stopped eating foods known to be problematic for hypo-thyroid - cruciferous vegetables, many dark greens, and peanut butter.

Shakeology

I had always made my own smoothies, which was a giant pain. Seriously, storing everything and measuring took a lot of space and time.

Then I discovered Shakeology. Superfoods, protein, probiotics, and fiber in a delicious, easy to make, shake. Just $4-5 per day for a yummy, densely nutritious meal replacement that is sugar-free, gluten-free enough that it doesn't bother me, and replaces my multi-vitamin and probiotic.

Shakeology is so awesome, it convinced me to become a coach!

Try Shakeology for 7 Days - only $35

Beachbody On Demand

While I always do Pilates, and manage to swing the kettlebell a few times per week, I wanted some other fun options for my workouts.

Beachbody On Demand gives me that option, with almost every Beachbody workout available for instant streaming on my laptop and Fire TV Stick.

Sign up for a free month of Beachbody On Demand

So, join us! Experience for yourself how it feels to surround yourself with support from great coaches, wonderful nutrition, and fun exercise programs.

Let's lose some weight together! Join me and Team INSPIRE for a 7 Day Health & Fitness Bootcamp starting on April 4, 2016.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting

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Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting

– Advice from Top Bloggers (including me!)

ProForm, leaders in the treadmills industry, are interested in much more than just exercising when it comes to health and fitness. They believe that it takes a combination of things in order to stay fit in a world of fast foods, restaurants and unhealthy eating. Their team of experts go out of our way to keep their audience informed on important topics related to fitness and health.

So, they turned to some top bloggers (including yours truly) for advice on the age-old subject of calorie counting. Some people practice calorie counting to ensure that they intake a healthy amount each day. And, when it comes to a healthy amount of calories, too little is just as bad as too many.

Some of the top bloggers below believe that calorie counting helps you make wiser eating choices. On the other hand, some tend to find it to be a serious waste of time. Read on to discover what I and the other health and fitness experts have to say about calorie counting and how it affects your personal wellness, health, and overall life.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Pilates and Reiki

Calorie counting can turn into an obsession if you’re not careful. It can be a very time consuming process. And, if you’re not careful, you just may lose focus of the desired results… actually losing weight. ProForm asked me for some advice on calorie counting versus Reiki treatments:

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

I think the answer depends on how you and your brain tend to work. Many people do well counting calories, because the simple act of meal planning and calculating numbers forces them to eat less. So many of us ingest our calories mindlessly, but true calorie counting can only be done mindfully. The trick is cutting back enough to lose weight, but not too much.

That said, calorie counting can make some people over-focus on the numbers, instead of how they feel and how their clothing fits. Again, different personalities and learning styles need different weight loss strategies.

There are health problems that disappear for many with Reiki treatments. Do you think that weight problems can be combated with Reiki treatments rather than counting calories?

Reiki can definitely have a positive effect on weight loss, when combined with a good diet and exercise program. Daily Reiki self-practice, like and mindfulness practice, will help calm you down and keep you relaxed and focused.

It’s amazing, but just 20 minutes of self-Reiki care a day can make it easier to take of yourself better in what you eat and drink. And it also works if you pay someone to do the Reiki treatment for you. But you still have to actually be active in the weight loss, paying attention to what and how you eat and move.

Christina Aguilera recently credited Reiki with assisting her 30 pound weight loss. She stated that three times a week of Reiki treatments helped give her the focus and fortitude to eat healthy and keep the weight off, but she still has to eat healthy. You can’t Reiki away a bad diet!

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Skinny Mom

Calorie counting is a hot topic among women who understand that health and beauty can go hand-in-hand. We asked Skinny Mom about calorie counting and the type of impact it has on the health and wellness of these women. Our team also inquired about Skinny Mom’s ideas on how personal health is affected by the calories found in various types of foods.

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

I find that for myself and other busy moms, calorie counting is a tedious task that no one has time for! Keeping track of every calorie consumed and constantly adding them up is a chore that is unsustainable in the long run. This is especially true with busy Moms.

When you think about calorie counting from a common sense standpoint, you'll realize that all calories are not created equal. Think about it—are 100 calories in M&Ms equal to a 100 calories in blueberries in terms of health and wellness? No--the M&Ms are full of fat, refined sugar, and salt while the blueberries are full of vitamins and minerals.

The reason why people swear by calorie counting is that it gives their day structure. It takes the guesswork out of dieting because you’re able to calculate how much to eat throughout the day. A healthier and more effective method for creating structure within a diet is focusing on carbohydrates, the macronutrient that fuels your body and gives you energy.

Carbohydrates are strategically planned throughout the week to speed up your metabolism and get you lean and toned up fast! This is alongside a strong focus on vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. I like to follow a carb rotation plan and I call it my Power 30 Plan.

I actually used this method as a fitness competitor before I had my son. I’ve now tweaked it for busy Mom’s like myself. It’s structured enough to make you stick to it, but flexible enough to balance cooking for your family and enjoying occasional treats! This is a long term lifestyle that is truly sustainable.

There are so many food categories you cover. What impact do calories coming from varying food types have on personal health?

It’s SO important to get your calories from a variety of food categories because each food has its own benefit to your body. Every food has a unique vitamin and mineral complex and different foods work together for better nutrient absorption and more energy.

What I love about my POWER 30 Carb Rotation Program is that no food group is off limit. This is not one of those diets where you cut out a whole food category.  You pretty much can eat everything in moderation making it easy to follow long term.

The tricky part comes with timing and portion control of these different food groups. We want to maximize your energy and boost your metabolism, so choosing when to bring in carbohydrates is important.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Treadmill Reviews

Calorie counting works for some. Yet, there are others who consider it to be a major waste of time when it comes to personal health and wellness. We asked Treadmill Reviews how important calorie counting is to a person trying to become and stay physically fit. This top blogger truly believes in combining a healthy diet with working out using treadmills.

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

Focusing on the multiple factors that impact a person's health will have a ripple effect that will improve the health and wellness of anyone. Each body type has other factors that will impact the way they improve their health and wellness.

For many people calorie counting is a way to keep focused on a balanced diet and make educated healthy food choices that they may have not otherwise. Each person should do the research and decide if calorie counting is the best way to improve their personal health.

What type of treadmill burns the most calories?

A versatile treadmill that offers multiple ways to get the burn going will be the best way to burn the most calories. A treadmill that offers incline training will substantially improve the amount of calories burned during a shorter workout time.

An advanced treadmill that monitors your calories is going to be great, but a treadmill that takes in your age, BMI, weight and height will give you the most accurate calculation of calorie burn.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Fitness Is Delicious

Calorie counting was once a very popular trend for people hoping to lose weight and stay physically fit. Many people still use it as a form of doing “balances and checks” when it comes to eating habits. But, top blogger Fitness Is Delicious isn’t a fan of the age-old approach to healthy eating. And, here’s why:

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

In most cases, no. For the majority of us, counting calories is not a sustainable health habit. It's exhausting, it isn't always accurate and it doesn't place an emphasis on eating real, nutrient dense food.

Let me explain- let's say you need to consume 1,800 calories during the day to lose weight. What does that 1,800 calories look like? In a scenario where the person is focused solely on calories, someone may have the choice to eat an apple with almond butter, or a 100 calorie snack pack.

Although the 100 calorie snack pack may have less calories, it's not the better choice. The apple with almond butter provides nutrients, satiety and other health benefits. The 100 calorie pack is still a highly processed snack with little to no nutrient density and no satiety- not to mention it's probably made up of a laundry list of ingredients.

I'm not suggesting that calories don't matter at all, but your first priority should be focusing on nutrient dense food options that will support a healthy mind and body. There is a caveat (isn't there always?)- counting calories and/or macronutrients, may be a necessity for some athletes.

Depending on their fitness goals, these individuals need to track everything they are eating. That being said, they are the minority and for the general public and those looking for a healthier lifestyle, counting calories is not the way to go. Instead, focus on real, nutrient dense food that supports your everyday health and fitness goals.

When you were in college you counted your calories and learned the negative side of a low calorie diet. What advice do you have for those who think that is their next option?

When I focused on a low calorie diet, my diet consisted of things like sugar-free energy drinks, low calorie yogurts and salads with little to no protein; not to mention my meals were pretty tasteless. I was so focused on making sure I wasn't consuming a lot of calories, that I was missing out on eating real, nutrient dense food (that tasted delicious) and I was also screwing with my metabolism.

Your body needs calories to function every day; for things like hormone regulation, supporting a healthy immune system and even weight-loss- yes weight-loss. Your body has to have calories to burn calories! If you are stuck on a low calorie cycle, try something like a nutritional reset.

Take 30 days to focus on eating three, nutrient dense meals a day, that each include a protein, some vegetables, good fats and some fruit. Have some satiating snacks if you need and cut out processed foods and sugar. Take time to refocus your eating habits and psychological association with food by resetting the way you've thought about food in the past.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Performance Fitness LLC

Calorie counting is great for some, yet useless to others. Deciding what’s best for you should be based on your own healthy goals… physical health, or psychological health. That’s what the top blogger Performance Fitness LLC told us when we asked about the impact of calorie counting. Here’s the blogger’s take on the role it plays in creating a better life:

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

That depends on the person and their approach to calorie counting. In terms of physical health, there are the obviously benefits of weight loss or weight maintenance, but in terms of psychological health and wellness, some people need to avoid counting calories or at least take a break from it.

I find that there are two types of people for whom calorie counting doesn’t work:

  1. The Game Show Contestant – This is the person who loves to play the “Beat My Calories” game. In a weight loss scenario, they set their calories in their favorite food tracking app, allowing for the necessary deficit to lose weight, and then try to constantly come in UNDER their deficit. In fact coming in under their calories at days end is a source of pride for this person. Remember that their calories have already been set at a deficit to allow for weight loss, so coming in under this number results in far too few calories being taken in. This person is also constantly starving, and eventually gives up on their plan because their extremely restricted plan is impossible to maintain, and they usually end up feeling like a failure.

  2. The Compulsive Counter – This person compulsively tracks every morsel of food to that point that it becomes their second job. They’re constantly thinking about their next meal and meticulously write down every detail of every food that they ingest. This person also ends of being miserable because the task of writing down every detail of every food becomes an all-consuming and overwhelming chore.

Calories are obviously important. Constantly eat in excess of your caloric needs, and you’ll never achieve your fat loss goals or be able to maintain your weight. If a client doesn’t fall into one of the above categories, then I think counting calories sensibly can be a positive exercise. After all, it can be great feedback to inform your food choices throughout the day.

However, I still prefer that clients use their energy to focus on what they eat; choosing minimally processed foods over highly processed items, prioritizing vegetables and proteins, and learning awareness of their food behaviors and overeating triggers. Even journaling without calorie counting can be a helpful exercise, helping to build awareness of portion size and even situations that cause overeating.

Your motto is A Better Body. A Better Life. What advice do you have for those working for a better life? How could calorie counting play into your plan?

  1. Take responsibility for where you are now.

  2. Forgive yourself for your past and move on.

  3. Realize that you can’t fix the past and you really can’t control your future, but you can try to make a better future through the choices (foods, working out on a consistent basis) you make in the present.

  4. Determine if you’re truly ready to make a change.

  5. Figure out why you’re motivated to make a change.

  6. Set your goals and then determine your action plan.

If you can calorie count in a sane way, by all means do it. It can help you to stay on track and reach your health and fitness goals, and create a better life.

Bottom Line: Calories Count, Even If You Don’t Count Calories

The one thing all of these top bloggers agree on is that whether you practice calorie counting or not, calories do count. How many calories you intake with each snack and meal of each day is vitally important personal health and fitness. But, not everyone has the patience, or the time, for counting calories. If you do, then good for you.

However, that shouldn’t be the main focus of your healthy living routines. Instead, you need to develop a healthy diet, and follow it each and every day. That means learning to make better choices when it comes to the foods you eat. In time, this should be so routine that you’ll never have to worry about counting calories again.

So, if you’re looking for an alternative to counting each and every calorie you intake, we have the answers. Plan your daily meals ahead of time to ensure that you intake the proper amount of calories and carbs. And, develop and maintain a healthy fitness routine to ensure personal health and wellness.

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