With all the diets you’ve tried, all the sacrifices you’ve made, whether you did the infamous low carb, high carb, low fat, high fat, low protein, high protein, zone, paleo, detox, adkins, advocare, weight watchers, or nutrisystem plan, you still haven’t cracked the code to obtaining the body you’re still seeking.
The question isn’t “what’s next”, it should be WHY NOT? Why haven’t you accomplished your goal?
Your reasoning could range from quitting too early to not eating enough to not building enough muscle or even it was too strict, too hard, etc.
The bottom line is, you’re not happy with your body and you want to see results… Right?
Coming from a person that has literally 25+ years of weight loss / fat loss personal experiences, I’m here to tell you that you can get the body you want, you deserve and you’re willing to work for but first… you need to change the way you think.
Training and dieting to look better will more than likely ALWAYS be short lived. Training and dieting to feel better will practically deliver instant gratification everytime. That should be your goal. Improving your overall health. Being able to fight off the common cold in 2-3 days. Being able to move with speed and power. Having flexibility and coordination. Improving your balance and agility. Getting stronger. Being able to walk up a few flights of stairs without getting out of breath.
Now we’re talking. Let’s focus more on training to improve your life and eating in a way that fuels your training.
It’s not a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when”, when you decide to do this, you will be moving closer to getting the body you want. Leaner, faster and stronger. In addition to less stress, better sleep and more energy.
Instead of giving you a list of foods to eat, how much to eat and when you should eat them, try this…
Simply do your best to consume 100 grams of protein a day, 4 to 5 days a week.
With the choice of protein you choose, pair it up with a vegetable and 32 oz of water or lemon water. Repeat this 3-4x a day. Easy math, if you eat 3x per day, you’ll need at least 33 grams of protein each time. If you eat 4x per day, 25 grams each time. Keep it simple.
On the days you hit the gym, be sure to eat something at least 90 min – 2 hours before hand so your body has energy to get through your training.
Hopefully you throwing some weights around and getting your heart rate up. After your training, your body is primed to eat something good and nutritious.
Especially if you’re training with resistance. Don’t ruin your efforts by eating something cheap and fast. Think of this, after you get all sweaty during your training, hit the shower or relaxing bath and you’re feeling clean and revitalized, would you put the same sweaty clothes back on and ruin that feeling? Probably not… so don’t put something crappy in your body either.
Of course this may sound incredibly easy and it should. Losing weight / body fat isn’t that difficult providing you eat pretty decent food regularly. Decent being lean meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit and drink plenty of water.
Meat doesn’t include fast food burgers, hot dogs or a pound of lunch meat. I’m referring to lean meat like steak, ground beef, chicken, turkey and fish aka PROTEIN.
Post workout feedings, your body is ready to consume some carbs outside of fruits or vegetables, we’re talking about starches like sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, rice, etc.
EAT CLEANER FOODS… What does that mean?
Think about foods you can run water over and personally clean. Vegetables, fruits, potatoes, etc. You can’t do this with a piece of bread or bag of potato chips. #Thinkaboutit #EatClean
Let’s recap: Focus on training to improve your health. Getting stronger, improving your balance and flexibility. Eat at least 100 grams of protein per day 4-5 days a week. Limit your carbs (starches) until after your training. Eat meat and veges throughout the day (3-4x). Get 6-8 hours a sleep every night. Drink plenty of water. Plenty being approx. 80% of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 160 lbs, you’ll drink about a gallon of water a day. Do this for 2 weeks and see what happens. When you feel different, you’ll soon start to look different. Give it time. Create these habits and things will change… Until you follow this simple approach to fatloss, don’t expect much.
Certainly we can discuss calorie deficits, carb cycling, intermittent fasting, etc. We can also list 8 other diets you tried and quit. Start simple, change what you can change TODAY. Adjust along with way. Need more energy, experiment with different vegetables, eat some fruit earlier in the day, try to mix it up a bit. Bottomline, be confident you’re doing things right.
You can’t lose weight with one meal and you can’t gain weight with one meal either, it takes work to do both. Be patient. Be your own experiment. Don’t quit.
After your two weeks are up, I’d be happy to hear your results. Check out our Facebook Page for more results, post yours up, enjoy the other quick tips and monthly reports we hope you can make good use of.
**Always check with you doctor first prior to any changes you plan on doing with your training and nutrition.
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