Tuesday, May 10, 2011

losing 20 lbs and becoming spectacular

Where to start?  I can not tell you how many times I hear clients, random people, friends, family etc... "I need to lose weight."  90% of the time I hear this statement made during a meal... a meal compromised of "healthy" food: chips and salsa, a bowl of ranch with a few pieces of lettuce in it, fries, 3rd piece of birthday cake... you get the picture.

1st thing I would recommend doing is admit that you need to make a change.   I know we aren't in AA, but you must be honest with yourself.  You will not make any progress, none whatsoever, if you do not admit that you need change!  I have a friend of mine that always ask me, "What are you doing now?"  Do yourself a favor and make a habit of asking yourself that very same question.  If what you are doing right now, exercise program, nutritional strategy, mental prep is working for you... STICK WITH IT.  However, if what you are doing is not working, you must make a change.

Change:  Its a hard thing to stomach.  We love routine.  We love consistency.  Our routine give us confidence!  Why?  Because we become master and commander of our routine.  What if our routine is killing us?  Here is an example brought to my attention the other day:  I invested 1000$ in a mutual fund.  The mutual fund went up 30%.  I stuck with the mutual fund because it was making money.  WINNING!  Oh and no I am not sharing the name of the fund... :)  Other end of the spectrum:  I invested 300$ in a stock.  The stock went down over 100% and i'm now as mad as Shaquille O'neal crammed in a Mini Cooper.  Who wants to be Shaq in Mini Cooper.  I know I don't.  Advice:  Invest in what works!  Stick with a routine that helps you, not one that shoves your head through a convertible top and shoves your knees into your chest.

So what works?  Well.  Aren't we pretty sure that loaded baked potatoes, pizza, beer, ranch, Canes, Olive garden and other cheat spots aren't working?  If we are not in agreement here, stop reading this post.  This block quote is from Robb Wolf.  He is "spectacular".  Check out him out HERE.
  • Lean proteins that support strong muscles, healthy bones and optimal immune function. Protein also makes you feel satisfied between meals.
  • Fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline.
  • Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocadoes, olive oil, fish oil and grass-fed meat. Scientific research and epidemiological studies show that diets rich in Monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats dramatically reduce the instances of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive decline.
Effective, lifelong fat loss is easy with Paleo foods. We recommend the majority of your meals look something like this:
  • 4-8 oz of lean protein such as chicken, lean beef, turkey, pork loin or seafood.
  • Then add several servings of multicolored vegetables, either raw, steamed or lightly cooked.
  • Finally, round out the meal with good fats from Avocado, olive oil or a handful of un-salted nuts such as almonds, pecans, macadamias or walnuts.
Make sure to have 3-4 meals like this each day. Give it 30 days and then let us know how quickly and easily it is to lose unwanted body fat, all without hunger and cravings. Until you reach your desired level of leanness we recommend you keep your fruit intake to 1-2 servings per day and make these choices mainly from berries and melons. Keep in mind, you will be eating plenty of nutritious fresh vegetables, we just want you to see the fastest, most effective results you can. This is why we limit your fruit in the beginning to help you change your metabolic engines to a mode of “fat burning”.

The next blog post will contain a conclusion on 20lbs of weight loss and also show you how to be spectacular!

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