“I Hit it Hard when I Exercise – but Weight Loss is NOT Happening!”

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Do you eat well, exercise often and still feel like you’re not losing that stubborn weight?

It makes sense to think “Eat Less, PLUS Exercise” Magically…. Weight Loss!

Usually not right!

Very-low-calorie diets may create a quick initial weight loss, but when hunger, boredom or life circumstances get in the way, these unrealistic plans can become too hard to stick to. This generally leads to that familiar diet/binge cycle of eating, causing someone to feel badly about themselves for failing  

Read more, I am going to share more about how to eat enough to boost metabolism, energy levels and reduce the desire to binge/stress eat

Weight Loss Mistake #1: You’re not eating enough

If your cutting out or down the carbohydrates because you think they’re making you fat, definitely reconsider. Cutting out an entire macronutrient from your daily diet can make you feel deprived and tempt you to binge. Instead, reach for healthy, complex carbs—think sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, oats, peas, beans, and whole grain bread.

Of course, an occasion sweet is fine, but a steady diet of simple carbs, like candy, soda, sugary sweets, and processed foods with added sugar, won’t help you reach your weight-loss goal.

Tip: Go for starchy carbohydrates, which are digested more slowly and release glucose into your bloodstream more slowly

Weight Loss Mistake #2: You’re Relying on ‘Avoid’ Lists

While a lengthy “avoid” list may seem like clear guidance at the start of a diet, it can lead to resentment, misinformation and health complications down the line. The ‘avoid’ list leads to seeking comfort in other foods (honestly healthy or unhealthy)

Foods that may need to be limited when one is trying to lose weight is not the same as complete avoidance.  This includes labeling your favorite indulgences as off limits. Instead of cutting out foods you enjoy, watch your portion sizes or save richer foods for special occasions. Don’t punish yourself by cutting out foods you enjoy just because you’d like to lose weight!

Tip: Find a healthy balance.

Weight Loss Mistake #3:(the biggest) You’re Exercising a Lot, But Ignoring Your Diet

 

I have a saying “ You can’t out workout a bad diet!”

Do you find yourself making inconsistent eating choices and favoring unhealthy foods with the assumption that an extra spin class will balance it all out.

Point blank: it won’t.

Truth of the matter is many people are overweight because they exercise a lot, thinking it will compensate for excessive and unnecessary eating. At the end of the day, your weight comes down to 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise.

So, if you want to see success in the mirror, and on the scale, it’s time to take a closer look at what’s going on in the kitchen.

Eat whenever you’re hungry and eat slowly enough so you can stop just before you get full. And don’t be afraid to give yourself “healthy” cheats. The moment you start depriving yourself is when you start to feel like you’re missing out on something and you want to binge.

Tip: Healthy snacking during the day will keep you from overeating during meals. I always carry a Kind Bar (Nuts & Spices line)  in my bag because they’re a great snack made with whole foods and have nothing artificial.  Another one of my favorite snacks: homemade trail mix with dried fruit.

Summary

Total-body wellness is a lifestyle. Fat loss happens when you ditch the scale (as the primary marker for success), find an activity you enjoy, and start to see food as fuel instead of something to feed your emotions or occupy your time.  ***Ouch***

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A great first step is checking out and registering for my brand new 3-Day challenge called:

Crush your Sugar Cravings:  A 3-Day Clean Eating No Added-Sugar Challenge” to help you

  • Boost your energy levels and feel less sluggish during the day
  • Wake up that metabolism and jump start weight loss and just feel better overall
  • Get on the path of ‘eating clean’ without starving yourself, without depriving yourself, without restricting AND
  • Begin to maximize your results from your workouts

The best part is this challenge is FREE!

The live training will go into more detail about clean eating, but I do want to share here what ‘clean eating is NOT’

  • Its not about a fad diet, cleanse, or detox
  • Its not about what you can and cannot eat
  • Its not about going vegan or vegetarian
  • Its not about counting calories or severe restriction/elimination of carbs
  • Its not about starving, deprivation or restricting

Learn more and Register for Challenge: https://actionchoices.com/clean-eating-challenge/

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