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Five Strategies to Sustain Fat Loss

1. Use a habit-based approach.

A more sustainable, habit-based approach that doesn’t include a drastic calorie deficit can give you a better chance at adapting — physiologically and psychologically — to a healthier lifestyle, without your metabolism coming to a screeching halt. This point of view is consistent with The Biggest Loser research paper, which closes with recommendations to focus on health markers like insulin and triglyceride levels rather than weight loss, and to take a more moderate approach with exercise and calorie reduction for long term success.

Here at Fit-2-The-Core we practice one of the most effective principles from Precision Nutrition, a habit-based approach by gradually introducing our members to small, manageable daily practices that support healthy eating and movement.

2. Eat slowly.

This is another foundational habit used at Fit-2-The-Core from Precision Nutrition. Many studies show that people who eat faster are heavier than people who eat slowly, and that people who train themselves to eat more slowly eat less, and lose weight as a result. There’s a 20-minute delay in satiety hormone signaling when you eat, so if you plow through a huge plate of food in 10 minutes, you’re liable to eat it all before you realized you’re actually stuffed.

In fact, it’s proven that simply reducing the number of bites you take per minute by half is effective at reducing your energy intake by 40 percent, particularly in big eaters. That’s why we coach our members to eat slowly. Play a game with yourself: Try to be the last one eating — even after your slow-as-molasses toddler). Tune into hunger and satiety cues, which tell you how much food you really need.

3. At meals, eat until you’re satisfied, not stuffed.

If you’re saying, “I’m stuffed!” after your meals, you’re probably overeating and/or eating for the wrong reasons, which will make it very challenging to control your energy intake. Another keystone from Precision Nutrition Coaching: Eat until 80 percent full.

This helps ensure that you’re not eating more than you need by:

• Helping you connect with your physical hunger cues

• Decoupling eating from emotions

• Breaking the deprivation/binge pattern and mindset

• Regulating your appetite

Feeling full, anxious, lethargic, foggy-headed, heavy, or extremely thirsty are signs of overeating that warrant an 80-percent experiment. Next time you eat lunch, eat slowly, take a good break after each bite, and ask yourself, “Am I still truly, physically hungry?” If the answer is yes, take another bite, chew slowly, and repeat. If the answer is no, end the meal and start monitoring fullness/hunger cues until dinner.

4. Reduce stress.

When you experience psychological stress, cortisol shoots upward. Research has linked increased cortisol with weight gain, likely due to poorer food choices and physiological changes. It’s conceivable The Biggest Loser participants experience considerable psychological stress: Undergoing an intense weight-loss program on national TV; airing their traumas to the world; regaining the weight when everyone knew they’d appeared on the show;

feeling the shame of “failure”. Every day, take steps to reduce your stress level and recover from all the hard work you do — physical and otherwise.

Some ideas:

• Sit and read a book

• Go for a walk

• Play with your cat

• Get a massage

• Take a warm bath

• Meditate

• Do yoga

Of course, what you find rejuvenating might be unique to you. Just be honest with yourself: Some activities that have the reputation for being relaxing — say, watching TV or throwing back shots at the bar — may be more escapism than true stress reducers.

5. Put your environment to work.

Change is hard for most people, and it’s partly due to our hardwiring. Research shows that most of the decisions we make are automatic, based on patterns and brain shortcuts as opposed to rational thought. We react to what’s in front of us, and our actions are often impulsive and/or the result of motivations we’re not fully conscious of. That means our environment powerfully shapes our decisions — including food decisions — more than we realize. We eat whatever’s in front of us, finish all the food regardless of portion size, consume more when we’re multitasking… and more.

Tough to change your eating habits when those habits are based on thoughts you didn’t know you were having, huh? But you can use this hardwiring to your advantage by putting your environment to work to control your energy intake:

• Keep fresh fruits and vegetables within view

• Park far from the office so you have to walk

• Don’t keep junk food at home

• Get a dog that needs walking

If your familiar with strategies that it takes to lose fat, then these should sound familiar. It’s no secret that when you use a sustainable approach to fat loss and health, that the strategies to sustain fat loss tend to be the same common sense strategies that you can follow for a lifetime.

 

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Why Your New Years Resolutions Are Holding You Back

The New Year is right around the corner and you are eager to start 2018 strong. Throughout the month of December with every workout you miss, piece of pie you eat and every glass of wine you drink, you keep telling yourself that on January 1st I’ll recommit to my nutrition and workout regimen. The ole reliable New Year’s Resolution, that for most just gets them through the holidays guilt free, with promise to themselves that they will get it together on January 1st with their New Year’s Resolutions.

This may seem normal, I mean everyone does this right? Yes, most people do, but most people who take this approach usually end up right where they started by end of February , so maybe this isn’t the recipe for success. Maybe after all the years of failed New Year’s Resolutions you finally have come to grips that it’s these very New Year’s Resolutions are what have been holding you back all these years. There is a fact that can’t be denied, that most people have forgotten and giving up on their New Year’s resolutions by the end of January. Each year is filled with one excuse after the other, I’m too busy, it’s too hard, it’s not working, I’m too tired, I don’t know what to do, I’m hungry all the time, eating healthy is boring and the list goes on and on.

The main issue with New Year’s resolutions is that many people use it as an excuse not to get started right now, they rely solely on the motivation of the New Year to get started on eating better and working out more consistently. They rely merely on the motivation and excitement of the New Year.

The reality however is that the reason many people fail to reach their health and fitness goals is simply because they rely too much on motivation, and this is one of the biggest reasons why your New Year’s Resolutions are holding you back.

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Motivation is great at getting you started, but fails miserably at keeping you going, this is why most people have given up on their New Year’s Resolutions by the end of January. Many of these people hit the gym 5 days a week while completely overhauling their diets and their lifestyle. This works for about 3 weeks and then reality starts setting in, you start to lose that motivation that you had at the beginning of the new year, and getting up 5 days a week starts to get harder and harder, your tired of being sore all the time and the workouts are just too hard, all the sudden those 5 days start to turn into 3 days, 1 day and then no days.

The diet, well you just have time to make all those meals, and in honestly you miss eating carbs and your tired of being hungry and tired all the time. All the sudden the excuses start to slowly creep their way back into your life, I’m too busy, it’s too hard, I don’ like the food I have to eat, I’ll get back on track tomorrow etc. Problem is that tomorrow never comes.

Even though your intentions are good, it’s this strategy of relying solely motivation that is holding you back. The reality is that you will get busy, you will soon find out that it is hard and there will be days that you just don’t feel like working and eating healthy. Motivation ebbs and flows and it’s the only way to stay consistent with your goals is to have strategies in place for those times when your motivation is ebbing, it’s your strategies that will see you through until your motivation is flowing again. It’s normal to not too be excited to workout, or to eat healthy and to want to skip workouts and eat whatever you want. But the difference between those that do it anyway and those that don’t isn’t that their more motivated, it’s they have a strategy to ensure that it gets done.

Don’t want to get up and workout? Make an appointment with your coach each week like it’s appointment. It’s human nature not to want to let others down. This strategy of having someone waiting for you, holding you accountable, can just be that push you need to stay consistent with your workouts. You can also find a friend to workout with, holding each other accountable is another powerful strategy in overcoming a lack of motivation.

Don’t feel like eating healthy. Only have food in your house that supports your health and fitness goals. This again works for you as humans we are innately lazy, and we can make this laziness work for us if we make it more difficult to eat food that doesn’t support our health and fitness goals. If chips, burritos, ice cream and or wine isn’t readily accessible, it will be more difficult to talk yourself into going out of your way to eat foods that won’t support your goals.

Preparation

I you don’t feel like preparing food, you can simply by prepared food in advance, one of my favorites is rotisserie chicken form whole foods. It’s easy, when you get home you can just throw it the oven and warm it up or simple chop it up and make heathy and delicious salad. You can also invest in a food delivery service such as Territory who deliver fresh precooked food to your door, throw in the microwave and you’re eating in three minutes.

These are just a few examples of strategies that we use with our clients hear at Fit-2-The-Core. There is nothing wrong with New Years Resolutions motivation, but make sure that you don’t make the mistake of thinking that you will always be motivated, start to implement strategies that will help you to stay consistent with your workout and nutrition, especially when your motivation is hard to find.

 

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Six Steps To Success

One of the most common questions we hear is, “How do you do it?” Here’s the great part. It almost doesn’t matter what the “it” is! Whether it’s, “how do I dial in my nutrition, how am I going to drop 20 pounds, or how am I going to get my spouse to come in and train with me,” the system for achieving what you want is held within these six simple steps.

Here’s what you do:

#1 – Figure out what you want.
Get specific. Having a clear definition of what you want is integral to actually getting it. Want to drop 20 pounds? Why? What are you going to do and how are you going to feel when you’re 20 pounds lighter?

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#2 – Create a plan.
Many times it’s as easy as writing down the first step. More importantly, taking the time to create a plan can help you preemptively tackle potential obstacles, discover resources you might need, and give you a foundation to return to if you lose your way.

Action Plan

#3 – Seek out a mentor
There are people out there that have done this before. There are people out there that have done this hundreds of times and happily do it every day. They’re called coaches.

“It’s my job to change people’s lives. There is a tremendous amount of trust involved, and it’s my responsibility to earn that trust through consistency an awesome results.” -TR

A great coach will pay attention to your individual needs and help you refine your personalized plan (Step #2). They’ll encourage and guide you all the way to the finish line.

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#4 – Take consistent action every day.
This is a big one. The Grand Canyon wasn’t carved from a singular force of action, its beauty and majesty was created over 5.4 million years of persistent force. It’s what we do every day that defines us. Changing one habit at a time will make it easier to stay consistent. Don’t start out trying to eat the perfect meal five times a day. Just start with breakfast.

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#5 – Review your progress.
Track it, track it, track it! Monitoring your progress will boost your confidence when you are successful and help you reassess if you wander astray. Tracking is also imperative to isolating the individual parts of your plan. You’ll be able to answer questions like “What can I dial in even more?” and “Where am I putting in more effort than necessary?”

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#6 – Renew your goals.
What happens when you achieve your goal faster than expected because you used these simple steps? By now you’ve built up all of this momentum and as Sir Isaac Newton said, “An object in motion tends to stay in motion.”

Because you’re following this 6-step success cycle, you can apply this momentum to anything. You can circle back into new fitness goals, re-direct the energy towards your financial goals, and even apply your forward motion into learning a new skill. It’s easier to maintain and reassign than to start over.

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The secret to achieving whatever you set out to do is following ALL of the steps. Like any system, it only works when you use it!

 

 

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The Battle of the Yummy Splurge vs. The Lazy Cheat

Your week is snowballing from one commitment to the next, no time to stop and get refocused; at some point you make the decision to either take a moment for yourself and plan your meals in advance, making sure your kitchen is stocked and food is cooked ahead of time or…you never get around to it and get “lazy” figuring you’ll get back on track tomorrow or next week.

It usually starts after a long day of working or running around fulfilling commitments, giving your energy all day long. You get home just in time for dinner…you’re hungry, your family is hungry, you haven’t taken a moment to think through what you’ll eat tonight; you open the fridge and maybe there are some chicken breasts you could grill up, but that isn’t really hitting the spot and you’re tired and really don’t feel like cooking so you decide…forget it, let’s order pizza or let’s go out.

Have you ever looked back at your week and realized you used all of your splurges for the week and didn’t really enjoy any of them? They were lazy cheats, convenient at that moment, but overall not really worth it.

Yummy Splurge:

100% nutritional discipline is never really needed to completely change your body. The difference between sticking to the rules 90% of the time and sticking to them 100% of the time is minor, really.

And that extra 10% splurge means you can feel free to eat the food you like.

Follow the rules 90% of the time. The other 10% splurge? Eat anything you want.

I’m not kidding around here. I actively encourage people to eat any food they like, because the reality is that good food can be one of the great joys of life.

But being overweight, unhealthy and lethargic are not. And certain foods eaten too frequently or in too large an amount will quickly make you all three of those things.

So Fit-2-The-Core members are given a simple instruction: eat any food you like, in up to 10% of your meals; in the other 90% of your meals, eat the foods that will fuel your body to success. This can include a glass of wine, 1-2 slices of pizza or a scoop of your favorite ice cream etc.

That ratio will give you the body you want AND allow to enjoy the food you love.

 

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The Lazy Cheat – The lazy cheat is a cheat that you did not plan to have ahead of time. It isn’t because you’re really looking forward to a splurge – something you have been craving – or as part of an experience that you don’t want to miss out on – it is not a part of the plan to get you closer to your goals. BUT (yes, Behold the Underlying Truth) occasionally, it happens. Unfortunately a lazy cheat is usually not worth it, and you end up using up one of your splurges and not enjoying it. And unfortunately, once you give in and have a lazy cheat it tends to perpetuate a whole week of lazy cheats.

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The secret to overcoming lazy cheats – have strategies in place. The fact is that “Strategy trumps Willpower” every time and is the key to your short and long term success. When you’ve had a long day, are hungry and out of energy, your will power is not going to be strong, so you must have a strategy.

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Next time you find yourself having that conversation in your head leading to a lazy cheat…you know the one… “I don’t feel like cooking tonight, I’ve had a long day, I’ll just order pizza tonight since I should eat something,” turn to the strategy you have planned out ahead of time.

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Here are a few ideas for the next time you find yourself heading for a lazy cheat.

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Have menus in your car of places you know you can get a healthy meal that are your go-to restaurants. Simply have a whole stack of menus in your car of places where you can get grilled fish and cabbage salad, or chicken and vegetables, or a healthy salad. If your on your way home from a busy day with no plan for dinner, you can just call and place an order to go and pick it up on your way home.

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Have easy meals that you fall back on at these times. An easy meal can be a chicken breast with a can of lentil soup – Just grill up the chicken breast, heat up the can of soup and pour the soup over the chicken breast – done. Or you can pick up a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from whole foods and some precut veggies to grill or for making a quick salad.

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Have a Super Shake: It’s okay to have a shake for dinner.  Dinner doesn’t have to be a big, sit down meal. Blend up a scoop of protein, some fruit or peanut butter and call it dinner or try this Delicious Super Shake recipe:

POPEYE’S SUPER SPINACH SMOOTHIE

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INGREDIENTS:

• 1 scoops SFH Low Carb Grass Fed Vanilla Protein

• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

• 1-2 cups spinach

•½ frozen banana

• 1 tbsp natural peanut butter • stevia (to taste)

• 5 ice cubes

Blend and Enjoy:)

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Plan out your week ahead of time, including your splurges. Your week should include 10% to relax and enjoy yourself, just don’t waste it on a lazy cheat!

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Enjoy your week!

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Top 5 Secrets For Feeling Stronger, Sexier and More Confident

Are our Drop 2 Jean size clients – many of whom have lost 2 jean sizes and Feel Stronger, Sexier and more Confident – somehow “better” than normal? Special? Extra-motivated? Blessed with “great genes”? No. They’re average Janes. They’ve simply learned – and practiced – what really works.

Our coaches use simple, time-tested methods to inspire, motivate, monitor, and guide our D2S clients to feeling Sexy, Strong and Confident in their Thermometer Jeans!

Today we’re going to pass some of these Drop 2 Jean Sizes “secrets” on to you. They’re simple. (But not necessarily easy.)

Secret #1 Eat slowly:

Check your watch. Start eating. When you’re done, check your watch again. How long
did it take you? Our guess: not long enough. Your goal is at least 15 to 20 minutes per meal. You need that long in order to taste your food properly, and to let your body tell your brain that you’re full. Put your utensils down between bites. Chew properly. Savour what you’re eating. Enjoy it. Spend time with it. You’ll enjoy food more, and get leaner to boot.

Secret # 2 eat until you’re “80% full”:

What the heck does that mean? It means you eat until you’re just satisfied. Until you’re no longer physically hungry. Instead of “stuffed” or “full”. Don’t get hung up on exactly what “80% full” is, or whether you’re getting to “75%” or “88%”. Shoot for the general idea.

Remember: eat s-l-o-w-l-y. Be patient with “80% full”. It takes practice. But once you
get the hang of learning your physical (rather than your social or psychological) hunger cues, this one will be a breeze.

Secret # 3: Get your 3-4 hours. Make them count.

Sure, you could drill yourself into the ground with long, gut-busting workouts. But why?
As we’ve proven, you can get great results with about 3-4 hours of exercise per week.

The trick? Make those hours count.

Our suggestion:

1. 2-3 days a week, weight train for about 45 minutes. Choose complex exercises with
lots of moving parts that give you bang for your buck, such as:

* pullups/pulldowns, rows
* pushups, presses
* squats, deadlifts, lunges
* hip hinges (i.e. swings)

Think movements rather than body parts. Think quality rather than quantity. Put
some tough stuff together in a circuit and give ‘er.

2. 1-2 days a week, do sprint intervals (or do the equivalent, such as intervals on a
rower) for about 15 minutes.

3. Do about 10 minutes of warmup and mobility work every day.

4. Fill in the rest of the time with “active recovery”: gentle, moderate movement such
as walking, swimming, yoga, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and just plain
old “stay moving”.

Secret #4 Sleep:

Sleep changes your hormone balance and your recovery ability. This changes how your body responds to nutrients, exercise, and stress. The more sleep you get, the leaner you are. The less sleep you get, the fatter, weaker, and sicker you’re eventually likely to be.

At least 1-2 hours before bed, turn off the TV, computer, and cell phone. Darken the room. And get ready to sleep yourself lean.

Secret #5 Forget “willpower” and “motivation”:

Change your environment and your systems. And get social support.
Willpower is a very limited and unreliable bank account. Never count on it. Ever.
Instead, built an environment, a system, and a support network that helps you get to
your goals.

* If food is in your house, you’ll eat it. So, don’t have that food in your house.

* If your gym is horribly inconvenient, you won’t go. So, make it convenient, or buy
some weights for home. And meet a friend to work out.

* If you wait till you feel full of energy to work out, you’ll never do it. So, schedule it like
an appointment.

* If you’re surrounded by people who don’t support your goals, you’ll have a tougher
uphill journey than a spawning salmon. So, take a class, join a group, say hi to other fit folks in your gym, and build a strong social support network of fit and healthy people.

If you’re looking for some great coaching and a 24/7 support group who cheer you on
for 8 weeks, may we recommend our upcoming Drop 2 Jean Size Challenge.

Today, what is ONE, very, very small action you can do to move towards the change
you want? What could you do in the next three minutes? Today?

Do that one small thing. High-five yourself.

Check in each day and make sure you’re doing it. Then, next week, do another very
small thing. Only one. High-five yourself again.

Repeat until ripped and awesome. It’s just that simple!

In just 8 short weeks, you can feel your best again! You can feel….

Strong, Confident and Sexy!

We know how you may feel right now…

You are lost, and can’t find an easy enough solution to get back where you once were with your health. You are desperately looking for a proven kick-start solution that will shrink your thighs and buttocks, tone your arms and abs, and give you some amazing results in only eight weeks – GUARANTEED!

Join our 8-week Drop 2 Sizes Challenge that is changing lives TODAY!
The Drop 2 Sizes Challenge begins this Saturday, September 23rd and we’re only taking on a limited number of challengers so DON’T WAIT!

All you need to do now is… Click on this link, Yes I Want To Drop 2 Jean Sizes! , to reserve your spot for our kick-start seminar and workout on Saturday, September 23rd at 11:00am. Invite your friends to join you!

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