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Training

What you need to know about muscle fibers and hypertrophy

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It´s not new that every year trends come out and the one I´ve been hearing more for the last months at least here is hybrid training and the way people is talking about is related to rep ranges but they don´t really know or understand how this works.

What got m attention is that some of them talk about as something new (as always…) but it´s not new… there´s nothing new, almost all training techniques or tools have been used before people only make little adjustments and change the name, the same thing happens with diets.

To talk about muscle fibers there are 2 points that we need to understand; muscle fibers and hypertrophy.

We have two types of muscle fibers which are type 1 and type 2, both types of muscle fibers are highly important for muscle growth, knowing how this two types of fiber works and how you can hit them or target them is key to creating workout programs that will lead you to your goals.

Type 1 muscle fibers or slow twitch muscle fibers are target with light weights , high reps and short rest periods around the 12 to 15 reps.

Type 2 muscle fibers or fast twitch muscle fibers are target with heavy weights , low reps and long rest periods  around the 5 to 8 reps.

There are 2 types of hypertrophy which are  sarcoplasmic and myofibryllar. The 2 of them are related to the muscle fibers because depending of the rep range you are working is how you target each of them.

In sarcoplasmic hypertrophy the muscle increase in size because more fluid gets into the cell, you target slow twitch muscle fibers which are type 1, working around the 12 to 15 reps per set or more. If you want to get “the pump” this is where you need to focus on, this is also the most common rep range and the one you´ll see a lot more on gyms.

Since you are lifting light weights for high reps you can use the 3 types of exercises; bodyweight, compound and isolation (I´m writing a post for each).

This type of hypertrophy makes you a slave to the gym, you need to be training to hit the muscle otherwise you lose it. Is easier and faster to gain muscle and to look big with this one but if you take some time off the gym you lose that muscle.

In myofibryllar hypertrophy the muscle cell increase in number, you target fast twitch muscle fibers which are type 2, working around the 5 to 8 reps per set. If you want to build lean dense muscle this is where you need to focus on.

Since you are lifting heavy weights for low reps you can use bodyweight and compound exercises which are the ones you can lift heavy weight, with isolation you can´t lift heavy you can get injured.

This type of hypertrophy takes more time to build and to get big but it´s there to last,  you can take some time off the gym and it will take longer until you lose that muscle. What you need to consider is that here you are working your central nervous system and it takes more to recover.

Both types of fibers and hypertrophy have their benefits and hitting both of them gives you amazing results. You can use type 2 for compound movements and type 1 for isolation movements this way you focus on getting stronger and adding some more workout to weaker muscles.

It would mean so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam

Nutrition

Why macronutrients matter

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Even when my approach to nutrition is not about counting calories or being perfect with macronutrient ratios it is important that you know and understand at least the basics of nutrition so that you can adjust your meals according to your goals to get amazing results.

The goal of any diet or nutrition program must be to give nutrients to our body.

Macronutrients give energy to our bodies in the form of calories, you may have heard that “calories are calories” or “all calories are equal”, this is completely false, all three groups are different, your body will not respond the same way to protein than to fat and in each group you´ll find healthy and unhealthy options, your body will respond in different ways to this three groups of macronutrients and how healthy they are.

I know I´ve talked before that highly processed food is unhealthy and you need to avoid it as much as possible, now that you avoid all those unhealthy foods we need to start learning about the differences in real fresh food, we know that this healthy foods have the nutrients our body needs to function and we will divide it into macronutrients and micronutrients.

The first we´re going to learn are macronutrients, now that you eat healthy meals cooked with real, fresh natural ingredients it´s time to know more about those foods. Macronutrients are divided in three: proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Each group has its own primarily function making all of them a crucial part of our diet.

It´s not the same to have a cup of oatmeal than to have a some cookies like Oreo, for your body it´s completely different, it´s not the same to have some rice and broccoli than to have a donut with ice cream. I know this examples look silly but I want to make the point clear, not all calories are created equal. This is comparing healthy vs unhealthy options, if we compare healthy options from different macronutrient groups like avocado with chicken or oatmeal with nuts they are still different and you´re body uses them in different ways even if they are healthy options. This is the reason why the famous “calories in – calories out” advice won´t work for everyone.

Each macro nutrient has its own purpose to help your body function properly every day, I´ll be talking about each macronutrient on separate posts to give you all you need to know and keep it simple so that you can take your time to understand it.

I´ve said before that weight lose and fitness in general can be complex, the reason why is because you need to know and understand the job of each macronutrient and how your body responds, once you understand this information all fitness goals will be simple.

Knowing the job of each macronutrients is key because you need to manipulate them in certain ways to achieve your fitness goals, if you want to lose fat or gain lean muscle you´ll need to adjust your nutrition and make some slightly changes to support your goal.

For me macronutrients are far more important than calories, I don´t  consider a fitness program that only focus on calories to be right because there are different ways to achieve the same amount of calories with different macronutrient ratios and each one will give you different results.

You may know by now that I love food, I love to cook and I consider food to be part of the culture and traditions of each country, I love traditional food and local cuisine. My approach to fitness and weight loss is to keep things simple by avoiding unhealthy, highly processed food and to stick with real fresh food. I don´t count calories, I don´t count points, I don´t weight my food to set macro ratios I just have a clear idea of the amount of food and the types of food I´m eating.

When you understand each macronutrient and have an idea of the amount of food your body needs you´ll be able to enjoy food, I hate the idea of following diets, we´re supposed to enjoy life and for me food is an important part of life but you still need to know the basics so that you can use the information and use it to achieve your goals.

It would mean so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam

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Why fitness matters

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I´m trying to remember the day I decided to lose weight and get in shape, I was really excited but a couple of days after I started a program I didn´t feel like working out and for some reason I couldn´t control my cravings for sweets, junk and all unhealthy food. After many years being lazy and eating all kind of junk it was hard mentally to make different choices and in many cases I ended up eating the whole bag of chips, cookies or chocolate and skipping workouts.

I think this is something everyone who wants to get in shape deals with and it´s normal, the way you get through that hard time is what makes all the difference. Being mentally strong to break the pattern of old unhealthy habits and develop new ones is what´s all about. Once I found out what the truth was and I created a program based on that true information I convinced myself that my mind was playing tricks with me, it wanted me to fail but I won´t let it, from that point on everything changed.

Getting in shape and sustain it is about lifestyle, you need to develop healthy habits that make it easy for you to achieve any fitness goal in an effortless way.

As in everything in life taking the first step and getting momentum is the hardest step, it is not just one step, in fitness you may take that first step by eating healthy and working out but in this first days you realize how physically, mentally and emotionally though this is so you give up.

You need to take that first step and continue, keep doing it until you get momentum, once you got that momentum going then don´t stop. Most of us begin our fitness journey to get in shape and lose weight but this is only the beginning and the reason to get involved in fitness but the goal must be to make it part of your life.

If you are following the right program you´ll get results every week and those results keep you motivated, once you get to your desired goal you have several options, you may want to sustain those results, staying in shape is not that hard once you develop the right habits, you may want to go one step further and get leaner or you may want to gain some muscle mass.

Depending on what you decide to do not next is how you´ll need to adjust your new healthy habits, specially your nutrition and training to fit that new goal and since it´s now part of your life it´s easier to follow through.

Most of us wait for New Year’s Resolution to beginning our fitness journey, I think there´s something about New Years that make us want to start the right way but you we can start this journey any day. Actually there´s no reason to wait until New Year, it´s February 2019 but it can be April, July or any other month and you can set your goal for Christmas, Instead of waiting for New Year start today and set your target for Christmas or Thanksgiving, your goal is to be in the best shape of your life for Thanksgiving.

Keep something in mind, the first weeks it´s going to be difficult, you´re going to be making different decisions and you´re mind will try to take you back by bringing all kind of negative thoughts and excuses, when this happen don´t contemplate those thoughts just get up and do what you need to do. The only way to develop new habits is by doing them over and over and over again so don´t think twice, if you need to get up earlier to work out don´t let your mind take control of you, instead take control of your mind by getting up and exercising.

It would mean so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam

Mindset

Why your mindset is really important

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The role your mindset plays on achieving any goal and how you live your life is key. For so long I´ve been wondering why I can´t achieve anything worth having in life, why can´t I achieve any of the goals I set even when I have a plan and I know exactly what to do and finally I realized that my mindset was taking me away from success. If you don´t know why you can´t achieve your goals even when you have a plan and know exactly what to do this may be the reason.

To achieve any goal there´s something you need to change, you need to make different choices, learn new skills, act different and this means you´re getting out of your comfort zone and every time you do this your mind will fight you back.

In most cases achieving any goal is more of a mental game, once you can control your mind it´ll be easier to achieve what you want. Our thoughts create our reality whether you know this or you want to accept this or not, negative thoughts equals negative life, positive thoughts equals positive life.

Getting your mindset right is the hardest thing to do, it´s not that simple to just think positive thoughts and you´ll attract what you want, things doesn´t work that way, if it was this simple many of us would already have everything we want. There are some things that need to work together, your thoughts, feelings and emotions need to be in harmony and this is easier said than done.

You have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind, you may be thinking and saying that you look great, you love your body and having all kind of positive affirmations which are lies that help you think and feel a certain way but your subconscious is stock in past, in negative thoughts that are contradicting and your subconscious wins. Your mind loves repetition so you need to repeat those positive lies enough so that your mind takes them as a reality.

Once you decide to make a change and to take action following a plan to achieve your goal your mind starts playing games with you. How many times have you set the alarm earlier to wake up and exercise before you go to school or to work and the moment it sounds so many thoughts come to your mind like “it´s to earlier”, “start tomorrow”, “you need to sleep more” etc? All this reasons why you don´t need to take action is your mind trying to keep you in the same place.

Once you start changing your thoughts you also need to work on your feelings, how you feel is what you attract to your life, if you feel happy you attract happy moments to your life. Smile more and have more fun and you´ll see how your day starts to be more fun. Listen to music that lift you and dance to stay in a positive state.

Nothing will come if you don´t work for it, even when I think that our thoughts create our reality and that our feelings attract more of the same I also believe that if you want something you need to work for it.

You need to train your mind the same way you train your muscles, one simple technique you can use is meditation. Meditation can help you be aware of the present moment, be aware of your thoughts making it easier to change any negative thought to positive and stay focus on your goal. Along with meditation you can use techniques like visualization and affirmations to give your brain a clear image of what you want to achieve. Once you have a clear image try to think about how it would feel if you have already achieve your goal and feel those emotions as real as you can. The longer you stay focused on this positive thoughts and images of your goal and the more time you can stay in a positive state the fastest it will become your reality.

Once you have the right mindset you need a plan of  activities you need to do every single day that will get you where you want. It doesn´t matter how hard those activities are or if you want to do them or not, with the right mindset you´ll think of the end goal and you´ll do what you need to do whether you want or not.

It would mean so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam

Stress

This approach to stress will make everything easier

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We all live all our lives stressed out, eating mostly unhealthy food, not sleeping, surrounded by negativity and with almost no physical activity. This is the reason why we´re dealing with so many diseases and this is what´s stopping us to live a better life.

Our lifestyles are making us sick and I believe that making some changes and developing good habits is the key to live a lot better.

All of us can handle low stress or even high stress for a short period of time but no one can handle high levels of stress for long periods of time and when you spend most of the time stressed your body will get sick. Have you listened to the “fight or flight” response? This is your body preparing to either fight or run. If you are in a very stressful situation you may feel your muscles tense or your heart is beating faster this short term stress called acute stress may be caused for a situation you lived and your body is able to recover in short period of time. When your body stays stressed for a long period of time called chronic stress is when a lot of health problems take place and you get sick, your body is not able to handle it.

When your body is not able to handle it you can headaches, lack of energy, weight gain, skin problems, digestive issues, bad mood and many other symptoms.

Most of us live with chronic stress caused from very different reasons but in most cases our job or school, relationships and money are the principle causes. Hating your job and the need to go every day and spend most of the time with your coworkers and boss can get your stress high, some bosses don´t take care or their people and they make them feel bad and you also have the coworkers who are making fun of you and bullying. The same happens with school you may have some teachers you don´t like for different reasons, they treat you, they don´t have patience and a lot of your friends at classroom make fun of you.

If you add to this the fast pace times we´re living where you need to get to school or to your work on time and you get stock in the traffic, you have a lot of work or too much homework, you don´t feel comfortable and you don´t know how you´re going to make through the next pay check I think you don´t need to ask why you don´t feel great, why you have some health issues or why you are dealing with your weight.

Social media is also a huge problem, so many guys share pictures of them in great places and seems like their having a lot of fun and a great time and it´s actually the opposite, they´re looking for the likes and love on social media for they feel empty inside they´re not actually living the life they´re sharing. This creates high expectations and make followers think that there´s something wrong with them.

Chronic stress makes everything harder and can develop bad habits, some guys start smoking as a way to lower their stress which cause a lot more health problems, it can cause overeating because some people go to food as a way to feel better, most unhealthy foods creates a sense of pleasure the same way alcohol and cigarettes do but they use them as a way to deal with stress.

We all need to find ways to deal with everyday problems, and stress the tricky part here is that those ways you find to deal with it are healthy and not hurting you more.

As you can see we live with chronic stress and I consider this to be one of the 5 ingredients of fitness, the other 4 are nutrition, training, mindset and sleep. So being stress highly important I´m going to share with you everything I know to lower stress so that you can get in shape and sustain it but also to live a better life.

It would mean so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam

Training

This approach to training will make everything easier

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As part of a normal day for me, I went to a mall near my place, there´s a gym right next the food area so my sister and I like to take some time sitting there in one of the closest tables so what I do I watch people, I like to see what people do while there in the gym. People who love exercise and training which typically are the ones who are leaner spend a lot more time on the weights section, people who also love to work out and tend to look skinny spend more time in the cardio machine section.

The interesting part and most obvious is the guys and girls who go there because they want or need to lose weight, we can clearly see how much they hate those routines and how much they struggle. I hate watching people suffer so even when they do need to workout to get in shape it doesn´t need to be like hell. I hate when trainers do almost the same routines with all their clients, some resistance training with light weights and cardio with asking and considering what their type of exercises their clients prefer, this makes a huge difference in the results.

Another thing I see is that people who is new to the gym feel so overwhelmed, and anxious because they are out of shape and just the idea of getting a foot in there creates fear and anxiety.

And the worst thing of all this is that the guys and girls who are dealing with their weight, which are the ones that need more attention and help are the ones who end up giving up without getting results.

This is why I created this website with the help of my sister, so that you can get in your best shape and sustain it without feeling disappointed and overwhelmed. My approach to training is simple, you need to focus on resistance training to maintain and build muscle and you add some cardio to help you burn fat.

Getting stronger with resistance training is key to get in shape and sustain in a simple effortless way. Bodyweight exercises and compound movements are key to build and amazing physique and cardio is great to help you lose fat faster and both have amazing benefits for overall health. There´s no reason to overcomplicate things.

If you are really out of shape you need to develop the habit of working out but you don´t need to jump right to one hour of high intensity workouts, 20 minutes a day 5 days a week are enough to start developing the habit and you´ll get great results but you need to make those 20 minutes as intense as you can. From those 5 days… hopefully 6 you can divide them into resistance and training, 3 to 4 days of resistance and 2 to 3 days of cardio at the beginning is all you need.

You don´t need to spend more than 1 hour at the gym every day, you don´t even have to go to the gym at least at the beginning you can train at home with bodyweight exercises and get in amazing shape you can buy some dumbbells if you want to add more variety. As you progress with your workouts you will get to a point where you need to lift heavier weights if you are using free weights (dumbbells and barbells) so you may need a gym membership to keep increasing weight but at this time you´ll be in shape and you will feel amazing and motivated to go there.

As you keep progressing and once you´ve developed the habit of working out I would recommend keeping your workouts around 1 hour each, you maybe hating me right now and giving all kind of excuses but we all have 1 hour each day that we can use to exercise, take that time for yourself, if you want to take care of the people around you need to take care of yourself first so that you feel great so that you can help the people around you.

It would mean so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam

Nutrition

This approach to nutrition will make everything easier

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There are so many diets nowadays and every day a new one is out and actually all those diets are nothing more than different macronutrient ratios and we all get crazy trying to find which one is the best to help us lose weight as fast as possible.

Have you ever followed a diet to lose weight? I bet you have, for how long were you able to follow it? I´ve also tried to follow some diets, I´ve tried many of them but I couldn´t stay on track for more than 2 weeks in any of them, the reason?… I love food!!

Let´s go back some years ago when processed food was not everywhere, people used to buy fresh local ingredients and cook meals and dishes with them, most of their meals were based on real fresh food and since people used to cook more, they spend more time with family, all the family sat together at the table to have dinner and share their days.

Fast forward to today, there´s processed food everywhere, this processed food is full of sugar, trans fats and chemicals. People don´t cook as much as some years ago, actually the younger the guys the less they cook and since we´re bombarded with highly processed foods our diet is based on them.

The goal of food is to give nutrients to our body, food is fuel for our body, if we want our body to function at peak we need to give it the nutrients it need. Most processed foods do not have nutrients instead they are loaded with sugar and chemicals that our body do not know how to use.

I think we got everything wrong, we focus a lot on which diet is the best but we forget about the single most important thing, our diets are based on unhealthy processed foods, if we can only make a change in our eating habits and focus on eating more real fresh foods and less processed foods this will give us amazing results.

There´s no reason to follow strict low calorie diets if we´re eating a lot of unhealthy foods, there´s no reason to eliminate healthy options of macronutrients if we´re still eating junk. It´s not about counting calories or points, we´re here to enjoy life as much as possible and for me food is a huge part of everything life has to offer. If we focus on what matters which is giving nutrients to our body and avoid unhealthy processed foods we have a lot more freedom to try different dishes as long as they are cooked with fresh ingredients.

My approach to nutrition is to eat dishes or plates cooked with real, fresh, natural ingredients and avoid as much as possible all sweets, junk, processed and fast food. I know this may sound crazy but it´s the best way to get in the best shape of your life, sustain it and do it effortless.

Food is part of the culture and traditions of each country, there´s a piece of history on every plate.

There´s no way we can learn and know about each country if we´re following any diet that restrict some macronutrient which will only overcomplicate things and make it harder to stay on track when we´re out with friends or family.

Avoiding unhealthy foods which we all know which one they are and focusing on eating healthy foods which we also know which ones is the first step, once you get used to that step you can start adjusting macronutrients according to your goal. At this point your diet is based on healthy foods and you just make the adjustments necessary by decreasing carbohydrates, increasing protein or you can take it further and try ketogenic. Or if you are like me you can stick with the easiest nutrition plan, eat dishes or plates cooked with real fresh ingredients and enjoy!!

It would mean so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam

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Fitness!!

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Fitness is so popular nowadays, not only as a New Year Resolution to lose weight but to get in shape and be healthy but most people only focus on diet and exercise and that is totally wrong, if your goal is to lose weight and you follow a diet and exercise program you may get some results or you may not but whether you achieve your goal or not it is hard to sustain it, even if you follow exactly what the program said.

Losing weight and keeping it off, getting in shape and staying in shape, living a healthy better life, living a successful life it all comes down to our lifestyle, our habits and routines. Our lifestyle is getting us sick, our habits and daily routines just keep us stuck in the same place.

Getting in shape, losing weight, living a healthy life is actually simple you only need to develop new good habits and routines and that´s the difficult part so we´re here to help you develop those new habits and routines and the way to do this is by using or applying certain tools or strategies, to keep this a lot easier we need to divide fitness into small pieces, this is where the 5 ingredients of fitness come from.

The 5 ingredients of fitness are: Nutrition, Training, Mindset, Sleep and Stress. They´re all highly important so we´ll be sharing with you different tools or strategies you can use for each ingredient, give all of them a try and find out which one works better for you. By this I mean find out the tool that best fit your life and your daily activities and develop that tool as your new habit.

When you develop good habits and routines for each ingredient you don´t need to be perfect and you don´t need to follow any strict diet and even what I´m going to say may sound impossible, it will be easier for you to achieve any fitness goal, it will seem effortless and you will have a lot more freedom at the same.

All this 5 ingredients have an impact positive and negative in your health and your life, an unhealthy diet won´t give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly, to build and repair; lack of physical activity will get you out of shape and it affect your mood, lack of sleep keeps you sleepy, unable to concentrate and increase cravings; high levels of stress for long periods of time keeps you in an alert state; your mindset may be holding you back, if you are not able to close your eyes and visualize the lean body you want, chances are you´ll never get there.

This 5 ingredients work together and they affect each other in negative and positive ways, if you only focus on 2 of them for example nutrition and exercise as most fitness program do and you don´t consider the other 3 you´ll be making things harder for yourself and you won´t get the best results, if you focus on the 5 of them using one or two strategies for each you will get far more better results and it will seem much easier even if you are not perfect.

Health is a priority if you want to live the live you deserve and by working on this 5 ingredients of fitness by developing habits and routines that lead to a healthy lifestyle you´ll get amazing results in all areas of your life.My approach is to keep things simple, to focus on what works and eliminate what doesn´t work so what we´re going to be sharing with you in this website is the truth, what gives you the best results as fast as possible. Here we need to make something clear the time it takes you to reach your goal will vary for each of us depending on your current situation or where you are right now and what you want to achieve, so it takes you 3 or 4 months or it may take you 8 or 12 months. This is not a competition, this is not about who achieve their goal faster is about developing the habits and routines your need to make your fitness goals sustainable and live a better life.

We´ll be uploading posts from Monday to Friday so if you want to know more about us don´t forget to visit this website, and to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Also if there´s someone you know who wants to live a better life we´ll be thankful if you share this site with them.

Fitness in a nutshell.

Love

Pam

Programs

New Years Fat Loss Program!!

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One of the most common New Year’s Resolution is weight loss but most of us don´t achieve it, for weight loss the goal must be to improve body composition, this means loss fat and gain or maintain muscle mass and be able to sustain those results. If you do it correctly, making those results sustainable becomes effortless.

If you are obese or overweight I need to say that it´s not your fault…completely… yes you play an important part but the real fault is the way we were educated, our society and the industry, there´s unhealthy food everywhere. If you´ve been dealing with your weight I know that the problem is not only physical, it´s also mental and emotional, you can see and feel some of the negative effects it has like feeling sad, depressed, lethargic, alone, you may think that your life sucks and you suck. I understand I´ve been through this emotional roller coaster and it gets tougher when you start following a program and you can´t stick to it, you feel like a failure the worst part is when you realize that weight loss is not difficult, you´ve spent so much time and effort following programs that are not right when it´s actually simple. It´s simple to lose weight and get in shape the hardest part is to change habits.

We´ve all hear the most common advice for weight loss “eat less – move more” if it was this simple then none of us would be dealing with our weight. I think it´s disrespectful to tell you this advice, there´s a reason why you can´t stop eating too much, there´s a reason why you can´t stop eating unhealthy foods and our goal with this website is to help you get to the root of the problem so that you can lose weight, get in shape and make it sustainable.

Life is full of choices, if you make one good choice, then another and then another every single day you´ll get results, consistency is key here but this is easier said than done at the beginning. There will be times when you make the wrong choice, don´t blame yourself and don´t make the whole moment bigger than it actually is, just realize that you made the wrong choice and move on, focus on your next choice it may be your next meal or your next workout and focus on making that the best choice.

Most weight loss programs focus on diet and exercises and in most cases the reason why this programs don´t give you the results you want or it´s impossible to sustain them is because they leave out 3 ingredients of fitness which are sleep, stress and mindset and they make nutrition and training a lot harder.

The key to make your results sustainable and do it effortless is lifestyle and habits. A lifestyle based on good habits makes it easier for you to achieve any fitness goal and live a better life. Many diseases we are dealing with nowadays are caused by our unhealthy lifestyle, making small changes in our routines and developing good habits is all you need but it´s the hardest part.

This program and all this website is designed to help you achieve any fitness goal and live a better life by developing good habits based on the 5 ingredients of fitness which are: Nutrition, Training, Sleep, Stress and Mindset.

What you can do is develop good healthy habits and routines one step at a time so that they become part of your lifestyle and it´s easy for you to get amazing results and sustain them.

There are tools you can use for each ingredient that will make your fitness journey more enjoyable and if you take the tools that fit better to you and make them habits you don´t need to worry about gaining weight back. Many of the tools we share with you in the website can have a huge impact in all areas of your life, not only fitness. So if you´ve been wondering how to make some changes that can help you improve in different areas feel free to navigate the site and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips.

One more thing before we begin, this is not a 4 week, 6 week or 12 week fat loss program, it takes time and it´s different for all of us, this program and everything we share with you is meant to be timeless and effective, it may take you 6 weeks to get in shape but it may take you 12 or more weeks, the more fat you have to lose the more time it will take you but don´t focus on that, focus on your weekly results and weekly progress. In this program we will use some tools for each ingredient of fitness but we won´t go deep explaining each tool, we´ll only share with you a simple explanation and how to use it, if you want to learn more about each or learn more in general feel free to navigate the site, is all free!!

NUTRITION

The problem with nutrition is that we have access to all kind of unhealthy foods, they´re everywhere. This foods are cheap and convenient but they are also full of chemicals, unhealthy fats and loaded with sugar. This is one of the causes of obesity, overweight, diabetes and other serious diseases and to make things worse portion sizes are bigger than some years ago and they just keep getting bigger and bigger, you can see some of this increased sizes in packages that say 20% more “to share” and we end up eating the whole bag alone or if you go to a fast food chain you can make the coke and fries bigger for just a couple bucks more.

We are eating too much of the wrong foods!!

If your diet is based on unhealthy foods which include sweets, junk, processed and fast food there´s no need to follow a strict low calorie diet where all you can eat is boiled chicken, broccoli and rice. Since you´ve been following unhealthy diets for a long time they became habits and routines so it´s very hard to change them in one day, this is why it´s so hard to stick to a diet for a long period of time.

The first step here is to change your eating habits, for this you will focus on real food, meals cooked and prepared with real fresh ingredients. Cooking is amazing but if you don´t like or don´t have time to cook you can ask your mom, dad, siblings or someone for help or you can go to a local restaurant (no fast food chains allowed). And avoid all junk, processed and fast food; no sweets, donuts, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, no soda, no fruit juice, no energetic drinks, no “healthy” bars, no McDonalds, no Burger King, etc.

We´ve been told that we need to have 3 meals and 2 snacks every day, this is not true you don´t need to eat every 2 or 3 hours, our digestive system and body needs time, a tool we´re going to use is intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is an eating schedule it tells you when to eat and when not to eat, it has a  lot of amazing health benefits and it also makes your fat loss easier. The fasting schedule I prefer is  8 hours eating window and 16 hours fasting window, in the 8 hours eating window is the time you have to eat and the 16 hours left you don´t eat anything you can drink water, coffee or tea. If you are use to 5 meals a day going to 16 hours of fasting is hard so you can start by reducing your meals from 5 to 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) once you feel comfortable with this you can skip one of those 3 meals, most people prefer to skip breakfast so you only have lunch and dinner in an 8 hour period.

We need to say that even when  we don´t agree completely with traditional weight loss programs because it is impossible to stick to them, fat loss comes down to calories so you need to eat less. The way you´ll be eating less is by avoiding all unhealthy foods and intermittent fasting, by avoiding junk, processed and fast food and by skipping meals and getting to just 2 meals a day you´ll be reducing calories but you need to make sure that you are in a small calorie deficit for fat loss to occur.

So the 3 steps of nutrition for this fat loss program are:

1.- Intermittent fasting – 16 hours fasting window, 8 hours  eating window, 2 meals a day just lunch and dinner within those 8 hours.

2.- Eat real fresh food, avoid unhealthy food (sweets, junk, processed, fast food)

3.- Eat less

TRAINING

Training is the tool that helps you build the physique you want for this you need resistance and cardio training. Resistance is key and in more  cases more important than cardio but cardio still has its place in fitness it has so many benefits and it helps you burn fat so it makes your fat loss journey faster and easier and resistance helps you maintain and possibly build muscle.

In any fat loss phase it is highly important that you focus on maintaining as much muscle mass as possible while burning fat this is why resistance training is important and it´s also why you´ll be doing this type of training 4 days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday you´ll be working 2 muscle groups each day.

The 3 days left you´ll be doing cardio, cardio helps you burn more calories to achieve your desired weight faster so if you want to skip it for any reason you can skip it just realize that it will take you longer to get to your goal and you won´t get it´s benefits.

As you can see based on this you´ll be working out every single day, yes, the 7 days of the week. The reason for this is habits, developing new habits is hard you need to take the routine or action that you want to develop as habit and do it over and over and over again so by working out every day you are able to develop the habit of exercising faster.

Our approach to training is to use resistance training and work with low rep ranges lifting heavy weight to build lean dense muscle and use cardio to burn some extra calories for fat loss. By low reps in resistance training we mean working in the 5 to 8 rep range but since this is a weight loss program we´re considering that you have not work out for a long period of time and you´re not use to the exercises. We want to avoid injuries and get you in the habit of exercising so if we go directly to low reps and high weight it can be dangerous so in this case we will start at 12 reps in all exercises and from there we will increase weight until we reach 5 reps.

Workout Schedule

Monday – Legs

Tuesday – Back – Biceps

Wednesday – Cardio

Thursday – Chest – Triceps

Friday – Shoulders – Abs

Saturday – Cardio

Sunday – Cardio

Workout Program

LEGS BACK & BICEPS
Bodyweight squat  

SUPERSET
Walking lunges
Deadlifts  

SUPERSET
Wide stance squat
Hip thrust  

SUPERSET
Standing calf raises
Seated calf raises
Pull ups  

SUPERSET
Bent over row
Straight arm pull down  

SUPERSET
T-bar row
Lat pull down  

Chin ups  

SUPERSET
Barbell curls
Hammer curls
CHEST & TRICEPS SHOULDERS & ABS
Push ups  

SUPERSET
Incline bench press
Incline dumbbell flies

SUPERSET
Flat bench press
Flat bench dumbbell flies  

Dips  

SUPERSET
Skullcrushers
Over head triceps extensions
Handstand push ups  

SUPERSET
Over head press
Dumbbell lateral raises  

SUPERSET
Arnold press
Bent over flies  

Leg raises  

SUPERSET
Abs wheel roll outs
Plank hold

As you can see you will repeat almost the same workouts every week, the difference each week will be the rep range. On week 1 you go for 12 reps, on week 2 you go for 10 reps, on week 3 you go for 8 reps, on week 4 you go for 6 reps. You don´t necessarily need to follow the rep ranges for each week, if you are new to this type of training you may want to stay in week 1 which is 12 reps for 2 or 3 weeks until you get use to the exercises, movements and make sure that you are doing each with good form and then you go to week 2 where you increase the weight and go for 10 reps.

Cardio program

For cardio in this case you´ll be doing 30 minutes of steady state, this means that you´ll be doing the same activity at the same pace for 30 minutes, try to keep it intense. It can be brisk walk, jogging, bicycle, swimming, jump rope.

You don´t need to finish this program in 4 weeks, the goal of the program is not only to lose weight and get in shape but to introduce you to fitness and develop the habits you need to make your results sustainable, then you can do some of the other programs we´ll be sharing with you that focus on low reps and high weight.

The 2 steps of training for this fat loss program are:

1.- Resistance training 4 days a week

2.- Cardio training 3 days a week.

SLEEP

Enough good quality sleep every night is necessary for fat loss, it helps you keep cravings low, it keeps you focus and motivated so it´s easier to stick to the program.

One night of lack of sleep impacts negatively certain hormones that increase appetite, increase your cravings specially for sweets and unhealthy foods, makes you insulin resistant, you don´t have the energy and mood to hit the gym.

If you are like most of us who have a 9 to 5 job or you go to school and have other projects and stuff to do you may find it difficult to get the 7 or 8 hours recommended, you can get 6 hours of good quality sleep and have amazing results and feel great during the day but you really need to make sure that those 6 hours are good quality otherwise you won´t make it.

Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day helps you get a better sleep, also getting sun light in the morning because it helps your body set its internal clock.

Reducing light from electronics like Tv, computers, lap tops, cell phones and other devices also improves your sleep, what you can do is turn off all this devices at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep, if you can do it 60 minutes before it´s amazing.

STRESS

Most of us live with chronic stress and we think it´s normal and it´s actually not and it has many negative impacts not only on weight but health in general. High levels of stress for a long period of time plus high consumption of highly processed foods are the cause of many diseases nowadays, eating less junk, processed and fast foods and lowering stress can make a huge difference in our lives.

One of the causes of stress is worrying about things we can´t control and worrying about what others say and think of us. If you can stop worrying about what people say or think you´ll feel more calm and have more freedom, you don´t need to please everyone you just need to be yourself.

Another thing you can do is avoid negative people and negative environments, stop reading and watching news which almost all of them share negative information and they show us what they want us to see, they create fear and that fear increases stress.

MINDSET

Even if you have the best workout and nutrition program if you don´t have the right mindset you won´t achieve your goals.

Our thoughts and emotions have a strong impact on our results, if there´s any fear or doubt deep inside us that´s the only thing you need to block your results, if you feel unworthy or that you don´t deserve a better life you are not letting that amazing life and those amazing dreams come to you.

Most of us set goals and try to focus on what we want but most of the time we keep thinking about what we don´t want, from now on I want you to think of yourself as that amazing person you already are, think of yourself and visualize yourself already lean and in shape. Belief in yourself, belief that you can get that amazing body and live the life you deserve but know that you need to put time and effort and commit to taking action every single day.

The 4 steps to improve sleep, stress and mindset are:

1.- Turn off all electronics (tv, computer, tablet, laptop, cell phone) 30 minutes before going to  bed.

2.- Use those 30 minutes for meditation.

3.-  Get at least 6 hours of good quality sleep every night.

4.- Keep a positive attitude.

We hope you take this as the introduction and beginning of your fitness journey to help you live a better life and achieve any fitness goal so that you can enjoy every moment as much as possible. There´s so much we still need and want to share with you for each 5 ingredients of fitness.

We believe we all deserve to live the best life possible and for that we all need to know the truth and to understand how things really work, that´s the reason why we created this site.

If you know someone who wants to lose weight and wants to live a healthier life share this post with them, we can all be examples and heroes of the people around us.

Love – Pam