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Food trategies for weight loss

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If you´ve been trying to lose WEIGHT and get in shape you may know by now that food is a crucial part but have you found the best tools that can help you achieve your goal?

When we want to get in amazing shape, especially if it´s our first time this means that we´ve been following unhealthy habits for last years so we need to change those unhealthy habits for healthy ones and this can be difficult so we need to find tools and strategies that make it easier for us.

We know that food plays an important part when we talk about weight loss, in fact there are so many different diets and we all want to know which one is the best and which one delivers the fastest results. Instead of getting obsessed with finding the best diet let’s take a look at the best food tools we can use to lose fat in a more enjoyable way:

1. Intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting has so many benefits for overall health (you can learn more about it in this link) and it´s also an amazing tool for weight loss. Every time we it insulin increases even when our meal is healthy, by reducing our meals from 5 meals a day or 3 meals and 2 snacks throughout the day to just 2 or 3 meals in an 8 hour window we´re left with 16 hours of fast and in this 16 hours of fasting we give time to our body to lower insulin and growth hormone increases, this helps our body to use stored body fat as energy instead of glucose.

2. Reduce carbohydrates

This one is considering that we´re following a more balanced diet between proteins, carbs and fats or that we follow a normal American diet where at least 60% of what we eat comes from processed and refined foods. In order to lose weight, we need to be in a calorie deficit and the best way to do this is by reducing carbohydrates, our body only needs carbs for energy so when we reduce them our body will use stored body fat as energy. We can cycle carbohydrates and the days when we are more active, we increase carbs and the days when we are more sedentary, and we don´t need to much energy we reduce them.

If we´re following a ketogenic diet and we have a considerable amount of fat to lose we can reduce the amount of fat, especially from dairy and stick to natural healthy fats like olives, avocado, nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil.

The goal here is to create a calorie deficit, whether it´s from carbohydrates or fats but we don´t need to go too low because we can hit a plateau if our body thinks we´re starving, we just need to make that calorie reduction low enough so that we lose fat consistently.

This 2 are the best nutrition tools we can use for fat loss, we can adjust them to fit our day and the type of diet we´re following, we want to make our weight loss journey as simple and enjoyable as possible otherwise it will be hard for us to stick with it for long periods of time. We may need at least 3 months up to 8 or 12 months, I know this may seem so long but if we want to maintain our results we need to think in long terms plus if we think about those 8 months from now yes it may seem a long time but we get results every week that keep us motivated and if we think how we will feel at the end of those 8 months when we´re in amazing shape we realize that it´s not actually that difficult and time will pass any way so let spend those 8 months working on improving our body physically and mentally.

If we think about what weight loss really means which is improving body composition we then need to talk about maintaining and building lean muscle mass and losing body fat so we need to make sure that what we eat and when we eat helps us achieve our goal while giving our body the nutrients it needs for optimal health. As we´ll see in other posts, fat loss comes down to manipulating insulin the right way and lowering calories just a little. Intermittent fasting and reducing carbohydrates or carb cycling (we´re going to talk about carb cycling in a future post) help us manipulate insulin and lower calories while giving our body the nutrients it needs.

Here are 2 simple steps you can start following today:

1.- Have 2 or 3 meals a day in an 8-hour eating window,

2.- Avoid carbohydrates from processed and refined foods.

If you´ve tried to lose weight before but you didn´t get the results you want, let us know what was your biggest challenge by leaving a comment on our Facebook and Twitter account, we´re glad to hear from you (well, actually read from you) so that we can help you get to your goal in a simple and healthy way.

It would 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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The truth about weight loss

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How many times have you set weight loss as a New Years Resolution? I know you´ve started and at some point you gave up, if this is your case there´s something you need to know.

If we set our goal as weight loss the end results won´t be the one we´re looking for and it´s not the best option. When we talk about weight lose it means that we´re losing body fat, water and muscle which creates more problems.

If we want to lose weight once and for all we need to do it right and that means that there´s no short cut and there´s no a quick fix, it took us time to get to where we are now and it will take time to get to our desired weight so we need to work hard and smart, develop discipline to be able to achieve our goal and sustain it. We also need to understand that there´s not one single way to achieve our goal, there are different diets and workout programs we can follow, there´s no a right or wrong answer so as we go through our journey we will fail but we need to learn from that failure by adjusting our diet or exercise program until we find what works best for us.

For the past years we´ve become lazy and we are addicted to instant gratification and fast results. We want to get amazing results in this case we want to lose weight as fast as possible, we want results in one week without thinking of the consequences. We think short term instead of thinking long term, we want things now and this is a huge problem.

Our weight is the results of an unhealthy lifestyle based on unhealthy habits for so many years so we need to set our goal the right way which is improving body composition and realize that it will take time.

This is the truth about weight loss, it´s about improving body composition meaning lose body fat and maintain or gain muscle mass, it´s about developing good healthy habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle. We need to realize and accept that it´s going to be hard, it will take time and there are no shortcuts.

There are some points that we need to make clear and the first one is that diets don´t work, we all may lose some weight in any diet and the reason why is because we are restricting some foods and following a calorie deficit but in the long run we won´t follow that diet for the rest of our lives and the moment we stop it we gain weight back. Lack of sleep is another point, it affects all hormones and systems in our body not only making it harder for us to lose weight but create health problems.

Fat loss is actually simple, we only need to make resistance training the core of our training program, add some cardio and eat whole, fresh foods and eat a little less. Even when it´s possible to lose weight eating unhealthy foods it is not the best way to do it. We´ve seen before that our body needs nutrients so we may eat unhealthy, processed foods and lose weight but our body won´t be working efficiently.

The industries had told us that to lose weight we just need to eat less and move more, if you´ve tried this, how did it work? This strategy applies for a fast weight loss when we´re not considering our health. It´s not about losing weight as fast as possible, it´s about developing good habits that make it easy and enjoyable for us to maintain our results and keep making progress. Finding a diet or nutrition program that we can follow for long periods of time, getting enough good quality sleep every night, doing some exercise every day specially resistance training this are small changes we can make in our life and develop them as habits that will help us maintain a healthy weight.

We need to think about it as improving body composition and developing good healthy habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle, the hardest part of all this is developing good habits, making new choices is hard but stick with it, it´s worthy. The secret lies in our lifestyle, if we´re willing to make some small changes we´ll get amazing benefits in all areas of our life.

If your goal is to lose weight or to say it right lose fat there are some simple steps you can take today to start your journey:

1.- Eat whole fresh foods that are high in healthy fats, proteins and fiber,

2.- Avoid highly processed and refined foods,

3.- Do 10 squats, 10 pushups, and 10 crunches

Do this for 7 days and let us know how you feel by leaving a comment on our Twitter and Facebook account, I want to hear from you and know how can I help you achieve your fitness goals and improve your life.

What you need to know about weight loss

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