Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight

The holidays flew by, New Year’s resolutions have been made and now it’s time to keep the momentum going!  If you are struggling to find your groove after busting your butt these past couple weeks and wondering WHY it’s feeling like such a chore, let me explain...

Weight loss is not just about counting calories.  It’s also not just about calories in vs calories out.  I know, shocker! But seriously, there is so much more to it than getting caught up in the numbers game.  Often times, this just causes confusion and overwhelm and that is exactly what we don’t want.

Instead, focus on how MUCH you are eating and WHEN you are eating. You do want to be in a calorie deficit but that doesn’t mean that you need to eat like a bird. This will trick your body into thinking you are “starving” and will stop burning fat. You HAVE TO EAT! I can’t stress this enough.  I know it seems counter-intuitive but when you dip below 1,250 calories in a day it will royally mess up your metabolism and throw off any progress you have made. Your body needs the energy to sustain itself, especially while following a fitness program. Work with your trainer or coach to find a good starting point for you and then use a little trial and error over a couple weeks time to find what works with YOUR unique body.

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Knowing when to eat can affect your progress as well.  This doesn’t mean you need to follow a specific schedule set for you, it just means that you should start listening to your body and adjust accordingly.  

We all have heard that you need to eat first thing in the morning + eat small meals throughout the day.  This is true...for some people. If you don’t feel hungry first thing in the morning then go ahead and wait until mid morning to eat.  The catch here is balancing when and how much. If you find that you are overeating mid morning then try to eat something light first thing in the morning to keep your blood sugar a bit more stable and energy levels consistent throughout the day.

You need to adjust and modify to find the pattern of your eating frequency that works with your lifestyle and fitness goals plus keeps your health in balance.

The only hard and fast “rule” I follow and like my clients to follow is eating at least one meal about an hour before a workout. Your body needs the carbs to sustain optimal energy levels as well as restore glycogen. However, do what works with YOUR body and know that this is a process.  Your body is intuitive and knows what it needs so learn to listen to it and stick to the basics of eating well + working out.

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Lastly, consistency is KEY.  Have you ever had outstanding results with mediocre effort? NO! Stay consistent with your eating and exercise routine for a couple weeks and give it a chance.  This is not to say you can’t have a cheat meal here or there but if you aren’t tracking your progress you’re going to compromise your results. If you aren’t seeing the results you want, then how do you know what to change? Who knows, right? If you can’t stay consistent with your nutrition and workouts then you’ll just have to keep starting over with the SAME goals.  

Be sure you have a solid plan in place to get you to those goals.  Know HOW and WHY you are going to make it happen. Without these two factors you will just be wasting your time.  If you have no clue where to start or how to get there then get someone to help you!

I know it’s not easy asking for help or admitting that we need it.  We are all smart enough that we should be able to figure it out on our own right? Lol - why do we do this to ourselves! Sometimes we literally just need some help and guidance.  If you can relate to this, you are not alone - even personal trainers have personal trainers!

If you are ready to take action, here are 3 ways to get started!

Grab a free copy of my new eBook.  It breaks down 5 ways to reset your metabolism and start burning calories.

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Let’s not waste anymore time and get those goals back on track!! New Year, Same You, Only BETTER!

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