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Good morning beautiful people. I hope you had an amazing time with your families this holiday. Two holidays down and 1 to go. January 1rst is normally the day people sign up for some Gym program or wellness program. It’s great to set goals and have goals.
The problem comes a few weeks later when the motivation to get fit runs right into the ,”Why aren’t I seeing better results?” The expectation is, “Exercise day 1, see results day 2.”
The reality is if you’ve been packing on the pounds for quite some time, your body will not be eager to get rid of them. It’s part of survival. Unlike our ancestors who may have faced a famine in their lifetime, we may not and no one has communicated this to our bodies. And if you’ve spent tons of time yo-yo dieting, you’ve trained your body to hoard fat. The human body is wired for survival.
If you’re starting a program this new year, give yourself six weeks to see results. Yes! Wait until the end of February before you quit. I’d prefer you not quit! 90 days is optimal. When I started P90X2 this Spring, you could see the differences in each 30 day photo. From day 1 to day 60 was drastic change. From day 1 to day 90 was incredible.
If you can, document your changes with photos. The scale may not move much if you’re weight lifting. You should see a difference in inches and body composition.
Don’t be discouraged by lack of immediate results. You didn’t gain 10 pounds over night. You won’t lose 10 pounds of fat overnight. Slow and steady wins the race.
The objective isn’t the number on the scale to move, you can lose muscle and water weight. The goal is to cultivate a healthy lifestyle with proper eating and exercise. The goal is health!
Some tips for your journey:
1. No matter how awesome your workout program is, if you’re not eating properly-you will not get optimal results.
2. Starving your body leads to your metabolism slowing. Eat at least 1200 calories women and 1500 men.
3. What you eat and the frequency of your meals matter. Protein, vegetables, low glycemic foods (minimal spikes in blood sugar) are your friends. Try not to let more than 3-4 hours go on between meals. Try not to eat past 9 PM.
4. Hydrate baby hydrate. Guzzle that H20 that helps clear the body of toxins.
5. Minimize or ditch your processed & fast food. Opt for whole foods. Whole foods are minimally or not processed. It came from the ground or feeds off the ground or you can pronounce it’s name.
6. Sugar, white bread, white rice, excessive salt, and high glycemic foods are not your friend. Many help you retain water, and cause spikes in blood sugar. Stable blood sugar promotes fat loss.
Before you start a program, check with your doctor. 🙂
I’m cheering for you. Hoping to post more motivational things in 2015!
You can do this!
Happy New Year.