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How to eat healthy as a “Picky Eater” 

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I hear this all the time from clients, when we move on to talking about their diet and nutrition. And to be honest, I can’t relate, because I literally love all types of foods!  There is a very small list of foods that I don’t like to eat, which creates a completely different problem. (We will get into that in another blog post! LOL)

When I start working with a “picky eater”, my focus with them is to help them change their mindset and find solutions that will help them stay on track. Nutrition is a huge part of the transformation process and you can’t out exercise a bad diet. So, you have to get this under control if you want to get lasting results.

1.Focus on the foods that you like: I think that a lot of people get so caught up on what “healthy eating” is, and they believe that in order to be healthy they have to stick to a strict list of foods that are acceptable. I once had a client say that she couldn’t eat healthy, because she didn’t like spinach. In her mind, if she couldn’t eat what her friends were eating on their diet, it was pointless for her to even start.  So I asked her, “What foods do you like?” From there we came up with a list of foods that she does like and started to focus on creating a meal plan that included those things. So, if you don’t like kale, don’t eat kale, there are many other healthy vegetables that you can eat to stay on track. 🙂

2. Experiment with new recipes and new preparation techniques. It’s 2016, which means there is an unlimited amount of resources available to find recipes. Once you have an idea of what foods you do like, go to Google or Pinterest and type if “[FOOD YOU LIKE] Healthy Recipes” and voila! You will have a list of options that you can start to work into your daily routine. Also, try new preparation techniques, like using a Crock Pot or trying grilling your chicken instead of baking it.

3. Expand your horizons: Once you have a hang of trying new things with the foods that you like, take a step further and start to add new foods into the mix.  I don’t mean a huge overhaul, but maybe trying one new vegetable, or grain, or new way to prepare your meal.  This is one of the best ways to keep things from getting boring or stale, unless you like that (some people do like eating the same thing, because it helps to keep them on track and relieves some stress).

At the end of the day, just because you are a “picky eater”, it doesn’t mean that you are doomed when it comes to getting a handle on your nutrition.  Try these 3 tips and give it a shot!

If you are looking for a way to get a better handle on Clean Eating, check out my free Clean Eating Guide, which includes a sample meal play and grocery list that you can check out.  Click here to download the guide. 

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10 Sneaky Ways to Get Healthy

shutterstock_217194712Most people don’t realize that can actually be pretty easy to get healthy, the key is to remember that small changes compounded over time can lead to big results.  This is a concept I learned from reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. So, I wanted to share a few ways that you can actually “sneak” in healthier habits into your day.

  1. Keep Healthy Snacks EVERYWHERE: If you are surrounded by junk food, you’ll eat it when hunger strikes.  If you keep healthy foods stocked in your desk at work, glove compartment, and in your house, you will be sure to avoid giving in to junk food.
  2. Do something physical during mundane tasks: One of my clients likes to respond to emails while she is on the treadmill, it’s easy for her to do both and kills two bird with one stone.
  3. Set reminders in your phone: If you have a super busy day, it may be in your best interest to set reminders in your phone to alert you to “Get up and walk around” so you don’t sit for too long or to “drink a glass of water”.  A lot of times our days get the best of us and we simply get stuck at our desk.
  4. Schedule your workouts and meals: Piggy backing off of #3, if you plan your days and schedule your workouts and meals into your calendar, you are more inclined to respect that as a meeting with yourself and will take the time to go workout or eat a real meal.
  5. Keep a pair of sneakers nearby: If you have your Sneakers under your desk at work or in your trunk, if you find that you have some free time that comes up, you can swap out your shoes and go for a nice stroll during that break.  “Not having shoes” can no longer be your excuse!
  6. Keep Bottles of Water Visible: I tend to not drink enough water during the day, so I started to keep water bottles in visible places – on my desk, on my night stand, in my cup holder in my car, and next to the couch. This way, when I see it I’m prompted to drink more water.
  7. Create a Fitness Inducing Playlist: One of my clients needs tons of motivation to work out, so I had her create a playlist of her favorite mood boosting, booty shaking tunes. I then had her to listen to it not only when she works out, but also 30 minutes she is scheduled to work out with me so she is pumped.  She says she now listens to the playlist when she feels sluggish or unmotivated in other areas of her life.
  8. Drink Your Fruits & Veggies: If you follow me on Social Media, you know that I love Shakeology, because it gives me everything I need to get my fruits, vegetables, minerals, vitamins and more.  You can also make a Superfood Smoothie at home, here is a list of Green Smoothies that you can try.
  9. Make Fitness Social: If you are typically meeting up with your friends or having date nights that are centered around food and cocktails, maybe try to switch things up and do something physical together. Maybe date night can be a hike or ice skating, or you can swap out happy hour for going bowling or rock climbing.  It’s the perfect way to make fitness fun and it’s always better when you have a partner to do it with you!
  10. Cook More Meals at Home: Each month I run a 5 Day Clean Eating Group via Facebook and typically my challengers lose 3 – 5 pounds during that challenge. The kicker about those groups is that everyone cooks all of their meals, because I provide a meal plan with a grocery list and recipes.  When you cook your meals, you can control what goes into them and the portion sizes (which are always too big when you eat out).

When I share these tips with my clients and they begin to implement them, they find that they are more consistent with their workouts and eating clean, but also find that they feel better, tend to lose weight, and feel empowered by developing healthier habits.

If you are looking to get a better handle on developing healthy habits, send me a note on Facebook or comment below.

 

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Try this goal setting technique to reach your weight loss goals

64186-we-are-what-we-repeatedly-doMany of my clients come to me with very specific goals, like “I want to lose 15 pounds in one month” or “I want to lose my stomach flab by my trip to Maui in a few months”. While I commend my clients for setting SMART Goals, which are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Specific, I often have to have a conversation with them about how “Realistic and Attainable” their goals are. Is it possible to lose 15 pounds in one month? Absolutely. Will it be easy and will they enjoy the process? Absolutely not. Typically, when I lay out the plan of action, their eyes glaze over and they are hit with the reality that the goal they want may require more than they are willing to do to reach that goal in that amount of time.

One thing that I work on with my clients is setting goals that are motivating and actually make them excited to push for. How do I do that? We change the focus from achieving a specific result to adopting a specific habit, which will ultimately lead to their desired results. There is power in forming healthy habits, mainly because once you form those habits, naturally they will lead to results of getting healthier, losing weight, feeling better and more.

When I task my clients to set goals, I give them these specifics and I call them SMART 2.0 Goals: 

  • Specific
  • Meaningful & Motivating
  • Action Oriented
  • Realistic
  • Time Framed

For example, instead of saying, “I want to lose 15 pounds in one month”, your goal would look something like this:

Weight Loss SMART Goal 2.0: I will lose 15 pounds by developing the habit of eating a healthy breakfast and taking my dog on a 30 minute walk every morning for the next 4 weeks.

This type of goal setting provides you with a better aim and focus on developing habits, also it gives you a better idea of what you need to do each day to make that goal become a reality.   You are no longer focusing on the 15 pounds, instead you are focusing on creating a habit to eat a healthier breakfast and to use your dog walking time to be active.  By the end of the month, will you have reached your goal of 15 pounds of weight loss? Maybe or maybe not, but will you be well on your way? Absolutely! Will you feel good about yourself if you are able to make two small adjustments to your daily routine that will lead to feeling better, looking better, having more energy, fueling your body, and spending more quality time with your dog? Absolutely!   If you keep this habit up and make it a lifestyle change, will you eventually lose those 15 pounds? HECK YES!

This type of goal setting is great because at the end of the day you are forming habits that will lead to a healthier lifestyle and the bonus will be the weight loss or whatever result you are looking for.   Aristotle nailed it when he said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” 

If you would like to learn more about how to set better goals to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle, connect with me on Facebook and send me a message. 

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5 Tips To Get Up & Workout This Winter

12376700_10109900696187364_4999197646206342273_nIt’s raining here in San Fran, but that doesn’t mean the workouts have to stop! Here are a few tips to get motivated to workout.

1. SUCK IT UP! Success isn’t comfortable or convenient. The truth is, if you want to reach your goals, it will require you to do things that you don’t always want to do! Get dressed, and get it done!

2. Find a workout buddy. When I don’t feel like working out, I can usually rely on my girls Jessica  or Kylie  to workout with me and push me in a killer workout. I always dread it before, but never regret it after. Who’s your workout buddy? 

3. Review Your Goals and ask yourself “Why?”. Think about why is it important for you to reach your goals. How will your life change? How will you feel if you don’t reach your goal?

4. Reward Yourself. If you are motivated by positive reinforcement, give yourself a reward (not food!) for actually getting it together and working out.

5. Track & Review. Do yourself a favor and figure out a way to track your progress. You can either use photos, take weekly measurements or use an app tracker, to help keep you motivated.

The key is to look at how far you’ve come and keep the eye on the prize. Don’t let excuses keep you from being the better version of yourself. You got this!  If you are struggling to stay accountable this winter, join my next 30 Day Fitness & Clean Eating Accountability Challenge.  Click here to learn more! 

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5 Tips To Recover from Thanksgiving

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Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone and now it’s time to get back on track with your health and fitness goals.  Remember, on average people gain 7 – 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so check out these 5 tips to help you keep that from happening.

  1. Drink TONS of water: Typically, your Thanksgiving meal is packed with carbs and sodium, which can cause you to bloat. Flush out your system with water, at least half your weight in ounces. If you don’t like water, add lemons or cucumber for added flavor.
  2. Eat Your Veggies: Dark Leafy Greens are great detoxifiers and full of amazing vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Try making a big salad and throw in some pieces of turkey for protein and to help get rid of left overs. I stick with my Shakeology once a day, especially during this time! 
  3. Move Your Body: Aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity, especially over the next few days. Go for a walk, hit the gym, gather the family for a dance party in the living room or yes, Black Friday shopping can count as your cardio. Aim for 10,000 steps! For a quick HIIT workout, check out my latest video
  4. Portion Out Leftovers: Avoid over-eating by portioning out your leftovers and making meals in Tupperware containers. Whatever is left either freeze or give away to guests! Keep one or two meals per person and get rid of the rest. For more info on Meal Prep Tips, check out this post
  5. Forgive Yourself: If you overdid it yesterday…so what?! Today is a new day and with the 4 tips above, you will be able to get right back on track. Focus on the time spent with friends and family and know that you still have the power to change your body and reach your goals!

Hopefully, you had a great Thanksgiving and if you need a bit more accountability with your health and fitness, join my upcoming Health Holidays Clean Eating & Fitness Challenge.  

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself before starting a Cleanse

Well, today is the day that I start my 3 Day Refresh program.  I will be honest and say that I am not one to go Ga-Ga for cleanses, but after the past month of emotional eating due to some lifestyle changes and major decisions being made, my eating took a bit of a toll.  Which, we all know, you can’t out train a bad diet.  I wasn’t going crazy but I will say that after discovering Cookie Butter ice cream from Trader Joes and sneaking to the bakery next to the gym (yes I said it!) time to time, I can tell that I need to get a bit more focused on my diet again.  After looking at photos of myself from last spring break’s trip to Mexico and preparing for my upcoming trip to mexico, I realize that I need to get it together.

So, I’m giving the 3 Day Refresh a shot and luckily I have a group of other people doing it with me to help me stay on track. To be honest, it’s not that bad, you are pretty much eating fruits and veggies and drinking high protein shakes and fiber drinks each day, so you are not starving and it’s pretty simple.

However, I have known about this program for about a year and have yet to try it, again, I am a skeptic, but before I made the decision to do it, I asked myself these 3 questions and after reviewing my answers, I knew that a cleanse would be the best thing for me. If you are thinking about doing a cleanse in the near future, ask yourself these 3 questions first before you invest:

  1. Why am I doing this cleanse?   Many of my clients will tell me that they are doing a cleanse to lose weight quickly or they even think that they can sustain it for longer than the cleanse suggests.  A cleanse should not be a quick fix, actually, nothing you do with your health and fitness should be a quick fix.  Why? Because you didn’t gain the weight quickly, so don’t expect it come off overnight. Instead, you should look at a cleanse as a way to make sure that your body is operating at its best to help facilitate the other good behaviors that you want to incorporate into your lifestyle.  If you are only looking for a quick fix, the second that you are done with the cleanse, you will go back (or even worse) to where you were.  When you do a cleanse shift your focus to HEALTH not WEIGHT LOSS. 
  2. Will this fuel and nourish my body or will it deplete my body?  Many people do these drastic cleanses that are out on the market or that they read about some celebrity doing, you know like only eating cauliflower puree and drinking pickle juice for 5 days.  The thing is that the body actually can do a pretty good job of cleansing itself if you simply focus on eating fruits and veggies and make sure that you have a good dose of plant based proteins and fiber.  Coupled with drinking lots of water.  Do you see that you don’t have to starve yourself or only eat one or two things??  Also, a lot of these shakes and pills that are on the market are filled with tons of fillers, preservatives, and chemicals, which yes, you may lose weight as they can help to make you feel fuller, make you poop more, or even suppress your appetite, this is not what a cleanse should do.  A cleanse is a very intense thing that your body may be going through and if you are not nourishing your body during the cleanse, you could be doing way more harm than good.  That’s what I love about the 3 Day Refresh so far, I have yet to feel hungry or cranky, to be honest I find it hard to eat all the food I’m required to eat. When you do a cleanse shift your focus to NOURISHING not DEPRIVING your body.
  3. What is my plan of action after completing the cleanse? As I mentioned above, cleanses are not quick fixes, they are more of a way to jumpstart or help you to get back on track so that you can build upon the results of the cleanse. After the cleanse is over, you should have a plan of action to continue the progress and results, that means that you are not going back to eating crap and junk food, as much as I want to go back to eating Cookie Butter Ice Cream and fresh baked cookies on the regular, I know that it will ruin the progress I made. So instead, I will focus on only indulging from time to time. I will also make sure that I am staying on top of my meal prep Sundays (another thing that I let go to the wayside last week causing me to eat junk and feel a bit bloated).   I am also going to make sure that I continue to keep drinking my water (on the Refresh I’m drinking about 90 ounces of water to help facilitate the cleanse).  The cleanse should never be your end all be all, but moreso an opportunity to set you up for success.  When you do a cleanse shift your focus to LONG TERM RESULTS not SHORT TERM RESULTS.

Cleanses are great, if you are 100% clear of why you are doing it, have a cleanse that nourishes your body during the cleansing process and you have a plan of action after the cleanse is over.

I will be sharing my results with the 3 Day Refresh at the end of the week and give you the good, bad, and ugly.  But in the meantime, if you have any questions about the 3 Day Refresh or any other cleanse that you have done in the past or are thinking about doing, let’s chat about it so we can make sure that you are prepped for ultimate success!

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3 Tips to Jumpstart Your Weight Loss

Have you ever said “I just can’t lose weight!” or do you wonder why the scale is not moving in your favor no matter what you are doing? Chances are there are a few small tweaks to your daily routine that may need to happen to get results that you are looking for.

Here are a few tips or tweaks that you can add that may get better results:

1. Eat more throughout the day: This may seem a bit out of whack, but trust me with this one. When you eat, your metabolism revs up to digest your food, if you are only eating 3 times a day, your metabolism will drop back down after it has digested your meal, but if you add some snacks in between, it will keep your metabolism pumping which in fact burn more calories throughout the day. The key is to eat the right foods, not junk or sugary or fried or processed foods.

2. Reduce your cardio: Okay, so most people love to hop the treadmill for 90 minutes or take a Zumba class and get in a good sweat session, but if that is all you are doing, you are doing yourself and your body a disservice. Reduce your cardio and replace some of those days with some resistance and weight training.  Why? Cardio doesn’t build muscle and muscle is is what you need to burn fat.  For every one pound of muscle you gain, you will burn an additional 50 calories per day.  If you gain 10 pounds of lean muscle, you would burn 500 calories a day, just by being alive (no treadmill needed).  So, drop the treadmill and pick up some weights!

3. Join an Accountability Group or Find an Accountability Partner: Momemtum is key to reach your goals and if you are not consistently working out and only working out when you feel like it, chances are you will not get great results.  Getting plugged into an Accountability Group can be a great way to stay committed to working out and eating healthy on a more consistent basis.

If you are still struggling to reach your health and fitness goals, I have a 30 Day Challenge Group starting on March 2nd. I will work with you to help you to develop better eating habits and stay consistent with your workouts. In this group, you will receive 7 thirty minute workouts, 7 color coded portion control food containers, a meal plan guide, recipes, grocery list, and 30 days of a Superfood meal replacement smoothie.

If you would like more information, just reply to this email or fill out this form and I will get back to you ASAP!

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How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain (Free Teleclass)

10425183_10107607674106994_3525767044604470040_nThe holidays are upon us and I know first hand how difficult it can be to stay on track with your workouts and clean eating. However, as hard as it may be, this is the most critical time to stick with it. Why? Because, people tend to sabotage all of the progress that was made  during the first 10 months of year, which puts them in a difficult position to start off the new year.  Instead, I encourage you to not let the holidays become a Workout and Clean Eating Deadzone, instead make it a No Excuses Zone!

Here is a Teleclass that I created to help to give you 5 of my best tips to help you to get motivated to workout during the holidays.

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For more information or to schedule a free session with me. click here. 

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7 Steps to Meal Prep Like A Boss

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For many people, one of the biggest For many people, one of the biggest challenges when it comes to Eating Clean is that it requires more or most of their meals to cooked, instead of using pre-packaged and processed foods. In order to help you to make the most of your time during the week, but also to ensure that you stay on track, I wanted to share with you the 7 Steps that I use each week to plan and prep my food. This has been a game changer for me and for many of the people that I work with, so I hope that you find this helpful!

Step #1: Plan out your meals for the week

 

Meal Plan Step 1The first step is to take a look at your upcoming week and see what you have coming up. In a perfect week, you would be able to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks, but the reality is that your week may not always be so set in stone. You may have a team lunch at work on Tuesday or take your kids to soccer practice on Wednesday nights or even have a birthday party dinner on Saturday night. So the first thing that you want to do is pull out your calendar for the week and figure out the days that you will eat food that you have cooked or when you have to eat out. This was a big mistake I made when I first started prepping my meals, I didn’t take in consideration the days that I would be going out to eat, so I had way too much food for the week.   (Side Note: On the days that you eat out, don’t use that as an excuse to eat like crap, still make the cleanest choices you can make.)

To get some inspiration, Google “Clean Eating Recipes” or check out Pinterest for Clean Recipes. Click here to check out my Pinterest board that I created especially for Meal Prepping and Clean Eating. It might be helpful to print out any recipes that you find that you want to make for the week. Another thing to think about is that you can eat leftovers for lunch or dinner the following day, so you don’t have to cook a meal every single day of the week.

Step 2: Create a Grocery List for the week

Next, take a look at your meal plan for the week and the recipes that you printed out. Go through each meal and write down the ingredients that will be needed to make your meals and snacks. I like to organize my list by the following categories so it makes my grocery shopping trip easier and quicker.

  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Grains/Dry Goods
  • Sauces & Condiments
  • Spices & Herbs

Step 3: Kitchen & Pantry Check

FridgeBefore you head to the grocery store, do an audit of what is in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to see if you already have any of the ingredients on your grocery list.   This will prevent you from spending unnecessary money on items that you already have and also save time and space.   I used to forget to do this step and always ended up with more food than I needed, which normally went to waste. So don’t skip this step!

Step 4: Go Grocery Shopping

Now, you have your grocery list and it is broken down into various categories, this was done purposely to make your shopping trip as efficient as possible.   Remember, Fruits, Veggies, Dairy, and Protein will be on the perimeter of the grocery store, so you may want to get those items first and then move to the inside of the grocery store to save even more time, instead of aimlessly weaving up and down the aisles.

Remember, since you are eating cleaner, about 80% of your cart will include those items found on the perimeter, which will also help to make the trip easier and quicker.

Step 5: Cook Proteins & Grains

The first thing that I do when I get home is unload my groceries and take another look at the Meal Plan for the week. Based on the first 2 – 3 days, I will cook the proteins and grains that will be used. I will usually do another protein and grain cooking day on Wednesday or Thursday for the next 2-3 days worth of proteins.   I will season and bake a pan of 2 – 3 chicken breasts or pieces of salmon or throw a tenderloin into a crockpot or throw some chicken or steaks onto the grill. I tend to eat quinoa and brown rice with most of my meals so I will cook a big pot of both and store them so they are ready to use as sides or main dishes.   Since, these items require cooking in an oven or on the stove or a grill, I do these first, as they will need time to cool before storing them.

Step 6: Wash, Cut & Prep Fruits and Veggies

Meal Prep 1While the proteins and grains are cooking, I start to wash all of my fruits and veggies and do any chopping that needs to be done for recipes, like dicing onions and peppers for sauces or stir fry. I find that these take up the most time when creating meals, so doing this in advance always helps. I also steam or roast some of my veggies like Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli or even a mix of Pepper, Onions, Mushrooms and Squash, so they are easily available to use in dishes, sauces, omelets, and side dishes.

Step 7: Store items into containers and bags

Meal Prep 2Once you have your items washed, chopped, cooked, and prepped, now you want to go back to your Meal Plan Guide for the week and begin to separate items and ingredients for each meal. I love using BPA free plastic containers or glass containers to store my foods. I also use Ziploc bags to store fruits and snack items, like 10 almonds, ½ cup of Baby Carrots, Red Pepper Slices, etc. I also like to create some containers as to go meals, so I may add a chicken breast, ½ cup of quinoa, 1 cup of the roasted veggie mix into one container and that will be lunch or dinner for one day. This makes it easy to grab and go, if I am short on time.

Conclusion:

Ultimately, the key is to use Meal Planning and Meal Prep as a chance to make sure that you are staying on track with your Clean Eating. It may take an hour or two at first on your designated Meal Prep Day, I typically do Sundays, but the more you do it and the more you find meals, recipes, and ideas that you like and work for you, the easier it gets. So don’t get discouraged and if this is a completely new concept for you, it may take some time, but in the end you will save yourself time, money, and calories!

For more information on Clean Eating, download my free Clean Eating Guide.

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4 Reasons You’re Gaining Weight Even Though You’re Working Out

As a Personal Trainer & Beachbody Coach, I work with tons of people on a daily basis to get them started on their fitness and weight loss journey, but one of the biggest complaints I hear within the first few days or even weeks of working out, is “I’m still gaining weight! This isn’t working!” Then they end up quitting their fitness program.  I want to tell you, to keep going, if you are in this boat!   Why? Because in most cases, this weight gain is only temporary and will correct itself pretty quickly.

For most people in this boat, you are not gaining fat, but instead it is water weight.  When you are working out, you are building muscle which means that you are tearing your muscle fibers and then your body is working hard to repair and heal those tears.  When this happens, your muscles become inflamed, which signal your body to go into healing mode which requires a lot of fluid to facilitate the healing process.  Eventually, your body will realize that you are simply building muscle and it will not go into heavy inflammation mode.   So stick with it and keep on working out with your program.

However, there may be other factors to consider and tips to help you combat them:

  • Poor Diet: You can’t out exercise a bad diet, so if you are working out consistently but eating a poor diet, chances are you will still gain weight. Focus on Eating Clean, which means not consuming tons of foods loaded with preservatives, junk, and refined sugars.  To learn more about Clean Eating, check out my free Clean Eating Guide to help you – www.cleaneatingguide.com.
  • Not Eating Enough: Also, if you are not eating enough, you could also gain weight. You could actually be creating hormonal imbalances or causing your body to hold on to fat to use for energy.  If you are using a Beachbody home fitness program, then you have a Nutrition Guide that you will help you figure out what to eat to help you reach your goals. Also, you can start to add Shakeology to your daily routine to make sure that you are getting enough of the nutrients and vitamins you need to fuel your body. (To grab your Fitness Program and Shakeoogy, click here)
  • Stress: If you are overstressed with work, your relationships, personal life, etc, your body could be releasing the stress hormone Cortisol into your body, which can definitely cause you to gain weight, especially in your midsection.  Try to find ways to relax and unwind, try journaling, going for a walk after work, having a date night with your spouse, or even working on a budget to help you manage your finances. Ideally, find ways to reduce your stress and you may see a difference.
  • Medical Conditions: Some of you may have a medical condition or an underlying condistion that you are not aware of, which may require you to schedule an appointment with your doctor to check on other factors like your thyroid, adrenal glands, and other factors.

Hopefully, this helps you to get more understanding about why you may be gaining weight and also to give you some clarity to keep you on track to reaching your goals. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can work on a plan to get you back on track!

If you need more help to get on track with your weight loss, let’s set up a free chat.  Click here to get on my schedule! I’m looking forward to speaking with you!