5 Habits That Will Make You a Fat Burning Machine

Dieting.

Let’s cut to the chase.  How many failed efforts have you had when it comes to weight loss?  2?  10?  Too Many to count??  Are you ready to stop beating your head against the wall and learn what it really takes to maintain results?  Are you ready to stop wondering what you are doing wrong and FINALLY get it right?

I think we can all agree that the problem isn’t the fact that you can’t lose weight.  The problem is the fact that you can’t maintain the weight loss.

I don’t know about you, but I am sick and freaking tired of watching people sabotage themselves because they are being fed false information and trying all the WRONG things.  Is that you?  Have you tried and tried and failed and failed?

Then keep reading because I’m going to tell you the truth.

I have seen many, many people lose weight.  That is the easy part.  Anyone can lose some scale weight.  But not just anyone can lose FAT WEIGHT, unless you know what you’re doing.

Then the really hard part is KEEPING that fat weight off.  It doesn’t come as a surprise when I tell you that in order to keep weight off, you have to maintain a certain lifestyle.  I am sure you have heard or read that somewhere by now.  But what does “lifestyle” mean?  What are these “lifestyle secrets” that all these trainers and “fit people” keep talking about?

A fitness lifestyle is NOT never eating carbs, or drinking a certain shake every single day for the rest of your natural born life; it isn’t 2 hour daily workouts, and it certainly isn’t wrapping yourself in plastic every month and popping pills.

As a matter of fact, there are 5 top habits that you will HAVE to start daily if you want to maintain weight loss and build the body of your dreams.  I am guaranteeing you, if you do these 5 things consistently, you will stop falling prey to diet “fads” making grossly false promises to you and finally start making the progress you’ve always wanted!

#1 – DRINK YOUR WATER

This bears repeating over and over.  Your body is an engine.  It can either run smoothly, optimally, with maximum fat-burning capacity, or it can be sluggish and slow.

Do you expect your car to run smoothly if you never change the oil?  Would you just keep hitting the gas pedal when your cars oil light is on?  Hopefully not.  You would add oil or get an oil change so your car would continue to run at maximum capacity.

Then why are you doing that with your body?  You’re running slow and sluggish everyday, battling the afternoon slump, feeling tired and rundown and you just keep hitting that gas pedal demanding more and more out of your body.

How can you expect your body to burn fat optimally if you feel like this?  It can’t.  It will burn fat super slowly and you’ll get frustrated and give up.

STOP IT!  Get up right now and drink some water.  I don’t want to hear the excuse “but I don’t like water”.  There is no way around this.  You HAVE to drink water – your body was DESIGNED to drink water.  Squeeze a lemon in it, buy a better water filter, invest in Ozarka, whatever it takes for you to start fueling your engine with the water it needs.  I don’t care HOW you do it, just do it.

Keep it simple.  If you urine is light yellow or clear, you’re hydrated.  If it’s yellow or dark colored, you need to drink more.

Simple, right?  Good.

#2 – INCLUDE PROTEIN EVERY TIME YOU EAT AND SNACK

Protein is essential to build and repair the tissues of your body and it is VITAL when you’re working out and on a weight loss plan.  It helps to keep you full longer and lean protein options are usually lower calorie than high carbohydrate snacks like chips and crackers.

Have you ever had a high carbohydrate snack and experienced the “low” that comes with it 30 minutes later?  Eating a piece of fruit alone, or crackers, pretzels, etc, causes your blood sugar to spike, then alternatively plummet, leaving you feeling weak, nauseous and hungry.  Some people are more sensitive to blood sugar spikes than others, but most people have experienced this before.

Pairing protein with your carbohydrate snack helps to keep you blood sugar more stable, preventing that huge plummet and decrease in energy.

Some great protein options are greek yogurt with your fruit, eggs at breakfast, chicken, turkey, lean beef, fish, shrimp, pork chops, etc.

Again, keep it simple!  Don’t over complicate it.  Just include a protein source every time you eat.

#3 -INCLUDE A VEGETABLE AT EVERY MEAL

Why vegetables?  There are so many reasons!  First, they are full of vital vitamins and minerals that you need for building and repairing cells, as well as cancer and disease prevention.

They are super low calorie and will help keep you full, which is extremely important while dieting.

They also help digestion and help alleviate constipation because they are an amazing fiber and water source.

The only veggies I recommend staying away from are the canned ones.  Fresh, frozen, sauteed and roasted vegetables are easy and inexpensive.

If you don’t like vegetables I recommend trying different ways to cook and season them. My personal favorite is roasted!

#4 – THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS

Negative thoughts will get in the way of your progress faster than anything else.  I guarantee THIS stands in your way even more than the first 3 habits we talked about.

Let me let you in on a little secret.  Your mind believes what you tell it.  It believes your self-talk so strongly that there is absolutely NO WAY to act oppositely of what you tell yourself.

“I just don’t have enough motivation, so I can’t lose weight”.  This is what I’m talking about.  How do expect to talk to yourself like that while creating the essential habits that lead to weight loss?  It’s NOT going to happen.

Another little-known mind trick – your subconscious can not process a “negative” when you’re trying to change your behavior.  Negatives are “no” and “not”.

This means when you tell yourself, “I am NOT going to eat that cake”, your subconscious mind actually hears “I AM going to eat that cake.”  This explains why you get so fixated on doing whatever it is that you’re trying NOT to do, and you finally give in.

The trick is to change the dialogue in your head to think only about what you DO want to do, rather than what you DO NOT want to do.

“I am going to have greek yogurt and fruit for snack today” instead of “Don’t eat that cake, don’t eat that cake!”

Try it!  I promise you this trick will change your life if you let it.

#5 – MOVE EVERYDAY

Our bodies were DESIGNED to move!  We weren’t made to sit in front of a television, video game, or desk all the time.

I call it the “zombie look”.  People who don’t move have this look.  They have blank stares in their eyes, no excitement and a general frustration with their life.

Again, I’m going to tell you to keep it simple.  JUST MOVE.  Walk, jog or play baseball outside with your kids.

If you don’t move now, someday you are going to WANT to move and you won’t be able to. If you don’t use it, you will lose it.  This is 100% true when it comes to the agility of your body.

Join a gym, boot camp, fitness class – anything that will keep you moving and having fun while doing it.  You simply can’t put a price on the benefits of moving your body!

These 5 strategies are your goldmine for maintaining your weight loss for the long term.  So what do you do now?  Write these lifestyle down and keep them in plain sight so you remember them.  Practice them DAILY until they are habits.

Don’t give up!  Remember – it is what you do MOST of the time that determines your results.  I KNOW you can start these today no matter where you are!

 

 

 

 

The Truth About “Toning”

The million dollar question I get asked daily….

But Coach Amanda, all I really want is to get “toned”.  I don’t want to be bulky, but can you help me tone my belly and legs?  OR…it’s just this part that jiggles on the back of my arm…how do I tone this up?

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked this, I would be living on a private island somewhere.  And if you had all the money you’ve spent over the years on bogus crap chasing this elusive “toned” look, you would be, too.

I am going to break down the incredibly SIMPLE truth about how to get the toned look you’ve been seeking for years.  So stop beating your head against the wall and wasting your hard earned money.  Here’s the simple truth….

The difference between muscle and fat….

First, you have to understand the difference in MUSCLE tissue and FAT tissue.

MUSCLE is a band or (dense) bundle of fibrous tissue that has the ability to contract, producing movement in or maintaining the position of parts of the body.

FAT is a normal constituent of the human body that serves the important function of storing energy as fat for metabolic demands.

Simply put, muscle is the dense tissue you feel when you straighten your leg and feel it harden and flex.  Fat is the jiggly stuff that sits on top of your muscle.

So it would make perfect sense that to look “toned”, or rather to see the dense muscle tissue through the skin, you HAVE to lose the fat layer on top of it.  THAT’S IT.  Simply maintain that beautiful muscle (because that is what is “toned”), while losing that extra layer of fat that is keeping your muscle hidden.  

You can’t tone fat, you can only lose it or gain it.  But it is going to jiggle and stand in the way of your gorgeous muscle tone unless you lose it.

But Coach Amanda…I’ve tried everything!

I’m sure you have.  Lots of leg lifts?  Creams?  Hours and hours of cardio?  Starvation dieting?  Grapefruit diet?  That Noni juice your neighbor sold you?

And there’s the problem.  Stop being insane and repeating the exact same behaviors thinking magically your results will change.  They WON’T.

So…how do I lose it?

It’s simple, but it’s not easy.  It is simple because IF you employ these nutrition strategies, you will lose fat and begin to look “toned”.

My top 3 fat loss strategies are –

  • eat lean protein with every single meal and snack
  • eat veggies with every single meal and snack
  • and drink A TON of water.

If that doesn’t work, simply lower your portion sizes a little and continue.

That’s it.  Simple.

However, it isn’t easy because you HAVE to change your habits.  Fast food, binge drinking at happy hour, office snacks every day…those things will never give you a toned body.

So you’re telling me no more hours and hours of cardio?

Health.

That’s right.  Lift weights.

I am a no-fluff trainer.  I have zero problem telling you that you aren’t seeing results because your diet is crap and you won’t get off the cardio machines.  There is a place for cardio, and that place is AFTER your weight training.

If you don’t know where to start or how to weight train, hire a trainer or coach.  I am more than happy to help and there are plenty of well-educated no-fluff trainers out there who won’t try to sell you useless stuff and will make sure you get the results you’ve always wanted.

My guarantee…

I guarantee you, if you employ these strategies and stick to it, you’ll see results faster than you’ve ever seen.  In order of importance, nutrition, weights, cardio.  That’s the simple truth about “toning”.