Kelly's Fab Fitness - Simplifying your Health (Pt. 2)

Friday, January 16, 2015

One of the hardest parts of losing weight is figuring out what is and what isn’t healthy to eat. 

How you should be eating through the day and what you should be fueling your body with. Honestly, it isn’t simple in the beginning with cravings and temptations, but if you plan properly, and eat when you should, those feelings of a hollow stomach will dissipate quickly.

When creating a healthy lifestyle plan, there are a few things you need to understand:

Set a weekly goal – Every Sunday I set my goals for the week.  For example: how many days I want to make it to the gym, what I am going to eat for the week and how many pounds would I like to lose. I also like to add in other goals for myself like making it to 6 miles in 50 minutes on the stairmaster, or to add in sprinting intervals for 20 minutes on the treadmill. Something that will push me physically for the week as I LOVE a challenge.

Plan ahead – When you plan your meals ahead, it makes it a lot harder to cheat.  On Sundays I prep for the week.  I do all of my grocery shopping for lunches and dinners and then I spend a couple hours prepping my lunches for the week. I can get sick of the same thing every day for lunch so I like to mix it up for dinner.

Ask yourself if it is worth it – Every time temptation gets in my way, I ask myself if the calories are worth it.  I think about how far I have come and how hard I have worked and if it is still worth it, I eat it.  And let me tell you, afterwards I generally feel like it is not worth it. If saying no is hard, I pop in sugar free gum, or drink a liter of water, or a cup of green tea to curb my craving.

Track everything you do – I use myfitnesspal.  I track everything that I eat and drink in a day.  I set my nutrition to 45% protein, 30% carbs and 25% healthy fats. While I plan my meals, I make sure that my nutrition fits into those calories.

Cut out sugar – Sugar is one of the biggest causes of belly fat. Cutting out sugar really helps with your energy level, weight loss and overall health.  Even eating too much fruit is bad for you.  Try to cut your fruit intake to 1 – 2 servings per day and don’t consume anything with more than 10 grams of sugar.

Eat Dark Chocolate once a day – I eat one square of 70% cocoa dark chocolate per day. It helps with the sugar cravings and gives me that little something sweet.  After a while, when you eat real chocolate or sugar, you will find that those food items are TOO sweet.

Give yourself a cheat meal – if you need one. – If you feel that you need a cheat meal once a week, then give yourself a cheat meal. The reason that people fail is that they never give themselves a break. If you are being consistent and doing what you should, having a cheat meal isn’t going to kill you. Honestly, after a while you won’t need one as you will realize that your cheat meal doesn’t make you feel as great as a clean meal would.

Overall weightloss is about consistency, so make the change and you will see results!

An example of a day for me looks like this:

Protein Shake with 1 serving of fruit, 2 egg whites, protein powder, almond milk and spinach

15 Raw Almonds

Grilled Chicken
Brown rice or roasted sweet potatoes

Chocolate Milk OR apple with almond butter

Homemade Extra-Lean Ground Turkey Vegetable Soup

Total Calories: Roughly 1750
Total Calories Burned: Roughly 800

To learn more about keeping it simple and clean eating, go to my blog

Looking for my soup recipe? Check it out HERE!

1 comment:

  1. I may not be trying to eat better, but I can attest to the fact that planning out your meals makes life so much easier! For us, picking what to eat was always the biggest battle. Now, I only have to deal with it once a week, other than cooking every night (which is never very difficult) :)