Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Warning! Don't EVER Start Your Morning Like This if You are Trying to Lose Fat.

Warning! The words "don't ever start your morning like this if you are trying to lose fat" really scares you right? You are wondering if the minute you scroll down, this will be something that you do every morning. Well, unfortunately, lots of people do. Most people that struggle with fat loss do. Most people that want to be more energized but are too tired to even imagine working out do this. Is this your usual morning?

I am talking about starting the morning with simple sugars and carbs. I am talking about waking up with morning breath and dragging your feet to the fridge to wash that taste out of your mouth with Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice, or Apple Juice. Congratulations. You just turned on your hormones that help your body store fat instead of burn it. Want to make it worse? Eat a breakfast of cereal, coffee with sugar, maybe a pastry or toast with jelly? You have just convinced your blood sugar to spike for a while, only to make you crash and burn in an hour. Guess what happens after that? You crave more simple carbs. Again, forcing your body to hold onto more fat. So, when I say Warning! I mean don't ever start your morning like this if you are trying to lose fat.

Want to know the way to kick start your metabolism first thing EVERY morning? Drink a glass of lemon water to get your digestive juices flowing first. Then, have that coffee, but, have it with some Coconut Oil, or Coconut Milk. Cook up a couple of eggs with some pasture raised butter, and be on your way to fat burning. Or, grab a protein shake with a bit of healthy fat and maybe a little fresh fruit. Protein is the choice of fit people everywhere that want to kick start their metabolism first thing every morning. If you have a big workout planned, add in a slice of Ezekiel Sprouted Grain toast with almond butter or even dry with your eggs. Superfoods that get everything from your brain to your hormones ready to take on the day.

Start every day with the idea of being energized, strong, and getting your body to work FOR you, not AGAINST you.You do have control of many hormones. Sugar sets you up for fat storage. Protein and healthy fats will be used to rebuild muscle and burned for energy. Slow digesting carbs will get you through an intense workout.  If you want sugar, eat some fruit in a protein shake from my Smoothie Recipes for Optimal Health E-Book, the one simple step that can help you start your days off right.

So I say it again. NEVER drink a sugary juice, eat a bagel or toast with jelly, or a useless bowl of sugary cereal again in the morning. Well, not unless you want to hold onto that fat!

Searching for ways for us all to achieve optimal health!

Dawn

Sunday, July 27, 2014

One Simple Step to a Fitter, and Leaner YOU!

If you could find one simple step to a fitter and leaner you, you would do it right? Of course you would. I understand how hard it is to eat right all of the time. I have 2 careers! I am a hairstylist and co-own a gym with my husband. I train people every hour on Tuesdays and Friday's, do hair 3 1/2 days per week, run 2 small bootcamps, and have a teenage son. I am busy, on the road and just like you want to be fit, and never skip meals. I know that missed meals slows down my metabolism and keeps me from feeling energized and vital!

The leanest people with the most energy rely on one simple step to keep them on track. Smoothies made from ingredients that support fat loss, fantastic health, and give them the energy to get through the day (or get in a good workout.)

 In Smoothie Recipes for Optimal Health, I have put together over 45 Smoothie recipes to help you reach your goals. Easy, tasty, fresh, and loaded with ingredients that will take your body to a new level of fitness, and help you reach your goals.

Smoothie Recipes for Optimal Health has smoothies for detoxifying, energizing, pre and post workout smoothies, meal replacement smoothies, and more. Never miss a meal, never be short on time and unable to eat, never grab fast food again. In my digital book, you will get tips on how to prepare your smoothies in advance so that you can grab them when time is not on your side. Those of us in the fitness world know that there is a window of opportunity immediately following a workout that gets your body in the repair, rebuild and recuperation stage. The Anabolic Stage. You want that stage to begin the minute you walk out of the gym.

Check out Smoothie Recipes for Optimal Health. It might be the one simple step to a fitter and leaner YOU!


Searching and Sharing for ways for us to achieve the best of health, energy and strength!

Dawn




Monday, July 21, 2014

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Is Your Workout Alone Enough to Change Your Body?



I am often asked the question, "Is strength training enough to change your body?" That is actually not a dumb question. It is probably the most overlooked factor that I see when it comes to wanting to see results. You could work out with kettlebells, dumbbells, do Crossfit, or P90X. The truth of the matter is without changing your diet, you will not get real, noticeable results. Sure, you will get stronger. Sure, you might be able to go longer with endurance. However, to put on muscle and lean out, you need to pay a lot of attention to what goes into your mouth, and when.

Most women think you have to eat less to see results. Wrong. Most men think that you just have to eat more to put on muscle... again, wrong. Actually cutting calories at the wrong time, or adding in too many are exactly what will sabotage our goals in the gym. 

I train a lot of women that think since they are finally working out in a gym, with a trainer, that the weight will just "fall" off! Nope. I consult men in our gym as well that don't understand why they can't put on muscle, or drop any fat. Here are a few factors that will tell you exactly why strength training alone is not enough to change your body.

Most fitness coaches, trainers and gym owners know that the equation is about 75% diet, 25% hard work. Some even say 80/20. Of course, genes, age, sex, intensity, frequency, load, and overall dedication play big roles in what our body looks and feels like. Don't ever be fooled by anything other than one fact. What you eat like is the single most defining factor in what you look like, and how you train.

Food is fuel. Food is where energy is found, muscle is built, and cells repaired. Besides hydration, without the proper fuel, our body will wither away and never get close to building bigger muscles or tight curves. Our dietary plan will either tire us out, or energize us. It can help us put on mass, or burn through our precious muscle tissue if we don't feed it enough protein.

Phytochemicals are found in greens and  keep our immune systems functioning like a machine during cold and flu season. Protein is what rebuilds and repairs our muscles that we have torn down in the gym. Carbohydrates are our bodies preferred source of energy, a greatly needed source of fuel for the power lifter, the Olympic lifter, and the Kettlebell Sport enthusiast. Healthy fats are necessary for hormone production, lubrication, body temperature regulation and energy in endurance type sports as Crossfit and obstacle course style races. All food groups are needed. All have their respective roles in building our bodies before and after we tear them down in the gym.

The bottom line is this. Strength training is NOT enough to change your body. What will change your body, your energy levels and your physical outcome is your nutrition plan. I use the word "plan" very seriously. Plan on what to eat and when. Make sure you are getting enough calories from the right sources to fuel your body in the gym. Besides rest, your eating plan is probably more important than the actual workout when it comes to gaining muscle, and/or losing fat.

Eat for what you will be doing next. If you have a big workout planned, eat for that. Sitting on the couch watching TV? Eat for that. Most people in the fitness industry pack lunches, and have a fridge stocked with foods geared towards keeping the body strong and energized. Keep food that will nourish your body and mind on hand at all times, and junk foods far from reach. Eat often, and don't skip meals. These few tips will make those workouts in the gym start to show results.

After all, isn't that why we work out?