What does F.A.T. have to do with getting Bride Fit? Is there a ‘one size fits all diet?’ I am really excited about cutting edge nutritional information I learned listening to a couple podcast interview’s with Dr. Sylvia Tara. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry and is the author of The Secret Life of Fat. I am always digging for the best information on nutrition, fitness and lifestyle to support your journey to get fit, firm & fabulous for your big day and beyond! I love the acronym Dr. Tara uses to help remember what it takes when it comes to releasing unwanted fat and getting healthy.
- Training your brain
I get asked a lot from clients to give them a specific eating plan. As a Bride Fit health coach I give my clients suggestions and strategies to reach their fitness and health goals. The truth is that there is NOT a ‘one size fits all’ diet or exercise program. Most want a magic bullet, special herbs or the latest exercise toy on the market to get fit & firm in 5 days or less. There’re plenty of quick fix diets and gadgets for sale, and they do sell, but they don’t all work the same for everyone and more than likely not going to give you sustainable results. Don’t be gullible and believe an overly simplistic solution. What to eat and how much can be daunting that’s why having a Bride Fit coach can help you navigate your way through the overload of information out there and help nail down what foods and workouts are best for your goals and lifestyle. The great news is you can get ‘wedding dress ready’ and sustain your fit & firm body ‘ever after’ simply with the correct Food, Activity and Training of your brain.
- F When choosing foods to eat I recommend (highly) NOT just looking at the calories. The common belief is calories in, calories out; I wish it were that simple! Instead, look at the ingredients. If there are oils other than coconut, olive or avocado, stay away if possible. Most oils such as vegetable, canola and safflower, added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, cause inflammation and negatively affects hormones. Most of the food you are eating shouldn’t have an ‘ingredient list’ since I recommend mostly whole foods, such as vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, fish, nuts & seeds. Keep in mind that hormones and antibiotics are not favorable additions to your diet so consuming organic produce, grass-fed beef, pastured eggs and chicken is best. Don’t be afraid of eating good FAT, like coconut oil, avocados and pastured butter. Healthy fat is your friend when it comes to weight loss. Sugar is the enemy and will increase the hormone insulin, which is the fat storing hormone and correlated with gaining weight.
- A Spending endless hours in the gym is not recommended or necessary. Increasing muscle in your body speeds up your metabolism and will give you the toned sexy arms you want show off on your big day! Incorporating weights, kettle-bells and body weight exercises will accomplish that goal. Get in a small group training, or personal training with a certified trainer to guide you. Incorporate HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts to really increase fat burn. The great part about HIIT is that they are quick, effective and you can incorporate body weight exercises like push ups, air squats and burpees. Intermittent fasting is another hack that you can try. Fasting for 12-16 hours gives your digestion a break and allows the body to release growth hormone (HGH), which is a fat burning hormone. For an example if your last meal is at 7:00pm refrain from food until at least 7:00am for a 12 hour fast. Doing HIIT workout while fasted is a winning combination, since you will burn stored fat for energy if there is no immediate glucose available. Sleeping is an activity that supports fat burning, without quality sleep you will have decision fatigue and will be more susceptible to making unhealthy food choices. The hormone, leptin, which tells your body it’s full and satiated is decreased, and the hormone, ghrelin, which tells your body it’s hungry, is increased when you don’t get enough sleep. Planning and preparing meals and having healthy choices easily accessible takes the decision making on what to eat when we feel hungry and stressed easier. In addition, NOT having trigger foods easily accessible is a big help. I recently discovered these purple potato chips made in coconut oil….YUM! They are organic and made in coconut oil so it’s a better choice than other chips but they are not offering much nutrition and add up to a lot of empty calories. The point is if I buy them and they are in the cabinet, I will eat them! If they are not easily available and I need to drive to the store to purchase them, I will find it easier to have the willpower to resist the craving.
- Training your brain. If you have one day or meal of unplanned eating of foods that aren’t supporting your Bride Fit goals or you fall off your diet, don’t beat yourself up. You are not a failure! Get back on track right away and avoid further unplanned eating that will derail you. If you have the chips or the ice cream, there is zero shame or guilt! The next meal is a new beginning. Have a positive mindset and know that you are in charge of your efforts and attitude. Having a clear goal and vision for why you want to get healthy, release fat and get fit will keep you motivated. Your “why” will help you in times when you need extra willpower and push you to get through workouts when you are feeling unmotivated.
I want to support and guide you to get ‘wedding dress ready’ and give you the keys to live ‘healthily & happily ever after’ with your fiancé. Join my on-line 12 Weeks To An Exceptional Bride program for all the information you need to get Bride Fit!