Look Your Best for Summer
With vacation and beach days quickly approaching, most of us are now thinking about looking our
best. Too bad that losing body fat is a slow and steady process,
rather than an instantaneous fix.
However…I do have an extremely effective 2-step method for losing belly fat fast,
and I’d like to share it with you today so that you can utilize it to look and feel your best
Look Your Best for Summer. This blubber-incinerating method fights fat simultaneously
on two separate fronts for maximum effectiveness: your sugar intake and your high intensity
First: This step requires zero extra effort on your part! In fact, all you have to do is
NOT do something that you should already be currently doing. You stop consuming refined sugar in all
its forms. This means no sodas, no desserts, no packaged snacks, no candy, no mocha lattes...NO
SUGAR AT ALL!
When you stop to evaluate your diet, it may be shocking to find out how much refined sugar has
crept in. Nothing will contribute to fat gains as swiftly as consuming sugar, so it makes sense
that cutting sugar out is the top must-do for shedding those unwanted pounds.
It’s not necessary, or beneficial, to starve yourself during this time of rapid fat loss – you
should fill in your diet with lean meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds as you cut out the refined
sugar. Keep your metabolism high by fueling up on high protein, high fiber, low carb, and zero
sugar foods whenever hunger strikes.
And while we are at it, cut out the alcohol, too.
Second: Here’s the step that requires some effort, but trust me when I say it’s worth it.
You crank up the intensity of your workouts to a whole new level.
Don't do what most people do - - being content with just “getting the job done." BREAKING NEWS (not really): If you still
have belly fat to lose, then the job hasn’t been getting done.
If you can comfortably hold a conversation, hardly break a sweat, or feel the same when it’s
over as you did when it began, then you’re simply not pushing yourself hard enough while you
Increasing the intensity of your workouts requires focused intent. You must go into the session
with the goal of pushing your body to the limit. Remember, it’s a contained timeframe that will
be over shortly, so bear down and deal with the discomfort. With practice you will learn to
embrace the burn.
If you can do these things consistently, you'll have the best chance of creating the fastest transformation possible.
Eat More Protein = Burn More Fat
Want even more fat loss?
Studies continue to prove that diets high in protein encourage more fat
loss than diets high in carbohydrates. This is because of the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF). Your body has to work (aka - burn) to process and assimulate nutrients. Protein has the highest TEF value, burning about 30 calories for every 100 calories of protein ingested.
This is why I am an advocate of building each of your snacks and meals around a
centerpiece of high quality, lean protein.
Chicken Lettuce Boats
I love recipes like this where the flavor and enjoyment outshine the health benefit. One bite
of these Chicken Lettuce Boats and you’ll see what I mean – the crunch, the collision of flavors
and the creamy enjoyment will push all thoughts of calories and fat grams out of your mind…but
rest assure that this recipe is highly healthy and will keep you on track towards your fat loss
What you need
2 small apples, cored and chopped
1 Tablespoon orange juice
3 cups roasted chicken, chopped
¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped
¼ cup black raisins
1 (4oz) can mild diced green chiles
½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup light, balsamic dressing
sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 head butter lettuce
red grapes – optional for serving
1. In a large bowl combine the chopped apples and orange juice. Mix to combine.
2. Add the remaining ingredients (save for the lettuce and grapes) and mix well. Chill, covered,
for 15 minutes or until ready to serve. Use an ice cream scoop to place the chicken salad on
each lettuce leaf. Garnish the plate with red grapes and Enjoy!
224 calories, 8g fat, 140mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 23g protein
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Jim's Cutting Edge Exercise Success Guidelines...Are YOU Meeting Them?
If you're not meeting your weight loss goals, of course how you eat is one of the first fixes you should be looking at. BUT...one of the EASIEST things to change is your exercise variable.
Specifically...Frequency AND Consistency.
In a week, at a MINIMUM, EVERYONE should be getting in 4 Days combined of Resistance Training and/or Interval Cardio Work.
That means, if you work with me...
1 x Week, you should be adding:
- 1 more Resistance Training day on your own plus 2 Interval Cardio Sessions. OR...
- 2 more Resistance Days on your own plus 1 Interval Cardio Sessions.
2 x Week, you should be adding:
- 2 Interval Cardio Sessions. OR...
- 1 More Resistance Training Day done on your own PLUS 1 Interval Cardio Day.
3 x Week, you should be adding:
- 1 Interval Cardio Day.
On top of this, as an added BONUS, EVERYONE would benefit from adding 1-2 Steady-State Cardio Sessions in a week. Go for a walk. A jog. Hop on a bike. Whatever you choose, just get moving at a steady pace and do it for 40-60 minutes. Of course, this will be depending on the time availability in your personal schedule AND your desire to get results.
Are you meeting the Cutting Edge Exercise Guidelines?