No GMO! Organic! Grain-Free! Paleo! Vegan! Preservative Free!
Guess what? Nothing that you read on the front of a food package really matters. Those hyped up bullet points, strategically placed there to sell you, are only saying what you want to hear.
What really matters is the ingredient list and the nutrition label. Pay attention to these, and ignore the bold claims on the front of the package, meant to distract you. Keep your focus on what matters, and reap the reward in pounds and inches lost, and in confidence gained!
Brace yourself for an impressive 12-week transformation from two Lakeside Fit Body Boot Camper’s who finished in the top four of the Turbulence Training Transformation Contest #28.
Energize your body. Strengthen your mind. Empower your soul. 💜
Melanie Hammer’s Story – I decided to sign up for this challenge because it offered me accountability as well as a new eating plan.
My goal for overall fitness is to eat delicious healthy food while I gain strength along with losing weight. I hate to cook. For some reason it is overwhelming and healthy food (I thought) takes way to long prepare.
For this challenge, Lesa developed a meal plan with recipes that I printed out in a booklet. Each recipe was less than 6 steps and delicious! Lesa also offered weekly conversations to motivate me or answer my questions.
As I have followed this plan, I haven’t been hungry. I have lost weight consistently on this plan which includes workout classes 3 times a week. It has become my lifestyle. The recipes have become some of my families’ favorite dishes!
I’ve lost 2 pant sizes and wearing clothes I haven’t worn in 20 years.
Jeff Schultz’s Story – Having worked out hard for the past 25 years, accepting the invitation from my wife and daughter to join a Christmastime FBBC class seemed more like a kind gesture on my part than a challenge.
Walking into the room, looking at the equipment “This shouldn’t be so bad” played through my head. 4 minutes into the workout, I was gasping for air, unable to keep pace, or contort my body into one of the myriad of positions others did gracefully.
That class convinced me a change to my workout regimen was required. I was demoralized but motivated to accept the Transformation Challenge. After all, my pants were fitting much tighter and eating a pile of ice cream every night was not healthy. The goals were simple: get into FBBC shape, lose a few pounds, and eat less ice cream.
Never did I expect these results in only 12 weeks! I feel great, lost 5-10 pounds, my pants are loose, and eat only a little ice cream only once or twice a week. Lesa, John, and everyone’s encouragement has been incredible.
I cannot wait to keep going and see more results! Thanks so much Lakeside Fitness! You are the real deal!
3 Essential Snacking Tips
A big part of eating for fat loss is keeping your metabolism going all day long with small, sensible meals and snacks. In theory, this is simple and easy: eat a little something every 2-3 hours throughout the day.
Unfortunately very few people do it right, resulting in frustrating weight gain.
The content of your snacks and small meals is of utmost importance. If you’re eating the wrong thing every 2-3 hours then it’s easy to gain weight quickly, rather than what you want, which is to drop fat and clothes sizes.
Let’s jump into the 3 Essential Snacking Tips that I have for you today to keep you on track and burning fat all day long…
Snacking Tip #1: Watch out for added sugar.
Sugar is the biggest problem when it comes to fattening snacks, and so this needs to be the number one nutrient that you check. Your frequent snacks should contain very little, or zero, added sugars.
This is a pet peeve that I have: many ‘health’ foods have massive amounts of added sugars, which will destroy your results. Items like protein bars, jerky, dried fruit, green juice, and trail mix often have added sugars and preservatives that you need to watch out for and avoid.
Your snacks should have little to zero added sugars, and should be a nice blend of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates.
Snacking Tip #2: Check the serving size.
When your snack comes in a package, after you make sure that it isn’t filled with sugar, check the serving size. It’s a popular technique for food manufacturers to give the nutritional facts for 2 or even 2.5 servings, on an item that you will likely polish off the entire package.
If the servings are more than just one then you’ll need to do some quick math. Calculate the total calories, sugar, carbs, fat and protein. Make sure that the numbers line up with your target nutrition sums.
Always be aware of how many servings you are eating in a single sitting. Do the math if you’re eating more than one serving – be honest with yourself!
Snacking Tip #3: Homemade and made-in-nature are best.
As convenient as packaged health snacks are, you will always see better results by eating whole foods found in nature, or snacks that you’ve made at home with real food ingredients. Even the healthiest packaged protein bar from the store is going to contain preservatives and additives that are completely avoided in homemade foods.
A handful of raw nuts, a piece of fruit with fresh nut butter, a hard boiled egg, a homemade fitness muffin (recipe below), some chicken breast on veggies or chopped flank steak on a salad are all better options than any packaged snack.
When possible, stick with whole foods found in nature and snacks and meals that you make at home.
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