Strong is the New Skinny

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So I am trying to come up with phrase to say to people when they ask me or tell me to eat everything or to eat junk food because they will say “but you are not fat”. Sometimes it’s hard to explain to people the reason for “dieting” when your goal is not to be skinny or just to lose weight, instead your goal is to gain strength, to gain muscle and to have  good health. I do not really see it as dieting I see it as it’s just the way that I eat to support my health and my fitness goals. Sure it is hard and I do cheat every now and then, but I do not see the point in eating junk food or processed food because it has ZERO nutritional benefits and it is more harmful to your health than it is not. I get criticized  all the time for this, for example for not eating white rice or white bread. I choose to not eat these things because they have no nutritional benefits, instead I eat brown rice and whole wheat bread.


Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer -Recommendation

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If you do not know where to start in a workout routine or you are looking for something different and effective I would like to mention this really awesome workout program that is completely free and really easy to follow. The Jamie Eason LiveFit 12 week trainer is a complete nutrition and exercise program and you don’t even have to sign up for anything. It is pretty amazing because it gives you  daily workout and meal suggestions so you know what to do each day. She also provides videos on how to eat and what to eat. I love Jamie Eason because she provides detailed explanations on nutrition so even beginners can start to eat right. I also love this program because it doesn’t emphasize being skinny or just losing weight, rather it focuses and being strong and healthy.

Tips for fat loss

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I have put together 3 fat loss tips that have helped me get leaner. I will be providing more fat loss tips in later posts as well. If you are looking to lose weight and burn fat these tips might help.

First off, don’t pay attention to crazy diets. I never seemed to understand why people go on crazy diets like a cabbage soup diet or liquid only diets for two weeks then resume their regular eating. I do not see what is achieved by dieting for two weeks, except maybe lose a pound or two only to gain it back and then some. I have seen so many people go on these crazy diets only to quit shortly after, and end up much worse than before. They put the weight back on quickly and end up frustrated. They might offer a quick fix, but the weight loss is never permanent and are usually unhealthy. Eating healthy and making it a lifestyle create the real changes.

It is very important that you are  burning fat not muscle. The more muscle you burn the less fat you burn during the day. Having more muscle means greater fat loss. This to me is one of most important things to know about losing fat.  You can make sure you are burning fat instead of muscle by eating lean proteins, complex carbs and good fats. Also always incorporate strength training in your workout routines. Focusing too much on cardio will burn off hard-earned muscle making you burn fewer calories throughout the day.

Many people during this time head to nutrition and supplement stores,  and a lot of them do not know what they need before they walk in. Lately I have seen so many people at these nutrition shops and they really have no idea what they need and leave the store with hundreds of dollars less in their pockets. I wouldn’t count on asking the sales person too much because they will offer whatever the want to sell to you. I suggest to do a little research prior and have a good idea of what your goals are. Go in with an idea of what you need so you don’t leave the store with things you don’t need, in tub size. I do believe the right supplements can help you reach your fitness and weight loss goals, but do remember that there will not be a magic pill, you still have to watch what you eat and exercise.