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lose weight quickly

5 Tips to Lose Weight Quickly

You’ve got a hot date this weekend,lose weight quickly

Your high school reunion is next month,

Maybe your sister is getting married and you want to look your best for the family photo.

Whatever the reason, we often find ourselves regretting our failure to stick to a healthy diet 1-3 weeks out from a big event.  We need to lose weight quickly!!

While a week or two might not be enough time to transform you into a Calvin Klein model, it is enough time to at least take away the bloat and perhaps drop 5-10lbs.

Here are my Top 5 Rules to Lose Weight Quickly!

1.  Nix the Sodium!:

  • There is so much sodium in the average American diet.
  • If it’s processed, you can guarantee that there is sodium in it!  
  • Check your labels, work to cut out as much sodium as possible.
  • What’s wrong with sodium you ask? Your body needs to have a certain level of sodium to allow the body to function properly.  When your sodium increases you must retain water to keep your sodium levels within normal saturation levels; unless until you have flushed the sodium out.  If you always eat high sodium foods, you are ALWAYS retaining water.  Nix the sodium and you might drop 3-5lbs in water weight right away!

2.  Stick to your Ratios:

  • If you want to lose weight eat 1g Protein for 1g of Carbohydrate you eat.  
  • Think about it, we call it low carb, but all you are actually doing is balancing your protein to carbohydrate ratio.  
  • This is why most diets seem to be “low carb.”  
  • Diets aren’t actually “low carb.”  Americans just eat too many carbs to begin with which is why you want to lose weight in the first place.

3.  Eat Veggies:

  •  If you eat enough veggies to balance out the protein you eat I promise you won’t be hungry.  
  • Veggies take up space filling your stomach.  
  • We often cheat on diets because we feel hungry: Fill up on veggies and you will have less reason to cheat.  
  • Veggies also contain lots of fiber to help you “push” some of the old crap you previously ate through the system.–You’ll feel less bloated when you have less sticking to your intestine walls.  
  • Season them with low sodium seasonings such as any of the Mrs. Dash line to add more flavor to your meals.  

4.  Drink Water:  

  • Your sodium levels do not balance out with one glass of water and the amount you drink can affect your eyesight, if your dehydrated and your eyesight is going away then try googling Eye doctors near me or visit your local clinician for treatment.  
  • Take eating sushi for example:  When you go out for sushi and have soy sauce with your roll it’s like you just consumed 1 tsp of salt.  Imagine instead of putting that tsp in your body you put it in a 8oz glass of water.  Now add 8 oz of water and pour half the glass out.  You are left with 1/2 a tsp of sodium.  After the next glass you’ll have 1/4 and so on and so forth.  
  • The more water you drink, the less water your body needs to retain to bring it back to it’s normally sodium saturation.  
  • Oddly enough, the more water you drink the less water you will retain.  
  • DRINK WATER!

5.  Don’t Restrict Calories Too Much:

  • The mistake most of us make is we restrict calories too much.  
  • This causes your body to go into “starvation mode,” meaning your body will shut down bodily functions to conserve calories.
  • If you cheat one day before you event you will stop losing weight and your body will for sure hold onto the calories during and after the function, making you rebound to a higher weight than you started at.
  • Eat at least 1200-1400 calories if you are female or 1400-1600 calories if you are male to avoid going into starvation mode!

 

If you look at any diet you will see it typically follows these rules.  The only difference is instead of telling you the science, they simple tell you the foods to eat.  Here are some “Safe” foods to consume and still drop weight quickly.  Stick to these foods, we’ll call it the What Courtney Eats Based on all the Diets she’s read about Diet.

Safe Foods:

Get creative!  Make something new!  I bet you won’t be bored.  Here are some recipes that might help you stay on track!

blueberry protein muffins

Blueberry Protein Muffins

Healthy Recipes

Chicken Tacos

chicken curry

Chicken Curry

green smoothie

Green Smoothie PB&J

And a couple recipes that will keep you on track.  Beware the following recipes do have cheese so make sure that you drink extra water to flush out that sodium!

Spicy Stuffed Pepper Burgers

Spicy Stuff Pepper Burgers

Spinach crust pizza

Spinach Crust Pizzas

gluten free lasagna

Gluten Free Lasagna

 

 

 

green smoothie

Green Smoothie

green smoothieGreen Smoothies  are an excellent way to get in more greens, fiber, and protein!

You need a good blender, but you can have a lot of fun making weird concoctions.

Here is a green smoothie I made up that tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Carrots
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/4 cup berries
  • 1 serving Cytomax Vanilla Whey
  • 2 TBSp PB2
  • 6oz Coconut Water (or water)

Prep:

Green Smoothie Nutrition Facts:

262 Calories 2.9g Fat 26.7g Carb 4.5g Fat 35.7g Protein

 

why try yoga

Why Try Yoga? Yoga Can Challenge and Benefit Anyone!

Most people equate yoga with a stretching class.why try yoga

Seeing the stereotypical tall and slender woman walking with her yoga mat might not necessarily get your butt to a yoga class.

Seeing a husband and wife come to class with their high school football star son on Saturday might stir some curiosity.

Seeing the neighbor down the street lose 20lbs might get you to walk through the door and try it at least once!

why try yoga

On Monday I wrote about Yoga being good for athletes.  While all this is true, think about how those same benefits could affect you in your normal life.  Maybe you don’t make quick change of directions on a soccer field, but you still carry your lunch, labtop, to-go coffee mug, and briefcase to the car every morning while talking on your cell phone.  Some mornings it might even be rainy or even worse icy.  As we age situations like this begin to get worse and worse.  Strengthening your body through yoga, will give you the strength and balance to better handle these situations that are part of normal living.

Why Try Yoga you ask.  You should try Yoga to tackle and conquer your daily tasks!

If you have been hesitant to give yoga a try, check out the video below for reasons why yoga might be a better workout than you think:

 

So give it a try.  I recommend Bikram.  I challenge you to make it through a class and still tell me yoga isn’t a good enough workout.  For those who fear the hot room, remember it’s also not as scary as you think.  If an 80 year old woman can take class you can too!  It might just be the yoga that keeps those 80 year olds going!

 

What’s yoga posture challenges you the most?  It is probably the one you need.  Tell me which one you hate below and why.  I’ll let you know why you might need it!

crock pot round roast

Healthy Crock Pot Round Roast

crock pot round roast

Ingredients:

  • 3-4lb Round Roast
  • 1/2 bag Baby Carrots
  • 2 Onions
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic  Powder
  • Olive Oil
  • Everyday Seasoning
  • minced garlic
  • Beer
  • Sriracha

 

Prep:

  • crock pot round roastMarinate Round Steak with Salt, Pepper, Garlic Power, and Olive Oil.  Use as much as you need to create a fine coat over meat.  
  • Sear roast on each side for about 2 min.
  • Add to Crock Potcrock pot round roast
  • Deglaze the pan with half of the beer to get the remnants of the beef off the bottom then add to crock pot.
  • Chop onions into think slices then add carrots and onions to crock pot with the remaining beer, desired sriracha (I recommend starting with 1tbsp), and some everyday seasoning.
  • crock pot round roastCook on high for 4 hours or low for 8-10 hours.

Crock Pot Round Roast is one of the leanest ways to eat beef.  If you are sick of chicken, this is your recipe!  Serve with a green salad for a perfect paleo meal!  a 4lb roast makes 10 servings.  Each serving has 384 Calories, 10.3g Carbs, 4g Fiber, 11.1g Fat, and 50g Protein.  Talk about a great way to stick within your ratios!

 

lose weight without changing anything

What You Can Do To Lose Weight Without Changing Anything

Alright, I understand not all of us like to exercise.

Making a lifestyle change is never easy and I realize you may not be ready to hop on board with exercising and nixing the pizza just yet.

Personal Trainers call this the Precontemplation Phase.  (Click out HERE to see what phase you are in)

If you are in the Precomtemplation Phase then check out this video for the one thing you can do to lose weight without changing anything about your exercise or the foods you eat.

 

PS:  When you have been tracking for a while and notice you tend to go over on your calories more than you stay below, go out for a walk and log that.  You’ll get some calories back.  You might just be headed down the road to contemplation.

running drills to improve running form

Running Drills to Improve Your Running Form

 

running drills to improve running formYou know it is important to have good running form, but often it is developing that good running form that is hard.

The 3 main keys to good running form is:

  1. Mid Foot Strike
  2. Angles:  Dorsiflexed foot and knee to 90 degrees
  3. Forward Tilt

Here are some running drills to improve running form:

runner's strength workout

Runner’s Strength Workout: Stay Injury Free and Power Up Those Hills with These Moves!

Often runners spend all their time running.–Sound Familiar??

Doing this, leads to overuse injuries as well as that “skinny fat” look none of us want to have.

It is important to do strength training a couple times a week, to keep you running injury free and keep your body looking toned and fit.

I developed this runner’s strength workout to do just that.  The exercises are designed to work your gluteus medius, obliques, and stability muscles to protect against overuse injuries such as runners’ knee, while also working your larger muscles such as your gluteus maximus, biceps, and triceps so you stay toned with a perky booty and can power up those hills!

 

Do each exercise 3x through for the perfect 15 min strength routine to complement your running!