CREATE YOUR DREAM BODY
“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz
A clean diet is everything when living a fit lifestyle. People often reach out to me for weight loss advice, they complain about not being able to lose weight. They say that they try to exercise, but are just too busy or that they don’t have enough energy. They also say that they’re eating healthy, yet the weight just won’t budge!
After listening I inquire what they’re doing for exercise and what their diet consists of, and without a doubt they actually don’t exercise regularly and they don’t know how to eat healthy. I also question what their habitual self talk consists of; it’s typically negative, creating feelings of low self worth.
YOUR BODY SHOWS HOW YOU REALLY FEEL
It’s no wonder millions of people are overweight and unhappy; they don’t think and speak kindly about themselves which creates feeling of depression and sadness. The end result is emotional pain which in turn increases emotional eating & binging.
The body is very smart, it always manifest exactly what you think and feel about most. The body is a reflection of how you truly feel deep down. By thinking powerful, positive thoughts you will be creating a firm foundation to begin any fitness goal, by speaking and thinking loving thoughts you will literally improve your life and physique in remarkable ways.
Having a positive mental attitude of love and gratitude is life changing. By seeing a glass as “half full” you will have the desire to eat healthier foods naturally, and you will find that you will have more energy to be active throughout the day resulting in a happier, healthier way of life!
THE FIRST STEP ~ EATING CLEAN
The first step is to a clean diet is to clear out your pantry and refrigerator of all junk foods, white flour foods and sweets. Get rid of packaged foods that are processed with sugars, sodium & trans fats, all of which are toxic to your body. Don’t eat foods that have more than 5 to 8 ingredients.
Read the labels! If you don’t know what an ingredient is or can’t pronounce it or if it has preservatives, throw it out! Along with any foods that tempt you to binge should also be out the door. Our bodies don’t know what to do with processed chemicals, so it stores it as unwanted fat – Not Good!
Get rid of all sugary drinks too, including fruit juices. Have a piece of fruit or berries instead. Fruits and berries are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; however, not all fruits are created equal on the Glycemic Index scale, many have too much fructose that cause an insulin spike and will most likely spill over as fat if not used as energy.
The best time to eat fruit is before noon when you’re most likely to burn off the calories. Your pre and post workouts meals are a great time to eat a piece of fruit in addition to your protein shake. My favorite low GI fruits are apples, pears, mixed berries, grapefruit, peaches, grapes, oranges and bananas.
WHAT FOOD COMBINATIONS TO EAT TO BUILD MUSCLE & LOSE FAT
The best way to build muscle and lose fat is to eat lean protein, a complex carbohydrate & a veggie(s) with each meal & snack. Complex carbs are essential to building a sculpted physique. Unfortunately the high protein diets have given clean clean carbs a bad rap.
Complex carbs are macronutrients that every successful bodybuilder and fitness enthusiast includes as a intricate part of their diet. Complex carbs with protein are the building blocks to building lean, sexy muscles. Carbs shuffles needed nutrients into the muscles for repair and growth.
My must have carbs in my clean muscle building diet consists of old fashioned oats, wheat bran, yams, apples, (small) bananas and brown rice and lots of fresh fibrous veggies.
Remember lean muscle burns more calories at rest, when you have a lean physique your BMR is higher which increases your metabolism big time! Who doesn’t want that?
WHEN TO EAT CARBS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
If weight loss is a high priority in reaching your fitness goals then the timing of when to eat carbs is essential. Eating complex carbs daily is highly important to achieve lasting weight loss success. The body can only digest a certain amount of carbs in any one meal because carbs are high in calories. It’s scientifically proven that if you eat too many calories in one meal and do not burn it off the body will store the unused energy as fat, creating a soft fiogure with unsightly cellulite.
Carbs are the body’s preferred source for energy. If you eat a small amount of carbs, around 20 to 30 grams with each meal at the first part of the day and stay active you’ll burn the calories for energy ~ not as fat. If you eat most of your carbs at dinner time when you’re most likely prone to want to relax after a busy day the overload of calories will be stored as fat for future energy.
Timing is everything. Eat a small portion of complex carbs with protein and fruit or veggies the first few meals of the day, aim for eating about every 3 hours to keep your blood sugar level, to increase your metabolism and for sustained energy to keep you on the top of your game.
SIZE DOES MATTER
A portion size of protein and carbs in each meal is about the size of the palm of your hand. To increase fat loss, have a small portion of a complex carb with each meal until 2 or 3 pm, and then eat protein with salad and fibrous veggies the rest of the day. You can eat all the fresh veggies your heart desires; veggies are high in nutrients and fiber which will also aid in weight loss. Also be sure to drink approximately a gallon of purified water a day along with clean diet to keep your metabolism in high gear.
MUSCLE BUILDING MEAL MENU (SAMPLE)
Here is a sample of what to eat to build muscle and lose fat. Eat 30 grams of protein, 25 g complex carbs & raw veggies with each meal before 3 pm.
Meal 1 (breakfast): Old fashioned oats. Cook in water and light almond milk, mix in 30 g vanilla whey protein powder, dash of cinnamon & nutmeg or have 4 egg whites with 1 yoke.
Meal 2 (snack): Whey protein shake made with water, light almond milk & a piece of fruit (low GI), dash of cinnamon
Meal 3 (lunch): Lean chicken breast with a spinach & romaine salad with fresh veggies, mix with 1 tsp to 1 T of omega 3, 6 & 9 blend & balsamic vinegar
Meal 4 (snack): Fat free cottage cheese or whey protein drink, 8 raw almonds
Meal 5 (dinner): Fish, steamed broccoli & a salad with fresh fibrous veggies, Omega oils & balsamic vinegar for salad dressing
Meal 6 (optional): Whey or Casein protein drink
Be sure to drink about a gallon of water a day. If you drink Liv Sxinney, mix 2 oz in a gallon of purified water & keep in the fridge so it’s ready & cold when you need it. Also have 1 scoop of the powerful l-arginine supplement, GO Nitrimax, around 30 to 60 minutes before bed for optimal muscle building and fat loss (l-arginine is also an excellent libido enhancer.)
EXERCISE IS A MUST
Exercise is also an absolute must to sculpt the body of your dreams. Daily exercise should consist of weight lifting with moderate to heavy weights four times a week and/or at least 20 to 30 minutes of HIIT cardio completed each morning Monday thru Friday on an empty stomach.
Weight lifting builds beautiful muscle definition for both men and women. Women, don’t be afraid to train hard and lift heavy, it’s the only way to tighten & build lean muscle. It’s necessary to exercise regularly to transform your physique into a sexy machine. Always follow up with a post whey protein shake to ensure proper muscle recovery to attain your body transformation sooner.
By eating a clean diet along with daily exercise YOU CAN reach your fitness goals! If you incorporate living my LivFit Lifestyle daily you will be able to maintain a fit physique for life!