Diet

6 Tips to Lose Weight Fast

6 Tips to Lose Weight Fast

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We all want to lose weight fast, we all look for the newest miracle product that is going to help you get skinny without working out or eating right. These 6 tips have scientific merit and are what you need to lose weight fast!

1.Put Down the Soda, Drink More Water!

Nothing has exploded midsections more than the prevalent use of soft drinks in America. In 1990, only around 10% of Americans were considered Obese (https://stateofobesity.org/adult-obesity/). By 2017, 40% of adults are obese (https://stateofobesity.org/obesity-rates-trends-overview/). Unfortunately studies show that the average American only drinks 20 ounces of water a day (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/how-much-water-do-people-drink/273936/).

Water helps flushes away toxins and fat metabolites, increases metabolism, and makes you feel full. Water is the ultimate “supplement” for your diet! Here is a study on using water as a diet aid (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18787524).

2.  Protein Help With Weight Loss 

Yes, bodybuilders who want to get bigger eat protein, but so should you if you want to lose weight. The reason is that quality protein keeps you fuller, helps build lean muscle mass that burns fat, and is less likely to be turned into fat.  Lean protein options like eggs, seafood, and quality (and tasty) protein shakes like 1st Phorm Level-1 is low in calories, but high in muscle making, fat burning, goodness. A protein shake should be used for replacing an unhealthy meal.

Post Workout protein shakes, even with simple carbohydrates also help you lose weight. This is because when you workout, you create trauma inside the muscles. You actually create small tears that need to be repaired. Your body needs protein like Phormula-1, a fast digestion, super high quality protein to rebuild and repair the muscle. I suggest the Post Workout Stack from 1st Phorm. 

Here is a study that talks about the benefits of eating a high quality protein breakfast when it comes to weight loss (https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/protein-rich-breakfast-weight-loss-diet-lunch-inner-snacks-healthy-a8141266.html).

Some of our best success stories…

3. Lift Weights, Even if you Don’t Want to Get Bulky

You won’t get bulky lifting weights, especially if you are in a calorie deficient state. Lifting weights helps create lean muscle, the strong foundation of a sexy body. This lean muscle helps you burn more fat at rest. Lifting weights also improves cognitive function.

4. Don’t Forget Your GUT!

As I age, the one thing that I wish I would have taken better care of is my gut. Gut health is everything as you age, and if you are wanting to maximize your diet, focus on your gut!

Your digestive health and much of your overall wellness comes from your gut. There are millions of bacteria in our bodies, some good, some bad. Good bacteria helps you digest food better and also helps you rid illnesses.

Too much bad bacteria can make you feel hungry all the time. It also causes inflammation that can cause weight gain (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gut-bacteria-and-weight#section4).

I take Opti-Greens 50 and Micro Factor to get the healthy gut I need.

5. Nutrition/Working Out is 90% of the Game, but Sleep is Important! 

Studies show that sleep is extremely important to weight loss. Lack of sleep causes hormonal changes that can cause you to be more hungry. The more hours you are awake also gives you more opportunity to eat. Sleep also helps your muscles recover properly after a workout (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198). Shoot for 8 hours a sleep a night.

Lack of sleep can be caused by stress. Stress can cause weight gain and increased cortisol levels. I suggest taking a product like Core-21 to help you sleep and reduce cortisol levels. 

6. Stay Consistent 

It is Tuesday, do you workout on Tuesday? Then go to the gym. Is it lunchtime? Eat your prepared lunch. Do you allow yourself a cheat meal on Saturday, is it Saturday? People with the best weight loss stories stayed consistent. We may all have a bad day, but we don’t allow it to turn into a bad week.

Have your meals planned out, have your workouts scheduled, and you will see the best results.  Below is a photo of the before and after one of my most successful clients. She lost 151 pounds in 12 months.

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Thanks for reading,

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Sample Diet Plans – Keto, Low Carb, Regular and More!

Complete List of Diet Plans

(note these are for sample only, I am not a doctor)

Dustin’s Keto+ Diet

https://www.cardioandweights.com/dustins-keto-diet/

Dustin’s Keto+ Diet is a new twist on the Keto diet to help dieters lower carbohydrates, use their fat as a primary source of fuel, and build/retain muscle mass.

What is Keto?

A Keto Diet is characterized as a diet in which carbs are purposely kept low. So low that your body stops using carbohydrates as the chief source of energy for your body. Your liver starts creating “ketones” which is used as energy. In summary insulin levels are kept low, no excess carbohydrate ingestion leads to your body using fat as the primary energy source. Ketosis can lead to explosive weight loss. Ketosis is typically reached when the body has less than 20-50 grams of carbohydrates.

KETO+ Diet

Dustin’s Keto+ Diet has the gym-goer in mind. Too few protein can cause the body to not retain and build lean muscle. Lean muscle burns fat at rest, and we want more lean muscle!

Dustin’s KETO+ Diet consists of 60%-65% Fats, 30%-35% Protein, and 5% Carbohydrates. I also use the net-carb method where you subtract fiber from total carbs.

For someone with a 1500 calorie diet it would look like:

  • 900 calories from fats (100 grams)
  • 525 calories from protein (131 grams)
  • 75 calories from carbohydrates (19 grams)

What about protein converting to glucose? There is a pathway in our body where if we don’t have enough carbohydrates, our body will convert protein to glucose. I am not worried about this pathway when we are talking about someone who will be working out. If you do not plan to workout, you may not be right for the KETO+ Diet.

How many calories should I shoot for?

Great question. If you are trying to lose weight, I suggest shooting for eating less than your BMR. BMR is the Basal Metabolic Rate. This is the amount of calories you need, at rest, to maintain current weight. Since you are active, and will be eating at or below BMR, you should lose weight fast!

 

Calculate your BMR here: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/

Who shouldn’t use the KETO+ DIET?

Note: I’m not a doctor or dietitian. This diet is just an example of a diet that you can use to lose weight. I suggest everyone to talk to their doctor to make sure they are healthy enough for a diet like this.

If you have diabetes or high blood pressure (taking medicines) I would suggest talking to your doctor before doing a KETO diet. I am not registered dietitian and this article is for information purposes only. Check with your doctor before starting any diet.

Water Consumption

I suggest everyone who is on any diet to drink at least 100 ounces of water a day. Water helps increase metabolism and control hunger. I’d shoot for a gallon a day!

Carb Flu

The Carb Flu is a symptom of all keto diets. When you lower your carbohydrates, your body will not be happy at first. When starting a keto diet, you will feel sluggish, tired, and experience flu like symptoms (minus the congestion/mucus). It is normal. I suggest more caffeine to combat it. You may also want to slowly dive into a keto diet by lowering your carbs from current usage to goal over a couple weeks.

Dustin’s Keto+ Diet Sample Meal Plan #1

Breakfast:

Level-1 Meal Replacement Shake mixed with Water

Snack 1:

Pork Rinds

Lunch:

Crispy Pork Salad

Snack 2:

String Cheese + Almonds

Dinner:

Coconut Chicken w/ Broccoli

Snack 3:

Cottage Cheese (4oz)

Total:

1500 calories-107 grams of fat-107 grams of protein-22 grams of net carbs (65%, 30%, 5% ratio)

 

Dustin’s Keto+ Diet Sample Meal Plan #2

Breakfast:

Level-1 Meal Replacement Shake mixed with Water

Snack 1:

Pepperoni and String Cheese

Lunch:

BLTA Pesto Chicken Salad

Snack 2:

2 Hard Boiled Eggs + Carrots

Dinner:

Inside Out Burger

Snack 3:

Cookies & Cream Keto Fat Bombs

Total:

1500 calories-105 grams of fat-114 grams of protein-18 grams of net carbs (63%, 32%, 5% ratio)

 

Supplements That Can Help

Royal 21 King and Queen Systems can help you speed up your metabolism, control appetites, eliminates cravings, and can help with hormones. It even helps you sleep! Many of my clients have lost a ton of weight with Royal 21 King and Queen Systems! Click here for free shipping. 

  • Level-1 Meal Replacement Protein is low carb, high protein and will keep you full! This protein digests over time so that you don’t become hungry as fast. It’s also only $1.67 a meal! Click here for free shipping.
  • GDA (Glucose Disposal Agent) should only be used if you are going to have a cheat day. I suggest having a cheat day every once in a while. GDA helps block carbs from spiking blood sugar, and creating more fat. Click here for free shipping.
  • Fish Oil and a quality multivitamin will help you get the nutrients that you are missing from your diet. Fish oil improves cardiovascular function and the brain. I suggest Full-Mega and M-Factor series of multi-vitamins. Click here for free shipping. 
  • Phormula-1 + Ignition (Post Workout Stack). The Post Workout Stack helps replenish glycogen and protein to the muscles after exercise. If you are not exercising, do not take the Post Workout Stack with this diet. The Post Workout Stack is formulated to help you grow and repair lean muscle. Click here for free shipping.

 

The Dustin Diet

Lose weight fast with the Dustin Diet.

Dustin Diet

What is the Dustin Diet?

The Dustin Diet is a diet that I came up with that helps the dieting gain lean muscle, burn fat, and keep blood sugar stable throughout the day (except post workout).

What are the Macros for the Dustin Diet?

Ideally most of your calories will come from Proteins and Fats. The least amount of calories come from Carbohydrates. Typically protein is 40-45%, Fat 30-35%, and Carbs under 30%.

How Many Calories Do I Eat?

I base all diets for clients on their BMR. If you have weight to lose, eat at or below your BMR and you will lose weight. BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate, or the amount of calories your body needs to maintain your current weight at rest.

Use this calculator to measure your BMR: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/

Water Requirements

With any diet, you should drink a minimum of 100 ounces a day. Water helps increase metabolism and control appetite.

Who Shouldn’t do the Dustin Diet?

I am not a doctor or a registered dietitian. This is a sample outline that I have created. I suggest all dieters to talk to their doctors to ensure you are healthy enough to start any diet.

Sample Diet (1800 Calories)

Breakfast

Level-1 Protein Shake (2 scoops)

Wheat Toast w/butter (1 slice)

Lunch

2 Grilled Chicken Breast

Salad w/ Tomatoes and Oil and Vinegar

Dinner

8 ounce grilled turkey burger (93/7)

1 Serving of Brown Rice

Broccolli

Post Workout

2 Scoops Phormula-1

1/2 Scoop of Ignition

1800 Calories- 43% Protein (197grams), 30% Fat (60 Grams), 27% Carbohydrates (125 grams)

 

Sample Diet 2 (1800 Calories)

Breakfast

Level-1 Protein Shake (2 scoops)

Snack

Pepperoni + String Cheese

Lunch

2 Grilled Chicken Breast

Broccoli

Snack

Almonds

Dinner

Pork Tenderloin

Quinoa

Corn

Post Workout

2 Scoops Phormula-1

1/2 Scoop of Ignition

1700 Calories- 46% Protein (190 grams), 30% Fat (50 Grams), 30% Carbohydrates (113 grams)

 

I prefer sample diet #2 because it allows you to have snacks, which will help you control hunger and prevent the chances of a binge.

 

Supplements for Dustin Diet?

  • Royal 21 King and Queen Systems can help you speed up your metabolism, control appetites, eliminates cravings, and can help with hormones. It even helps you sleep! Many of my clients have lost a ton of weight with Royal 21 King and Queen Systems! Click here for free shipping. 
  • Level-1 Meal Replacement Protein is low carb, high protein and will keep you full! This protein digests over time so that you don’t become hungry as fast. It’s also only $1.67 a meal! Click here for free shipping.
  • GDA (Glucose Disposal Agent) should only be used if you are going to have a cheat day. I suggest having a cheat day every once in a while. GDA helps block carbs from spiking blood sugar, and creating more fat. Click here for free shipping.
  • Fish Oil and a quality multivitamin will help you get the nutrients that you are missing from your diet. Fish oil improves cardiovascular function and the brain. I suggest Full-Mega and M-Factor series of multi-vitamins. Click here for free shipping. 
  • Phormula-1 + Ignition (Post Workout Stack). The Post Workout Stack helps replenish glycogen and protein to the muscles after exercise. If you are not exercising, do not take the Post Workout Stack with this diet. The Post Workout Stack is formulated to help you grow and repair lean muscle. Click here for free shipping

https://www.cardioandweights.com/the-dustin-diet/

 

Calorie Deficit Diet

https://www.cardioandweights.com/low-calorie-diet/

What is the Calorie Deficit Diet? The calorie deficit diet is just a “normal” diet in which the dieter eats less calories than they need, causing fat loss. This diet cares more about the amount of calories ate vs. the amount of any specific macro. I would suggest trying to eat at least 80% of your ideal body weight in grams of protein a day to retain and build lean muscle.

Christina loves the calorie deficit diet

For instance: You want to weight 150.

150 x .80 = 120 Grams of Protein

The rest of your macros can be anything as long as you are in a deficit.

How Many Calories Should I Eat?

To calculate calories, I suggest calculating your BMR. BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate, or the amount of calories your body needs to maintain its current weight at rest. If you eat less than your BMR you will lose weight.

I use this calculator to calculate BMR: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/

Before Starting a Calorie Deficit Diet

Talk to your doctor before starting any diet. I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. This is just a sample of a lower calorie diet.

Water

It is important with any diet to drink at least 100 ounces of water. Water increases metabolism, decreases hunger, and is generally awesome!

Calorie Deficit Diet Plan #1

1500 Calories

 

This sample: 40% Carbs, 35% Protein, 25% Fats

Breakfast

Level-1 Protein Shake

Snack

Banana + Almonds

Lunch

Chicken and Brown Rice

Snack

Pepperoni and string cheese

Dinner

Pork Loin, Sweet Potato, and Broccoli

Snack

Phormula-1 and Ignition*

Calorie Deficit Diet Plan #2

1500 Calories

This sample: 35% Carbs, 35% Protein, 30% Fats

Breakfast

Level-1 Protein Shake

Snack

Whole Wheat Toast w/Butter

Lunch

Turkey Burger w/Cheese and Fold-it Wrap

Snack

Apple w/ peanut butter

Dinner

Salmon, Quinoa, Corn

Snack

Phormula-1 and Ignition*

Supplements

  • Royal 21 King and Queen Systems can help you speed up your metabolism, control appetites, eliminates cravings, and can help with hormones. It even helps you sleep! Many of my clients have lost a ton of weight with Royal 21 King and Queen Systems! Click here for free shipping. 
  • Level-1 Meal Replacement Protein is low carb, high protein and will keep you full! This protein digests over time so that you don’t become hungry as fast. It’s also only $1.67 a meal! Click here for free shipping.
  • GDA (Glucose Disposal Agent) should only be used if you are going to have a cheat day. I suggest having a cheat day every once in a while. GDA helps block carbs from spiking blood sugar, and creating more fat. Click here for free shipping.
  • Fish Oil and a quality multivitamin will help you get the nutrients that you are missing from your diet. Fish oil improves cardiovascular function and the brain. I suggest Full-Mega and M-Factor series of multi-vitamins. Click here for free shipping. 
  • Phormula-1 + Ignition (Post Workout Stack). The Post Workout Stack helps replenish glycogen and protein to the muscles after exercise. If you are not exercising, do not take the Post Workout Stack with this diet. The Post Workout Stack is formulated to help you grow and repair lean muscle. Click here for free shipping.

 

 

Meal Plans by Calories

https://www.cardioandweights.com/sample-meal-plans/

 

Eat These Not Those

Healthy Choices: Eat These Not Those

While dieting or trying to get in better health, it is hard to decide which food products you should buy, and which food products you should stay away from. This list isn’t inclusive but will give you a starting point of what foods you should eat, and which foods you should stay way from! Healthy Choices: Eat These Not Those

Fruits and Veggies

Eat: All of them

Stay Away From: Fruit Juices 

People ask me all the time if bananas are going to make me gain weight, or should I stay away from certain fruits or veggies. The quick answer: NO! Fruits are fantastic for you, giving you vitamins and minerals that your body needs. They are also full of fiber. Avocados also have healthy fats! Should you eat fruits all day? Eating fruits a couple times a day is an excellent choice, however eating too much of anything is bad. You’ve seen fat rabbits before? They eat nothing but fruits, veggies, and grasses in the wild, but I’ve seen plenty of fat rabbits!

Fruit/Vegetable juices on the other hand tend to be a sketchy topic. Many of them are only low percentages of fruit and contain added sugar for taste. If you aren’t making your own juices, then I suggest that you choose a fruit juice with no added sugar.

If you are looking to increase your fruit and veggie intake, check out Opti-Greens 50 Review

Nuts

Healthy Choices: Eat These Not Those

Eat: Raw Nuts

Stay Away From: Trail Mix

Raw nuts give great vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and proteins, and are low carb. Raw nuts also have fiber which helps with weight loss. If you have read any of my articles before, you know that I’m an advocate of frequent “snacks” that are both low carb and high protein. Raw nuts including almonds, peanuts, cashews, etc. are fantastic choices.  1 serving of Raw Almonds: 1 oz, 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, 14 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber.

Trail mix is a mix of nuts, fruits, and candies that are readily available at any supermarket. Although they taste great, and I am a fan of them if you are hiking, camping, rock climbing, etc (an activity with heavy calorie usage), for dieting this mix contains too much sugar. 1 Serving of Trail Mix: 1.5 oz, 200 calories, 6 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbs. 

Potatoes & Rice

Eat: Sweet Potatoes and Wild Rice

Stay Away From: Instant anything!

Sweet potatoes and wild rice are complex carbs that tend to not spike blood sugar as much (spiking blood sugar can cause weight gain). Each of these have protein, fiber, and are great foods for those looking to lose weight. I do suggest that if you are trying to stay with a low carb diet, to eat smaller servings of these.

Instant mash potatoes, instant rice, french fries, etc are horrible choices for dieters. These versions of our favorite foods will spike blood sugar and no longer have all the healthy nutrients of their parents.

Protein

Eat: Level-1 Meal Replacement Shake by 1st Phorm

Stay away from: Muscle Milk

Protein shakes are great for meal replacement (when you don’t have time to cook a healthy meal, or don’t have healthy options). Protein shakes are not the same. There are a variety of proteins used (Whey Isolate, Whey Concentrate, Casein, Milk Protein, Egg Protein, Soy Protein, Pea Protein, etc.) and some of these proteins offer better results (better digestion, better amino profile) than others. For Meal Replacement purposes I suggest going with a protein that is low temperature processed (protein when subjected to high temperatures lose their quality and amino acid profile), and that is made up of choices that will keep you fuller longer (whey protein concentrate, milk proteins, egg proteins, etc.)

Level-1 by 1st Phorm is low temperature processed, it a mix between slow and fast digesting proteins, is low carb, and low fat. This is what my wife and I drink every morning for breakfast! Level-1 has 5 grams of BCAA’s per serving and 24 grams of protein. 

Order Level-1 Protein shakes here with free shipping… 

Muscle Milk isn’t a bad protein, but it isn’t optimal. Muscle milk has 160 calories, 16 grams of protein, 7 net carbs, and 6 grams of fat. It is also made from caseinate and milk proteins only. Caseinate does keep you full however has a biological value (how our body uses the protein) that is subpar compared to Whey Concentrate, Isolate, and Milk Protein alone. With a 35 gram scoop only have 16 grams of protein (46% protein by volume), it isn’t necessarily the best choice.  

Protein Bars

Eat: Quest Bars (Stevia Sweetened)

Stay Away From: Clif Bars

I am not a fan of protein bars for meal replacement or snack purposes. These bars are lower quality when it is compared to whole food, or protein shakes, however if you are in a pinch I do suggest the new Quest Bars that are Stevia Sweetened. These bars have whole ingredients, gluten free, and are naturally flavored. 170 calories, 20 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fiber.

Clif bars are fantastic options for those who are doing endurance races, mountain biking, climbing, etc. but they are not made to be a diet meal replacement. Cliff bars have more calories, sugar, etc for those who need it. If you are dieting, you don’t need the added calories and sugar. 250 calories, 9 grams of protein, and 45 grams of carbs. 

 

 

Steak

Eat: Top Sirloin

Stay Away From: Ribeye

Top Sirloin is extremely lean. A 3.5 ounce peice only has 316 calories, but only 10 grams of fat and a whopping 51 grams of protein! This protein powerhouse is the best selection of steak choices!

Ribeye on the other hand is not a great choice. It is one of my favorite cuts however this steak has more fat grams than protein grams! A 3.5 ounce piece has 466 calories, 38 grams of fat and 30 grams of protein!

 

I hope you enjoyed these healthy choices! Share it with your friends! Post healthy choices below!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

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The difference between good carbs and bad carbs can make and break your diet. Check out this information to help better understand the differences between good and bad carbs for your weight loss.

Good Carbs:

Good carbs don’t spike your blood sugar. Blood sugar spikes cause insulin to be dumped into your system which transports nutrients to be stored as energy. These energy stores is known as fat. The type of fat your don’t want. Complex carbs (good carbs) burn slower and don’t spike blood sugar. These carbs are great for dieting and building muscle. These carbs are also typically full of fiber. Fiber is a non energy source that the body uses for digestion purposes. Most people deduct fiber from their total carbs consumed because it doesn’t have calories (very limited) that the body can use for energy purposes. Good carbs also can have iron, protein, and other vitamins and minerals.

Examples of Good Carbs:

 

Whole Grains

Fruits

Sweet Potatoes/Yams

Non-Instant Rice (Brown Rice, Wild Rice)

Quinoa

Beans

Bad Carbs:

Bad carbs hold little nutrient value and cause blood sugar to spike. When blood sugar spikes, insulin dumps into the body and causes fat to accumulate. If you are like me, you don’t want that to happen! The only time you want simple sugars in your diet is post workout. Post workout your body goes into what is known as the Anabolic Window. You can read more about it here. 

Examples of Bad Carbs:

Sodas

Sugar Drinks

Pastries

White Bread

White Rice/Instant Rice

Desserts (most)

Too Many Carbs:

Too many carbs is just as bad. Eating too many of anything isn’t good for you. Carbohydrates if your bodies chief fuel (energy), however if you aren’t utilizing it, it will be stored as fat. I suggest a high protein, lower carbohydrate diet if you are trying to lose weight. I also suggest the supplement GDA (GLUCOSE DISPOSAL AGENT) to help block carbs when you know you are going to have a carbohydrate heavy meal. You can read more about it here and receive free shipping. 

 

Questions or comments?

 

Reach out to me on Twitter: @nutritiontrain

 

Thanks,
Dustin Holston

 

 

Why is it so Hard for Women to Lose Weight?

Why is it so Hard for Women to Lose Weight?

Guest Author: Christina Holston, Zumba Instructor, Trainer, Medical Assisting Instructor, and Co-Owner Team Nutrition Train 

Why is it so Hard for Women to Lose Weight? The belly, the hips, the thighs, the butt, the arms, did I say the butt? It can be very difficult for women to lose weight. If my husband says he wants to lose 5 pounds, like magic it seems like it flies off of him and gets added to my hips. In this article I am going to go over the science of why it is so hard for women to get the weight off and some tips on how we can do it! Why is it so Hard for Women to Lose Weight?

Why is it so Hard for Women to Lose Weight? Estrogen… It sucks!

Estrogen is what gives us our breasts and wider hips. It may be attractive to some, but sometimes it gets in the way. Estrogen is one of the main reasons why we have higher body fat percentages on average than our male counterparts. The American College of Sports Medicine states that healthy men should have a body fat percentage of 10-22%, while women should have a body fat percentage of 20-32%.

So this explains why you have more fat than your male counterpart, but don’t fray. We will figure out how to fight fire with fire!

Throw Away the Trash!

Before starting your diet it is always best to “Throw away the Trash!” If you have any unhealthy food in the house, throw it away before you start your diet. No reason to punish yourself and tempt yourself.

 

We Don’t Have the Lean Muscle Men Have

Why is it so Hard for Women to Lose Weight?

In my above paragraph about estrogen I talk about our body fat percentages being higher. For every pound of lean muscle someone has, that is 14 calories extra burned. Every pound of fat only burns 2 calories per day. Due to the fact that us ladies have higher body fat percentages and less lean muscle than our male counterparts, we don’t burn the amount of calories that men do. We have to build lean muscle to compete with them when it comes to metabolism! You cannot be afraid to lift heavy weights!

Girls will not look like men if they lift weights if they do the following:

  1. Don’t take steroids

That’s it, there is not a #2. I don’t discriminate against women wanting to take steroids, however it isn’t for me. If you lift weights, diet, add cardio you will lose weight, look great, and look beautiful.

If you need a workout, checkout the great workouts here!

We Have to Have our Nutrition Perfect

We can’t slip as much as our male counterparts. Testosterone allows men to build muscle easier than us girls. Us girls tend to love simple carbs (chips, candy, donuts, bread!), but simple carbs do two things. They spike blood sugar, and they also add water weight (1 gram of carbs add 3 grams of water to your body). Between the two that means we are adding fat and extra water weight.

Supplements like the Royal Queen 21 Fat System which helps boost your metabolism, eliminate cravings, decrease appetite, optimize hormones, and even increase sleep is excellent to help us lose weight and help us better control our diets.

If you cannot get away from carbs (party, etc.) look at a supplement like GDA (Glucose Disposal Agent). It helps you block carbs from spiking blood sugar. This supplement is amazing and I take it every day!

Try not to spike your blood sugar unless you are in post workout (within 60 minutes of working out). Go high protein (protein is the last macro-nutrient that turns into fat), moderate fat, and complex carb. I rely on Level-1 Protein Meal Replacement Shakes during for breakfast (138.5 calories, 24 grams of protein, low carb, low fat), and healthy snacks. I meal prep lunch and have a sensible dinner. As soon as I’m done with my evening workout I hit the Post Workout Stack from 1st Phorm which includes Phormula-1 and Ignition. This is the highest grade Hyrdo-Whey to refuel your muscles with amino acids, protein, and pure glucose to get your muscles rebuilt.  Plus it tastes absolutely amazing. Imagine a root beer float post workout?

We Cannot Binge Eat!

Women are more susceptible to binge eating, especially after we workout. Just because we workout doesn’t mean we should eat more food afterwards! What makes things worse for us is that our hormone that controls hunger goes up post workout, and our hormone that controls feeling full goes down post workout. Our bodies want to binge eat after working out! UGHHHHHHH! This is where you need to drink your Post Workout Shake immediately after working out, then if you are still really hungry eat some carrots or fruit.

 

Water Weight

Believe it or not, men actually hold more water weight than women! I thought for sure before doing research that women held more water weight than men! I think it may effect us more especially during our favorite time of the month. The great news is that there is ways to combat excess water weight. Drinking more water (80+ ounces a day), decreasing sodium, increasing potassium, taking a multi-vitamin such as M-Factor Goddess, or taking a great fat burner like the Royal 21 Queen System can help you relieve extra water weight issues!

Make Sure you See Your Doctor Regularly

Why is it so Hard for Women to Lose Weight?

Dr. Luby, a premier Gynecologist that I worked for over 7 years. I learned so much working for this man! 

I was a Patient Coordinator/Asst. Office Manager at a OB/GYN for 7 years and currently teach Medical Assisting at a Career Tech High School and I can’t stress enough to women the importance of getting annual checkups with their doctors. It is important to get annual blood tests for thyroid, cholesterol, blood sugar, and other essential body functions. It is also vital to see your Gynecologist each year and get a PAP. There are too many preventable diseases and cancers that can be detected in blood work and screenings that can save your life.

Some of these screenings will see if there are some underlying conditions that may be causing weight gain. Feel free to talk to your doctor about concerns that you have.

Summary

Why is it so Hard for Women to Lose Weight? We are paddling upriver, we are climbing a mountain, and we are driving a car without brakes, however losing weight isn’t impossible for women. We are determined, intelligent, and stubborn as hell and won’t take no for an answer. If you follow the above tips, check out the supplements listed above, you to can lose weight easily!

 

Thank you for reading Why is it so Hard for Women to Lose Weight? Share the article with friends!

 

Christina Holston

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How to Properly Plan A Successful Weight Loss

How to Properly Plan A Successful Weight Loss

So you have decided that you want to lose weight! Congrats! Maybe it is because of a So you 30 day weight loss challenge, or maybe it is because you want to not be out of breath chasing your yougins’ around the house. Whatever the reason I want to congratulate you for deciding to put your healthy first and concentrating on making a better you. I am going to share with you how to succeed at weight loss so that you don’t become one of the millions that try it for a week or two and become discouraged and quit.

 

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Same person, Jessica totally transformed her life.

Proper Planning Makes Better Performance:

If your goal is to lose weight and totally change your life, this is what you must do:

  1. Get your household involved. If you have a significant other or kids that are not participating then it will be extremely difficult for you to succeed. You need to motivate them to also get healthy. Have a competition. It isn’t going to hurt your child to eat healthier and lose a little weight if they are unhealthy. There are plenty of healthy recipes that are low calorie that are delicious.
  2. Throw away the garbage (unhealthy foods). If you have unhealthy food options in the house, you will be tempted.
  3. No soda with sugar. If you have to have soda, convert to diet, but you should drink water.
  4. Meal Planning makes your life easier. Do not try to diet without planning all your meals in advance. 1st Phorm Level-1 Protein is a great meal replacement protein that is great for breakfast or lunch! Crock pot meals will also make your life easier!
  5. Have an obtainable goal. Losing 50 pounds in a month isn’t going to happen, nor would it be healthy. If you are under 200 pounds, you should try to lose 1-3 pounds per week. If you are over 200 pounds, you should try to lose 1-5 pounds per week. You should set a goal for 1 month weight loss, 3 months of weight loss, 6 months of weight loss, and 12 months of weight loss. Push yourself to hit each goal, and if you don’t hit those goals, reevaluate and reset those goals.
  6. How are you going to lose the weight? The weight isn’t going to just lose itself! You need two things to maximize weight loss. A. Meal plan (nutrition plan, or diet). B. Exercise Program.
  7. How many calories should I eat if I want to lose weight? I suggest you calculate your BMR. http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/  The Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of calories your body needs (at rest) to maintain current weight. If you eat less than this, you will lose weight (typically).
  8. So you know your BMR, how do I make a meal plan?  Check out my sample meal plans by calories: https://cardioandweights.com/2016/10/24/sample-meal-plans/. You can replace meats and vegetables with other healthy choices.
  9.  You need an exercise plan. Do you belong to a gym? If so check out this sample 3 day a week workout I created:  https://cardioandweights.com/2016/09/16/3-day-workout/ . Need something more advanced? Here is a 5 day workout schedule:  https://cardioandweights.com/2015/09/17/2015-fall-workout-schedule/ If you are unable to go to a gym, here is an at home workout plan: https://cardioandweights.com/2016/10/24/do-it-at-home-workout/

 

What about Supplements?

Supplements can help you achieve greater goals, but they are not miracles. Here are some supplements that I recommend. If you order through link provided, you will receive free shipping!

M-Factor Hero or Goddess Multivitamin: The perfect multivitamin for weight loss and overall health. These capsules provide necessary vitamins, minerals, and herbs to help you succeed. https://1stphorm.com/a/products/multi-vitamins/mens/m-factor?a_aid=NutritionTrain

Level-1 Meal Replacement Protein: Do you work a stressful job or have trouble finding healthy meal choices for breakfast, lunch, and snacks? Level-1 Protein is a delicious shake that provides a quality meal with only 140 calories and 24 grams of protein that keeps you full and keeps your metabolism churning. I drink one with a banana each morning to keep me full, and at only $1.67 per meal, a lot cheaper and healthier than McDonalds. https://1stphorm.com/a/NutritionTrain/5a474429

Royal XXI Queen or King System! : The Royal XXI Queen or King System are two of the most researched and proven fat burners on the market. What makes them different? 1st Phorm realizes that men and woman are built differently and need different vitamins, minerals, and other products to lose weight. Each are created to be maximally effective for each gender. They also burn fat 24 hours a day with three different products. Royal King/Queen are stimulant fat burners that control appetite and burn fat. T-21 helps you optimize hormone levels to burn fat faster. C-21 helps you sleep better and reduces cortisol. Combined these products will help you lose weight fast.

Royal XXI Queen System: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/royal-21-queen-system?a_aid=nutritiontrain

Royal XXI King System: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/stacks/weight-loss-stacks/royal-21-king-system?a_aid=nutritiontrain

Fish Oil: Fish Oil helps keep your heart healthy, reduce inflammation, weight loss, and more. I suggest Full Mega from 1st Phorm for the highest quality of fish oil. https://1stphorm.com/a/products/health-wellness/fish-oil/full-mega?a_aid=NutritionTrain

Other items: Pre Workout (MegaWatt V2), Joint Support, and the Post Workout Stack can also be useful.

 

Thank you for reading and good luck with your weight loss!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist

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How to Snack While Dieting

How to Snack While Dieting

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Question: I love chips, are healthy variety of chips good alternatives for mid-morning and afternoon snacks?

Afternoon: Simple Answer… No.

When you diet, there are a few things that you want to do. You want to eat frequent meals to keep your metabolism up, and keep yourself from feeling “starving”. You also want to meal prep to keep nutritious food within arms reach to keep from eating fast food and other horrible food.

When dieting, the dieter needs to watch out for carbs. Carbs need to be consumed upon waking up and around post workout. The rest of the day should be low carb. Why? Carbs, especially simple carbs, spike insulin. When you are sitting at your desk, and insulin is spiked, it leads to fat storage. Carbs also hold 3 grams of water per gram of carbohydrate. 6 ounces of chips can make you gain over a pound total, and although most will be water weight, some of this will be stored as fat.

What should you eat instead?

  • Nuts: Nuts are full of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. All of which are great for dieting, heart health, keeping you full, and lean muscle.
  • Greek Yogurt: I like Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt because it has 15 grams of protein, 0 fat, and 14 carbs (6 fiber).
  • 1st Phorm Level-1 Protein Shake- My breakfast everyday. Less than 140 calories, 24 grams of protein, and keeps me full for hours. It is muscle in a bottle. Order here with free shipping: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/protein-powder/meal-replacement-proteins/level-1a_aid=nutritiontrain

Summary:

Stay away from carbs when snacking. Eat protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

 

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Good luck!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist