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    3 Reasons You're Still Not Losing Weight by Lynette Marie

    3 Reasons You're Still Not Losing Weight by Lynette Marie

    You’re putting in the work of counting calories and watching what you eat...and you’re still not losing weight! Sound familiar? Fat loss and mindset coach Lynette Marie has three great reasons this might be happening.

     

    REASON 1: You’re not tracking accurately enough.

     

    Counting your calories? Keeping track of every gram of fat that goes into your mouth? You might be sabotaging your efforts by only counting 70% accurately. Every time you “just have a bite” without tracking it you’re taking in more than you might think — it’s simple math!

     

    A nibble of chocolate here, a few chips there, and we’re talking possibly 200–300 untracked calories a week. 

     

    Now, obsessively tracking every piece of food you eat can be a huge chore. If the idea of jotting down EVERYTHING you eat is too oppressive, a better strategy might be to aim for smaller portion sizes and healthier choices.

     

    REASON 2: Your calorie goal is set too high.

     

    The macro or calorie counter you found online is not a gold standard. There is no perfect, magic calorie number that is right for your body. Somebody saying “this is a calorie deficit for you” does not make it automatically true.

     

    So, if you’ve stuck to your guns regarding calories and you’re still not seeing progress, your calorie goals could simply be too high. Try dropping your goals by 50–75 calories a day and see what effect that has.

     

    REASON 3: Your calorie goal is set too low — and triggering overeating.

     

    Many people simply aren’t taking in enough calories to stave off serious hunger, which leads to emotional overeating or binging. If your calorie goals leave you craving food to the point where it seems unbearable, there’s a chance your goals are simply too low.

     

    Try upping your intake 50–75 calories a day to see if that helps keep those hunger pangs at bay. It may actually prevent you from taking in an extra 150 from a binge session!

     


     

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    Macros Made Simple by April Imholte

    Macros Made Simple by April Imholte

    Do you ever hear the word “Macros” and nod your head like you know exactly what the other person is talking about when in reality, you have absolutely no clue? It wasn’t that long ago, I myself looked like a deer in headlights when Macros was the topic of conversation. A few years ago, I started digging deep into understanding macros and how they can affect your physique. 

     

    Let me be the first to tell you that understanding Macros is comparable to “winning the jackpot” when it comes to reaching your fitness goals. It’s a complete game changer. And the good news is, it isn’t nearly as complicated as it may seem.   

     

    If you want to impress your friends and family and contribute to the next conversation you are a part of surrounding this very topic, keep reading as I break down the ABCs of Macros for you in 5 simple steps.  

     

    1. What exactly are Macros? Macronutrients, aka “Macros”, are simply your Proteins, Fats and Carbs. They make up the foods we eat and are needed in large amounts in order to provide our body with energy (aka calories) on a daily basis. Macros allow our body to function properly and carry out activities of daily life. Certain food items are considered to be Proteins, others Fats and then there’s my personal favorite, Carbs. Some foods contain a little of each macro and are considered to be “combo foods.”   

    2. What is the function of each Macronutrient? Protein is responsible for several duties; primarily repairing and rebuilding tissues which includes, you guessed it, lean muscle tissue. Protein contains essential amino acids which are the “building blocks” for our muscles. This is not exclusive to muscle tissue but also includes skin, hair, nails, even the cells that line our intestinal tract. Protein also helps support immune function which can ward off illnesses. Our body must convert protein sources into essential amino acids. In order to ensure I am getting enough of the essential amino acids my body requires, I also supplement with REAAL EAAs which have been clinically proven to be 3x more effective than whey protein and 36x more effective than BCAAs at building and restoring lean muscle tissue! Carbohydrates are our bodies primary source of energy. This includes the cells of the brain. Last but not least, let’s talk about fats, which tend to get a bad rap. Healthy fats supply our body with fatty acids. These fatty acids must be consumed through the foods we eat as our bodies cannot make them, such as Omega-3 found in fish oil. Fats also aid in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as Vit A, D, E and K. They also help to protect vital internal organs.  

    3. What are some examples of Proteins, Fats and Carbs? One of the easiest ways to understand if a food source is considered a protein, fat or carb is to read the nutrition label. If the grams of one macronutrient are higher than the others, that is what it should be considered. For example, let’s say the protein grams in an item are quite a bit higher than carbs or fats, you would consider that food to be a protein source. Ideally, the majority of foods consumed per day will be whole foods. If there is no nutrition label to refer to, here is a list that you may find helpful.  

      1. Lean Protein Sources: chicken breast, turkey breast, extra lean ground beef, egg whites, fish, and dairy products such as cottage cheese and Greek yogurt.  

      2. Carbohydrates: fruit, potatoes, rice, oats, quinoa (also contains a good amount of protein), beans, whole wheat bread, starchy vegetables.  When choosing carbohydrates, stick to complex carbs versus simple carbs such as sugar, sweets, juice, etc. 

      3. Healthy Fats: olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, natural peanut butter or almond butter, fatty meats such as salmon, and egg yolks.  

    4. How do Macros make up our Calorie Intake for the day? Most people would be able to give you a fairly close estimate of how many calories they consume from day to day. However, if asked how many grams of protein, fats and carbs one consumes per day, the majority have no clue. Simply put, Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats all contain calories. Protein and Carbs contain 4cal/gram. Whereas Fat, which is more calorie dense, contains 9cal/gram. For example, if a food item contains 20g of Protein, 80 calories would be derived from Protein. It’s simple math but helpful in understanding how food makes up your total calorie intake per day.  

    5. How do I know how many Macros to consume per day? This question is the most complicated to answer as not two individuals are alike when it comes to nutrition. Trying to copy a meal plan your buddy, neighbor, spouse, has will most likely not work for you. Hiring an online trainer or following a program like those offered on bodybuiling.com will be your best bet when it comes to figuring out what works for you. If you are looking for a general starting point, the 40/40/20 rule is a good place to begin. 40% of your calories should come from carbs, 40% from protein and the other 20% from fats. For example, if following a 2000 calorie diet, this would equal out to 200g protein, 200g carbs and 44g fat daily. I would also encourage you to document your daily intake using a macro tracker such as Myfitnesspal app.  

    In conclusion, the best thing you can do is familiarize yourself with macros. Stay consistent for at least a week and only adjust your macros if you aren’t making progress. And remember, progress is measured by more than just a number on the scale. Until next time, wake up each day reminding yourself to Be Strong & Courageous and Keep “Livin Fit”.  

     

    For more helpful training tips, workout ideas, macro-friendly recipes and more, follow me on Instagram@aprilimholte

     


     

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    3 Tips To Get Back On Track by April Imholte

    3 Tips To Get Back On Track by April Imholte

    I get comments all the time from people as to why they "just can't" focus on their nutrition right now. Usually it's because they don't have the time, or they will start when they start working out🙃, after xy or z trip, when my kids are older, etc etc etc.

    I get it. Making changes can be hard. And life always seems to "get in the way." But it doesn't have to be an all or nothing approach. It doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, I would argue that it would be best to start with small steps versus diving all in which can be overwhelming for most.

    You don't have to start working out in order to start dialing in your nutrition. Why is it that you see people in the gym day in and day out but they never seem to make progress or change? It's likely because they aren't investing enough energy into the aspect that is the most important. NUTRITION! 🍎

    Here are some simple tips I've personally used to get back on track that would be a great place for you to start.

    1). Increase daily protein intake.

    If you eat animal products, some examples would be chicken, fish, lean ground beef, eggs, etc. Plant based? You can up protein through sources like lentils, chickpeas, nuts, seeds, nutritional yeast, etc. Because protein seems to be the toughest to get in (for me anyways) I rely on ICON Meals and my plant based shakes to ensure I always have a healthy protein source ready to go.

    2). Eat more soluble fiber containing foods.

    Think about the colors of the rainbow 🌈 and foods that come from the Earth. For example, more fruits and veggies. Increasing fiber may improve your sensitivity to insulin which can help improve the body's reaction to a rise in blood glucose.

    3). You probably guessed this next one? 🤓 Yes, Increase WATER 💧intake.

    I feel like a broken record every time I bring this up but it really is THAT important! Our bodies are made up of about 55-60% water so it's no wonder that if we don't consume enough of it on a daily basis things start to malfunction. Simply increasing your water intake can significantly increase your progress and overall feeling of well being.

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