Do you know someone who constantly works out and is constantly on a diet, yet his or her body never changes? Maybe this person is you. Most of my clients, who are woman over 50, come to me with the same complaint; I joined a gym, and I go about 3 or 4 times a week, I eat healthy but nothing is happening. What am I doing wrong?
Why go through hours of exercise to lose weight? Cut back on your portion sizes and you’ll be sure to drop a few pounds.
If you want to be able to eat pizza, ice cream, heaping bowls of pasta and enjoy bread and butter before your meal just exercise harder or longer.
Calories in versus calories out: simple right, and doesn’t It makes sense? Well, I hate to break it to you but it’s not quite that simple. In order to get resultS, and I mean lasting results, you’ll need to do both.
I am continually amazed at the amount of misinformation out there on how to lose weight: low carb, low fat, high fat, high protein, blood type, body type, the list goes on and all of them claim that THIS is the way you are finally going to lose weight. What’s even worse is that they WILL work, but they’ll only work for a little while and because they work for a little while that’s what ropes you into believing in the diet, and the next diet, and the next one after that.
The same goes for workouts. Women are told to use light weights and do heavy reps so they don’t bulk up, or that a certain type of exercise will give you a long lean look. Maybe you believed that cardio was the secret to losing weight so you go to the gym and spend all your time on the cardio equipment. And what happens? Nothing. You look the same as you did the day you walked into the gym determined to finally lose the extra weight.
If you are reading this, I’m betting that by now you know that quick-fix diets don’t work and you’re ready to do the work that’s needed for lasting results.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard both men and women tell me that they can’t lose weight because they have a slow metabolism, or because they are over 40, or 50 and their metabolism has slowed down and they accept the fact that they won’t be able to lose weight. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Do things slow down as we get older? Sure they do. Does that mean you have to settle for being overweight or unfit? Absolutely not.
As a vegan, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “Where do you get your protein?” (Fellow vegans, I’m sure you can relate.) The answer isn’t as complicated as many people think it is. Vegan protein sources are varied and easily accessible — and most are even very cost-effective!
So if you’re thinking about transitioning to a plant-based diet or are already vegan and looking to make some healthier choices, check out the options below. But before we get to good sources of vegan protein, we first have to answer one other very important question: how much protein do you need in a day, anyways?
You don’t need to look very far for meal plans that promise to help you drop 30 pounds in 30 days. There are hundreds of diets out there all claiming to have the answer to weight loss. Some may promote low carbs, others low fat or high protein. Still others are recommending a dangerously low caloric intake or losing weight through ketosis. Regardless of which diet you have followed in the past, or may be following right now, they more than likely have a meal plan.
Meal plans are one of my pet peeves. I am asked constantly if my program includes a meal plan and have even had clients say, “If you just tell me what to eat, I’ll do it”. I’m sure it would be a lot easier if I just wrote out a meal plan. After all, I know if I told everyone what to eat and they stuck to it, they’d more than likely lose weight. I say more than likely because we are all different and it can take some time to figure out an individualized plan.
It can be quite confusing trying to figure out the right road to take on your fitness journey. You could of course go it alone, sorting through the myriad of information out there, do some research to find out which information is valid and then put together a resistance training program that fits your needs, balance it with a proper nutrition plan and then work on behavior modification to help you turn these new habits into a healthy lifestyle as well update your program monthly to ensure you continue to get results.
Sound confusing? It is. That’s why there are professionals out there to help you on this most difficult road.
But who is it you should be seeking for help on your weight loss journey? Here’s a quick rundown on what you can expect when working one on one with each these professionals.
Lisa Swanson is an ACE certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Orthopedic Exercise Specialist as well as a certified PN level 1 nutritionist. With over 30 years experience helping women turn their lives around she can easily adapt programs to meet your specific needs.
Check out my interview with the Magnificent Midlife podcast on staying fit and healthy long-term.