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  • How To Lose The "LAST 5 LBS"

    Lately, I have been getting a ton of the same question....... "Michelle, how do I get rid of the last 5 lbs".

    I know how frustrating it can be to feel "stuck". You are working hard but you just can't seem to lose those last 5 lbs.  So I am going to use my little sister (29, not so little) as an example.  

    Coco, has been running 3-4 times a week and she has made some really big changes in her diet which I am really proud of.  This may be like you!  You have started exercising and eating so much better and lost 10 lbs, but now you are stuck.

    This is my beautiful sister

    First of all, don't worry, be at ease, as you can TOTALLY get rid of those last 5 lbs.  

    In order to make a change in your body, you have to create a stimulus, you have to challenge it.  In order to lose weight, you have to EXPEND (BURN) more calories than you CONSUME.  Here's a good piece of information:  1 pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories.  So to lose 1 lb, you have to be in a 3,500 calorie deficit.

    So you basically have 2 options:

    • Eat better and less quantity.
    • Exercise more.

    For my sister, she has made some great changes in her diet.  She no longer eats bread.  She has oatmeal for breakfast (the flavor kind), she has salads for dinner, nuts for snacks, etc.

    So what does she do now?

    She has to step it up.  She is definitely not eating perfect, so ask yourself..... honestly, what in your diet can you make some changes to eat healthier.

    For my sister here are some changes she needs to make:

    • Eat the plain oatmeal and add cinnamon instead of using the high sugar flavored oats.
    • Add some protein to her breakfast (egg whites).
    • Have a mid morning snack (protein shake, protein muffins, etc.)
    • Instead of eating white rice at lunch, have extra vegetables.
    • Drink more water.

    Now if your diet is pretty good, maybe you need to burn some more calories.  My sister says she is stuck and she can't lose those last 5 lbs, but all she is doing for exercise is running 3-4 times per week.  Once she adds those 3 weight training workouts, which by the way she is doing my 30-Minute Workout Express, since she only has 30 minutes before she goes to work, she is going to be burning a ton more calories, plus she will be building lean and toned muscle which will help her burn even more fat.

    I'm giving you these details about my awesome sis, so that you can learn from them.  Because maybe you can relate to her or maybe you too, need to make some of these changes.

    Here is another checklist of things to do to help you

    Lose those last 5 lbs:

    • Are you eating a small healthy meal every 3-4 hours?
    • Does every meal include a lean protein, a healthy carb and a vegetable?
    • Have you cut out all wheat products, dairy, processed fat and sugar?
    • If your meals are good, have you decreased the serving sizes (as to decrease your caloric intake) FYI: only cut your calories by 200 at a time and make these changes weekly.  Example:  This week your averaging about 2,500 calories per day, next week you will average about 2,300 calories a day.  You don't have to go nuts counting calories, just look at your portion sizes and cut them back by 1/4.
    • Are you drinking half your body weight in lbs in ounces of water per day?
    • Are you taking a multi-vitamin and fish oil?
    • Are you drinking a post-workout protein shake immediately after workouts?
    • Are you doing 3 weight training workouts per week?
    • Are your cardio workouts interval workouts (they burn more fat)?

    If you make all the changes that I listed above and you apply the principles I just went over in my sisters example.  I promise, you will LOSE THE LAST 5 LBS.

    P.S. Thanks to all my BeFit Moms, you guys have been emailing me with your amazing results of weight loss (averaging 2-5 lbs a week).  I love that you are loving all the yummy and healthy recipes.  Keep it up!  I love this program, its definitely the best program I have out now.  If you haven't checked it out, check it out here.  

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    Keep posting all your success stories and questions on My Facebook, I love reading them and answering them.

    Also, thanks for REPINNING ALL my Recipes and Workout Videos.  I love Pinterest, isn't it awesome.  I love pinning all my healthy recipes and workouts on My Pinterest Boards, and I love seeing your boards as well.

    Are you trying to lose weight and feel stuck?  How much weight do you want to lose?

  • Calorie Burning 20-Minute Workout

    There are tons of workouts you can do from home!  Stay tuned on Facebook as every MONDAY on Move & Groove Monday's I will post a new workout to help you lose weight and get fit and toned.

    Also, if you want me to give you more detailed muscle toning and fat burning workouts that you can do at the Gym or at Home, check this out:  Workout Express

  • WHEAT BELLY: Lose The Wheat, Lose The Belly

    Wheat Belly...........  Doesn't sound like something I want to have.  What about you?

    I saw this video and I had to share it with you.

    Check out how you can LOSE THE BELLY, with one easy and quick change in your diet.

    So many people are misled and think that by eating everything whole-wheat or whole-grain, that they are going to lose weight and get fit.

    Think again America.  

    It's not your fault!  Its all the misinformation we are fed throughout the years.

    Watch this video and make the change and see how you will lose weight INSTANTLY and how amazing your digestion will feel.

    Wheat causes inflammation in the gut, so it is a great idea to substitute all your wheat products for other foods like, sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, quinoa, millet, gluten-free oatmeal,  brown rice pasta, brown rice bread, etc.  

    Most of the foods I mentioned above are delicious and if eaten, will make a significant difference in your BELLY FAT.  I promise, take the wheat out of your diet and you will feel DE-BLOATED almost instantly.

    You can't miss watching Dr.William Davis talk about wheat and the WHEAT BELLY.

    If you need ideas on how to make the foods I mentioned above taste great so that you can implement them in your diet, click here:  EAT TO BE FIT

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  • Healthy & Quick Crockpot Meals To Help You Get Fit

    Figuring out what to cook everyday is frustrating and time consuming.  Then you have to make sure they are healthy and that the meals will help you lose weight and get fit.

    Well no need to worry, I got you covered with my Eat To Be Fit Healthy Recipe Book.  It has over 300 healthy and easy recipes to help you reach your goals.  So click on the following link and start making delicious and healthy meals.  Eat To Be Fit

  • My Secret To Getting Fit & Losing Weight (Video)

  • Here Is How To STAY In Shape Or Even Lose Weight During The Holidays

    Ok, Ladies, the Holidays are almost here.  From now until the first of the year, there is major weight gain all over the world.  So I am going to make sure that you stay on track and not only that but that you can even LOSE WEIGHT during the Holidays.

    Don't worry, you are still going to be able to have fun and enjoy the Holidays but you are going to be looking FABULOUS.  And when January comes and people are struggling to lose the 10lbs they gained in a month you are going to be so happy that you are still on track.

    For most Moms, the Holidays means the kids are home from school and you have party after party and event after event, and even family and friends staying in your home.  But don't fear!  With a little planning you are going to stay slim and trim during these Holidays.

    Step 1: COMMIT to the amount of "bad foods and drinks"

    Usually you know at least a week ahead if you have any parties or events.  So if you do, COMMIT to the amount of damage you are going to do.  For example:  Say you have a party on Friday, a work event on Saturday and a Kids Party or playdate on Sunday.  Well, if you don't think about it at all and don't commit, chances are you will allow yourself to eat poorly all of those days which at the end of a week could amount to a few pounds of weight gain.  

    Here is how I would COMMIT:  

    Ok, so Friday I am going out with my hubby to a Holiday party and I would like to have a glass of wine and I am not sure what type of food they will have.  So knowing that I will make sure to eat optimally all day and maybe eat a small meal or snack before I go to the party. Then at the party I will enjoy my wine and eat a SMALL portion of whatever the best choice and enjoy myself.  

    Saturday I COMMIT to not drinking but I do want to indulge in a few bites of a dessert.  This way if I COMMITTED prior to no drinking, the chances of giving in are slimmer.

    Sunday I have a kids party so I will eat optimally all day and I won't drink but I may have a cheat meal at the party.  But usually I take a healthy snack with me and wait until I get home.  But you know what I mean.

    If you don't commit, chances are you will probably OVER EAT, BINGE, and end up gaining a bunch of weight that you will later regret.  Remember, you can still have fun, enjoy the holidays, enjoy eating some "bad foods" as long as you do it in moderation.

    Ok enough for today, stay tuned to STEP 2 & 3 of how to STAY IN SHAPE and even LOSE WEIGHT during the Holidays. 

    Making healthy meals all weak will help you stay on track!  Healthy meals don't have to be bland and boring.  Check out my book Eat To Be Fit, you will find tons of healthy, delicious and easy recipes that will help you get through the Holidays and even show off when you serve the meals to your family and friends.  Get it NOW click here:  Healthy Recipes

    There are so many yummy foods to eat during the Holidays.  What are you and your family's favorites?  Do you normally workout during the Holidays?  Do you ever have a PLAN to help you stay on track during the Holidays?  Please SHARE a comment, I would love to hear from you.

  • Should You Drink Juice When You Are Dieting? Should You Allow Your Kids To Drink Juice?

    I get this question a lot when people are on a "diet"……..”Can I drink juice??”  If your goal is fat loss, then don’t have a heart attack……..but no, you should not drink juice!  But what about vitamin C, people say!  You can get plenty of vitamin C from dark green vegetables or take a supplement!

    Here are some foods high in Vitamin C

    • Kale
    • Mustard Greens
    • Bell Peppers
    • Thyme and Parsley
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Brussel Sprouts
    • Oranges and Clementines
    • Strawberries
    Is it that you shouldn’t eat fruit when you diet……NO!  I would actually rather you eat an actual orange than drink a cup of orange juice.  One cup of orange juice has between 20-30 grams of sugar, that is way too much if you are on a "diet".  Now I don’t know about you, but I would much rather eat a few chocolate chip cookies than a glass of OJ for 30 grams of sugar!  Fruit is much better because it doesn’t have the added sugar as does the juice, and also fruit has fiber, which helps food run through the digestive track, and the process of digesting the actual fruit is harder than the juice, so you burn more calories in the process of digesting the fruit than the juice.

    So next time you think about drinking a glass of OJ, think again!  You especially don’t want to drink juice before a workout!  Remember what happens when you ingest sugar………Here it goes………………………………………………………

    When you ingest something that is high in sugar, you have high blood sugar so your body starts to release INSULIN which is the hormone that takes the sugar from the blood stream to the muscle for energy and to the liver for storage.  That’s not the problem!  The problem is that when insulin starts to increase there is no homeostasis in the body so another hormone (GLUCAGON), is suppressed, that hormone is the only hormone in the body that releases FAT CELLS.  If you do not release the fat cells……YOU CAN’T BURN THEM!  Does that sound like a diet to you?  Bottom line, sugar impedes the body from burning fat!

    So what can you drink?

    Water or tea!  I know super boring you might be thinking.  But hey, if you want to lose fat and get in great shape that’s what it takes girlfriend!  This isn’t so hard, what is hard is breaking your bad habits.  If you get in the habit of drinking water and tea, after a few weeks, it won’t be a big deal.  Is it hard?  Sure at the beginning, but once you get used to it, it’s a breeze, and the result is huge!  So girlfriend, if you are on a "diet" throw out all your juices, don’t even give them to your kids, make them fresh homemade juice if anything, and start getting yourself and your kids in the habit of drinking H20!

    Get tons of healthy recipes and eating strategies for losing weight in "Eat to be Fit"


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