I want to make a few things very clear from the outset.
First and foremost, until the last year of my life – weight has been a constant battle for me. If you have followed me on social media for a few years, you know this is the truth and that my weight in the past has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. Anyone who reads this blog and thinks “it’s easy for her, she has a great metabolism and is naturally skinny” is DEAD WRONG. You don’t know me and the battles I have had with my weight – until now where I have finally found the answers I’ve been looking for.
I began dieting and exercising when I was 15 years old. All of sudden my weight started to become an issue. I also had a horrific car accident where I was rescued with the “jaws of life”, shattered my pelvis in three places and was on crutches for six months – obviously piling on the pounds while sedentary and recovering. Since then, I have busted my butt for ten years on every fad diet and have worked out five or six times per week (many times doing 2 workouts a day!) and often with the best MMA and personal trainers in the world. Regardless of this dedication for ten years – I only just got the body I always worked so hard for – and only in the last 12 months have I finally found the answers that work.
This Blog is For Both Men and Women
Secondly – this blog will be for both MEN and WOMEN. Helping me out to provide a man’s perspective on this blog is my best friend, workout partner, life coach and soul mate. He is man with an exceptional physique that is NOT the result of genetics. He has, in my opinion, the equivalent body to the UFC’s own GSP, which is a VERY hefty compliment and one I don’t throw around lightly. He is by no means a professional athlete, but over ten years of his own study and training – he now maintains a body that is certainly better than most professional athletes. Being not genetically gifted or a professional athlete and having a six pack all year around – without killing himself in the gym and without any harsh diets is a testament that he knows what he’s doing. Our eating and workout programs are based on the same science of nutrition and exercise, but he works out and eats for a 6′ 195 pound man and I workout and eat for a 115 pound woman. The science is the same.
A lot of this information has come from him and he has changed my body, workouts, eating habits and lifestyle more than all the personal trainers I’ve had combined. And I’ve worked with some of the best coaches and trainers in the world – but all have failed to put it together into a program that’s livable over the long term and successful. So all you guys out there, if you want to have your best body all year around – lean and muscular with abs – this blog will be an invaluable resource for you too. How to put on lean muscle and stay at single digit or low teen body fat percentages is the look you want to go for. Lean with definition, not bulky and out of proportion, is the most desirable body from a women’s perspective. Lean and muscular is the look, in my opinion, that all men should be going for.
Eat More Food, Work Out Less, Lose Weight
Now back to me – my body has changed so much over the past 12 months. I finally have the body I want. I’ve got it by:
1) Working out less, but in the right way for my body type
2) Eating more food, but the right foods for my body type
3) Finding a balance of the two above – so I can enjoy my life and food and maintain my weight.
Cookie Cutter Solution: Does One Size Fit All?
There is no “one solution that fits everyone”. But in this blog I’m going to teach you what I have learned and how to adjust my regime to fit your body type and lifestyle. This knowledge has changed my life and it will change yours.
I’m also going to give you an education on food and exercise so you understand how your body works and reacts to the food you eat. These are the most fundamental things that you must know – otherwise you can not make smart decisions about what you put in your mouth when you’re at work, travelling, at a restaurant etc and/or you don’t have time to cook. You have to know what all these hidden ingredients are in the food you eat and what they do to your body. You have to know about the Glycemic Index so you can choose the right carbs (if you body type allows it, more on carbs in a later blog). You have to know what meat makes you skinny when you eat it and what meat will make you fat. You have to know when you have a plate of vegetables in front of you, which ones you should eat and which ones you shouldn’t. You have to know when you are at a bar having drinks with your friends, which cocktail will spike your insulin levels and which one won’t. You have to know all this information so when you are cooking or at a restaurant you can eat the healthiest and tastiest meals possible that will make you lose weight. This will allow you to eat lots of great food and also lose weight!!!
What You Put In Your Mouth Accounts for 70%+ of Your Weight Loss
Diet is 70 – 80% of losing weight. You CAN get ripped without ever exercising. Experts don’t recommend this, but it is possible to do it. If you restrict your food intake enough, you can get so skinny that you actually die. Compare that with working out 7 days a week and eating pizza every meal of every day. You will never get lean no matter how hard you train (unless you are genetically gifted which 99.9% of us (myself included) are not). So what goes into your body is 70%+ of what determines how you look. Food is more important than exercise.
This being said, I will not give you a “diet”. Diets do not work. They don’t work because you can not maintain them long term. If you can not HAPPILY maintain the way you are eating long term you are wasting your time as you’ll stop and go back to bad habits and gain back all the weight. I’ll repeat – the way you eat must satisfy you and keep you enjoying your food – loving your food – but allow you to drop or maintain your weight. There is a way to do that and be very happy and satisfied at every meal, never hungry, and I’m going to teach it to you in this blog.
What we are talking about here is an easy lifestyle change. You just need to pick foods smarter. You can eat ice-cream every day (I do) and look great. But it needs to be the right ice cream (I’ll tell you which one I eat that contains 90 calories and is amazingly good). You can eat pizza everyday, it just needs to be the right pizza (there is an amazing pizza made of soy flour that has 25 grams of protein per serving and just 4 grams of carbs!). You can drink lots of soda every day, it just needs to be the right soda (there is a zero calorie soda without aspartame that tastes amazing!). You can eat chocolate every day (there is diabetic chocolate that has almost zero impact on your blood sugar and causes no insulin spike – insulin stability is so critical and I’ll explain that in later blogs). Bottom line is you can eat virtually all your favorite foods and LOVE eating, like I do, and still lose weight. That information will change your life, like it has mine.
What About Exercise
Now, lets move on to exercise. Do you have to workout to lose weight? The answer is, no you don’t. Does working out help you lose body fat, build lean muscle, increase your basal metabolic rate and allow you to eat more food without putting on fat? The answer is, absolutely yes. For ten years I had a personal trainer, some of the best and most well known in this country. They didn’t work. Why? Because I was not working out specifically for my body type (and they also understated the importance of what I was eating which is 70% of the battle). I was working out so hard (mostly two a days, which many of you have seen on my social media over the years) and was set to fail from the start. Working out for your body type is so so so important. You must workout for your body type. Must. Period. Double period. If you do not work out correctly for your body type you are wasting your time and probably making yourself look heavier. Correct – if you work out the wrong way for your body type you will make yourself look worse. I’ll explain this in great detail in future blogs, but it’s so so so important. Can you believe that you could go the gym four or five times a week and you can actually make yourself look worse? It’s possible, actually quite likely, if you don’t know your body type and are not working out to complement it. This information will change your life like, as it has mine.
Different Body Types
Are you an Ectomorph, Mesomorph or Endomorph? If you don’t know what these even mean there is little to no chance you are working out right for your body type. It’s highly, highly unlikely. It’s more likely your workouts are making your body look worse (like they were doing to mine until I learned this information). So I’ll be explaining all this, how to identify what type of body you have and talking about how to workout and eat for your body type. This is so so so so important.
So Here’s What To Expect From This Blog
1) I’ll report on most meals I eat during the day and why that food is nutritionally and scientifically a better option than something else:
2) Exactly the workouts I’m doing each day, when I do them and why those workouts are right for my body and goals
3) Lots and lots of science packed information that I have used which will help you make the proper food and exercise choices for your body type
4) Amazing recipes for cheat meals that taste incredible, but are really not cheat meals at all! They are packed with protein, low in fat and have a very small amount of low glycemic carbohydrates.
This is all stuff that I live and breath everyday. It’s what has changed my body in the last twelve months. If you’ve followed me for any period of time you know what I’m talking about You’ll see that we work out 3 or 4 times a week, eat out all the time, cook amazing meals at home, look great, feel great and our weight is not the focus of our lives. Our weight is the result of the lifestyle we enjoy and doing lots of small things the right way. These small things all add up to make a big difference.
Wait Up … What About Supplements
In two or three months I will start talking about the supplements we take on a daily basis that help in huge ways. The supplements, however, only “SUPPLEMENT” – they are NOT responsible for our results. I will not even talk about supplements for two or three months. The reason is because supplements do NOTHING unless your diet and exercise is already correct. Everyone always wants a “magic pill”. Get over it, it doesn’t exist. Supplements are worthless unless the other pieces of the puzzle are in place first. A pill bottle is NOT the answer. Supplements, however, do play a very important important role in my overall fitness plan and I’ll tell you the ones that really work WHEN YOUR FOOD AND EXERCISE ARE ALREADY IN PLACE AND PRODUCING RESULTS. Supplements don’t do anything on their own, they “supplement” the food and exercise you are already doing to provide quicker and better results. Your diet and exercise have to be right FIRST in order for them to work.
So come along on this journey with me and live the healthy food choices and smart exercise that is simply a part of my every day life. I don’t even think about it. It’s just how we live. I want it to become how you live too. I want to share it because it has changed my life in such a huge way and I know what it’s like to bust your butt for years and get no where with your weight. It’s horrible. It’s depressing. It’s defeating. However, if you follow this blog I am so confident that this information will allow you to finally get this part of your life permanently fixed and to not even think about it anymore. It will just become an enjoyable part of how you live each day. So now when you look in the mirror, you do not have a look of dissatisfaction starring right back at you. And being happy inside like that is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
Let’s take this journey together. The information will change your life, as it has mine.