How to Lose Weight: You’re Here for a Bigger Purpose

You’re Here for a Bigger Purpose – It Starts with Your Health – Diamonds and Pearls Networking Group on Facebook!

3 Things that give you the POWER to Change for Good!!

by Kamille Dawn Tirzah MS CPT, NSC.

1. Make a list of WHY YOU WANT TO CHANGE

Examples: Live Longer, better health, disease free, reduce medications or off of medications, have children, be more employable, lower health care costs, lower insurance rates, more energy, more attractive, more desirable for to the opposite sex, more confidence, etc.

When you have reasons that are meaningful to you, you will be motivated to change. It’s not will power that is the driving force for changing your body and changing your health it’s what is your inner motivation. Your motivating factors will be the foundation for commitment. Without commitment you will not reach your goal.

2. Decide what you want in every area of life:

Finance
Health and fitness
Relationships
Career
Spiritual
Education
Hobbies
Material Things
Dreams

When you realize that your desires in life will require you to be in the best health possible, this will motivate you more than any quick short-term goal. Losing weight or getting more fit for an event is great, but what happens after the event? Then what? You always have to have goals to work toward. We are either progressing or degreasing.

3. Surround yourself with a supportive team

Friend/Buddy
Health Coach
Trainer
Health Professional

Research has shown that people who take a team/group approach to changing their health have an 80% better change of reaching their goals as compared to those who do it alone. Why? It’s because of accountability but most importantly, it the collective energy or ‘like’ energy that is very empowering. It gives you strength when you feel discouraged or when change isn’t happening fast enough. You will have resources from professionals and other people like you who are going through the same struggle.

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The Biggest Loser…a Scam?

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Biggest Loser contestant once a size 4.

Drugs, forced starving, 8-hour trainings!!?? Is this the REAL Biggest Loser Show? Well it seems some of the contestants are spilling the beans and telling the real behind-the-scene horrors that really happened on one of America’s most viewed TV programs.

The Biggest Loser was never a show I felt compelled to watch more than once. Obese at one time myself, and losing over 100 pounds naturally through a mind, body, spirit approach, I knew the show didn’t promote healthy weight loss and was ridged for sensationalism only.

I mean, why else would you train people until they vomit on national TV, have them doing impossible and dangerous workouts causing embarrassment and humiliation just to get high TV ratings?

In addition, they never focused on real fat loss, just weight loss like many nutritionist, physicians, weight loss gurus, and others toting a book or program for losing weight within the multibillion dollar industry.

That’s when I realized that what I had learned in my career as a medical weight loss specialist and coach for physicians and corporations in North America is what real weight loss is about. It consists of these three things:

  1. Losing fat weight only and sparing your valuable lean body mass, which includes your bone, muscle, and valuable organ tissue.
  2. Following an individually designed nutrition plan that is based on your body composition that also takes in consideration your body type, shape, and metabolism instead of a scripted ‘cookie-cutter’ diet plan.
  3. Being coached from a professional that knows the scientific mind, body, spirit modalities and strategies that will transform your mind and change your habits for good.

When the mind is changed along with the correct nutrition and exercise designed for you as an individual, transformation is possible and lasting.

It is said that all the Biggest Loser contestants have gained the weight back. When weight loss isn’t tied to a bigger purpose, why should anyone keep it off? In addition, the contestants are saying that the process used by the trainers and producers of the show, destroyed their metabolism. It’s not hard to do when a person is not getting proper nutrition and only focusing on fast weight loss.

I’ve been able to get people to lose fat fairly quickly, however, if a person doesn’t do the mental work, they will only gain it back. And their health is my first priority. Here are my average fat loss results:

 

Coach Kam’s Weight Loss (Fat Loss) Results

C.C. lost 4.5 pounds in 3 days, P.T. lost 30.1 pounds in 30 days, W.C lost 50 pounds in 60 days, S.O. lost 12.5 pounds in 10 days, P.C. lost 27 pounds in 30 days, S.S. lost 10 pounds in 18 days, G.G. lost 20 pounds in 90 days, C. G. lost 17 pounds in 29 days, G. P. lost 24 pounds in 45 days, T.M. lost 8 pounds in 30 days, W.S. lost 45 pounds in 9 months, Y. J. lost 53 pounds in 8 months, B.V. lost 15 pounds in 4 months, H. H. lost 35 pounds in 30 days, M. P. lost 10 pounds in 30 days, T. B. lost 44 pounds in 4 months, P.G. lost 53 pounds in 7 months, L. S. lost 20 pounds in 3 months. *

 

So how did I get these results? I used a methodology that I compiled in a program I call the Lean Body Principles: Lose Fat Weight Fast! Secrets Your Doctor Didn’t Have Time to Learn and these great recipes. In this program you will discover:

 

  • How to customize and design your own nutrition plan based on what I call, “Your Body’s Blueprint”.
  • Learn how to know if you are losing fat or muscle or both! No more guessing ever again.
  • Learn what foods to eat to get maximum fat loss without giving up some of the foods you love.
  • Identify the type of exercise that works best for your body type and shape and which ones will help you reach your goal faster.
  • You will learn how to calculate the exact time frame it will take you to lose excess ugly body fat for good!
  • You’ll learn how to stay motivated throughout your journey using mental and emotional strategies so you can embrace and create the NEW YOU faster than ever!
  • You will learn how to change your mind so that you are not a slave to food cravings, but food is actually working for you!
  • And much, much, more!

I know how it feels to be obese, depressed, not living life to the fullest and feeling the disappointment of dreams deferred. After trying numerous diets and exercise programs that didn’t work for me, I finally took a different approach. I got coaching and training from professional celebrity trainer, Victoria Johnson.

After losing over 100 pounds, I took the knowledge I learned from my celebrity trainer, the knowledge I had from my formal college degrees in behavior science, nutrition and fitness, along with the experience and knowledge I learned from some of the top physicians and surgeons in the medical industry and designed a program that highlights secrets no one is using.

When you think about it, the average 30-50 year old has illnesses and conditions of those who are in their senior years. And it starts from all the bad eating habits developed when people are in their 20s and from being overweight or obese.

When my clients follow my program they get results. The most important thing when losing fat (weight) is to focus not only on losing weight, but to focus on your health. I never want to compromise someone’s immune system therefore, it’s important for me to make sure the nutrition program improves the overall health of a person not just that they drop weight.

That’s why for a short period of time, I’m giving away a free e-book giving away great weight loss plan including some of the same recipes I designed for my clients and patients that got them the amazing results I shared with you earlier!

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If you go right here, you can download my book for FREE! Can you imagine, after a week of following the suggestions and eating these delicious recipes you’ll not only lose weight but also feel like you’re NOT on a diet! Fun!! When you sign-up to get the free ebook, you’ll also get my newsletter with amazing articles giving away free tips you can really use and get results.

When people decide they want to lose weight, they want to have lost it YESTERDAY! But, we know that REAL weight loss takes time, dedication, determination and the right information.

My dedication led me to success and it can for you too! Yet, you don’t have to feel like you’re in weight loss jail. You can love the daily changes you will see in the mirror when you take the right action and eat foods that are yummy and make you feel great with tons of energy.

I’m hoping I can be a part of your transformation to a learner, healthier YOU. Please enjoy the ebook.

Also, can you do me a favor? Please comment below if you’ve found this blog and my FREE EBOOK helpful. I design programs and products based on your needs so I appreciate your feedback greatly!

Lots of love,

Coach Kam

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P.S. Here’s the Biggest Loser article.

About Kamille

Kamille is a Medial Weight Loss Specialist and consultant to physicians and corporations. She’s been seen on People Magazine, interviewed on Good Morning America, and highlighted on ET. She’s the author of Fat Chick to Cover Model and her new audio mastery coaching program Lean Body Principles: Lose Fat Weight Fast! Secrets Your Doctor Didn’t Have Time to Learn, she has helped thousands lose ‘fat-weight’ and regain their health and reason for living! She offers individual, group and online-coaching programs. She’s been seen on People Magazine, interviewed on Good Morning America, and highlighted on ET. Contact her if you want to get lean and start living today! www.coachingwithkamille.com www.leanbodyprinciples.com. Kam’s blog .

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The Law of Attraction and How I Lost 100 Pounds…& People Mag Cover

It’s been several years since I lost 100 pounds and landed on the cover of People Magazine, interviewed by Robin Roberts of Good Morning America and highlighted on Entertainment Tonight for this accomplishment.

When looking back, I really can say that it was truly due to prayer and the Law of Attraction! But, I didn’t know what I was doing back then. I just remember being at a point where all of my ‘being’ and ‘wanting’ and ‘desiring’ was pin-pointed toward what I wanted and it seemed as if that ‘wanting’ was so powerful, like a big magnetizing ball of energy fueled with tremendous feeling, intensity, and love for want I felt was my only solution, is when the powers that be decided to answer my intention.

After I lost the weight, people who hadn’t seen me for a while would stop me at the most inconvenient times and ask me how I did it. They would ask me while standing in line at the grocery store, or while I was shopping in TJ Max, or in line at the bank.

I remember thinking that just saying I ate healthy and worked out was not really the case. What transpired over a 3 year period could not be summed up so simply. I mean think about it. The mind-set of a 240 pound person to the mind-set of a 132 pound person was totally different and it was the journey of the mind that was really the issue and where all the transformation happened.

I mean, if you think about it. If it was as easy as eating right and working out, then everyone could do it. If it was that easy, then there wouldn’t be thousands of weight loss books on the market and the weight loss industry would not a multi-billion dollar industry now would it?

For this reason, I wrote, Fat Chick to Cover Model. It is a book explaining the journey and what I did exactly. The difference in my story as compared to others is that I lost it with the help of a celebrity trainer and through a process of Mind, Body, Spirit approach.

I’ve always been a spiritual person and I believe that when people try to attempt losing weight without using mental strategies or through a system of spiritual transformation, then the results will not happen for them.

People think that if they simply focus on what they are to eat and how they are to workout then the magic will happen and a new body will appear. But, that’s not the case. The body is very complex and how the body sheds excess weight varies due to several scientific factors.

After losing the weight and I slowing transmuted my career into the medical industry, working with some of the top physicians and surgeons in America and in corporate wellness, I was one of the only medical weight loss specialist with experience working with people of all ages and with every medical condition you can think of.

And through this experience, I gained the knowledge and scientific background to discover a couple of ‘missing links’ in weight loss that I feel, once disclosed, will change the world of weight loss forever.

It’s disclosed in an audio digital coaching 7-component coaching program called the Lean Body Principles: Lose Fat Fast! Secrets Your Doctor Didn’t Have Time to Learn. It’s based on 7 scientific secrets told through the eyes of a medical weight loss specialist. I fuse what is known in the fitness industry, what is known in the medical industry, what is known in nutrition and Ayurvedic eastern medicine to give a ‘full’ complete detailed system of how to lose weight. Actually, how to lose fat with no guessing, no struggle, as I help people discover their own unique personal weight loss code and how to change their mind to accomplish the goal of attaining their ideal body.

It’s not a gimmick, or fad, just scientific theories compiled to give a complete picture and process of how to do it, quickly, safely, and in a fun, cool, exciting way.

I give a little taste of how life for me is different in the video above. What I’m asking in return is your faith, your following, your subscribing and engaging with me so that you too can learn and duplicate my efforts and the efforts of hundreds of people I have helped through my program.

Here’s what one person had to say yesterday after I asked her what she has learned so far about Lean Body Principles:

“I never would have known how my body loses weight if it weren’t for this program. It’s amazing! I now know what numbers to focus on, how to eat and workout based on my unique body, how to think so I can master this game and I finally have the entire picture. More people should know about this.”

Here’s what another had to say recently…

“This is amazing! I never looked at weight loss like this before. More people should know this. I’m discovering my body’s weight loss pattern, what I need to eat based on my individual body, what I like to eat, and I’m not hungry or dieting. It does take focus, yet it’s like discovering a new me!”

“One of my issues is emotional eating and I never really understood it. In fact, I never ever sat back and understood or analyzed why I eat. Without judgement, I finally learned how to step out of myself and see what drives my eating decisions without judgement, but with new eyes and what I can do to change my actions. I’ve learned not to beat myself up every time I’m not perfect and that it isn’t perfection that will get me to my goal, but it’s about consistency. Loving myself and my body. Appreciation and gratitude. ”

It’s an amazing feeling to know my purpose and to have the honor of working with some amazing people. I attract people who are wanting more out of life, they desire a life change because their purpose is great just like mine and they either want to discover it or they know it and understand that in order to fulfill their calling, they must be at their peak in health both body and soul. It’s the Law of Attraction in action. It’s about deliberate creation.

Now, how I got on the cover of People Magazine is interesting. My goal was to be on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine. I wanted to be highlighted as a success in the weight loss industry because my life goals include being a success in health, wealth, love, happiness, and world contribution. I put a picture of my face on the cover and placed the cover of the magazine near my computer so that every time I worked at my computer (which is everyday) I would see it and it and hopefully attract the outcome I was seeking.

Instead of Entrepreneur Magazine, it was People Magazine that approached me, not me approaching them like the rest of the women who were highlighted in the magazine. And I believe it was sheer divine intervention that helped me land on the cover!

I still don’t have the Law of Attraction mastered yet. I’m thinking it’s because it’s not just the Law of Attraction that directs everything, but perhaps a combination of destiny and fate, not quite sure, but I’m still learning.

My next challenge: Rebuilding my body after 2 years of dealing with a spinal condition resulting in major surgery. Everyone can have set-backs, but if I wasn’t healthy, I would not have been able to recover as quickly as I have so far. I’m learning that my health is gift and something that is constant and every changing and to have ultimate health is something I have to earn or make sure I am ‘aligned’ with. It’s something I must respect, cultivate, honor, appreciate and be grateful for continuously. I get to decide. And I choose the best I can be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truth In The Mirror

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What will it take for you to make a change? In 2004 I made a decision that would change my life forever. I think it’s better shared through an excerpt from my first book titled, FAT CHICK TO COVER MODEL. It’s titled, Truth in the Mirror.

Fat Chick to Cover Model – Chapter 1 – Truth in the Mirror

“You never find yourself until you face the truth”

~Pearl Bailey

When I entered the studio at the lower level of the Trainer’s Club in Portland, Oregon, everyone was gathered around in a circle chatting softly exchanging stories of the past week. They were so lively and energetic and beautiful. They were some of the healthiest looking people I had ever seen. Everyone looked so young and I felt so out of place, yet I knew I was in the right place. Despite this knowledge, I was not prepared for what would unfold later.

 

The circle opened up a bit and there she was, in the center, shuffling through her music collection with the biggest smile on her face. A welcoming look my way let me know I was about to enter a journey of a lifetime. The conversation was about many things all at once because everyone was so excited. I had never seen people so excited about exercise in my life. My past history of Jane Fonda DVDs and crazy maniac out of control step classes was how I viewed exercise, so seeing these people so pumped up and expectant was something totally new to me.

 

Victoria welcomed me to her class and explained that I would do well and if I got tired, to just stop, step back against the wall and just march in place. She said not to worry, but to just have fun. Then the music started.

 

The three-hour class began with stretching. The moves were so soothing and every muscle, from the muscles surrounding my neck and shoulders to the bottoms of my feet were stretched for flexibility. The music was soft as the lighting in the room. All through the routine, Victoria explained each stretch and purpose of each stretch, explaining the benefit of all the moves. The moves were cleaning, revitalizing and energizing. We focused on breathing techniques and asked to release the cares of the week as we entered into a new week of joy and expectancy. I stretched muscles I never knew I had and the music was soothing and comforting to my spirit and emotions.

 

I was tired from being overworked and lonely from being single and I felt empty. At a recent check-up, I was informed that I had high blood pressure and was pre-diabetic. My doctor suggested that I lose weight, but every plan I would try ended in failure. Most of my energy was spent on my job and numerous community, social, and volunteer groups to avoid having to work on myself I suppose.

 

Bouts of depression led to emotional eating and I didn’t know how to stop the constant struggle with unhealthy food. I didn’t know how to change my situation. I knew I wanted more from life, but didn’t know how to go about getting what I desired. Pouring my energy into work was an escape mechanism allowing feelings to be stuffed down deep. I didn’t know where to turn.

 

The calmness of the studio allowed my mind to flush out all the stress with each stretch. The music lyrics spoke to the inward places in my spirit helping me to open up and absorb the positive energy. When we finished stretching, I felt revitalized and ready for whatever was next as the lights were lifted. But I wasn’t prepared for what I saw next.

 

The walls of the studio were mirrored. There were mirrors in front of me. There were mirrors on the side of me. The reflection I saw looking back at me was not the woman I thought I knew. She was HUGE! She was Fat! She was, ME It was as if scales had been lifted from my eyes and for the first time in years, I was seeing myself as I really was, unfit and unhealthy. My body was very large and it was difficult finding workout clothes to fit me. I had to wear my regular street clothes. I chose a soft pull-over top and a pair of jersey wide-legged pants to be my workout uniform. Not being able to wear normal exercise wear made me feel embarrassed and it was humiliating.

 

A thousand thoughts came to my mind all at once like a flood-gate rushing in. In my mind were many negative thoughts about myself.

 

I knew it was not good to compare myself to others, but when I saw myself along side all the other participants where who were so fit and beautiful, my eyes were open to the truth about my situation and at that moment I had two choices to make.

 

Either I would run away in shame, never to come back to the class again, or stay, face my hurt ego and pride, and toss then both in the garbage so I could be healed once and for all. I had come to learn later after my dramatic weight loss that very few people, once faced with the same truth, would have chosen to stay.

 

My staying in the room that day and for many days afterward, was one of the greatest things I had ever had done for myself and I learned that it is the people who can face the truth that can become free.

 

I wasn’t prepared learn how inflexible I was or how I couldn’t keep up with everyone. I would get out of breath easily and could not get through the workouts without numerous breaks. I would have to stand against the back of the room and march-in-place many times while watching the others participating in the exercises with ease.

 

Just walking normally caused me to sweat, so doing aerobic exercises unleashed floods of perspiration that was embarrassing. Tears are streaming from my eyes as I am writing this chapter, because it brings back memories of that day, but I am so glad that I didn’t run out the room and stayed to face the truth.

 

A Masterpiece at the End of the Journey

 

For you my dear friend, it will be the same. You will have to make the same decision I made many years ago. When you finally face the truth of your situation, will you run away in shame? Or, will you face the truth and allow the truth to set you free?

 

The marvelous conclusion is this. Allow humility to enter your life. Know that you are in the right place at the right time. Know that today is the first day of your new life and the beginning of the unveiling of what will be a masterpiece at the end of the journey.

 

Every move you make is a move toward a better you. Every move in the right direction is like one stitch in the garment of your new being. Each move is like an individual stitch. It takes thousands of stitches to complete a garment worthy to be worn with praise. So know that every effort you make and every goal you reach is taking you to the ultimate goal. Keeping on the journey ended in an unexpected reward.

 

The unveiling for me was the day I appeared on the cover of People Magazine on the May 21st in 2007. That issue, like all issues, went nationwide. Can you imagine? Billions of people read that issue! Perhaps the president of the United States read that issue! Internationally, people read the article and saw for themselves that it was possible to lose 100 pounds without surgery and without a fad diet (which was People Magazine’s requirement to be in the article).

 

The five other women, who were featured in the magazine along with me, didn’t lose the weight quickly either. It took time. For me, it took 3 years. To some people, this may seem like a long time especially, if you think losing weight is agony. I do admit, it was very difficult the first 3 months, but after the initial months of becoming adjusted to the new lifestyle changes, it become easier and this will happen for you as well.

 

Any new endeavor takes some adjustment. You will be successful some days and some days you will not be as successful. Know that every step you take toward the goal is a step well taken. Your effort will not go unacknowledged.

 

You’ve got to be willing to do anything! You’ve got to be willing to do what it takes to reach your goal of weight loss success. If you don’t, you will always find yourself on the roller coaster of yo-yo dieting and never reaching your goal of being fit and trim.

 

Besides the ultimate benefit of looking great and improving your health, imagine the impact your life will make on others? That’s just how powerful this change will be not only for you, but also for others.

 

Realize and face the truth! Your truth! Don’t give another excuse why this time it won’t work. Take action, and know that his time you will reach your goal. Make it work this time and do all that is necessary. I know you can do it.

And don’t let what you see be the ULTIMATE TRUTH. The REAL truth is you are a victorious person who is capable of reaching your goal if you will put forth the effort. Don’t let anything stop you.

 

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Belly Fat and Ground Hog Day– What do they have in Common?

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Have you seen the 1993-fantasy comedy movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murry and Andie MacDowell? Without spoiling it for you by giving all the details (it really is a must see if you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do), Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event on February 2nd in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, he finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again.

 

So, what does this movie have to do with Belly fat?

One of the things I think people do all the time when they want to change their body is to resort to things they’ve tried before even though it didn’t work. And they find themselves like Bill Murray, doing the same things over and over and never getting anywhere. It’s like the saying, trying to get different results using the same actions. It’s a recipe for insanity.

 

Is this you? Are you having trouble with too much love handle to handle? Well, you’re reading the righr article to get you on the road to doing something different and finally seeing the light.

 

It can be really discouraging when you find diets that say they help reduce belly fat and they don’t. To be honest, some programs are just way too difficult to stick to for long periods of time and when you can’t adhere to the stringent diet program, you may feel like a failure when in reality, it’s the program that just didn’t deliver.

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Some people are just know it alls. They’re the ones that say…“ I know what to do…I just have to eat better, exercise more, and not drink so much…blah, blah, blah” But, it’s really more complex.

 

Why should you want to get rid of our belly fat?

 

The main reason why you want to lose your belly fat is because it’s dangerous!!! It’s the cause of almost every major disease including cancer. We all know this, but why is it so hard to lose fat especially around the mid-section?

 

The reason why losing belly fat is difficult.

 

The reason you have belly fat in the first place and the reason why it’s so difficult to lose is because the problem is hormonal. It’s caused by an imbalance of 4 important hormones: high insulin, high cortisol, high estrogen, and low testosterone.

 

High Insulin: Insulin is an essential hormone excreted by the pancreas. Its main function is to process sugar in the bloodstream and carry it into cells to be used as fuel or stored as fat. How do you know if your insulin levels maybe higher than normal? You are eating too many nutrient-poor carbs from processed foods like packaged low-fat foods, sugary drinks including alcohol, desserts, chips, and other packaged snack foods. In addition, you are not eating enough foods with loads of fiber. Over time, a high level of insulin causes metabolic syndrome (or insulin resistance) and type 2 diabetes.

 

High Cortisol: Are you continually stressed? Then even slightly over normal levels of stress can cause the body to increase its level of cortisol. Cortisol is an important hormone that helps the body with self-preservation. It’s the hormone that detects danger by helping the body cope. In modern times, bears don’t chase us or lions or we are not in life threatening situations every minute. However, in our modern age, we can ‘feel’ as if our lives are threatened if we are stressed at work or experiencing difficult relationships or if life seems overwhelming. Persistently elevated levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, are very detrimental to your health as well as to your body composition. If you suffer from a mood disorder such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or exhaustion, or if you have a digestive issue such as irritable bowel syndrome, you can bet your body is cranking up your cortisol. Not only does it increase your appetite and cravings, it causes a loss of muscle mass, libido and bone density, and also contributes to depression and memory loss.

 

 

High Estrogen: What are the signs? A big belly in men. What causes it? The imbalance of the other hormones; insulin and cortisol caused by an imbalance of food choices. Even if you’re trying to eat healthy, it’s just not helping. That’s because the imbalance is causing a high level of estrogen to resulting in a conversion of testosterone to estrogen. High levels of estrogen increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer. Women who suffer from PMS may have high levels of estrogen causing fat to accumulate not only in your belly but also around your hips and thighs. A sign you have too much estrogen; it’s hard to lose weight. Other signs are low libido, memory loss, poor motivation, depression, and loss of muscle mass.

 

Low Testosterone: Testosterone levels decrease as abdominal fat converts it to estrogen, and also with increasing stress. While you are under stress, your body will tend to make more stress hormone (cortisol) than testosterone. Testosterone levels tend to taper off with aging, obesity and stress, but today men are experiencing testosterone decline much earlier in life, around the age of 25 and 30!! What are the signs? A loss of muscle tissue, depression, and decreased strength, stamina, drive and motivation. If you have your testosterone levels measured with a blood test, be sure to ask that both free and total testosterone be measured.

 

Here’s How You can Lose Your Belly Fat!

 

To lower insulin levels, bump up your protein. Increasing your protein intake keeps your blood sugar balanced and your insulin levels low – a metabolic must for appetite control and fat loss. Protein also packs a hormonal punch because it stimulates the activity of many of our fat-burning and appetite-controlling hormones when we consume it in the right amounts.

 

To lower cortisol levels: Get enough sleep .You must sleep at least 7.5 to 9 hours per night. Sleep deprivation makes us wake up with higher amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, which fuels appetite and increases our cravings, particularly for sugary and carb-laden treats, even when we have eaten enough. Not only does poor sleep pack on pounds, good sleep actually helps you to lose weight by influencing the hormones that control your appetite and increase your metabolism.

 

To lower estrogen levels: Green tea and turmeric have a negative effect on estrogen and helps the body to rid belly fat. It does it by correcting the balance of estrogen to testosterone. Also, adding more fiber to your diet such as ground flax and chia seeds to help assist your body to eliminate harmful estrogen. Too much estrogen in women has been the cause of several types of cancer.

 

To increase testosterone; add the herb tribulus terrestris and supplement with zinc. Women can have low testosterone too. Weight training helps increase testosterone levels as well as getting enough protein.

 

Now you know how to combat belly fat and get rid of it for good! No more doing the same thing over and over again like Phil in Ground Hog’s Day.

 

So back to protein. How do you know how much protein you need for YOUR body? How do you know what nutrition plan you should follow? How can you change your habits because we all know that change is 90% mental? That’s where my new program comes in. The Lean Body Principles. Check out www.leanbodyprinciples.com for all the details.

 

Happy Ground Hog’s Day!

 

How to Deal with Dieting and Thanksgiving

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The Great Big Problem: Dieters get frustrated with how to handle the abundance of food during the holidays. For example, Thanksgiving is this week and you maybe asking “ What should I do on Thanksgiving if I want to stick to my diet?”

The Amazing Solution: Why not enjoy the best of both worlds? Understand that you can stay committed to your healthy lifestyle and still have fun this Thanksgiving without the guilt by following these 5 easy steps that have worked for me and hundreds of my clients and patients.

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Step 1: First, be open to changing your mindset from one of a ‘dieter’ to one of a healthier living person. Remember to be kind to yourself and that holiday celebrations are times where your focus should be on maintaining the weight you have lost so far, which is a great accomplishment by the way, and enjoy the holiday gatherings with balance and moderation with your friends and family, not so much on trying to lose during this time. That’s probably a totally different mindset than what you have had in the past. It’s to remember that losing weight is not about dieting. It’s about a total lifestyle change and living like healthy people live. Healthy people don’t diet during the holidays. But they do maintain control and incorporate healthy strategies so that they can still enjoy the holidays while staying committed to their goal.

1Step 2: Diary your workouts in your planner for the entire holiday week and make it a goal to workout everyday. You may even want to slip in a light workout on Thanksgiving morning by incorporating a brisk walk in the neighborhood, if weather permits, or do an exercise from your favorite video. Working out will fuel you with extra endorphins, the feel good hormones that will give you willpower and energy. If you are not use to working out everyday, than at least stick to your regular routine. Your metabolism will be super charged and your body will be able to burn the extra calories from the Thanksgiving dinner fast and easy!

 

woman-eating.jpg Step 3 – Stick to eating healthy the entire holiday week and make the Thanksgiving meal your ‘cheat meal’. Make sure to drink plenty of water too. About ½ of your currently body weight unless otherwise directed by your doctor is a good protocol. On Thanksgiving morning, don’t skip breakfast; eat something light as well as having a light mid-morning snack so that you won’t be famished at dinnertime.

 

my-plate.jpgStep 4 – Visualize what you will eat in advance. Above is a picture of what a healthy Thanksgiving plate looks like. Of course the foods offered at your gathering may differ, but the idea is the same. Fill ½ of the plate with veggies, ¼ of the plate with turkey or other protein, and ¼ of your plate with 2 small servings of your favorite starchy traditional favorites. If alcohol is in the plan, have one drink only and fill your glass the rest of the evening with fruit infused flavored water or naturally sweetened iced flavored green teas. With this plan you are sure to not feel deprived.

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Step 5 – When choosing a dessert, choose small ½ servings of two of your favorites. Choose desserts you wouldn’t ordinarily eat unless it was Thanksgiving, like pumpkin pie or Aunt Wilma’s triple layer blueberry, strawberry, and peach cobbler. Or, you may just be brave and go for the healthiest choice available. Regardless, keep the serving small and eat it slowly and savor every morsel.

thanksgiving-2015The truth of the Matter: Thanksgiving and holiday meals are more about the people than the food. Focus more on making sure you have a thoughtful and engaging conversation with everyone at the event. Stay away from stressful conversations by choosing to focus only on positive uplifting topics. Remember the reason for the season, which is way more important than the foodanyway. 🙂