PEPPERMINT MOCHA HOT CHOCOLATE...SAY WHAAAA?T! Yes, my absolute favourite winter drink along with SWEET & SALTY POPCORN!
Tag me on Instagram or Twitter (@mrslivefit) or snap me on snapchat (mrslivefit) if you make this wonderful duo on a cold winter's night this Christmas!
What's this about a 10,000 calorie food challenge?
Well, I have decided to take on this wonderful food challenge and consume 10,000 calories in one day!
NOVEMBER 2nd I will be FILMING ALL DAY, recording everything that enters my mouth to tally for a total of 10,000 calories! Now THAT is a food CHALLENGE.
I will be live streaming through periscope on November 2nd 😏 (Username=Mrslivefit)
Don't believe me?
Just wait & watch.
Well, it's the Tuesday after Thanksgiving here in Canada and we're just getting into the cool fall weather here in Cambridge, Ontario.
Rach and I went on a walk this morning through a trail by our house and had a good conversation about where we are at in our own fitness journeys.
At times, because fitness is our business and because we have such high expectations of ourselves, we don't notice how far we've come.
This past month has been one full of indulgences and opportunities to get off track, yet as we sit here, after 3 weeks of family vacation, a ridiculously busy two weeks after getting home and a turkey filled thanksgiving weekend, both of us are looking and feeling better than ever!
What if I told you there was something you could tell yourself every time you had a temptation that would completely change your outlook? What if I could give you a tool that would stop that weekend long binge in it's tracks? What if you could stop after the buns and spend the rest of the weekend making progress?
What if instead of eating something you shouldn't, sitting at home instead of working out or making any other decision that runs counter to your goals, you had a tool that you could use to stop the damage or prevent it from even happening in the first place?
Last night we were out at a social gathering and there was an assortment of treats available. For the last 3 weeks, we were on a cruise with an all you can eat buffet, delicious food left right and center! AND, over the last month, I've dropped 4lbs to reach the lightest I've been in almost 6 months. (A recent goal of mine since extra weight is a big hindrance in calisthenics - my latest fitness pursuit)
What's more, I've been far less stringent with what I've eaten than in past attempts at a similar goal.
Rather than relying on my willpower to get me through the mass of food that's been in front of me, (let's be honest, there are only a select few people who can maintain that) I used a few simple strategies to allow some surprising indulgences while still slowly dropping weight.
So, what's my secret? Read on to find out...
Didn't you know that in-between-set dancing increases your gains by 98%?? :P
Preferentially, what allows me to adhere easily to my nutrition plan (especially when in a caloric deficit if the goal is fat-loss), is delaying my breakfast until closer to lunch (Intermittent Fasting). Along with eating lighter in the first part of the day, I usually save my carbs until early evening (mostly post-workout).
Learning to critically analyze articles as you read them is becoming an essential skill. There are so many extreme articles and blog posts shared on Facebook that it is very easy to become overwhelmed and confused about what the actual truth is.
Instead of throwing your hands up and giving up on being healthy, read on below to get a few tips on how to sort through the mess. By the end of this post you should be able to dismiss about 90% of these seemingly contradictory articles.
Whether it’s Crossfit, vaccinations, veganism, Paleo or any number of other topics there are always a myriad of biased articles from both sides.
When it comes to obtaining fat loss the most difficult part is usually controlling hunger and cravings in order to create a caloric deficit. Sure, figuring out which of the 10,000 systems out there will actually bring results is tough, but once you have that figured out, sticking to a specific amount of food is often the most difficult task. (For help on figuring out which fat loss systems to trust, read this.)
We all have a limited reserve of willpower and if we want to be successful we must do our best to reduce the amount of willpower required wherever we can so it’s available when we need it.
No matter which fat loss plan you choose, it will inevitably involve some element of resisting temptations at one time or another. In order to avoid those delicious looking cookies or that extra helping of dessert (when it’s not a planned indulgence) keep the tips mentioned below in mind.
To follow up on our previous post (The 4 Keys to Achieving and Maintaining Fat Loss) this post will cover 4 specific strategies that can be used to keep caloric intake under control with all of the different challenges life throws at us.
Although fat loss is not JUST about calories (see our previous blog post here), creating a caloric deficit is the first area we target when trying to set up a plan specifically for fat loss. The two main ways this can be achieved are by increasing activity or by decreasing food intake.
Below are 4 strategies that make it much easier to maintain a caloric deficit or caloric maintenance regardless of what life throws at you and without depending on meticulously counting calories or doing hours of cardio. (Neither of which are sustainable long term.)
It’s a confusing world out there on the internet and the fitness and nutrition scene really is like the Wild West. There is just so much to sort through. For virtually any opinion out there, someone is saying the opposite. What's really required for fat loss? Is it all about calories? Or is it just about eating the right foods and managing your hormones? Who's right? Is either of them right? Are both of them right?
In this post we will address what we have come to believe are the 4 key factors that lead to fat loss and maintaining that fat loss.