If You Want to Shrink, You Must Eat and Drink!

Countless times I hear the same old story: how you can’t lose weight despite the fact that you hardly ever eat, or you only eat 1 meal a day, or even better – you’re afraid to snack in between meals for fear of the extra calories! These are all very wrong assumptions! I’m going to walk you through what your day should be like when it comes to eating and drinking. If you follow what I tell you, I guarantee you’ll lose weight effortlessly.

Countless times I hear the same old story: how you can’t lose weight despite the fact that you hardly ever eat, or you only eat 1 meal a day, or even better – you’re afraid to snack in between meals for fear of the extra calories! These are all very wrong assumptions! I’m going to walk you through what your day should be like when it comes to eating and drinking. If you follow what I tell you, I guarantee you’ll lose weight effortlessly.

You wake up in the morning and you should get that metabolism going right away. Start your day off with a bowl of steel cut oatmeal with a sprinkle of cinnamon, some fresh fruit and a few walnuts. Wash it down with a glass of skim milk or water.


By mid-morning your body will need a snack. Try some more fresh fruit, maybe a low-sugar granola bar or some all natural low-sodium peanut butter spread on a slice of whole grain toast!

Lunchtime should consist of a nice salad with grilled chicken breast or a bocca burger on a wheat wrap with a cup of low-sodium soup.

During mid-afternoon, another healthy snack is required.

Finally for dinner time try some grilled chicken, baked fish, or whole grain pasta. There are so many wonderful tasting healthy options out there to mix up dinnertime!

I do highly recommend eating the same breakfast and lunch every day until you reach your goal weight. Then maybe you can switch it up with other healthy options a couple of times a week. Automate your eating; it will help make it easier for you to stick to the plan! However, go ahead and mix up your snacks and dinners!

Make sure you get plenty of ice water to drink, at least 8 glasses a day. Skim milk and green tea are wonderful too!

You must eat throughout the day or your metabolism slows down and your body hangs on to every calorie it can! By fueling your fire throughout the day, your body has the ability to burn more calories and because you are making healthier choices, your calorie intake will be less, which allows you to shed pounds!

Another thing I must add in this week is to make sure you are getting your cardio in everyday for a minimum of 30 minutes. For those of you who are more advanced, incorporate an hour a day!

I lift weights 3 times a week. Lifting weights builds muscle and muscle burns up fat. Lifting weights is just as important as eating right and getting your cardio in!

It is not true that you will bulk up as a woman from lifting weights. The truth is you’ll look more toned, longer and leaner. And you’ll turn that body into a fat-burning machine!

So if you really want to shrink, you must eat and drink! Fuel your fire inside and watch your body burn off those extra pounds!

 
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