Are You Making These Fat Loss Mistakes?

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Have you ever wondered why your body is holding onto fat, even when you spend hours doing cardio each week and you watch what you eat? Your diet and exercise plan could actually be making your body hold on to fat! No one wants to waste time in the gym to see no results, or worse, to gain even more fat.

If you’ve been struggling to lose fat in those trouble spots, I want to help!  I’ve coached hundreds of women to lose hundreds of total pounds in fat. Over and over, I hear that my clients were making the same mistakes before we started working together.  

Here are the top 3 mistakes women make when they try to lose fat:

  1. Picking Unrealistic Goals:  Let’s face it, we cannot base our goal body off of the Instagram famous fitness models.  Believe me, I too have fallen for those lean shredded women in hopes of achieving their look.  But here’s the thing, you’ll achieve that desired look, only to realize it’s temporary.  Maintaining that level of leanness may not be sustainable or even healthy long term.  Still, that doesn't mean you can't become the healthiest, happiest, best version of yourself.  Instead pick a realistic role model or a realistic weight goal and work steadily towards it. Sure, there will be literal ups and downs, but steadfast resolve will win out in the end.

  2. Eating Diet Foods:  Technology has created all kinds of diet foods that are largely devoid of sugar, calories, certain nutrients, and of course, taste.   Here's the problem: Since these foods are invariably missing something, they leave you unsatisfied and craving more food. They may be able to fake out your taste buds, but they can't fake out your body.  It's true that many of these foods contain added nutrients, but for all our recently acquired knowledge of calories, vitamins, phytochemicals, anti-oxidants.  Instead focus on whole food sources, shop the perimeter of the grocery store, and read labels (a good rule of thumb is if the food item has more than 5 ingredients, you should probably skip it).  

  3. Rewarding Yourself After Exercise:  We think we need to be rewarded for even the smallest sacrifice of time or effort, even when that sacrifice was supposedly for our own well being.  Here’s a perfect example, a running group meeting up at the nearby Mexican restaurant for chips, salsa, and refueling with margaritas after finishing their training run for a marathon.  *I can share this example because I’ve done it!  This has got to be one of the reasons so many women who work out complain about not being able to make any progress.  Instead of refueling with sugar and salt, skip the chips & margarita.  For post long runs order a grilled chicken plate with salsa, black beans, cilantro rice and avocado.  Craving a drink post run?  ONE low calorie beer is totally ok.

  4. Giving the Reins to PMS:  For most women, PMS is associated with cravings for carbohydrates, fat, and salt, which is the holy trinity of weight problems and what the majority of snack food companies bank on. And, of course, with the fulfillment of these cravings comes bloating and water retention, sometimes ranging from 5 to 10 pounds.  Blame it on all that progesterone. This water weight usually disappears after your period, but any weight that hangs around is because of giving in to all those PMS cravings for carbs, fat, and salt.  Instead, feed yourself protein. It's filling, your body has to work hard to metabolize it, and it levels out blood sugar. In fact, base each of your PMS and during-period meals on protein and combine it with vegetables, many of which act like diuretics to reduce bloat.

  5. Not eating enough:   For years we’ve heard that calorie restriction and cardio will lead to weight loss. To some extent, that’s true. For the first month or two, you’ll lose weight. But, that weight loss comes from losing fat AND losing muscle. If you’re looking to get a lean, toned body, calorie restriction won’t get you there! You need to make sure you’re eating enough calories, and eating the right kinds of foods at the right time to really turn your body into a fat-burning furnace. That’s exactly what you will learn in the Chiseled Program!  

If you’re struggling to shed fat, it could be because you’ve been following the wrong program! Don’t let your weight loss goals hinge on outdated research. You can actually work out less, eat more, and look even better than you did when you were starving yourself! That’s what the Chiseled Program is all about. I know you’re busy, which is why I’m passionate about showing you a fast, simple plan that WORKS when it comes to fat loss.

Registration opens TODAY for the February round of the Chiseled program that begins on Monday, February 5th.  When you sign up, you’ll receive my comprehensive guide that walks you through our meal plan, weekly workouts, and support & accountability via an amazing community of women who have the same goals as you do. This program is a life changer!

Click here to sign up for The Chiseled Program!

See you soon,

Sarah