“Fat is not a result of big bones, slow metabolism, or genetics. Once you drop the excuses, you drop the fat.”
I’ve had a few habits over the past decade that have literally shaped me into what I am today. Here are a few tips & quick tricks that have helped keep me fit…
- I drink a lot of water. A LOT. I have a 32oz water bottle at work, which I fill up twice during my work day. When I’m at home, I drink a cup or two more after my workout or during a meal. I think all that water tricks my stomach into thinking that I’m full…it keeps me from snacking during the day.
And if I’m not drinking water, it’s a cup of coffee in the morning, or tea at night. You will never see me with soda, or milk, or artificially sweetened drinks of that sort. If I do drink juice, it’s 100% juice (like wine, ha). Which leads to my next tip…
- I try to have at least half a cup of 100% grapefruit juice every morning. Trader Joe’s sells them by the half-gallon (not from concentrate; no preservatives). I’m convinced that it helps jumpstart my metabolism for the day.
- If you need to be in a bikini or show off your midriff, stick to a protein-rich / slow-carb diet for a good week before your reveal. Stay away from sweets (even fruits), salty snacks, or any form of refined, processed carbs (rice is a no no!).
Protein-rich, you ask? Eggs are good, chicken, fish, tofu, beef (try to do leaner cuts if you can help it).
Slow-carb refers to a diet devised by a guy named Tim Feriss of the book, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss. These foods include all forms of legumes: pinto beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, etc. When paired with leafy, cruciferous vegetables (kale, collard greens, brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy), you’ll definitely feel leaner within days.
- Try to have an early dinner. Anytime before 8pm is good. If you eat too close to your bedtime, guess where all those calories go? Exactly. Your FAT ASS. 😉
- Last but not least, I don’t really eat sweets. Anything with icing, or filling, or anything that requires mixing and baking…NOPE NOPE NOPE. I’ve got this horrible aversion to desserts UNLESS it’s that time of the month for some reason (damn hormones). Sweets make you squishy in the middle. If you don’t believe me, try depriving yourself of any type of sugary, cake-like, cookie-like, ooey-gooey-type treats for a whole week. I BET that at the end of that week, you’ll feel outstanding and less lethargic (provided that you’re not substituting sweets for other processed snacks).
Granted, I also workout regularly, but I don’t do shit like Insanity or P90cray stuff. Recently, I’ve been doing the treadmill for 30 minutes (on an incline) around 3 times a week. I also do 15-minutes of strength training twice a week.
What people forget is that, you don’t lose weight at the gym.
You lose weight in the kitchen. You get toned at the gym.
And that’s how I’ve maintained the same weight since high school.
Simple, right? 🙂