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Will you ever lose it?

If you get fat are you doomed to stay fat?

According to a study conducted in the UK in 2015, less than 1% of the formerly obese will maintain weight loss for more than a year. Specifically, this broke down to just 1 man out of 210 and 1 woman out of 124.

Participants in the study were told to eat less and move more, a method that failed to deliver long-term results. Clearly this sound bite advice wasn’t enough.

Now I could launch into a debate over whether or not this study practiced sound research and whether or not the participants really did eat less and exercise more, but instead I’d rather share with you what I know to be true about lasting weight loss.

Make no mistake about it, long-term fat loss results are very possible and are enjoyed by the majority of my clients – in stark contrast to the UK study results!

Since there’s more to it than simply eating less and moving more, how does one go about losing fat and then keeping it off for the long haul? Here are 5 Steps to Finally Lose the Fat…

Step #1 to Finally Lose the Fat - The Right Mindset

There are only two mindsets to choose from when you approach your quest for weight loss:

This is a temporary change in my behavior.

This is a new way of life.

There’s no middle ground, you either see it as temporary change or you see it as permanent change. It’s pretty obvious which mindset produces permanent results.

Step #2 to Finally Lose the Fat - New Habits

Understanding how to put new habits in place is the second step to losing the weight and keeping it lost.

As we just saw in step one, looking at your weight loss behavior as a new lifestyle is the only way to ensure permanent results and this means adopting healthy new habits.

Habits are best taken on in gradual steps. This has been proven to be the most effective way to make the new habits stick. Approach building new habits with baby steps instead of grand leaps.

If one of your current, fattening, habits is that you drink sugary soda then first switch to drinking diet soda. Once the habit of drinking diet soda has completely replaced your sugary soda habit then you can start replacing some of the diet soda with water. You didn’t jump straight from drinking flavorful, fizzy soda to just drinking water, that’s too extreme and will make success unlikely.

Step #3 to Finally Lose the Fat - Your Environment

In order to permanently change your body you must permanently change your environment. It makes sense that you won’t maintain a lean body in the same environment where you gained the weight.

The term “environment” sounds vague, so let’s break it down. Your environment is the world that you create around yourself. These are the foods that you see, smell and have easy access to. This is the ease or difficulty you have in consistently accessing exercise. This is the lifestyle of the people closest to you that casts an influence on your own lifestyle whether you realize it or not.

I’ll bet you could draw out the ideal environment for permanent weight loss. You know the path. Now put in the effort to walk the path.

Step #4 to Finally Lose the Fat - Good Nutrition

The problem with the advice of eat less and move more is that it doesn’t make a distinction between calories. When total calorie count is your only goal you’ll end up consuming lower quality calories than you should, which leads to mindless eating and malnutrition.

Educate yourself on healthy calories versus nutritionally void calories. A great rule of thumb is that calories that are created in nature are always superior to calories created in a factory. Stick with real food over anything from a package.

Step #5 to Finally Lose the Fat - Your Support System

If you just did the first 4 steps then you’d be well on your way to successfully transforming your body from fat to fit, and keeping it that way for the long haul. However, in order to fully ensure that you make the switch from where you are to where you want to be it’s important to put a support system in place.

Nothing is more powerful than social accountability. Instinctively you don’t want to let people down, and so you’ll work harder and more consistently in a support group than you would when working on your own. It’s hard to sleep in when you know someone is at the gym waiting for you!

This fifth and most important step is where I come into your life. My entire mission is to not only provide you with the action steps to getting into the best shape of your life, I also am here to provide you with the support that you need to make it happen.

Call or email me now to get started on a program that will get you fit for life. You can do this!

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I am very pleased to report that way more than 1% of my clients keep the weight off long term! In fact client success stories continue to roll in each and everyday. We are fanatical about transforming your body!

If you want better odds at successfully losing and keeping off the weight, then join my fitness family today. We can’t wait to have you!

Acupuncture corner with Dr. Laurie Binder

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Boost Your Fitness and Sports Performance with Acupuncture

Unknown-4-5.jpegWhen a top athlete like Kobe Bryant tweets a picture of acupuncture needles in his leg, you know it's time to consider how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help improve your sports performance. All athletes and coaches are involved in an ongoing search for ways to improve performance and gain a competitive edge over their rivals. Many are finding that acupuncture can often provide that edge. 

From moving more fluidly to recovering from an injury, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you to stay active, boost your fitness level, and recover more quickly. By following  principles of Oriental medicine, an acupuncture treatment can strengthen body function and restore internal harmony and balance. Professional sports teams and top athletes often have an acupuncturist on staff to treat injuries and keep them performing at their peak. 

Practitioners of Oriental medicine can help athletes, or even  amateur "weekend warrior," in many ways. In addition to  acupuncture, tight, stiff muscles may be helped by manual techniques such as cupping, a suction-based massage, and Gua Sha, a Chinese form of friction massage. In 2011, researchers at  University of Duisburg-Essen found that Gua Sha was effective at treating chronic pain and muscle stiffness in the lower back. In India, researchers from Majeedia Hospital found cupping helped to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle stiffness in patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. Cupping also improved blood supply to the area and simulated light exercise, leading to increased muscle flexibility in the region, researchers explained. 

phelps-cupping-1024x682.jpegSome of the best Olympic athletes incorporate acupuncture into their wellness programs. China's 7 foot 6 inch basketball center, Yao Ming, used acupuncture and Oriental medicine to help him recover after undergoing surgery on his ankle. Chinese swimmer, Wang Qun, was photographed doing some last minute training in Beijing with round marks on her back from cupping. 

Click to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you meet your fitness goals and assist in recovering from an injury!

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Asian Shrimp and Noodles

There is no need for take-out with this quick-n-tasty recipe for Asian Shrimp and Noodles! This dish has all of the Asian flavors that you love, with a fraction of the carbs and calories of traditional take-out.

All of the flavors, none of the guilt!

This dish is pretty epic: plump shrimp and tender veggies combine with savory sauce and satisfying veggie noodles. Yes, please!

What you need
Serves 4

For the Coconut Amino Sauce

1/3 cup coconut aminos
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
½ teaspoon liquid stevia
1 Tablespoon chili paste (sambal oelek)
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 Tablespoon ginger, minced
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

For the Noodles

1 butternut squash
1 sweet potato
1 teaspoon olive oil
sea salt and black pepper

For the Shrimp and Veggies

1 teaspoon olive oil
12 oz large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cups (5oz) white cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 zucchini, diced
1 carrot, grated
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced

Instructions

For the Coconut Amino Sauce

1. In a medium sized bowl, combine the sauce ingredients together. Whisk until fully combined.

For the Noodles

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Peel the sweet potato and peel and seed the butternut squash and run both through a spiral slicer to create long, thin noodles. Toss with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Set aside.

For the Shrimp and Veggies

1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 2 Tablespoons of the coconut amino sauce and the shrimp. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until fully cooked. Transfer the shrimp to a plate and set aside.

2. Add the mushroom, bell pepper, zucchini and carrot to the skillet. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 5-7 minutes.

3. Add the shrimp, noodles and remaining coconut amino sauce back into the skillet and stir until fully combined.

4. Remove from heat, garnish with cilantro and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Nutrition
193 calories, 4g fat, 20g carbohydrate, 6g sugar, 429mg sodium, 3g fiber, and 19g protein.

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