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Make A Little Fat-Melting Magic This Holiday Season

Make A Little Fat-Melting Magic This Holiday Season

With a little preventative planning, you can turn this holiday season into a fat-melting event. In just three simple steps, the usual holiday chow fest (guaranteed to promote weight gain) can be turned into a fat-burning feast, if you play your cards right.

Slip in a few slimming detox steps that facilitate fat-burning, especially in the stomach area, and help you reduce weight without too much effort while flattening your stomach and speeding up your metabolism, and you'll be celebrating more than just the holidays this year.

You'll flush out accumulated toxins so your weight loss won't be slowed down one bit. In fact, you'll speed it up so you can enjoy a few treats with your guests. And, if you're attending festivities, be sure to be a good guest and share this information, or even bring extra with you.

FAT-MELTING EGGNOG — START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT

Don't avoid your cravings this holiday season — feed them. You can have eggnog because this recipe isn't naughty at all. 

This specific recipe contains 24 grams of metabolic boosting protein and is extremely low-carb and very low in fat. Yet, it still has all those nostalgic holiday flavors we crave.

(2 scoops) LynFit Vanilla Complete Protein Shake
(5–6) Ice cubes
(½ tsp) Rum extract
(¼ tsp) Nutmeg (plus more to sprinkle on top)

Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend until thick and creamy. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve.

This recipe always receives Five Star reviews at my parties!

METABOLIC BOOSTING, FAT MELTING COCKTAILS (or, as we like to say in the fitness world, "mocktails")

This cocktail is packed with lime, mint, and ginger so it will help you metabolize the fat you eat at mealtime. 

This very simple combination will shock you at how effective it is at helping you keep the pounds off during the holidays. Especially if you pair it with (2) LynFit Raspberry Ketone Cleanse before you indulge.

It will do more than just help keep you hydrated. It will also help curb cravings, boost digestion, prevent constipation, and detox your body. It's also great the morning after with a dose of LynFit Daily Power Shot.

Drink this fat-burning cocktail, made with sparkling water, before, during, and after your meals. Better yet, drink it each time you take your supplements. It's a powerful weight loss solution that will help keep you hydrated while moving nutrients through your body, keep you feeling fuller longer, suppress your appetite, and help to significantly reduce fluid retention.

(4) Limes
(15) Mint leaves
Fresh ginger (the size of your thumb)
(2 liters) Sparkling water
Ice cubes (optional)

Juice the limes, chop the mint leaves, and grate the ginger. Leave them for one hour to allow the compounds in the ingredients to activate and make a perfect metabolic boosting blend. After the one-hour period, add the sparkling water, stir well, and enjoy.

You don't have to starve yourself during the holidays. You just need to remember these slimming steps:

    • Avoid eating too late (for optimal health, eat between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.)
    • Don't overeat, and take smaller portions of food (remember, your stomach is only the size of a fist)
    • Take your supplements at breakfast, again at lunch, and right before your meal (see the Gameplan below)
    • When in doubt, don't. Why eat foods that you don't love? After all, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks.
    • Remember the Three Bite Rule — You can taste anything for three bites. If you can't stop at three bites then don't start. This makes it easier to avoid trigger foods.

If you follow these simple rules and drink the metabolic boosting cocktail throughout the day, you'll be amazed at the results. You'll get a leaner, slimmer, more toned body fast. 

HERE'S YOUR HOLIDAY SUPPLEMENT GAMEPLAN

Mid-morning
Metabolic boosting cocktail (recipe above)
(1) LynFit Cutting Edge
(1) LynFit Carb Edge

Lunch
Metabolic boosting cocktail (recipe above) with your metabolic boosting Complete Protein Shake, or make your shake using the cocktail mixture
(1) LynFit Accelerator
(1) LynFit Cutting Edge
(1) LynFit Carb Edge

Pre-dinner Meal Boost
Metabolic boosting cocktail (recipe above)
(1) LynFit Cutting Edge
(1) LynFit Carb Edge

With Your Dinner
Metabolic boosting cocktail (recipe above)
(2–3) LynFit Raspberry Ketone Cleanse

Before Bed
(1) LynFit Lean Sleep
(1) LynFit Pure Omega 3

For delicious, thermogenic recipes for the holidays, refer to The Metabolism Solution. You'll be amazed at all the recipes you can find.

Have an awesome Thanksgiving and keep it lean — if you don't gain you never have to lose!

Holiday-Proof Your Weight Loss

You can avoid the weight gain slump this holiday season and blast fat instead.

Most people fall off the weight loss wagon because they stop doing the things that work. For starters, they stop taking their fat loss supplements at the very time they need them the most. Supplements are the secret weapon to guard against weight gain this time of the year. And here's why.....

When you stack LynFit Accelerator and LynFit Carb Edge together, you are flipping the weight gain switch off while turning the weight loss switch on. It's a natural boost that will help keep you moving, which is especially important during the holiday season because the more you sit, the more you eat.

The great news is this fat burning combo is exactly what you need this time of year, so don't leave home without this one-two punch.

Each time you take LynFit Accelerator, it's like turbocharging your metabolism. It tricks your body into thinking like a thin person, which helps you avoid overeating in the first place.

LynFit Accelerator boosts mood and energy, so you won't be reaching for the wrong foods that provide a false energy. It elevates mood, making you feel happier. And, when you feel happy, you eat less. Stress eaters take note; LynFit Accelerator doesn't just help preventatively; it also comes to the rescue should you have a bad eating day or spell — just like Thanksgiving through New Years. 

The Raspberry Ketones found in LynFit Accelerator:

  • Helps decrease the absorption of fat (you need this most when attending parties, so never leave home without it)
  • Supports thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue, meaning it helps your body burn fat by converting white (not-so-good) fat cells into brown fat cells, which helps you burn more calories — even at rest.
  • Supports appetite control and mood enhancement
  • Limits enzymes that turn carbohydrates into to fat

So, instead of gaining weight while you're being festive, you'll be boosting fat loss and increasing your much-needed energy while killing your hunger and cravings.

EAT YOUR CARBS WHILE STAYING LEAN

LynFit's Fat Burning Combo is a high-quality formulation that speeds the removal of carbohydrates and sugar from the blood by speeding up their uptake, so they get burned off faster and easier. This is the secret to managing your hunger and cravings while also boosting fat loss.

LynFit Carb Edge contains white kidney bean extract and over 15 other sophisticated ingredients that help balance and lower blood sugar levels. Lowering blood sugar levels is the best way to melt off stubborn belly fat. 

If you've been struggling to lose weight, the answer may lie in your blood sugar levels. I should warn you, however — blood sugar levels don't decrease easily. That's where the smart use of safe supplements comes in.

The ingredients found in both these supplements have been used for decades, and are still used in Europe to help treat elevated blood sugar levels and blood fats like cholesterol and triglycerides. They are the most effective way to lower blood sugar and have more uses than I could list here.

Who needs the LynFit Fat Burning Combo?

  • Anyone who wants to lose weight and melt fat
  • Anyone who lives in the real world and doesn't eat perfectly all the time
  • Anyone who wants their body to react better to carbohydrates (keeps blood sugar levels low)
  • Wine and alcohol drinkers
  • Anyone needing more natural energy
  • Anyone wanting to avoid weight gain this holiday season
  • Anyone looking to maximize their nutrient absorption
  • Anyone who wants to burn fat without harmful stimulants

LynFit's Fat Burning Combo was formulated with three goals in mind:

  1. Stop weight gain and boost weight loss
  2. Kill the hunger and cravings that can be experienced the day after you overeat or drink by ensuring your body is reacting to carbohydrate consumption in the most positive way possible
  3. Allow dieters and athletes to maintain their weight loss and lean bodies, even when introducing carbohydrates back into their diets (can you say holiday party?)

Suggested use from now through New Years, and beyond:

  • A.M. — (1) LynFit Accelerator and (1) LynFit Carb Edge
  • Midday Lunch — (1) LynFit Accelerator and (1) LynFit Carb Edge
  • 3–4 p.m. — (1) LynFit Carb Edge
  • Pre-party — Take as directed above and take an additional (1–2) LynFit Carb Edge one hour or 30 minutes before you eat (or indulge)
    NOTE: If you weight 200 lbs. or more, increase the dosage to (2) LynFit Carb Edge per serving instead of (1). If you feel that's too much, simply cut back the dosage (Signs that it may be too much include light-headedness or weakness). 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: Are there any products you recommend to take with the LynFit Fat Burning Combo?
A: Yes. The LynFit Fat Burning Combo has been formulated to work synergistically with LynFit Cutting Edge and LynFit Complete Protein. Really, this combo can be stacked with any LynFit product for your own unique stack. The combo works all by itself if you wish to keep it simple.

Q: When is the best time to take the Fat Loss Stack?
A: LynFit Accelerator and LynFit Carb Edge are best taken first thing in the morning, then again at lunch. It's super-critical that you take another LynFit Carb Edge right before you splurge, so take it before you leave the house to go to the party — where you're most likely to overeat. You can also follow the plan on the Advanced Metabolic Boosting Meal Plan. The most important time to take this combo is 5–15 minutes before your largest carbohydrate-laden meal.

Q: How quickly can I expect results from the LynFit Fat Burning Combo?
A: Most of our customers say they feel better right away, and they no longer fight with hunger and cravings the same day they start. If your body is used to you eating what it wants, when it wants, it may take you 24 hours to reboot those cravings. Most of the time it's psychological vs. physiological, but taking the combo helps. You'll begin to notice a leaner, lighter feeling with more energy and fewer cravings within 48 hours. You'll also notice your body is harder due to cellulite disappearing within 7–10 days. Remember, however, that it all depends on you remembering to take this combo each day, especially before cheat day meals and drinks.

Bottom line — you'll be able to navigate through this holiday season without gaining an ounce. And who knows, you might even lose weight. But you've got to remember to take them each day, especially when you're not eating clean. 

So, make this holiday season one your body will never forget. You'll be leaner, stronger, and, your clothes will still fit when January rolls around. All the while enjoying some carbs without gaining fat.

Getting Back On Track With Your Weight Loss



When it comes to weight loss, "tomorrow" is the most dangerous word in the English language. If you're serious about losing weight, and not seeing the results you'd like, it's time to stop living the way you've been living. The price you pay is very high for the cheap thrill that food gives you. In the end, it might even cost you your health. How you're living today directly affects your tomorrow. So, what will you do differently?

I receive emails seeking advice, all too often, from people with a habit of doing a week or two of strict, metabolic boosting eating and then falling off the weight loss wagon into a pile of cookies or store-bought protein bars. They want to know what they can do to stick to the plan, or should they even try. The first thing I tell them is the reason most people fall is that they think they need to be perfect with their eating. It's important to understand that perfection does not exist. 

Most of us fall because we become too legalistic about our diets. Rather, our diets should be treated as a habit of making better choices, requiring us to decide what our actions will be. This makes us responsible for our actions, and the outcomes.

You know the old saying; "If you keep doing what you've always done you'll just keep getting the same results. To expect anything different is the very definition of insanity." Quite honestly, there is a lot of insanity surrounding the foods that will keep you from reaching your goals. 

Have you ever told yourself; "I'll just have a little"? Sorry to say it, but that little bit is what's stopping you from reaching your goals. 

It's at these very times to remind yourself that perfection does not exist. Focus on daily progress, not daily perfection. You have more control than you think when it comes to making food choices. But if you keep falling off the wagon, it's possible you may need a few tools to help keep you on track.

These tools make losing weight faster and easier because they:

    • Help kill hunger and cravings that cause you to fall off-plan
    • Boost metabolism by 25 percent, so you burn more calories all day long, even while asleep. This is especially important when you decide to go off-plan because it will help keep you from gaining weight.
    • Block cortisol (stress hormones) levels from rising, which helps prevent weight gain in the belly, hips, and thighs. Blocking cortisol is more important than you think. Stress causes your body to produce excess cortisol levels, and the only way to melt belly fat is by reducing these levels. It's not an easy job and the very reason you need to attack belly fat with a 1, 2, 3 punch.

STEP #1: BOOST METABOLISM AND BLOCK CORTISOL LEVELS

Drink a LynFit Complete Protein Shake 12 hours after your last meal. Do not add fruit or any type of milk if you're trying to lose a pound a day. Remember, it's all about replacements and better choices, so swap out your high-sugar juice or yogurt for this instead. 

Looking for a delicious shake recipe that will not only tantalize your taste buds but rev up your metabolism as well? Look no further — here's my Melt Belly Fat Birthday Cake Smoothie:

(3 scoops) LynFit Vanilla Complete Whey Protein Powder
(½ cup) Water
(3–4) Ice cubes

Throw it all in the blender and mix until smooth and then drink yourself thin. The extra protein used will help keep you feeling fuller longer and won't spike blood sugar levels the way fruit and milk will.

STEP #2: KILL HUNGER AND CRAVINGS

Belly fat makes you hungrier, so the faster you lose it; the faster you'll be able to lose overall weight. You need to flip the hunger switch off and trick your body into acting like a thin person by teaching and encouraging it to burn fat for fuel instead of overwhelming you with hunger pangs. 

This is where the smart use of safe supplements comes in. If you don't struggle with hunger and cravings, you may not need supplements. But if you've been trying to lose weight, and no matter what you do you can't seem to stay on track because of hunger pangs and cravings, then you may need a little outside help.

Taking a supplement stack is the best way to keep your metabolism from slowing down while killing cravings and hunger pangs. This makes it easier to stay on track with your weight loss. The secret is they balance blood sugar levels while providing natural energy. 

This particular stack teaches your body how to burn fat as fuel when it needs energy vs. sending you hunger signals. Your metabolism will become a high-efficiency fat burning machine. Trust me, if you skip them, you'll see and feel the difference. 

The best time to take this stack is three hours after your last meal, when your body starts yelling, "I'm hungry!"

Sip green tea instead of indulging yourself in your usual snack and take your supplements to balance blood sugar levels instead. 

One note — This step is not good for people with less than 10 percent body fat because they will burn muscle for fuel instead of fat. But if you have body fat to lose you have energy stored that can be used instead.

Here is your supplement stack:
  • LynFit Accelerator with Raspberry Ketones to accelerate the process and trick your body into acting like a thin person. A lean person will burn fat more efficiently. (If you're highly sensitive to caffeine you may want to skip the Accelerator. The stack will still give you what you need, so follow the steps without Accelerator.)
  • LynFit Carb Edge with Forskolin to help enhance thyroid function and balance blood sugar levels, which is the secret to killing your cravings and managing hunger.
  • LynFit Cutting Edge to force your body to burn off that stubborn body fat for fuel.

    STEP #3: AVOID THE AFTERNOON ENERGY CRASH TO ESCAPE CRAVINGS BEFORE THEY BEGIN

    This step is critical because it will not only boost your metabolism, it will also help fight off those emotional cravings that we all battle in the afternoon when we start to get tired and our blood sugar levels begin to rise.

    This is actually where most people fall off the weight loss wagon. But, it's also where your weight loss battle can be won. I call this the "Emo Meal" — meaning emotional, when you're hungry, tired, and craving food.

    PREVENTION is the cure, so grab a LynFit Lean Bar to defeat the afternoon energy crash.

    The LynFit Lean Bar has 10 grams of prebiotic fiber and 15 grams of protein to kill cravings before they begin while helping to keep you feeling full. LynFit Lean Bars are guaranteed to be the best tasting protein bar you've ever tried and #1 in its class when it comes to weight loss and melting belly fat. Try one; you'll see.

    Most store-bought bars are full of sugar and don't supply your body with the right type or amount of protein. They spike blood sugar levels and prevent you from losing weight, despite what their labels may claim.

    Make LynFit Lean Bars your go-to comfort food from now on when trying to lose weight. Comfort in knowing you're making a smart, nutrient-dense food choice that doesn't sacrifice delicious taste and texture.  LynFit Lean Bars are the best of both worlds — they don't leave you with any guilt, only satisfaction that you'll begin to crave. You can eat your new comfort meal food with pride and get on with your day.

    This will be especially important if you're an emotional eater. Choosing the wrong kinds of snack foods can increase hunger and cravings and turn the weight gain switch on. Swap out those store-bought protein bars with a LynFit Lean Bar instead.

    Should you find yourself unable to suppress the urge to eat junk food, adopt the 80/20 rule. You're already following it; you just don't know it. 

    For the most part, you're eating your favorite foods every couple of weeks — it's inevitable. It's going to happen, and you should expect it. So, the best solution is to plan it ahead of time. If you plan for it ahead of time, you can cheat and still lose weight. Have a little pep talk with yourself. Sit down and tell yourself to try the 80/20 plan. 

    On the Advanced Metabolic Boosting Meal Plan, you can eat on plan 80 percent of the time and go off the plan 20 percent of the time and still lose weight. That's the beauty of this plan. In fact, this is the only plan that takes into consideration that you live in the real world, you're human, and that you cheat once in a while.

    Planning in advance when you cheat also puts you in control of the binge vs. the binge controlling you. It also changes how you emotionally respond to a binge—no guilt, because it's all a part of your weight loss plan. You'll accept the situation, not struggle in vain against it. You'll eat less and know exactly what to eat, and how much. The scale will go up slightly, but you'll be back on track in no time. 

    Although there are physiological consequences to binging on junk food, I'd wager that most of the damage comes from the stress we inflict on ourselves—the internal fight and refusal, which only causes us to binge more. The refusal to accept the inevitable situation, combined with the guilt and shame you're piling on yourself for losing that fight.

    Here's what the 80/20 plan get you: Acceptance! You learn to accept things you cannot change. You're no longer fighting a battle you most likely cannot win. 

    I can't think of anything harder or more stressful than struggling with food. I've struggled with it my entire life until I learned about the 80/20 rule. 

    You can live guilt-free. Guilt about eating junk food can actually cause you to gain weight and depress your immune system. By making a plan to "go off" for a meal as an occasional (1–2 times weekly) deviation from your regular schedule, rather than betraying your body, you remove the guilt. Make a plan, if you plan on losing.

    I would encourage you to read this article I wrote previously about how to cheat and still lose weight to keep your metabolism in full swing, and how if you don't, it can alter the physiological effect it has on you. 

    As Kelly Clarkson says in her song: "Think Before You Cheat" so you don't hurt your health or destroy a month's worth of dieting. Most of the time it's not worth it anyway. 

    So, eat happily, just don't' forget to boost first! 

    Wedding Day Makeover


    If done correctly, fast weight loss isn't always a bad thing. The goal should always be to protect your health and feel good. While waiting to the last minute to get started on weight loss for the "big day" isn't the perfect scenario, there are a few aggressive tricks that can make weight loss faster and easier without sacrificing health.

    One of the oldest and most successful ways to lose weight is to deplete your glycogen storage, so your body releases stored fluid, making you feel and look less bloated. It jump-starts and turbocharges your metabolism allowing your body to burn off stored fat vs. constantly having to process your not-so-healthy eating choices. There is a catch, however.....

    To deplete glycogen storage and lose weight, you need to reduce calories. However, when calories are reduced your metabolism slows down unless you do the three things listed below.

    CHANGE-OUT #1

    Remove the diet disasters that caused your weight gain in the first place. Cut out all the processed carbs, including these unsuspecting foods: cream in your coffee, wine, and sugar-laden juices. Maybe you're even drinking a protein shake already. Be careful—they may appear healthy but actually be no better than drinking liquid sugar, causing your blood sugar levels to spike, which in turn drives hunger and cravings, making it impossible to stick to a clean diet.

    Do this instead: Swap out your sugar spiking breakfast for a metabolic boosting one. Keep it very simple, yet highly effective. Are you a coffee drinker? If so, drink it black, or add some LynFit Protein Shake to it to act as your creamer.

    For breakfast, drink a LynFit Whey Protein Shake that is specifically designed to boost your metabolism by 25 percent. LynFit Why Protein contains the perfect amount of protein and is made from pure, high-grade whey. It will trick your body into believing it had a full meal, and will not slow down your metabolism.

    LynFit Whey Protein also blocks cortisol, those nasty stress hormones that make you store excess fat around your mid-section. You'll feel better in your clothes since you'll be less bloated and lighter.

    CHANGE-OUT #2

    Swap out your usual chicken or red meat dinner for white fish and vegetables. You don't have to starve your body of the protein necessary to keep your metabolism running high—you simply swap out the higher calorie, fattier protein for white fish instead.

    Fish, white fish in particular; is lower in calories, contains less fat, and is a good source of iodine, so it enhance thyroid activity. The rule of thumb is the lighter and whiter the fish, the better it is for your metabolism. That means faster weight loss.

    CHANGE-OUT #3

    If your current workout is not a metabolic boosting workout, it's time to break up with it. Doing the same old stuck-in-a-rut exercise routine and expecting different results is, well..... enough said.

    Do this instead: Switch to metabolic boosting exercises and do them three times weekly. Metabolic boosting workouts are the very best way to increase lean muscle and burn fat faster. They are a form of high-intensity training, yet they don't require a gym and only takes 30 minutes to complete. On your off workout days, walk at an average pace (3–4 MPH) for 60 minutes. It is that simple!

    The bottom line is that food is 90 percent of your weight loss success, so that's where your big focus needs to be. If you're not losing weight as you should, you're not eating correctly for weight loss.

    While we've discussed the three Change-Outs used for fast weight loss, there are other ways to boost your metabolism—such as the smart use of safe supplements. Listed below are five Diet Sabotagers and their supplement solution:

    Here's wishing you success in getting into shape for your next big occasion.

    Are You Sabotaging Your Weight Loss?

    Are You Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

    How many of you are where you want to be physically, financially or emotionally? You have more control over your situation than you think. If you don't wish to be stuck right where you are sitting at this very moment, then it's decision time.

    Your future depends on this one thing—You making the decision to do something about it. It's that simple.

    In my 25 years as a fitness and metabolic expert, I've seen thousands of people beg for transformation. They fail to start their radical transformation with a concrete plan or even worse; they choose a plan that caters to their issues or addictions. This lack of a real plan is why they stay stuck where they are and never see the changes of their dreams. If you're struggling with weight loss, health or financial issues, I urge you to surrender to a new way of thinking that will transform every aspect of your life.

    Change begins with our thoughts. Our thoughts become our actions so if you're living fearfully, you're never going to get where you want to go. You must detox your thinking first. If you find that you're getting stuck on a particular road in your life, realize that your solution will come from deep within, where you hear God's voice. This stagnation may be what's keeping you engaged in self-sabotaging behaviors such as overeating, drinking, lack of sleep, excessive spending, or not working out. 

    Here are signs that show you are getting in your way and holding yourself back:

    You Think You're Not Good Enough
    Low self-esteem is one of the most common hurdles, and it kills dreams dead in its tracks. 

    I watch people struggle with believing they aren't good enough, which brings us to the core issue—Love or fear. If you haven't learned how to love yourself, you're operating in fear. And what do you do when you're afraid? You freeze and hide vs. starting that healthy eating or workout. Habits we've been talking about for years. Or, you fail to apply for that promotion you desperately want or give up on dating because you don't think you're pretty enough. Bottom line—Fear keeps you from trying your hardest or at times, stopped you from trying at all. I'm living proof that miracles exist. I didn't think I would lose the 40 pounds that were making me depressed and miserable, despite the fact that I had helped thousands of people lose weight and get in tip top shape. I thought good things only happened other people. I believed it would never happen to me. Talk about stinking thinking. The truth is, it's just an excuse that we think will allow us to save face if our miracle doesn't happen for us.

    You're A Procrastinator
    Procrastination is another form of self-sabotage that is very common among perfectionists. 

    Perfectionists think if they can't do it perfectly, why do it at all? The problem is, perfectionism leads to procrastination that paralyzes us. We get stuck in a place we hate, overthinking everything. Overthinkers are scared they will make a mistake so they come up with every reason they can't do something or why something might go wrong. They come up with plans to counter these issues and the next thing they know, they're allowing their thoughts to dictate why they shouldn't try. This is known as a “negative feedback loop” that kills dreams and swallows them whole.

    The result of all of this stinking thinking is they end up overwhelmed and procrastinate some more. Focus on progress instead of perfection and realize that done is better than none and perfection doesn't exist.

    You're Stuck in the Negative Feedback Loop (the Bermuda triangle of emotions)
    The negative feedback loop is one of the biggest problems yet rarely do we hear it discussed.

    The negative feedback loop is negative self-talk brought up from the past. It is self-defeating and causes you to get in your way. Unfortunately, this past self-talk becomes a negative self-fulfilling prophecy that keeps you stuck where you are. Especially true when it comes to working out. You may have said this to yourself before, ”I should have worked out harder” or “the person next to me looks better,” because you have so much more weight to lose. This stinking thinking and negative thoughts destroy dreams and goals on the spot, like a nuclear weapon. 

    At times, we will do amazing rings for our bodies; like spending a fortune on the latest trend, yet when it comes to our thoughts, we allow them to be toxic. Those toxic thoughts kill any positive behavior before it even has a chance. I always suggest that people not deny their real feelings, but rather learn how to fake it until you make it.

    Watch your thoughts. They become your actions and actions dictate outcomes. Success doesn't happen by chance. Anything you do will always beat doing nothing.

    You Set Goals that are Unrealistic or Too Easy
    Believe it or not, it's possible to set your goals too high or too low.

    I learned while working with the Martha Stewart's of the world that for many people if the bar isn't set high enough, they lose interest. People need to be stimulated a little to become engaged. Most times, I see the bar being set too low rather than setting unrealistic goals. 

    Most of us are smart enough not to start an exercise plan on a day where we have dental surgery, or a food plan when we're going to stay at a relative's house. Setting goals too high or too low is another way of sabotaging ourselves. Figure out what makes you tick and set your goals according to what's best for you. We're all different, and one big thing I can share with you from working with celebrities and CEOS is they like to be pushed. Most work better under pressure because it keeps them engaged and alert, meaning they're paying attention. Their goal is always in the front of them. Always keep your eye on the goal. When you lose sight of your goal, you'll fall. 

    This is an easy pattern to break. Write your goals out ten times every night on a sticky note and place them in the house, car, anywhere you will bump into it. Don't forget the refrigerator and your desk, reminding you why you don't want to eat that candy that's sitting there. 

    You Allow Excuses to Get in the Way
    Another huge self-sabotaging behavior is making excuses, or worse, allowing them to get in the way of achieving your goals. 

    The truth is we aren't taking responsibility for our actions, which in turn, keeps us from being disappointed when we don't get our way or things don't happen fast enough. In a sense, we're saying, “Oh well, it's not my fault. I can't do it. It's impossible." Exercise is the place this shows up the most. We use the excuse we don't have the time or we are hurt, but the fact of the matter is if your knee hurts you can always do upper body or stretch. Successful people look at the word impossible and see; I'm possible.

    You're Surrounded by Toxic, Negative-Thinking People
    My father used to say, "show me your friends and I'll show you who you are." 

    We might not have a choice when it comes to family, but we do have a choice when it comes to choosing our friends. People are like elevators; they either lift you up or bring you down. When you surround yourself with people who don't add anything to your life or support your goals, it hurts you and drains your motivation.

    Many of us are afraid to be alone and rationalize why we need these people in our lives. It all comes back to one thing—Fear. We believe that the needs of others are more important than our needs. Evaluate how you feel after you spend time with certain people in your life. Your mood will tell you a lot about whether this person is good for you. If you feel drained or stressed rather than inspired and fulfilled or energized, it might be time to dial back on the relationship. 


    I live by the advice of Joyce Meyer, “If you can positively affect the people you're with you are meant to be around them. If they infect you, it may be time to stay away." This includes family. Sometimes they can be the worst when it comes to sidetracking you from your goals. Wait until you feel strong enough to do what you need to do for you. In healthy relationships, all support each other's goals vs. sabotaging them. If you have a friend that only likes to drink and eat out, hit pause and watch your life transform.

    Wrong Thoughts and Faulty Thinking Affect our Behavior
    Our thoughts have been programmed into us since birth. Sometimes they aren't the best way to think.

    Our thoughts lead to our actions or inactions that keep us stuck right where we are. The sad part is, these thoughts can influence us for our lifetime. One simple negative weight comment heard long ago from a person of influence can alter the way you see yourself forever.

    I was told as a young girl that I needed to be thin, and I believed that until I changed my thoughts by practicing positive thinking. It took me decades to unlearn this type of thinking. I still struggle to this day with poor body image because of these hurtful comments. It's just as easy to choose a positive thought as it is to choose negative one. Choose positivity and don't let anyone tell you who you are. You are God's child. Begin to see yourself the way He sees you. This new way of seeing myself has been a game-changer. His (God's) opinion is the only one I care about.

    You're Trying to Fit in vs. Being Yourself
    You would think peer pressure would stop after the teenage years, but it lasts throughout adulthood.

    Peer pressure is a powerful thing. It's important to keep your eyes on yourself vs. comparing to someone else. Resist the pull to give in. Especially true when it comes to making healthy choices. Try this test—The next time you dine out with friends and everyone is ordering burgers, fries and drinks and complaining about being overweight and struggling with health issues, try something new and stick to your plan. Watch how quickly they switch their order or try to get you to go off your plan “just this one night” as if cheating was a bonding ritual.

    It's difficult to be the person who orders salads, but even more difficult to get on the scale Monday morning and watch the pounds go up. Both scenarios are hard. Choose your hard. Keep in mind that it's not their business what you order or don't order, and your choices shouldn't affect your friends. Real friends encourage their friends to follow their heart and eat salads with you.

    You Expect the Worst to Protect Yourself
    Expecting the worst is another form of self-sabotage and self-preservation.

    If you don't demand or expect more out of relationships then you aren't risking anything. You may be thinking you're protecting yourself but you may actually be scaring Mr. Right away, or chasing away the job you really want. 

    When it comes to reaching your fitness and weight loss goals it's just as bad. You think it will stop you from being let down, but what it does is prevent you from even making any effort at all. Not trying will certainly leave you being stuck. You may have built up a layer of protection to ensure that you will never be hurt or let down again, and no one can blame you. What you'll find is that most people won't fight their way through your protective layers, and it gets lonely after a while. You basically pull the pins out of the bombs so that they won't go off in your face. However, you might be stopping yourself from reaching your goals. Live by what Brene Brown says, "Show up and allow yourself to be vulnerable. It takes courage but you can do it."

    You Stop When You Start to See Results
    A lot of people I meet say. “ I lost xxxx” or "I used to….."  To be honest, “I used to” is another one of my pet peeves. It doesn't matter what you used to do, it matters what you're still doing. 

    It's consistency and frequency that gets lasting results and if you're living the lifestyle you don't “go off” it because it's a holiday or you don't feel like doing it. Would you ever think of not brushing your teeth for a few days? That's the way we need to treat eating healthy and exercising in order for change to last. I've witnessed too many people that set goals and worked hard to reach them only to demand less of themselves. They get sloppy.

    The truth is, diets and exercise plans don't stop working, we stop doing what it takes and demanding less and less from ourselves. Staying 100 percent committed is the secret sauce. It's critical that you continue to set goals in every area of your life and continue to strive to reach them.

    From my 25 plus years as a weight loss, fitness expert, and success coach, I've seen that either you continue to keep growing or you die. The solution to all of these issues is skillpower, not willpower. Stay on task and don't ever allow your excuses to win you out. The one thing I love most about fitness and exercise is that you get out of it exactly what you put into it—Guaranteed. You will never be sorry you worked out or ate clean, but you'll always feel bad if you don’t. In my entire career I've never seen anyone say, “Wow I'm sorry I worked out and ate clean." Every second of every day there is someone who is sorry they didn’t.

    Your new way of thinking is: Anything is possible and obstacles are nothing more than opportunities. 

    The #1 Tip to Getting Rid of Belly Fat


    Determined to get rid of those holiday pounds? Focus on healthy eating not exercise. Diet is 90 percent of your weight loss success. In fact, it matters more than how much time you spend in the gym. I recommend heading to the produce department to target that belly fat.

    The number one change everybody should be making is focusing on vegetables. The more vegetables you eat, it flips your hunger switch off and keeps you feeling full. The secret is to lower blood sugar and vegetables do that best because of the fiber they contain. Get creative—swap out bread and wraps for lettuce.

    Wrap your tuna sandwiches and your turkey in lettuce instead of bread. There is a new veggie spaghetti out there, so get rid of your pasta carbs and replace them with vegetable spaghetti.

    Celery is one of the best foods for weight loss because it has a thermic effect. It heats up your metabolism so it takes you more time to digest the food than there are calories in the food. You end up in a negative calorie deficit, which is what you want with weight loss.

    Fruit? Stick to one to two servings per day of green apples, grapefruit or berries. Those fruits have the lowest sugar content. They also have the highest fiber content, and fiber blunts blood sugar. They are easy to portion control, and they are the most nutritious. 

    Protein of choice—Seafood. The lighter and whiter the fish, the better for your metabolism. Think shrimp, scallops, tilapia, cod, and scrod.

    Here is a great recipe from The Metabolism Solution for Tuna Burgers. This recipe takes 10 minutes to make and is the most cost-effective meal you can prepare. Not to mention—it’s Lean and Clean.

    (2) 6oz cans of chunk light tuna in water — drained
    (½) cup of medium salsa
    (1) Egg white

    Combine the ingredients until the mixture is uniform and holds together. Then, form into burgers (size is your choice). Spray a large, non-stick skillet with cooking spray and place burgers into the pan. Cook until golden brown — about 1–2 minutes per side. Serve on a large bed of leafy greens.

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