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First Steps to a Body Transformation (Part 1)

I’m counting every calorie I put in my body, I haven’t had pizza or ice cream in like 2 years and I’m running so many miles every week I could change my name to Forrest Gump.

So why in the “F” am I not getting results???

This was me back in the day. I was working so. damn. hard. Yet my body just wouldn’t change.

Now when I look back I realize most of the things I thought I was “supposed” to do in order to be fit + healthy were actually working against me.

It’s taken me years and a lot of trial & error, but I’ve learned the real deal when it comes to transforming the body.

If you’ve ever felt confused about what works, or like nothing you do gets you the results you want, then you’re in the right place my friend!

Over the next four weeks I will be going over where to start when you want to change your body. The first steps to a Body Transformation.

LIMITING-FACTORS

I’ve been at this fitness + nutrition thing for a while now and there are TWO limiting factors that keep most people stuck.

I’ve even based an entire system on transforming these two areas, so that people can finally start to get the results they deserve.

This system is called the M+M Method. And no, you don’t sit around eating candy all day, if that was the deal I’d be a gajillionaire.

It’s a method based on the TWO THINGS we must reset in order to begin a body transformation. The M+M Method is where we should focus to jumpstart our body so that we can finally start seeing results.

WHAT IS THE M+M METHOD?

Very simply, here it is…

Reset Your Metabolism + Reset Your Mind = Total Body Reset

In today’s post, we’re just going to focus in on the Metabolism Component.

METABOLISM

  • Listen, if your metabolism isn’t working properly, you are REALLY going to struggle to get results.

  • If you want to transform your body, YOU MUST FIRST BALANCE YOUR METABOLISM!

  • This is why, if all you’re focusing on is counting calories, you’re probably not getting the results you want.

I have created FIVE steps to resetting the metabolism:

  1. Understand How Your Metabolism Works

  2. The Foundation

  3. Eat Smart

  4. Move

  5. Tame Your Stress Monkee

Today we’ll be going over steps 1 & 2

UNDERSTAND YOUR METABOLISM

What is the Metabolism exactly??

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Releasing hormones, breaking down food, moving muscle… it’s all part of your metabolism.

WHAT YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND:

  • The metabolism is a HUGE subject.

  • Luckily, there is a starting point where we can all begin. Then we start making tweaks.

  • The metabolism doesn’t care if you want to drop 10 pounds. Its main focus is to keep you alive. If it feels the slightest threat, it will do what it can to protect your “precious” fat stores.

  • The Eat Less, Exercise More model (that most everyone turns to when they want to lose fat) actually causes stress to your metabolism from TWO angles:

  • Eat Less = Your metabolism thinks you might be about to starve (Metabolism tells the body, “Hey! store some fat!! We’re about to starve!!”)

  • Exercise More = Your metabolism thinks you are continually being chased by a hungry tiger (Metabolism tells the body, “Hey, stop everything and raise the blood sugar!! We’re about to be eaten by this tiger!!)

  • Eat Less, Exercise More can work for a short period of time, but usually only for 4-10 days, after that you need to change up your approach.

  • There are TWO KEY Metabolic hormones that determine how well you burn fat OR how easily you store fat.

  • These hormones are insulin and cortisol. We really want to focus on regulating these little critters first because we have a lot of influence on them through diet and lifestyle.

THE FOUNDATION

There are TWO things you must be doing for any of this to work. These two things are your foundation and where you should be starting if you truly want to balance your metabolism.

Ready to hear this?

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You MUST…I mean seriously, you MUST be getting enough sleep and you MUST be drinking enough water.

  • Without enough water your metabolism cannot do its job. This means without enough water, your metabolism will be a slug.

  • Lack of Sleep:

  • Your metabolism cannot fully reset overnight

  • Your hormones get disrupted (including the hormones that cause hunger, stress hormones and fat storage hormones)

  • Thyroid will downregulate

  • Your blood sugar is raised which results in fat storage

  • OH- and by the way… while you’re sleeping your body will eventually tap into fat for fuel… if you sleep long enough, you will LITERALLY burn fat while you sleep!!

Okay, I think I’ve given you enough to ponder for today.

I want to let you know that you can always start over and you can always become different. Believe in yourself and believe that you CAN change your body and your health.

It’s not too late and you’re not stuck.

Be sure to come back next week for PART TWO. We’ll be chatting all about the role of nutrition in resetting your metabolism and I”m going to give you a couple of tips that just might change everything for you.

If you found this info valuable + you want to go deeper with me, I have a brand new program that is coming out really soon.

If you want to be one of the first people to hear about it, be sure to get on my VIP list HERE

See you next week my friend!

XO

Alicia

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FAT LOSS: The Type of Workout Matters

I spent a good ten years working SO hard to get in shape and nothing would happen!

I was completely frustrated by all the running I was doing and all the food deprivation I was putting myself through with no results.

It affected my mood and my happiness.  I would avoid going to events because I felt like I had nothing to wear that didn't make me look "fat".

But I was doing everything I was supposed to do!!

Doing cardio at least 5 days a week, keeping my calorie intake really low and avoiding anything remotely considered as junk food (I didn't have pizza or ice cream for two years!)

I would scream in my head, "Why in the hell am I not getting results?!'

I wish I knew then what I know now.  I could have saved myself YEARS of misery.

Now I know that the TYPE of workout you do matters. Especially if you want to lose fat.

I also now know that endurance cardio (aka steady state cardio) is the last type of workout on the list of priorities for fat loss.

Since today is my birthday, I wanted to celebrate by sending you something that just might be a gamechanger for you.

I created for you a CHEAT SHEET: How to Prioritize Your Workouts for Fat Loss

Click here to grab your copy

Getting results doesn't have to be so frustrating. The key is knowing what works :)

XO

Alicia

 

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The Key to Health, Energy + Fat Loss

I wish I would have known this 10 years ago.

What is the key to health? The key to more energy? The key to fat loss?

If you make this one thing your major priority, you'll see huge shifts in the way you look and feel.

This one thing is linked with a balanced metabolism and balanced hormones.

On the flip side, if you leave this one thing unregulated, it has been shown as a major component in diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer.

I just HAD to share this info with you because most people are not even aware of the importance of focusing on just this one thing.

I know, enough already...what is it?!

Watch this very short video to find out

XO,

Alicia

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Why Cardio Isn't Getting You the Results You Want

You're watching what you eat.

You're trying to drink more water.

You're taking spin class or working on the treadmill or sweating it out on the elliptical.

Yet, you're NOT. GETTING. RESULTS.

WTF?!

If you're over 35 and you're sick of not seeing any change in your body with all of the effort you're putting in- THIS VIDEO IS A MUST WATCH!

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Why Diets Make You Fat

Do you feel like nothing you do seems to get you in the shape you want to be in?

And do you feel like you've tried just about every-damn-thing there is out there?

Here's the thing-- 

most of the time, the diets we follow in hopes to get a bangin' bod actually end up making us gain MORE fat.

I hear you, wtf?! 

Check out this stat:

90-95% of people who lose weight by dieting gain it all back.  Yep, 90-95%

And about 60-65% actually gain back MORE than when they started!

Why is this?

Diets make you fat.

In this video, I go over some of the reasons that diets slow down your metabolism and mess up your hormones (the driver of the metabolism).

This is Part ONE in a 2-part series (stay tuned for Part 2).

After you watch the video, be sure to grab the Handy-Dandy Cheat Sheet I created for you: DITCH THE DIET, 2 Shifts To Start Seeing Results

Grab your cheat sheet here

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.  Do you think you suffer from a less than stellar metabolism?

See you soon sweet thang,

Alicia

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