It took 9 months to put it on…….

It took you how long to put on your weight?? 5, 9, 12, 20 months?? How long did it take you to gain the weight? Look back and start thinking when was the beginning? Now are you ready?  It will take you that long to get it off! There is only so much your body can lose at a time. A healthy amount is 1-2 lbs a week. If you are quite large you can lose more in a weeks time. Once you start getting smaller the harder it is to get off and the slower it is. So you may only lose a pound every 2 to 3 weeks, depending on your weight. Don’t rush this and think you will lose the 80 pounds in 2 or 3 months! You may lose 20-30 lbs but not 80! That is unrealistic! When you go in with I want to lose 80 pounds you better know this is a long process! This isn’t just a quick thing and you will have the body you want in a 2 months! Its hard work! First you have to lose the fat layer, then you can tone! That is a long process! Don’t get discouraged and go get diet pills! That won’t do you any better! Everyone I have talked to and seen take it have the same problems. The lose the weight quick but as soon as they quit taking it blow back up plus an extra 10 pounds (they don’t tell you that one of the side effects for one of the diet pills is that afterwards you go into this eating frenzy and can’t stop- you think your hungry 24/7). Also, it messes with your metabolism and your heart. It keeps you pumped up so you can’t sleep and then you get cranky later when the crash comes and you are on the roller coaster cycle of moods! YOU ARE BETTER THAN A PILL! One of the girls I am helping took a very common diet pill and went through it all. She said now that she has followed my eating and workout schedules she can see a huge difference. She has lost almost 30 lbs. She did have a 3 weeks slump and Christmas week! BUT she only gained 1 pound at Christmas! She said at Christmas she usually puts on the pounds! BUT NOT THIS TIME! Because she is really learning this time! The weight has stayed off for months and she keeps on trucking. She doesn’t have the heart palpitations, the crashes, and mood swings. She is really learning the lifestyle that is best for her. The diet pill doesn’t make you change what you really need to be doing! You just pop a pill and move on. You don’t actually change!

The more you want to lose the more clean you need to eat along with CARDIO, CARDIO, CARDIO! You should be doing cardio at least 5 days a week, for at least 40 minutes! Keep you heart in check while you working out, especially if you are larger. You want to burn more calories than you consume in a day. So I usually stick to a 1,500 calorie diet, that changes with the workouts I do. Some days such as yoga/pilates/rest days I stay at 1,500 or a little less. On days when I do Insanity or long runs I may eat a little more. There is a big difference in burning 250 calories and burning 1,000 calories.  So I eat according to my workouts. I know that in order to run 8 miles I better have had some good calories before I take off, though I don’t have to have as much for barre or  pilates.

Good luck in the coming weeks/months ahead of you! It is a long, hard process but I KNOW you CAN do this, if you are ready mentally to take on the challenge!

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