Fit for Life: 7 Step Plan For Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Have a plan
Creating a nutrition plan doesn't have to be difficult. You would never know it due to the various hundreds of books written in the subject, but you can toss all those books away, because I am going to give you the “Cliff Notes” right now, and leave you with an easy map to follow.
1) Remove as much processed food from your diet, and if you can't totally eliminate all of it, choose gluten free, and organic. Wheat, GMOs, sugars, and other various cheap fillers and chemicals are lurking in commercial processed foods, sure to derail results, and add inches to your waist. And they’re also seen as responsible for skin, digestive, neurological and cognitive problems.
2) Eat fresh fruit and vegetables, and try to eat varieties of both. These foods supply you with valuable nutrients and vitamins responsible for building a strong immune system, cellular repair, and helps to eliminate free radicals in the body that damage cells that cause disease, and promote premature aging. I recommend vegetables with every meal, but no more than two servings of fruit daily.
3) Eat breakfast. A healthy one full of protein and unprocessed carbs such as steel cut oats, and raw nuts and granolas. Add eggs and you have a great way to jump start your day and your metabolism.
4) Eat frequently. The best way to stoke a fire is to add wood that combusts easily and burns clean. The same goes for your metabolism. If you throw a big log on the fire it will smolder and raise a lot of toxic smoke, which is what happens when you only eat one or two big meals a day. They just sit there until you need energy, and what's left gets put into fat storage. I suggest grazing on small healthy snacks like hummus, carrots, apples, peanut butter, almonds, etc, throughout the day to stoke that fire.
5) Stop drinking your calories. Consuming diet drinks, smart waters, sports drinks, most smoothies, and protein drinks, and adding cream and sugar to your tea and coffee adds extra calories, or artificial chemicals that you do not need, and should avoid. Unless you are juicing organic vegetables, or know exactly what and how many calories you are consuming, eat your calories so your body works to digest.
6) Get your fiber, and calcium from dark leafy vegetables, grains such as quinoa, brown rice, root vegetables, and forms of raw dairy rather than boxed cereal and highly processed low-fat dairy. Many people feel they lack these nutrients, so they fall for marketing gimmicks and try to get extra, by eating all the wrong things. Stick to the plan and you won't be deficient in these nutrients.
7) Eat quality. It is better to spend a little more and consume quality products when it comes to your health. Shop more frequently, and don't buy in bulk. Many times things expire or go bad and the cost ends up averaging out anyway, so put in a little extra work when it comes to nutrition and health. You will achieve your goals faster and feel better doing it!!
Matt Espeut has worked as a personal trainer for almost 20 years with clients ranging in age from 14 to 86. His focus is on overall health, strength, and functional conditioning. Holistic health and nutrition is the cornerstone of all his programs. Matt works in private and small group training available at your home or office location or at gym facilities. Matt offers his services to everyone wanting to be more fit and healthy, overweight young people, youth/collegiate athletes, and seniors. Matt has worked and continues to train at several facilities in the Providence area including Gold's Gym and CORE Studio, and he believes continued education is a must in his field. Email Matt: [email protected], check out his website at www.fitnessprofiles.net or on Facebook at Matt Espeut or on Twitter @MattEspeut.
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Providence Power Yoga
Providence Power Yoga is the perfect place to get your daily dose of calm, whether you are just beginning the exploration of yoga or have been reaping its benefits for years. Try Revive and Restore for the ultimate class in revitalization and relaxation. If you’re a music lover, Chillwave Solar Flow is your go-to class, complete with fun electronic indie music and heated power-yoga.
51 Bassett Street, Providence, RI. (401) 273-3500.
Bristol Yoga Studio
If you are a yoga beginner or are experiencing the body changes that come with pregnancy, Bristol Yoga Studio is the place to go. Beginners will benefit from Kripalu Yoga, a mixed-level class that emphasizes wholeness, meditation, and balance. Pre-natal yoga will teach breathing techniques, body awareness, and more that will help both in labor and after you have had your child.
13 State Street, Bristol, RI. (401) 569-0147.
Boiler House Bikram Yoga
Boiler House Bikram Yoga in Providence is the place to be for all things Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga is a yoga practice that incorporates 26 traditional Hatha Yoga poses and 2 breathing exercises in a hot room. The benefits of Bikram Yoga include detoxification, increased libido, reduced stress, and so much more. Try it out for yourself; we did!
166 Valley Street, Providence, RI. (401) 383-3840.
Yoga Loft RI
Beginners can’t go wrong with Yoga Loft RI in Warren. Try out Yin Restorative Yoga to bring balance to your life, Sunday Morning Yoga for a healthy and rejuvenating start to your week, or Beginners Belly Dance for a fun and creative experience. If you’ve got little ones, sign them up for the Kid’s Yoga Club!
16 Cutler Street, Warren, RI. (401) 245-0881.
Santosha Yoga Studio
Santosha Yoga Studio & Holistic Center offers so much more than yoga. Enjoy complementary wellness consultations to learn the right path for you to take at the center. Explore acupuncture, therapeutic massage, organic facials, and other great holistic services at the center. If you or someone you know are a survivor of cancer, be sure to check out special classes geared towards survivors.
14 Bartlett Avenue, Cranston, RI. (401) 780-9809.
Eyes of the World
Saturday, January 18 from 12:30-2:30 pm, start your yoga journey at Eyes of the World Yoga Center in Providence. For only $18 with early registration, try out a two-hour beginner’s workshop that will show you everything that the center has to offer. Learn the basics of yoga posture, focus, contentment, and humility. Another unique feature of Eyes is free yoga for veterans that suffer from PTSD—visit their website to see how you can help.
1 Park Row, Providence, RI. (401) 295-5002.
Breathing Time Yoga
Breathing Time Yoga in Pawtucket is out to prove to the world that yoga is beneficial to everyone, regardless of weight, age, sex, or ability. This is made evident with their Yoga for Curvy Women class—awesome! Other unique classes and workshops include Stress Less for Teens, Mom & Baby Yoga, Mindful Eating and more! Take a trip to the studio to find a class that’s right for you.
541 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket, RI. (401) 421-9876.
The Heron Studio
The Heron Studio in nearby Fall River incorporates yoga, meditation and dance into their studio culture. Yoga is taught on three levels: introductory for beginners, intermediate to broaden understanding and goals in the practice of yoga, and advanced for students who wish to bring yoga off the cushion and into their daily lives. Several dance classes are taught that embrace community, fitness, strength, and well being.
187 Plymouth Avenue, Fall River, MA. (774) 365-4016.
Check out Shri Studio in Pawtucket for a mindful and relaxing yoga experience. Highlights of their extensive class list include Yoga for Seniors, Gentle Yoga (free for followers of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Center, plus one guest!), and Forrest Yoga—designed to address physical and emotional stresses that may be stored within the body.
21 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI. (401) 441-8600.
Next Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 pm, visit Serenity Yoga in Warwick for a $10 drop-in yoga session. The class will incorporate a half-hour of yoga practice and a half-hour of guided meditation—the perfect remedy for your hectic week. While you’re in, make sure to check out all of the classes that the center offers.
21 College Hill Road, Warwick, RI. (401) 615-3433.
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