By Jan Hauser
Weight Loss Coach, Personal Trainer Food
“In order to lose weight, you must count calories and do more exercise.” Wrong!
If you have tried doing this, you know it takes forever just to lose a little weight, and the minute you stop starving or exercising yourself to death, the fat comes back with a vengeance.
It isn’t in your head! The advice you were following actually tells your body to store fat, not lose it.
Worse yet, restricting calories and sweating it out at the gym makes it increasingly harder to lose the stubborn fat on your hips, thighs, belly, butt and upper arms. The more you try, the harder it gets to lose any weight at all.
What if we told you that you can flip your fat-burning switch ON, and keep it on—without all that hard work?
Here are seven simple steps to get you in your skinny jeans for good!
Step 1: Choose the Right Style of Eating for You
All of our meal plans are proven, science-based ways to lose fat– but is one better than the other? Yes! The one you know you can stick to for 28 days without cheating is the best plan for you.
Ask yourself: What will keep you on track? A hearty breakfast? Convenient snacks? Your favorite meat entrée with Ranch dressing? Let the answers to those questions guide you in your decision-making. As long as you are selecting the right foods such as meats, eggs, cheese, nuts and vegetables, you will burn fat.
But if you twisted one of our Weight Loss Coach’s arms, to get them to recommend an exact plan, they would tell you to take a look at these two excellent choices…
Step 2: This is for the Ladies…
Our REV meal plan is excellent at getting safe, lasting, rapid fat loss results, especially for ladies. It has more veggies in it, which helps women shed fat from their trouble areas quickly.
Psst! We have some great news about REV for you! Starting September 1 at 6:01 pm, REV will come with eggs for breakfast. You will still get all the great fat-burning benefits of the old program, but now you can start your day with one of our delicious breakfasts.
REV is the program we use to get results with our Altered Wedding Weight Loss participants. Last year the ladies lost 10-23 pounds in just 28 days on REV. How many jean sizes would that be for you?
You can check out the real results of our 2014 Altered Wedding Weight Loss Challenge here. Dayna looks fantastic in her skinny jeans!
Skinny jean tip: Use REV to kick off your fat loss goals with great results. Then use REV to reset your system every once in awhile– the vegetables are a perfect way to detoxify your body, get clearer skin and look younger.
Step 3: This One is for the Men…
Gentlemen: have you heard about RECON yet? It’s our first weight loss plan geared exclusively for men, and it’s coming this October!
We are excited to offer a meal plan with double servings of real protein and a simple, progressive exercise program just for men. RECON is a great tactical strategy to help men conquer fat with an unfair advantage.
Watch as 10 men take the 8 week RECON challenge to burn fat, become stronger, tougher, and get their bodies back— all while living the life they deserve.
6-pack Abs Tip: You can customize our You Choose meal plan so you get double meats for your dinners. Ask one of our Weight Loss Coaches how!
Call 1-800-273-1686 x4 to talk to one today!
Step 4: How to Burn Fat Faster
A 24-48 hour fast before starting your program will signal your body to start burning fat for fuel immediately. Once your body is burning fat for fuel (the way it was designed to do), eating the right foods and avoiding sugars and starches will keep you in fat-burning mode.
If you have not yet tried fasting, we know what you are thinking: that you are afraid you will experience fatigue, hunger and low energy. Frankly, suffering through sugar withdrawals for a full week is harder than fasting 48 hours. Fasting will help you get to the stubborn fat on your body in less time.
Skinny jean tip: do the full 48 hours if you can. 24 hours is great, but the magic really does happen in the next 24 hours. People who fast– especially the full 48 hours experience more rapid fat loss than people who do not.
Step 5: Avoid this Breakfast Blunder
We’ve grown up believing that a healthy breakfast consists of things like cereal, skim milk, bagels, orange juice, yogurt and fruit. This high-carb start to your day destroys your body’s ability to burn fat. It also sets you up for blood sugar swings and cravings for the rest of your day.
The first meal of your day is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that you can release and burn fat all day long. That’s exactly why Personal Trainer Food breakfasts are based on eggs and breakfast meats. Mary lost 27 pounds in just three short weeks by changing her approach to breakfast. Check out her story here.
This is one of the reasons we are so excited about the addition of breakfast items to REV. They will keep you feeling full all day long while you burn fat.
Step 6: Use the 90/10 Rule
Excessive exercise along with a low-fat diet can cause your body to store fat. This can be hard to accept because we have all been told “no pain, no gain” when it comes to getting fit. But even the most hard core trainers in the world will admit that diet is 90% of the equation. Exercise is only 10%. You can train all you want, but you will not lose fat if you are eating poorly, especially a low-fat high-carb diet.
When our Weight Loss Coaches run studies, we tell our subjects only to walk on a treadmill for exercise. 20 minutes, 2,000 steps minimum. And all of our participants lose weight this way!
Skinny jean tip: try doing your walking first thing in the morning before you eat breakfast. Walking in a morning fasted state tells your body to burn fat for fuel all day long.
Step 7: Here’s the Trick to Break Plateaus
If your scale weight ever stalls, but you are following our Guidelines, your body is still probably burning fat. Fat loss isn’t always visible on the scale (this is why we tell you to stay off of the scale).
Here’s what to do: try a 24-48 hour clear liquid fast again.
Implementing a 24-48 hour fast throughout the weight loss phase of our program will help you bust through those little “plateaus.” Fasting resets your system, and makes your body even more efficient at burning fat.
Skinny jean tip: Try a 24 hour fast weekly during your program. This is an excellent way to burn as much fat as possible over the 28 days.
Jan is a 13-year veteran in the fitness industry and has personally coached and trained thousands of people to live fit and healthy lives around the world. 100 pounds ago, she knew exactly what it is like to be obese, sick and unhappy, feeling like there was nothing that could be done about the excess fat she had gained. That is why she couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Personal Trainer Food team today. She has successfully and permanently lost the fat using the principles of this program.