I'm going to tell you what I tell all my friends (because I had to learn this the hard way) weight loss is seriously 80% what you eat and only 20% about how much you workout. I know. I know. That's damn disappointing! I can dance and lift all week long, sometimes twice a day and it will never change my body like adjusting my meals.
For years, I was the girl that said things like, "I workout so I can eat." And so, there lies the problem. That line of thinking only keeps you maintaining weight. It will never lead to a big shift in how to change your body. Oh sure, you can do something drastic like avoid eating or use some dietary drinks and pills and you WILL lose weight, but it won't be a permanent change and it won't be as significant as you'd like it to be.
So what's a person to do? Especially when you're not 20 anymore, you like to eat out and maybe you have kids or bad influences stocking up your kitchen with a bunch of fake foods in boxes. Ugh - face palm.
Sometimes you need something like a Whole 30. If you visit a dietitian, they likely call it something else, but essentially I'm asking you to cut some major food groups out of your diet. Foods that lead to inflammation. Things like:
-Sugar (yes - diet soda too)
Some of you are already rolling your eyes. I know - it's a tough list. And it's tough to avoid those foods by yourself. I did it with a group of people last January and we had a support group on Facebook. I'm going to do it again this January and lead the page under TURN. I'd like for you to join me.
I can't promise you weight loss. But I can promise a noticeable difference in how you will eat going forward. A lot of us are overeating salt and sugar and it's just not good for our health. I mean - it's terrible for our skin, our sleep, our metabolic system - just bad, bad, bad.
Here's how we're going to make the journey even easier: We are partnering up with EatSmart RVA. Abbie Toner and I have wanted to do this together for a while now. She's going to measure out meals for you - lunch and dinner portions if you want and then you just have to figure out your breakfast and snacks. This should be an easier way to do this.
If you choose not to do the Whole 30 with Eat Smart's help - you can do it by following a few simple rules. Avoiding the foods above and doing it for 30 days. :)
Last note - the TURN client who shows the biggest change, and it could be weight, hair, skin, allergies etc - will win a week of FREE meals from Eat Smart RVA in February and a gift card to TURN for some merch. Yep - I'll be getting new gear soon.
Whatcha think? Let me know if you're on board to participating.
Here are links to Eat Smart's part of our Whole 30 Collaboration.