My Experience with Nutrisystem

honest and unbiased review of Nutrisystem, writen by a personal trainer

The first time I tried Nutrisystem was a couple years ago when I was trying to prepare for my best friend’s wedding.  I was in the middle of my busy season at work, and I was constantly on the go, driving my son (who has apraxia) to and from his different therapy appointments.  I felt like my biggest challenge with weight loss was having the time to do food prep, so Nutrisystem seemed like a logical option.  Here are my unbiased thoughts on the Nutrisystem program.

There’s no denying that Nutrisystem makes it easy.  Whenever you are hungry, your food is there and ready to be heated up.  That summer, doing Nutrisystem, I was able to get down to my lowest weight to date.  Now keep in mind, just because the food is prepared and easy to grab, doesn’t mean that your self-control issues will be any different.  You still have to have the will power to resist cheating on your meal plan.  Read more

My Experience with the Idealshape Plan and Ideal Meal Replacement Shakes

How I lost 12 pounds in three weeks without being hungry using the Ideal Shape Plan and Ideal Meal Replacement Shakes

I recently purchased the Ideal Meal Replacement Shakes from Ideal Shape.  I had been tracking my calories using My Fitness Pal and I noticed that I was getting almost no iron in my diet.  I was low on a couple other minerals as well, but I was most concerned about iron since it’s an important mineral for your body and it isn’t included in multivitamins.  I was also finding myself really hungry when trying to stick to my calorie goals for the day.  After doing a lot of research, meal replacement shakes seemed like a good solution to both problems and I had heard amazing things about the Ideal Shakes (plus they are really reasonably priced) so I decided to give them a try!  Read more

21 Alternatives to Snacking at Night

21 Alternatives to Snacking at Night- Avoid mindless eating in the evening.

Please tell me I’m not the only one that immediately gets the munchies as soon as the kids are down for the night.  I’m not hungry.  I just love winding down with a good snack (or ten) at the end of the night.  If you’re like me and this is your biggest downfall, you may enjoy these 21 alternatives to indulging those nightly cravings. Read more

My Experience with Trainer Lindsey’s 6 Week Fit Body Challenge

How I lost 10 pounds in two weeks on Trainer Lindsey's 6 Week Fit Body Challenge.

Trainer Lindsey’s 6 week fit body challenge is the program I’m following right now, and it’s working really well for me!  It may just be that it’s the right fit for where I am and what I need right now, but I am honestly loving it.  Essentially, I’m eating a macro balanced diet that is ideal for fitness and weight loss, and Lindsey has done all the work for me to balance it out and give me delicious meal plans to follow. Read more

How You Can Lose Weight Quickly and Safely with Ketosis

How to Lose Weight Quickly and Safely on a Ketogenic Diet.

Ketosis is one of the most controversial diet plans.  There are a few versions of ketosis diets out there.  The one that I personally have tried is Atkins.  The idea is, you eat very little carbohydrates, which forces your body to burn fat rather than it’s normal energy source of choice, carbs.  Typically on ketogenic diets, particularly in the beginning, the only carbs you are eating are vegetables, and even those are limited. Read more

My Review of Trainer Lindsey’s Free 15 Day Challenge

My Review of Trainer Lindsey's Free 15 Day Fit Body Challenge. Written by a personal trainer.

Considering how much I love Trainer Lindsey’s 6 Week Fit Body Challenge, it’s surprising (even to myself) that I don’t love the free 15 day challenge quite as much.  There are some great qualities to it, essentially the same qualities that I love about the 6 week challenge.  It keeps you full and you lose weight pretty quickly.  You are eating a macro balanced diet with more protein and less carbs. Read more

Why Mindful Eating Might be the Best Way to Lose Weight

Why Mindful Eating May be the Best Way to Lose Weight

Ok I’m going to be really honest here, and kind of contradict myself.  I personally did not lose any of my weight from mindful eating (also called intuitive eating).  At this time in my life I just couldn’t do it.  BUT it is an approach that I feel really strongly about.

I came across the book How to Have Your Cake and Your Skinny Jeans Too and I read it in a day and a half.  It was so eye opening and fascinating for me.  The author divulges all of the research that shows the effects of long term dieting on our minds, and it was mind blowing.  I immediately sent the link to my mom and told her she had buy it and read it. Read more

My Experience Counting Calories

How I lost 30 pounds counting calories using My Fitness Pal.

I started my weight loss journey by counting calories.  It worked really well for me (that is until I got sick of it, but  more on that later).  I lost 30 pounds over the course of several months by counting calories and doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.  I still wanted to lose another 30 pounds, but I was getting so sick of counting calories.  That’s when I started trying out different diet plans and lifestyles.  You can read my unbiased thoughts on ALL of the programs I have tried here.

But enough about that, we’re talking about counting calories here.  Counting calories can be a good way to lose weight.  Tools like the My Fitness Pal app make it so easy to track your calories.  It tells you exactly how much you should be eating, including how many extra calories you should eat when you work out. Read more

My Thoughts on The 21 Day Fix (by a personal trainer who doesn’t sell Beach Body)

21 Day Fix Review by a Personal Trainer Who Doesn't Sell Beach Body

The 21 Day Fix is a full meal plan and workout system from Beach Body.  I do not sell Beach Body, but I have enjoyed all of the workout programs I’ve tried from them.  The 21 Day Fix came with a full nutrition and diet framework to follow, in addition to the workouts.

Here are my thoughts on the 21 Day Fix, after having completed it.  The workouts are great.  They are tough, but fun, and they definitely cover all the major muscle groups.  The nutrition/diet guidelines are easy to follow and somewhat flexible.  Read more

What is Clean Eating and How Can it Help You Lose Weight?

What is Clean Eating and How Can it Help You Lose Weight and Feel Great.

The definition of clean eating can vary depending on who you ask.  When I was focusing on clean eating I eliminated processed foods, white flour, and white sugar.  I was buying whole fat dairy (low fat typically means more sugar) and I was making pretty much everything I ate from scratch.  Typically with clean eating you also want to buy organic as much as possible.

Cutting out sugar was a big part of this lifestyle for me.  The first few days were rough, but I found once I got past the first four or five days I wasn’t craving it anymore.  The thing I found most amazing was after a few days I actually wasn’t craving anything anymore!  I ate when I was hungry and other than that I wasn’t really thinking about food (which is unheard of for me).  It was crazy to see how that happened after cutting out all the processed foods (and chemicals that go with them).  Read more