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
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
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