Q&A w/Stephanie Solaris: Get Lean In 8 Weeks!

Q: Is it possible to get a leaner body in 8 weeks?

A: YES with 7 simple steps AND without starving yourself!

I tell my clients staying on a nutrition plan has nothing to do with ‘will power’.  It has to do with biochemical, emotional and lifestyle imbalances.   Start by incorporating these 7 steps.  When you’re in balance at all levels, the weight will come off willingly!

1. Get Enough Sleep.
Make a conscious effort to go to bed and wake up at about the same time at least 5 out of 7 days a week.  Consistency is key.

2. Stay hydrated.
Good rule of thumb – drink half your weight in ounces of water each day.

3. EAT and EAT often.
Eat within the first hour of getting up in the morning.  Even better – eat dinner for breakfast.  Feed the fire of your metabolism every few hours with food!

4. Don’t exercise for the first 4 weeks.
Yes, you read that right.  Focus on your nutrition and eating right given your current lifestyle.  Remember, no excuses!  Give yourself 3 weeks to lock in your nutrition plan, then roll into cardiovascular exercise the next 5 weeks. For optimal fat burn, exercise first thing in the morning before having breakfast and eat within 30 minutes after your workout.

5. Log your food.
A study conducted from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that ‘those who kept a daily food journal lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records’.

6. Eat whole foods.
Don’t eat processed foods and don’t count calories.  Eat some kind of protein at every meal; this includes yogurt.  The only thing our bodies can’t store is water and protein.  We need to replenish these high burning protein stores often.

7. Have Fun!
The more you stress out about your weight, the more weight you will keep on!  When you’re stressed, the body excretes cortisol.   Too much cortisol activates fat storing enzymes.  So, no judgment!  If you make a mistake, just change your food choice next time and love yourself thin!

Give yourself 21 days to successfully change your habits.  If you have difficulty incorporating any of these tips consistently, seek out a professional.  You’ll be thankful you did and you’ll have fun too!


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