Not All Calories are Created Equal

Have you heard this before? Weight loss is simple. It’s all about calories in versus calories out.

While it is true that a caloric deficit will help you lose body fat and build lean muscle. You must remember that not all calories are created equal.

For example, if I eat one meal today that consists of an entire pizza which equals around 2,000 calories. Those calories are not going to help me lose body fat and build lean muscle even if I were to exercise for one hour to burn about 350-400 calories.

Using the example above, your caloric deficit occurs if your basal metabolic rate (BMR: the minimum calories you need to take in per day to run your body’s systems) is 2,000 kcal and you exercised for one hour making your deficit 350-400 kcal. That leaves you with 1600-1650 net calories ingested that day.

On the flip side, if your intake of 2,000 calories were made up of lean proteins, fresh veggies that are nutrient dense, and healthy fats, then you would be able to reach your weight loss goals with the same amount of exercise while improving your recovery time, your energy levels, and your performance at work, play, or rest!

Check out the full video below for all the details!

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3 Simple and Easy Ways to Cut Calories

3 Ways to Cut Calories without counting or weighing your portions!

I wanted to share with you the top three ways I manage my calories each week without breaking out the scale and weighing my food!

These are really simple ways you can implement today to reach your goals quickly!

1. Mindful eating- mindful eating can be added into every recipe you enjoy to cook each week! It begins with eating slowly and enjoying about 15 chews per bite of food. It takes about 20 minutes for your nerves in your stomach to recognize that it is full and signal your brain to stop eating! We always coach our PrepWars clients to eat to 80% full which means recognizing you have been satiated BEFORE you normally notice it!

2. Smaller portions- taking smaller serving sizes is a step in the right direction! American plates are larger than they ever have been in history and naturally, we tend to fill our plates full to the edges. Protein portions will be about the size of your palm. Carbohydrates will equal one cupped handful on your plate. And fats, yes they are necessary too, will be about 1-2 thumbs in size so about 5-8 nuts.

Spinach salads are ideal for meal prep to fuel your body and help your routine reach your goals.

3. Find more fiber- fibrous foods make us feel fuller faster and longer than simple sugars or protein. Fiber is classified in two ways: soluble and insoluble. Meaning absorbable or not. Fiber is also considered a carbohydrate so if you are choosing insoluble fiber, those carbs will not get absorbed! An example is celery. Celery has both soluble and insoluble fiber. Have you juiced celery? The insoluble fiber is what is left behind in the juicer.

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These little know facts are why calories get such a bad reputation… Americans just don’t know the difference between simple and complex carbs or even why they are so important!

The next time you’re fixing up your plate for dinner, be mindful of your portion sizes and choose more fibrous foods to eat fewer calories without counting them down to the gram!

What Fitness Equipment Do I Need to Workout at Home?

We are excited to welcome you to the only online personal training program for busy adults that want to improve mental health, decrease stress, and boost energy!

Before you get started, it is important to make sure that you have the equipment needed to perform all of the exercises. So here is your shopping list with fitness equipment that will allow you to exercise in the comfort of your home safely and efficiently.

Must haves in order to get started right away:

– Dumbbells (two pairs ranging from 15 to 50 lbs.) – besides the 25# you have, look for 15s, 20s, and 30s to get started or select the power block feature below!
– Swiss Ball
– Bands with Handles
– Pull Up Bar

Recommended equipment to get more out of your workout experience.

– Flat Bands
– Kettlebells (two kettlebells ranging between 15 and 50 lbs.)
– Power Block (Power Blocks are essentially dumbbells with variable resistance)- as a better investment and substitute to dumbbells

Email us know if you have any questions, and enjoy you workout!

Healthy Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken

Ingredients for at least 5 servings:

2 lb chicken breast (measured raw)

1/4 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or coconut aminos, or low sodium soy sauce)

1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp red pepper garlic sauce

1/4 cup organic, raw honey or agave

1 tbsp orange zest or shaved fresh orange peel juice from 3 clementines

1 tbsp tapioca starch (or arrowroot starch) sesame seeds, green onions spray coconut oil

Steps:

In a bowl, mix Bragg’s, rice vinegar, orange juice, orange zest, honey, red pepper sauce and tapioca starch. Set aside.

Chop chicken into small pieces. Set a nonstick skillet on medium high heat and spray with coconut oil. Add the chicken and cook until it is about 90% finished.

Pour in the orange sauce and stir quickly. Reduce the heat, allow the sauce to thicken and continue stirring. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve with brown rice or quinoa.

Recipe modified from the original to cut down on sugar and fit into your macronutrient guide.

Orange Chicken

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Overnight Oats

I’m a simple guy.  Really simple.

I generally pick a few ingredients and make it into a meal, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  That particular strategy is beneficial to weight management and fueling the body for performance…  Most of the time.

Until I get tired of eating same things, all the time!

Because of PrepWars, I’ve learned how to have some fun with meal prep, and the following recipes are just the trick to change up my routine.  Follow @fitlifechampions on Facebook and Learn to Meal Prep on Instagram to learn how to make overnight oatmeal work for you and your busy week ahead!

Please check out these recipes for some fun variations on overnight oatmeal!  Remember to use almond or coconut milk instead of dairy for optimal health and performance through your busy week!

Overnight oatmeal recipes to save you time!

 

Fast and Easy Egg Cups

The purpose of meal prep ahead of your busy week is to save you time AND money.  Adding this fast meal prep recipe will save you boatloads of each!  Once your ingredients are prepped, diced, sliced, mixed and placed in the oven, you are free to grill or saute your other meals for the upcoming week.

Egg Cups

To save time and money, prepare your breakfasts ahead of your busy week!

This simple to make meal-prep breakfast is a great way to make your morning routine quick and healthy!

Items needed:

  • 6 section (minimum) muffin tin, non-stick
  • 1 quart egg whites
  • 6 pack of eggs
  • Diced vegetables of your choice (peppers, onions, brussel sprouts, zucchini, etc.)
  • Spinach sliced
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper

 

Instructions:

  • If not a non-stick pan, lightly grease tin with coconut oil.
  • Dice your choice of vegetables to smaller than bite-size portions
  • Divide veggies equally between each section of the muffin tin.
  • Crack one egg into each section of the muffin tin.
  • Pour the equivalent of two egg whites into each section of the muffin tin.
  • Sprinkle spinach over top of each section, crack black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes or to desired consistency.  Eggs should be firm once fully cooked.
  • Remove from oven and quickly remove eggs, add your choice of protein (1/8 c.) and portion into containers for grab n go meals in the morning!

Egg Cups Finished

Brand Ambassador Program

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Simply share your unique code with friends and family and earn $50 per referral!

Click HERE NOW now to apply!  And watch the video below to learn more details!

The 5 Best Books that Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

Five years ago when we began our coaching journey, we stressed how important exercise was to help you reach your goals.  And while very impactful to help you reach your goals, fitness alone will not make as big of a change!

We realized after about a year and a half that we weren’t providing the elite level of service that we held ourselves to so we dedicated 18 weeks to learning the advanced application of sports nutrition from Precision Nutrition!  That education was a game changer for our community once we added in the #PrepWars Meal Prep Workshop!

Finally, we discovered the next step to help you reach your fitness goals was to add in some very important books that launched our clients forward!

The TOP 5 LIFE CHANGING books we recommend along with a the top 3 reasons they make a difference are….

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

  1. The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.
  2. Exercise is a keystone habit that impacts every area of your life because it boosts energy, decreases stress, and establishes a routine.
  3. Once a routine of exercise has begun, nutrition changes soon follow to support the additional energy expenditure while building lean muscle mass and decreasing body composition.

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

  1. This book demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs.
  2. Two limiting beliefs that stand out are Burden and Not Feeling Good Enough, this book helps lay out a strategy to overcome these debilitating limiting beliefs.
  3. “Each of us has an inner thermostat setting that determines how much love, success, and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy. When we exceed our inner thermostat setting, we will often do something to sabotage ourselves, causing us to drop back into the old, familiar zone where we feel secure.”

Find Your Why by Simon Sinek

  1. “If we want to feel an undying passion for our work, if we want to feel we are contributing to something bigger than ourselves, we all need to know our WHY.”
  2. Finding and committing wholeheartedly to your purpose helps to remind us why we begin a fitness journey and keeps us on the path when distractions or set backs arise.
  3. “Before we can stand out, we must first get clear on what we stand for.”

Mindset by Carol Dewick

  1. It is your mindset that will help you achieve your goals quickly and safely.  If you have a growth mindset you are more likely to believe that you will reach the destination you set out on a quest for.
  2. “No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”
  3. When you avoid the trap of a fixed mindset, your achievements will come to you faster and are more likely to stick as a lifestyle change.

The Sacred Enneagram by Chris Heurtz

  1. By learning and identifying our personalities, we can recognize our tendencies, both good and bad in order to become our best selves.
  2. “When it comes to recognizing the truth of our own identities, most of us experience a symbolic version of blindness that keeps us from seeing ourselves for who we really are.”
  3. Our personal growth journey is propelled forward by connecting with our identity and our personalities.  Once a connection is made with out true selves, our spiritual journey can begin wholeheartedly.

By combining a strong purpose with a safe and effective workout and nutrition program, we see our clients reach their goals faster than any one of the three dimensions on their own.

To connect with a certified personal trainer at Fit Life Champions, book a complimentary consultation at www.calendly.com/riseup