Updated: Jun 7
[Today, In part 1 of our 3 part series on getting lean for New Orleans, we will cover the basic nutritional information you need to start losing fat. In part 2 & 3, we cover the fitness side of the equation.]
This year's Naughty in N'awlins has been rescheduled for August 19-23rd. Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on event scheduling throughout the country. But is there an upside to this delay? Possibly, especially if you put on a few extra pounds being stuck in the house for the past couple of months. But you'll need to act quickly to really take advantage of this extra time!
With this new schedule we have well over 2 months to get our bodies ready for the largest Lifestyle gathering in America! And you can make a lot of progress in 2 months. How much progress, you ask? Well, it varies from person to person but we've seen clients capable of safely dropping 20-30 pounds in that short of a period.
Fitness, nutrition, and weight loss are often perplexing issues. What works for one person may not work very well for another. But there are some basics that should form the framework for any program trying to safely maximize body fat reduction in a short period of time.
First, nutrition has to become the priority. In a 2 month period, nutrition will play the largest role in how much weight you can safely lose. Fitness is always important but nutrition will likely drive 80% of your results in the first 2 months of any weight loss program. And though properly planning a nutrition program can be frustrating and time consuming, the following 4 tips are a great starting point.
KEEP CARBS LOW, ESPECIALLY BAD CARBS. In a nutshell, If it looks like a plant, it is a good carb. If it looks like anything else, it's a bad carb (Note: no carb is completely bad, only bad for optimizing your current goals.) Eat all the broccoli, peppers, and asparagus you want. Obvious foods to avoid are candy, baked goods (even supposedly healthy baked goods) and bread. Some carb sources that have a place in a long term nutritional program can prove less than optimal when trying to lose weight quickly, ie., potatoes, rice, beans and even sometimes fruit.
EAT REAL FOOD. If it comes in a box or wrapper, skip it. If it looks like it used to have a face or grew in the ground, eat it. Choose lean meats, seafood and cruciferous vegetables. Grill or bake it. Don't fry it. It's really that simple.
DON'T "DESSERT-IFY" YOUR FOOD. Over the years we've seen many of our clients try to take otherwise healthy foods and/or ingredients and do their best to turn them into a dessert. Paleo cookies, organic brownies, etc. Do yourself a favor and don't fall into this trap. These foods still create massive problems for any weight loss program. Trust us on this one.
DON'T DRINK YOUR CALORIES. If you truly want to maximize your fat loss before getting to NOLA, avoid any drinks with calories. This includes, sodas, energy drinks, smoothies (even "healthy" ones), and alcohol (Yikes!) Liquid calories, which are primarily sugar, are a near instant insulin spike which is a virtual cauldron for weight gain.
Making good simple nutritional decisions will go a long way toward helping you look your best during the vast array of parties, naked speed dating sessions, and playroom antics headed your way in New Orleans. Fill your plate with leafy green vegetables and a lean protein source about the size of your hand and you'll see those extra pounds start to melt away just in time for Bourbon Street.
Most importantly, if you make mistakes (you will), don't sweat it. Move on and try to do better the next time. The more good decisions you make the better you'll look in that new latex outfit you've been dying to wear.
Look for our next article where we will show you how to stop wasting your time doing endless and often useless hours of "cardio" in your well-meaning attempts at losing weight. There's a better way!
If you'd like to work with us personally to really maximize your progress over the next 2 months, click any of the "Free Consultation" buttons on our website Homepage!