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January 24, 2014

Living Fit: Creating a nutritional plan for a healthier you

As a breakthrough coach, fitness guru and figure competitor, I am always being asked for my secret weapon to a leaner and more fit physique. People want to know what exercises will rid them of their bellies or their thighs, to look and feel lean and vibrant.

If there is a secret weapon, it is not doing the latest core training or spending hours on the elliptical, or doing hot yoga three times a day. It is creating a sound nutritional plan that will allow you to shed extra weight and live a life with more energy and vitality.

Ultimately, isn’t this what we are all looking for?

Following are some immediate steps that you can take to create a leaner, more energetic you.

1. Simplify. Are you one of those people who have a file on recipes you want to try, subscribe to several cooking magazines or spend hours searching the Web for that perfect dinner menu?

The most effective meal plan is one that is simple and easy to follow. What could be better than grilled chicken and a fresh, sliced tomato? Or a piece of broiled salmon with fresh green beans? Or how about a warm bowl of oatmeal with fresh blueberries?

My most successful clients re-create the same meals daily because they are easy to prepare, they enjoy eating them and it is key to their weight loss success. Variety can come in the spices you use and the way that you combine a few staples with your daily menu.

2. Plan. Is your idea of meal planning opening the freezer at 5:30 every night while someone behind you asks, “What’s for dinner? I am starving”? You are not alone.

The latest statistics show we eat prepackaged, over-processed food more than ever, and my bet is that is not because we have more disposable income. You can solve this dilemma by creating a simple meal plan that you and your family can follow. Not only will you save money, but you will also shrink your waistline.

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