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5 Ways to Come Out of Your Weight-Loss Rut
It seems like you’ve hit your stride. Pounds are dropping, inches shrinking and you have that near perfect outfit for the grand occasion in sight. All of a sudden, it stops! You hit a weight-loss rut. The high of accomplishment and the gratification that comes with the scale numbers falling are getting harder and harder to achieve each week. The weight loss industry calls it “plateau,” because now the body has adjusted to your current weight-loss techniques, but you just call it “motivation killer.”
There is hope. Hitting a weight-loss plateau is common, so you’ll need a few tricks that you can do to jumpstart your progress and overcome those final weight barriers for good.
Don’t worry. We have some for you!
1. Change Your Routine
As I stated before, your body has adjusted to the diet and exercise plan that you’ve been doing and now knows what to expect. You have to develop a new plan and not let your body get used to one routine. Run if you walk; add weights to your cardio. Consistency with variety is key.
2. Eat More Protein
Adding additional protein to your diet is very important, especially if you’ve already cut your carb count. Adding protein will create stronger muscles, help your body burn fat and cut the number of calories your body intakes.
3. Add Weights
Weight lifting is great for burning twice as much fat as well as toning the muscle. Though you might think it will bulk you up. It will take a lot of weight lifting training to get to that point.
4. Take Up a Sport
Sometimes the gym can burn you out mentally and physically. Adding a sport like swimming, basketball, tennis and even golf can help you lose weight faster and stimulate you brain by learning something new.
5. Eat More
I know it took forever to get to eating three meals a day consistently, but you need to take breakfast, lunch and dinner a step higher with six small meals a day. They could be snacks, but it keeps your metabolism moving and will carry your throughout the day and burn more calories.
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woman choosing mediation as a remedy in her weight loss journey to better health at LIF

Sometimes it seems, that at the least opportune time, life has a way of quickly turning sunshine to clouds, dampening the mood of the most optimistic. That sometimes for me is right now, so I figured this would be a good time to share.
It’s 50 days until the end of year and you may be no where near your weight loss goals or any goals being accomplished for that matter. But I have discovered that your attitude determines your altitude, and I refuse to not be an overcomer — you should too.
The focus should be on winning, garnering the willpower to press through. We can’t conform to our circumstance no matter what the scale, doctors report or external force screams to us.
At Live in Fitness, they teach that daily meditation (and don’t go spooky on me) is an essential tool to keeping your life under control and moving forward, even at a snail’s pace. You don’t have to do anything profound, but once you (as my grandmother would say) “think yourself happy,” you’ll be surprised at the incredible benefits you will receive. Don’t believe me?  Try it. Here are a few benefits that I found transpired after I put daily meditation into action.
1. Wake Up Alert – When you meditate you are able to sleep better, and when you sleep better, you wake up more alert and aware. Meditating forces the body and mind to rest so that even if you sleep fewer hours, you are still able to jump up with a more refreshing start to your day.
2. Positive Self Worth – Maybe your priorities, desires and passions are starting to consume you. Meditation helps you define and focus on what you value most. Only you can be happy with you. I always quote to myself “whatever state I’m in, I am content.” Meditation will help stop you from looking for fulfillment from the outside and look within.
3. Develop Patience – Good things come to those who wait. Meditation forces anxiety and worry over health, weight loss goals, image, etc. to give way to the acceptance of the process. There is value in taking things slowly. Nothing fast and easy is permanent.
4. Produce Efficiency – When you are focused, calm and collected, you get more things done in less time. Consistency is key to everything, but you can’t be consistent if you aren’t efficient. When you know your goals, are well rested, have a reasonable plan and process in place to achieve them, it helps you become efficient without tiring out easily.
5. Lower Anxiety – Most times we are anxious because we are scared to take risks and no longer trust ourselves, even to the point of becoming paranoid of what people around us will think. Meditation helps remove these barriers. It gets you in touch with the moment, removing uncertainty. Meditation paces you and filters out all the negative messages that come from your brain, which are often influenced by external forces. It causes you to ignore the dread of failure.
6. Remove Indecisiveness – Another quote I say to myself all the time is “a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Meditation is clarity of thought. When you slow down, then stop completely, and focus on the matter calmly, you can make more reasonable decisions quickly, and not based off your circumstance or situation.
7. Foster Better Choices – When you begin to give yourself space and time to think more, you logically find solutions. Those solutions often lead you to make better choices. You will find yourself giving up excessive drinking, smoking, binge eating, drug use and other habits that might be detrimental to a healthy lifestyle. Also those better choices won’t alienate you from others but draw people closer to you to learn from your strengths.
By practicing meditation, you will not only develop the mind of a winner, but keep on overcoming. To learn this and other healthy lifestyle changes through diet, nutrition, mental health and exercise contact us about coming to our weight loss retreat camp. Live In Fitness is offering amazing deals just in time for the end of the year, starting at $1395 per week. Call 877-602-4863 or visit our enrollment page.
By: A. Lenise
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Biggest weight loss mistakes

Doesn’t it seem like, no matter how hard you workout or try to eat healthy, you’re just not seeing the results that you want? You push harder, read more, try to be aware, but nothing! Such a motivation killer right?

At Live in Fitness, we see people come in with these same frustrations…and then we see them leave a lot thinner and happier…and with the knowledge, tools and motivation to stay that way.

Here is  some of what we teach at LIF to give you a quick jumpstart. But if you really want to drop the pounds, pick up the phone and give us a call 877-602-4863.

10 Common Mistakes to Avoid If You Want To Lose Weight

1. Stop skipping meals – Skipping meals is not only a motivation killer but a metabolism killer — you will gain weight instead of shedding pounds. You won’t lose weight eating less. Food is fuel, so make sure you get all your protein, fat, carbs and vegetables to help your body recover and give it the energy it needs to burn fat.

2. Stop practicing magic tricks – It takes work, focus and consistency. You can’t exercise one week, do a pill the second week, and a supplement or tea the third week. It takes dedicated effort and patience. Keep working hard and the results will last.

3. Stop drinking anything but water – Its important to keep your body hydrated. Water is essential in replenishing the body. Also when we work out, water is used to flush out the toxins in our system. Did you know that 75% of our muscles are water? Though tea, supplements, milk replacements and even juice are popular, nothing takes away from drinking H20.

4. Stop obsessing – First, try not to worry. Second, stop doing those daily comparisons between the magazines and what you see on TV, movies and social media pages like Facebook and Instagram. No one is perfect. If you don’t love yourself at your current size, you might lose the weight but will never feel good enough to keep it off.

5. Stop eliminating all carbs – Everyone who is trying to lose weight struggles with the carb factor, however carbs are essential to weight loss. Eliminating carbs limits your muscle performance and though you might end up slim, you won’t be healthy. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to future weight gain. It’s bad carbs you need to avoid, like processed foods and sugar.

6. Stop not getting the sleep you need – You can’t exercise regularly, keep a job, deal with the issues of life and still think your body is going to function at its peak without any time to recover. Eight hours of sleep and a realistic exercise schedule will give your body time to recover and build the muscle, and you can accomplish a lot more with a brighter outlook with ample rest.
7. Stop doing the same workout routine – We are all creatures of habit if we know it or not. But the body can plateau when it comes to weight loss with too much repetition. If you are doing cardio, add in some weight lifting. If you like weight lifting, go for a jog or try a new sport. Changing up your routine will provide noticeable results.

8. Stop doing a million crunches – We have actually heard a million times that abs are made in the kitchen and not the gym. Your diet is crucial to having amazing abs. You can tone those muscles all you want with ab exercises, but if they’re under a roll of fat, the world will never see them.

9. Stop doing so much cardio – Similar to doing the same workout, you have to incorporate variation into your exercise plan if you are going to keep the same repetition. If you do cardio, change intervals, press harder and go faster. Make sure you change your routines often.

10. Stop avoiding the weights – Just because you lift weights doesn’t mean that you are going to turn into The Incredible Hulk. It’s not that easy to bulk up. Use weight lifting to increase your metabolism and burn twice as many calories than you would if only doing cardio.

If you focus on taking care of your health and keeping up your metabolism, a few tweaks in your exercise and diet plan can get your closer to the body of your dreams!

Below are some great videos to help you get started. If you want to keep going down the path to the body of your dreams, call us today 877-602-4863.

By: A. Lenise

 

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You Can Jumpstart Your Weight Loss In One Step
If you believe that this is just another promise about your weight loss that can’t possibly true, you’re partially right. You can’t shed all those pounds with just one step any more than you can have successful, long-term weight loss by buying a machine you see on TV at 2 in the morning…or by eating only whatever miracle food or diet pill is advertised on the same channel at the same time.
But there is some truth in that headline — if you take that one step, the right step, it will lead you to the next step…and then the next…and the next…and before you know it, your mirror will love you and your friends will hate you (not really…jealous yes, hate no).
Yesterday, we sent an e-mail asking you to call Live in Fitness to learn how we could help. If you did, that’s a great first step. If not, well, we can’t make you pick up the phone, so we’ll just have to tell you what we can do for you.
Contrary to that semi-fictitious headline, we take you through several steps, beginning with showing up at our resort facility. That’s probably a little scarier than making a phone call, but it’s really nothing to be afraid of — everyone here wants the best for you, other clients are in the same boat (or have been) and our staff is great at making you feel at home.
Although most people are as hesitant as they are hopeful. We’ve had a client that couldn’t walk up the four stairs leading to our front door, but now she’s 200 pounds lighter and playing basketball (and pretty much anything else she wants to do). We had a woman who came in a wheelchair but is now playing golf…and not using a cart. Another client came in with a cane that he only uses now to beat off women (kidding…he doesn’t use the cane).
They were all nervous, hesitant, scared and skeptical, and now every one is lighter, happier and healthier.
So if not calling, showing up is the first step. Over the next several days, we’ll go through the next steps and show you how and why our program works. If you don’t want to wait to learn more, please call. We’d love to hear from you.
In the meantime, enjoy the free recipe and workout (just a taste of what you’ll be doing here).
By: Duke Christoffersen

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