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I have read and re read the different e books when I need inspiration to do my work out. By the time I am 2 paragraphs in (to Female Fat Loss Over 40), I am ready to get my work out clothes on and go for it. I really enjoy the challenging work outs and the audio book with the different timing intervals makes it easy!! I am really enjoying your program, particularly these 2 months which are especially busy for me. I can’t always make it to Boot camp but I feel so much better when I exercise. It’s great to have the option of doing a challenging workout at home. I am looking forward to taking your program on my next vacation. Thanks!!

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Hey Shawna, I bought the FFLO about a month ago and have finally started using it on Tuesday. I quit waiting for Monday to start it. It's just been 3 days but I can already tell that it is working. I sleep better and want to eat better so that I'll see results. How can I mess up with menus and workouts spelled out for me? I know what I need to do and have worked with trainers over the years to know that your program will work. For me it has just been a matter of getting started. I gained 15 lbs over the winter and need to get it off. I was diagnosed 2 years ago with Type 2 diabetes so exercise is a key part of my health. I love to walk / run but I know that with the interval training I will not only see the results I want on my body but my blood sugar will be where it needs to be. The interval training is a great workout for me in the morning. Then in the evenings I can walk for stress relief and to just relax. I saw myself in your message yesterday about the woman who still tries to walk everyday for 2 hours - who has time for that? I enjoy your blogs and am glad that I found you on Facebook! To good health!

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Easier Than You Think

Simple and effective diet tips.

You’ve tried the latest and greatest fad diets and that thing that worked for your best friend with no long-term results. Sure, you lost some weight, but it only lasted for so long. Now you’re back where you started. The deprivations and the restrictions weren’t sustainable, so you fell right back into your old eating habits. As a result, it feels like weight loss is out of reach, like you’ll never be able to lose the weight you need to lose.

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight and failed to keep it off, you probably wonder what you did wrong. Take heart, because it’s never too late to try again. Here are a few simple, yet effective, ways to approach dieting and weight loss.

Eat the Right Carbs

While low-carb diets are effective, they’re not easy or sustainable, especially if you love carbs. Thankfully, you can still eat carbs and lose weight. You just need to be picky about which carbs you go for. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid carbs that aren’t high in fiber. This means you should opt for whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Skip the white bread, pasta, rice, and cereal and choose 100-percent whole-grain options instead. The more fiber in your diet, the better. Why do you want fiber? It helps fill you up and manage your blood sugar, so you’re not as hungry all the time.

Don’t Go Hungry

Restricting calories will lead to weight loss, but it’s not easy or healthy to drastically restrict calories for long. As soon as you begin to eat normally again, the pounds pile back on. Unless you’re eating way too much, the key isn’t to cut calories. Rather, you need to focus on eating the right calories. Fill up on foods that are high in protein and fiber to help control your appetite. At the end of the day, you’ll eat fewer calories overall and lose weight.

Enjoy an Occasional Indulgence

When all your favorite foods are off-limits for weight loss, it’s difficult to stick to your guns. To avoid cravings that end in overindulging and feelings of guilt, enjoy an occasional treat. Spend your efforts choosing the right foods, not trying to avoid the wrong.

Drink the Right Beverages

It’s easy to overlook liquid calories, but they can pile on the pounds quickly. To avoid this, make water your go-to beverage. It has zero calories and is made to hydrate your body. Drinking a glass of water before each meal also aids weight loss, as you’ll feel fuller and therefore eat less. If water isn't your thing, there are plenty of alternatives. So cut back on the soda, fruit juice, sweet tea, lemonade, and sports drinks, and enjoy coffee or unsweetened tea, which are filled with antioxidants and fat-burning properties.

Quit Dieting

Ever read an article about dieting tips that said to quit dieting? Now you have. Instead of viewing weight loss as a restrictive diet, view it as a way of eating that leads to health and wellness. Stop focusing on the foods you shouldn’t eat and focus on the amazing, delicious foods you can eat—foods that actually nourish your body and help you live the life you want! Remember, weight loss is about more than dieting. It’s about a new lifestyle that centers around health and fitness.

Eat in a Window of Time

One way many people lose weight is by intermittent fasting. This way of eating alternates between periods of fasting and periods of eating. Some choose to skip a meal or two, fast one day a week, or restrict calories to 500-600 on two non-consecutive days a week. If these methods sound too difficult, there is an easier method that is still effective. Eat during a shorter window of time each day. Instead of spreading your meals out from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., try eating all your meals and snacks within a 10-hour period, and fast for the other 14.

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