Over the past week I have gotten a lot of women reach out to me and congratulate me on not only reaching my goal, but being the leanest I have ever been.
This was taken last week the morning of my shoot.
I’ve also gotten a lot of questions from those women, as well as others, on how can they get that lean by “X” date and exactly what “diet” I did to reach my goal. And since I have gotten so many of those questions, I wanted to take the time to answer them here.
First and foremost, I want everyone to know that this might have been a 16 week goal that I was working towards, but it took over 2 years to reach this point.
Two years of ups and downs.
Two years of going through frustrations (oh, there were plenty) and celebrations.
Two years of hard work and saying “No” to some of those very much craved foods and sweets.
What I’m trying to get at here is that in a world that is all about “instant gratification”, getting to your fat loss goal/body composition goal is not something that can happen overnight or maybe even this year.
It takes time.
And something I have always told my clients, and I’m sure you have heard it as well, is that it didn’t come on overnight, it’s not going to leave overnight.
As for the question about what “diet” I did, I want to put a huge emphasis on the fact that I have not been dieting or restricting my calories the entire 2 years.
If I had been doing that, I would not have reached my goals.
What I have been doing is what we like to call “sprinting” and “jogging” when it comes to my nutrition.
Think of “sprinting” as the actual “dieting down” part of the plan.
This is where I am restricting calories, but nothing too serious, taking certain foods out, or eating less of them and having zero cheat meals.
This part of the plan can only be done for 6-8 weeks for myself. Anything more than 6-8 weeks, and my body will turn against me and the fat loss will stop.
For some, they can sprint up to 12 weeks if needed. But again, it’s not something that is long term or something you continue to do all your life.
The other phase of the plan is the “jogging”.
This can be anywhere from 4-16 weeks, possibly longer, just depending on what your goals are.
The “jogging” phase is where you are still conscience of what you are eating, sticking to a great plan, but there is more wiggle room, if you will. But this is not an “all you can eat” phase. If you are not careful, you will gain a good amount of fat back and sometimes more.
You need to raise your calories slowly and slow the pace or you’ll burn out. This can be a hard mental shift, but it’s necessary.
The scale will go up a little, but that isn’t failure. You body needs to rest and get used to its “new normal”. You can try to keep dieting, but it won’t work and you’ll do more damage than good.
I think this is the easiest way for anyone to start reaching their goals.
Breaking up the plan into “sprints” and “jogs” will not only help mentally but physically as well.
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