Hummus and Chicken Protein Bowl Recipe

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3 Ways to Eat What You Want and Lose Weight

You may be saying, “No Loren, you can’t eat anything and still lose weight!”

Maybe losing weight sends a picture of salads (no dressing) and raw carrot sticks.

Perhaps weight loss sends you into a nervous sweat when thinking about the gym.

Im here to change all of that! I eat pizza and drink beer every weekend.

I’m building my dream, skinny jeans-ready body too.

To truly lose weight we must adjust our lifestyle. No amount of starvation and deprivation will create lifelong change. That quick no carb, no chocolate diet will last a couple of weeks at best. It will also create a terrible relationship with food. Instead, I’ve learned how to eat all of the foods I want and still lose weight. Finally, no calorie counting, no elimination diets, no grumpiness.

 

Here’s how eat what you want and still lose weight.

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1. Get four servings of veggies daily

  • 85% of weight loss happens with changes in nutrition.
  • When I get all 4 servings of veggies in something amazing happens. I feel better. I stay full longer. It makes sure I’m getting essential nutrients.
  • Even better? I have zero guilt about indulging in that pizza and beer on Friday when I know I’ve had an amazing and healthy day.
  • How? I add spinach to my morning TrimShake. I have 2 greens at lunch. Finally, I meal prep veggies for dinner. There are endless ways to get them in daily. Message me for more ideas!
  • Adding in fruits is essential also! I aim for 4 veggies and 3 fruits a day.

2. Drink water

  • I divide my body weight in half and convert that number to the number of ounces I drink each day. Honestly, I go way over because of my health struggles
  • I keep a giant Yeti cup with water and lemon essential oil filled at all times. It’s a great flavor AND a great source of antioxidants.
  • Ditching soda is the best thing I ever did. They are filled with sugar and calories. I don’t want to drink my calories, I prefer to eat them 😜. Sodas are also known for toxic chemicals and questionable ingredients that hinder weight loss and muscle building. {Now, I still have my Dr. Pepper and whisky cokes every now and then. But, I’m not dependent on it. I’ve learned to love fruity water and sparkling water.}
  • So, flush those toxins, hydrate your body, and use a little self care with water.

3. Don’t starve, eat 6 times a day

  • Growing up, my family used to say your body needs fuel. It’s so true! People who do super low calorie and starvation diets actually hinder healthy weight loss. The body needs protein, carbs, and yes even fat. Without it, the body can’t build lean muscle and burn fat properly.
  • I was tired of yo-yo starvation diets that made me feel guilty. Instead, I found that eating six small meals (now, don’t have McDonald’s 6 times a day) gave my body constant fuel and nutrition it craved.
  • It makes me drop weight like no ones business!

Here’s an example  of my daily meals

  1. Breakfast: dōTERRA Trimshake with banana, spinach (can’t taste it), and almond milk
  2. Snack: Greek yogurt with friut
  3. Lunch: Veggie and Chicken Pasta Primavera
  4. Snack: OneBar (for protein around workout)
  5. Dinner: Fajita Bowl
  6. Snack: Chocolate peanut butter protein mug cake (recipe on my Instagram Story!)          with black berries and strawberries

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Find what works for you, we’re all unique!

At the end of the day, once I hit my gym goals and my nutrition goals, I comfortably indulge in my favorite foods without guilt. No one should live with guilt over food. In all honesty, every food has a certain place in any diet. It’s all about learning to get the right combinations and exercising along the way.

I help women with health challenges create confidence to rock those skinny jeans while eating pizza and beer by learning how to workout and eat on their own terms. If you feel stuck or are ready to get into those skinny jeans, send me a message or DM. I share tips daily on Instagram. Let’s follow each other and cheer each other on!

Loren Cooley 918200 Silver

Loren is a wellness advocate, a Special Education Teacher, a recent newlywed, and a hospice volunteer. Hiking, tea, visiting local breweries with her husband, photography, chocolate, and reading, are some of her favorites. 

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