There is a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to weight loss.

With so many diets, ways of eating (keto, low carb, high protein, intermttant fasting, IIFIYM) and different styles of workouts (low intensity, high intensity, low impact, high impact, HIIT, weight lifting, cardio, running, yoga, ballet barre), it is so easy to get confused and throw in the towel.

Before ditching all these myths and figuring out the truth, I had tried it all and failed miserably at most of it. After I had my first baby, I had gained over 50 pounds and had zero luck on losing it. I tried everything from Slim Fast, Beachbody Shakeology, at home workout DVDs and even hired a personal trainer.

Eventually, I made a decision to figure this out for good. I dropped 36 pounds, 4 dress sizes and now feel amazing!! And if I can do this, so can you!!

Let’s debunk some myths and I will let you in on my secrets, that I have learned along the way.

The fact is health and weight loss is not a one size fits all.

Myth: You can’t have your favorite foods.
Lots of people focus on all they THINK they have to give up (cake, cookies, carbs, bread, pasta, cheese). Instead focus on adding in good for you foods and treat yourself with your favorites for doing so well! Grab my clean eating grocery list here.

Truth: As long as you are in a calorie deficit, you can still have your favorite treats, in moderation.
If you want the raw truth, there are no bad foods. Anything you deem as bad or off limits is driving you down a road of resentment and binge eating. Stock your pantry with good for you foods, find healthier substitutes for your favorite treats and start tracking your food intake to see how many calories you are getting. In my Simplified Slim Down, I give you tons of recipes and even some guilt-free desserts.

Myth: You have to spend all your free time at the gym.
Truth: You do not need to live at the gym to get fit. You can get an effective workout in, in just 15 minutes a day, at home, the office or the gym. You don’t even have to go to the gym, if you don’t want to. Find a workout you love to do (or find a way to love it) so you actually will start to look forward to doing it. In the SSD, you get a bonus of 15 minute workouts you can do anywhere.

Myth: You need a personal trainer, to start.
Truth: Hiring a personal trainer isn’t needed if you are just beginning. Making improvements to your diet are most important for weight loss. And after you make necessary changes to your diet, your results in the gym and with a personal trainer will be so much better! Focus on minimizing processed foods, adding in more fruits and vegetables and getting in a multivitamin. Get a customized meal plan and workout plan with my online wellness profile.

Myth: You tried before and failed, so you will likely fail again.
Truth: You are a completely different person, now and no one has ever been successful on their first try at anything! Don’t be so hard on yourself. No one is perfect and we have all failed a million times. What’s more important is not giving up, trying again and recognizing where you could be stronger. Stay tuned for my mindset practice to help you master the negative self talk and start smashing your goals.

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