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LEANER & STRONGER is greater than WEIGHT LOSS

Reducing body fat, maintaining or building muscle, and feeling more confident in your body. The basics are here - and I know you’re familiar with them. What were the fundamentals these clients applied? Keep reading!

Energy Needs with Consistency

Calories play a role whether you focus on them or not. To lose body fat, create a caloric deficit by consuming fewer calories than your body needs. To build muscle, ensure  calories are closer to maintenance or a slight surplus to support growth.

Use this for a quick check:

  • Maintenance/Performance: 12-13.5 calories/pound

  • Moderate weight loss: 10.5-12 calories/pound

  • Rapid weight loss: 9-10.5 calories/pound

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Prioritize Protein and Fiber

Make protein and fiber a cornerstone of your diet.

 

  • Protein intake is crucial for muscle preservation during fat loss, recovery from workouts,  and essential for muscle building. Aim for 0.7 to 1.0 gram of protein per pound of goal body weight.

  • Fiber is crucial for gut health, promoting satiety to support body composition goals, plays a role in stabilizing blood sugar, reducing cholesterol levels, and, again, fostering a healthy gut microbiome, contributing to long term health. 25-35 grams of fiber is a great goal - more specifically 14 grams of fiber per 1000 calories you eat.

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Resistance Training & Movement

Resistance training is integral to body composition goals contributing to a more defined and sculpted physique - vs only losing body fat and getting smaller. Muscle is  metabolically active, enhances overall calorie expenditure, supporting body composition goals.. Muscle  mass is associated with improved metabolic health, insulin sensitivity, and longevity, making resistance training a cornerstone for optimal body comp and overall long term health..

 

  • Muscle Maintenance: resistance training at least 2-3 times per week. This stimulates the muscles and prevents muscle atrophy.

  • Muscle Growth (Hypertrophy): training the same muscle group 3-4 times per week with a focus on progressive overload—gradually increasing resistance or intensity over time.

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Prioritized Lifestlye Habits

A Prioritized Lifestyle includes the above, of course, but also the concepts of mindfulness and satisfaction with food choices, hydration, sleep, and stress. This includes the understanding of how it all applies to your lifestyle while traveling, eating out, with family and friends, difficult moments, etc.

  • Sleep 7-9 hours per night, quality matters

  • Hydrate early and often, half your body weight in ounces per day

  • Manage stress by setting boundaries and including outlets for your physical and mental health

You want to lose body fat and build muscle? You want to feel more confident in your body? You’re defining what you want as weight loss - but you know that your physique and how you feel is important too.

 

With a focus on a Prioritized Lifestyle, we tailor nutrition to meet your complete needs:

  • Biological needs, ensuring the right balance of calories, macros, micronutrients, quality sleep, hydration, and purposeful activity.

  • Guide you to recognize satiety cues, establish structured routines, and foster mindfulness for a sustainable approach.

  • Most importantly, we believe in the power of satisfaction and fulfillment, incorporating foods and habits you enjoy, ensuring your journey towards improved body composition and health is not only effective but genuinely fulfilling.

Focusing too heavily in one of these areas can easily push you into unsustainable and even detrimental habits.