How I Save Time Without Meal Prep

I’ve been on a weight loss journey for a long time. There have been many ups and downs over the years due to a lack of motivation to keep up with fitness and meal routines. I will be honest, I am a lazy person when it comes to my personal health. I’ve generally relied on my work to be my exercise routine (I work in industrial construction), which also allowed me to eat a fairly unhealthy diet because I would burn so many calories at work.

Any time I was unemployed or in school I would quickly gain back the weight I would lose while working because I would continue to eat poutine, chicken burgers and ramen noodles assuming I would quickly be employed again. As you can imagine I am over weight and my health could be better.

So recently I set out to find a way to lose weight that would be healthy and based on nutritional balance and long term success. I also wanted to save money, as my industry has not been booming as of late.

Thankfully I wound up in contact with a company that was exactly that. A company that based their products on nutrition and maintainable lifestyle.

Luckily for me they did not require massive workout plans, meal preparation and huge expenses. I get to enjoy shakes and smoothies that taste like desserts and meals that satisfy my cravings. I get to eat chocolate and snacks that are delicious and don’t require much time.

My breakfast and lunch together take less than five minutes to prepare every day. My snacks are instantaneous and my dinners take less than five minutes to prepare. Below is a video with recipes for these shakes, and it makes a great example of how quick it is to make my meals.

So over all my meal preparation time every day comes to 10 minutes where it used to take me up to half an hour to make my dinner alone. I can’t explain how happy I am to have so much more time to enjoy my hobbies, and more time to work on projects I have on the go.

If you are also interested in saving time in your daily routine while enjoying a nutritionally balanced diet and saving money on your grocery bill, click right here!

I’ve lost over ten pounds since I started and can’t wait to see how my body feels as I continue to better my health. If you have any comments please leave them down below!

Why Weight Loss Is Such A Massive Industry

I’ve noticed over the last decade that weight loss products, regiments, trainers and companies have exploded in North America. I had to wonder why exactly that is. People are more over weight today then they were 40 years ago, which I believe is a much more complicated issue than it’s commonly presented. In order to understand why this industry has expanded so much, we must look at the people who put their money into these companies.

We are getting fatter. This is something we all know collectively and there are many causes for it. We eat more heavily processed foods, more fried and breaded foods and tend to eat more than we need. Jobs are becoming more and more office based, decreasing daily activity an enormous amount and our leisure time, which we once would have used to play outdoors, take part in sports or walk through the neighbourhood have changed to become sitting at home in front of one screen or another.

All of that leads to a heavier and less healthy community.

Now let’s look at how health is portrayed. Thankfully in the last couple years health has taken a turn from simply being very thin to being strong. Muscle tone and activity have become a status symbol in their own way, and they are not achieved by sedentary lifestyles. We see fitness models all over the internet, on magazine covers, in movies and especially on Instagram. They portray a glamourized side of fitness with links and sponsors to help “you” get the same results.

This massive amount of low cost marketing is part of the explosion in the industry. Low cost marketing online has changed the way companies reach and get clients.

Let’s move onto the next reason these companies have gained such traction. It comes with the cost of food. To purchase the required amount of food in meats, produce and fresh foods is far more expensive than buying calorie dense processed foods.

Diet supplement companies can then swoop in with products that cost less than the cost of fresh foods that promise weight loss in very short amounts of time. It’s enticing to think that by replacing your grocery bill with a few products “you too can lose 40 pounds in one month”. These dangerous products and claims sound too good to be true, but they are very effective. People want results without forcing lifestyle change.

That being said, there are some very good companies out there that do provide good quality products and programs designed for long term weight loss and their clients health is their highest priority. I would also like to say that supplements and weight loss products are not necessarily bad for you, though please do your research before starting a new program to ensure the company does provide a well balanced diet designed for safe and healthy weight loss.

If it doesn’t cost too much and it promises results, of course the product will be purchased. Another reason for the expanse of the industry.

Now let’s look at gym memberships. Remember above when we talked about we as people used to have a more active lifestyle but have become very sedentary? Gyms know that, and they love it. People may be willing to work out for an hour three times a week when they won’t go out for a daily walk or play sports. For people who don’t work in physical jobs they often don’t have the time to get exercise in during their day, so a gym is the perfect solution. Go to the gym so they can still watch their favourite show instead of playing sports or doing longer duration activities.

Sedentary lifestyles and an addiction to our screens has built the empire of “fitness facilities.”

In conclusion, we have become lazy people, committed to consuming content and foods that don’t feed our needs.

If every person ate fresh foods, walked every day, had a sport they played and ate fair portions of food, we would not have an obesity epidemic. That being said, it’s not easy to change our ways and the content created for our eyes is designed to keep you watching and consuming. We have become so good at creating addicting substances and content then blaming the addicts for being addicted. The screens every where are not good for us and we know that, but good luck living your life without one. Our work, our homes our automobiles all rely on that technology.

To end this all, the dieting industry has expanded because the industries that feed us and give us our leisure activities have made it so incredibly easy for them to grow that it’s nearly impossible that they wouldn’t.

If you have any comments or ideas please put them down below. I’d love to hear your thoughts about all this.

Dieting : Expectation VS Reality

Walking into a diet with huge expectation can be one of the most fatal things. Expecting optimal results within a week is just not achievable so it’s important to remember a few things.

A lot of people start diets every year, and a lot of people don’t lose the weight or gain it right back. It can be difficult emotionally, physically and financially to “diet” and when the results aren’t what we’re hoping for it can be down right upsetting. Below we are going to cover why diets don’t usually work and why we gain weight after them.

Why “Diets” Don’t Work

Walking into a diet with huge expectation can be one of the most fatal things. Expecting optimal results within a week is just not achievable so it’s important to remember a few things.

Firstly, losing ten pounds a week is not sustainable for your body and isn’t healthy. Losing 1-2 pounds week after week is something your body can do and do so healthily.

Secondly, any diet that requires you to wildly restrict caloric intake is probably not a good idea, as your metabolism will adjust to the limited caloric intake and the second you start increasing calories to a healthy amount per day your body will start turning it to conserved energy due to being starved for how ever long you dieted.

Thirdly, most diets don’t account for nutrition if they focus only on caloric intake. Eating the right foods is far more important than caloric manipulation.

Fourthly, diets don’t work because we look at them as short term goals and not lifestyle changes. Realistically if you ate a healthy diet based on whole foods and reasonable caloric intake you would lose weight until your body found its happy BMI.

How To “Diet” Right

Well the secret isn’t secret ingredients or magic pills. It’s eating the right foods at the right time. Make sure you are eating enough nutrients to support your body and don’t eat before going to bed. Enjoy fruits and vegetables in a fun way. The big secret is healthy living, eating well and fuelling your body. That being said, always consult a doctor before making huge dietary changes.

Salads are boring, so make them delicious with fruits, nuts, vinaigrettes and protein like chicken. Forcing yourself to eat foods you don’t like is a surefire way to cause failure in your dieting.

Having protein shakes is great, but they aren’t going to fill you up or satisfy your cravings. Click here for some great meal replacement shakes that will satisfy hunger with proper nutrients and healthy calorie intake.

Make sure you have enough carbohydrates and protein in your diet. If you’re looking for great protein and supplements click here.

Be flexible in your thinking! Eating one cookie to satisfy a craving or one double cheeseburger isn’t the end of your weight loss story. You satisfied your craving, good, now continue with your intended meals and keep losing the unwanted weight. Thinking that its all over or your day is now ruined by “cheating” a little bit leads to binging instead of just satisfying a craving.

Find support in your journey! There is no reason to go at it alone. There are so many groups and individuals who can help motivate and support you in your goals!

Have set goals in mind and track your progress. A lot of people give up because they feel like they aren’t achieving anything due to the scale stubbornly not moving! Remember to track your measurements as well as your weight and take a before picture to contrast where you are during your journey. It seems like a small thing but being able to physically see the difference can change your attitude towards your journey for the better. (Downloadable tracking sheet at the end of this article).

In the end, dieting means a lifestyle change and a commitment to your health and body. It’s not a short term project, a weekend of cleansing, its a long term relationship you build with the fuel that feeds your body. This is so important, as you only have one body in your life, so it’s worth respecting it and taking care of it from the inside out.

If you have any tips or comments please leave them in the comment section below!


Delicious Protein Smoothies

You can’t put a price on health, but you can certainly put a price on your grocery costs. Here are three delicious smoothies that all ring in under 350 calories that make great breakfasts and lunches. Watch above or read down below.

3 Great Protein Smoothies

Raspberry Cheesecake Shake

  • 1 tsp chia seed
  • 5 frozen cherries
  • 15 frozen blueberries
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 2 scoops IsaLean Raspberry Cheesecake (read below on where to find it)
  • 1/2 cup water or almond milk
  • 1 tsp glutamine

Mix all together in your trusty blender to get a thick smoothie, you can add water or almond milk to thin it out.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 scoops IsaLean Creamy Dutch Chocolate (read below on where to find it)
  • 1/2 cup water or almond milk
  • add 3 ice cubes for thin, 5 for a thicker shake

Mix all ingredients except ice until fully blended, then add in your ice. This just makes it easier on your blender.

Berry & Kale Smoothie

  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cube of frozen kale (read below)
  • 5 frozen cherries
  • 15 frozen blueberries
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 2 scoops IsaLean Creamy Vanilla
  • 1 tsp glutamine
  • 1/2 cup water or almond milk

Mix all together in your trusty blender to get a thick smoothie, you can add water or almond milk to thin it out.

Kale Cubes

In order to preserve my kale and add it easily into smoothies I blend it with a small amount of water and freeze it in an ice tray. As I don’t use kale every day it makes sure I’m not wasting any good produce. I freeze most of my fruit as well when I buy it fresh before it goes bad to reduce product and financial waste.

IsaLean

IsaLean shakes are delicious on their own or in a smoothie. They are produced by Isagenix, a company I work with to help people lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle and optimize athletic performance. If you have any interest in learning about our products, acquiring some delicious new products or learning about the company, please contact me down below.

Is Intermittent Fasting Good For Weight Loss

There have been a lot of fad diets, especially in the last two decades, but intermittent fasting isn’t about cutting back your calories to an extreme or doing liquid diets.

Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

Intermittent fasting is by no means a new idea. Throughout history fasting has been common to elongate food supply or for religious reasons. Now days it’s more commonly known as a weight loss system.

There have been a lot of fad diets, especially in the last two decades, but intermittent fasting isn’t about cutting back your calories to an extreme or doing liquid diets. Now there are two main types of intermittent fasting. Daily fasting consists of limited caloric intake during a part of the day, whereas full day fasting consists of not eating during a 12 to 24 hour period.

Let’s start out with daily fasting. It’s about using your calories as efficiently as possible. Eating during times of the day when you will be burning more calories and not eating during times of minimal activity. If you have a very active morning but limited movement in the afternoon, you would consume most of your calories in the morning, and stop eating in the early afternoon.

For a full day of fasting may sound like you don’t eat during the day, but that is untrue, unless being done for religious ceremony that requires it. In a usual day of fasting you would take supplements (vitamins, botanical solutions) a lot of water, tea or light juices and between 400-600 calories in snacks throughout the day. Not eating anything at all in a whole day can have consequences on your digestive system. Ensure you stay well hydrated during this time.

Now both of these methods have health benefits, but for weight loss, daily fasting is a very efficient way to increase your weight loss results without cutting more calories. That being said, eating a healthy, balanced diet is important and without it weight loss is difficult to achieve no matter how you organize your calories.

If you’ve used either method for weight loss or to maintain a healthy lifestyle please let me know down below.