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Carolyn Phillips: Ask Carolyn – August 2014

Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

It’s time for another edition of Ask Carolyn, where our fitness guru answers questions from listeners like you!  Hear what advice she has to offer today…

Jeff asks… When exercising and eating right, why do we tend to “level off” for a period of time before losing more weight?

There are many different reasons, so it’s not just one answer.  But if you do a lot of low calorie dieting, your body will lose some muscle, some fat and some water, so you’ll see a lot of changes on the scale.  That’s short term weight loss, though– eventually your body goes through a phase where it can’t lose weight or needs more time to catch up and lose more weight.

Another reason could be that you’re not including exercise, which can slow down the whole process.  And there could be deficiencies in the diet itself.  There is no plateau if you do it correctly.  It’s a slower process, and most people’s mindsets are used to quick, fast, easy weight loss.

Christina wants to know… After a workout, is a protein shake preferred or are there foods you can eat which will provide the same effect?

First to clarify, you have a one hour window of opportunity after you eat to uptake your nutrition to the best results.  Carbs AND protein after is more important, because we lose glycogen (a good sugar component) after we work out.  A protein shake is excellent.

Vera wants to know… What’s the best way to get motivated to exercise?

You have to train your brain.  It’s mind over matter, so be sure to put it in front of everything else and raising it on your value list.  You have to find what works for you, but there is NO magic bullet.

Lisa asks… How can I enjoy a 1200 calorie per day diet? I’m hungry all day long and the low-calorie foods are boring and routine.

You can’t.  Your body requires at least 1200 calories a day, and that’s the base number– You’re literally starving yourself if you want to do anything more than sleep all day.  Stop thinking calories and start thinking lifestyle.

For more from Carolyn Phillips, check out FitBehavior.com, or for all things stretching, life, love and happiness, go to Carolyn’s blog at CarolynsMenuofLife.com

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