Aging in Reverse

Lately my Instagram has been blowing up about my skin and I am spilling all my secrets to my favorite anti-aging for fine lines and wrinkles regimen. I started using GlowBiotics when I was 27 and really wanting to make a major change in my skin care products. Glowbiotics is clean, safe, and effective with no parabens, phtalates, sulfates, artificial dyes, mineral oil, toxins, or hormone inhibitors.

Related: 5 Tips for Anti-Aging

When I first started looking into a skin care regime, I was most scared of the cost. However, these products are cost effective and simple a regimen will last me close to six months. It typically totals around $400 a year. (You can use code BRITTINEY20 to save 20% on your first order).

The key to great skin, just like weight loss, is being consistent and actually using the products 80-90% of the time. After 6 years of being consistent with my skin care regimen, I can really see it paying off and others are noticing all the time as well.

4 Steps to a Good Skin Care Regimen

  1. You must be using a good cleanser and cleaning your face in the morning and at night.  
  2. Apply a Vitamin C. This helps with pigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
  3. Use retinol. This is a must. However, it can be harsh on your face so ease into it starting with 1 day a week, then 2 days a week, and so on.
  4. Use a firming probiotic moisturizer.

This is line is simple and effective and one I highly recommend!

Here are the at home kit’s. I personally use the Age Reversal. If you struggle with acne they have a fantastic acne line, and if you’re post-baby,  the post pregnancy glow is amazing.

How to Apply the Regimen

  1. Let the products dry completely before applying the next.
  2. Pre- cleanse with a micellar wipe
  3. Cleanse using a clarisonic
  4. Pat your face dry 
  5. Apply Vitamin C.
  6. Let it soak in. I usually find something to do for a few minutes like brush and floss my teeth.
  7. Add your retinol.
  8. Let that set in. I usually put on my pajamas, put on the kids’ pajamas, and help them brush their teeth.
  9. Add your firming cream.

If you’re getting a little older and started to notice a few more fine lines a wrinkles, now is the time to take action. A couple hundred dollars a year to take care of your skin is a small price to pay compared to the thousands you might have to pay down the road to try to reverse the damage. Caring for your skin while you’re still young is the key to a long lasting healthy glow.

Time to Stop Wearing your Grandma’s Make Up

Friends, I am so freaking excited about this blog post, I have been dying to chat make-up and skincare forever, but was nervous there wouldn’t be much response since I’m all fitness and food all the time. But, to be honest, I have scaled back on new client rounds, having no more than 20 new clients a round so I can fully engage and be there without burnout!  So, in the off time of Faster Way to Fat Loss rounds I am chatting make up, botox, boob jobs, skincare routine and more. So, let me know if you want more of these topics by commenting here!

Color Science Make Up

Let’s Chat Color Science make up! It is a game changer! It makes you look flawless and has tons of anti-aging properties. I have linked all my products here! If you love this list, make sure to follow me.

My Make Up Routine

I have  put together a hot mess express mom  makeup tutorial in my Wellness and Weight Loss group. You can join the group for free for other tips and tutorials.

Stop Using your Grandma’s Make Up

Like I say in the video it is time stop with the Covergirl drug store crap, we  are getting old (haha), and it is time we use proper makeup that not only helps us look flawless but also stops the aging process as well! If you try it out let me know! And be sure to give me a tag so I can see  what you bought and how it looks on you!

5 Easy Tips for Healthier, Younger Looking Skin

5 tips for healthier skin

On December 16th I celebrated my 33rd birthday. It’s so hard to believe, I am 33, married almost 13 years, 3 babies and hardly any wrinkles (haha!). Taking care of my skin has been a big priority of mine over the last few years. I’m friends with women who are in their late 40’s-50’s and their common theme is looking in the mirror and not recognizing themselves. When I was 27, I met two amazing women who  had the most flawless skin and I began asking them a million questions on how they looked so youthful but not like a plastic weirdo. They were aging gracefully and gorgeously and they had some tips I immediately started doing. Along the way, I have fallen in love with some products I want to share with you. Here are 5 easy tips for healthier, younger looking skin.

#1: Get out of the Tanning Bed

In the words of my esthetician, the tanning bed is a “cancer coffin” and the quickest way to  age yourself. The weird thing about tanning beds is its not gradual aging. With tanning, one day you wake up look 10-15 years older and the damage is done. Honestly, I’m surprised tanning salons are still in business. But, this is a free way to stop the aging process. Don’t even waste your money on good product or botox if your going to wrinkle away in a tanning bed.

#2: Wear Sunscreen Daily

If you want healthier, younger looking skin, you should be wearing sunscreen every day, even in the winter, even when you are inside. I am in love with this tinted sunscreen and it’s really high quality. It’s not the banana boat horrible smelling kind. This sunscreen does not smell and goes on flawlessly after you cleanse and moisturize, let it dry really well and then apply your makeup as you normally would.

#3: Wash your Face

You should be washing your face every evening before bed and every morning. This is huge and has been a game changer for me, if you could invest in anything, a clarisonic brush and a cleanser is a must! I love the guided timer so you know how long to spend on each area of your face. This only needs to be used at night when taking off your makeup. Cleansers aren’t something you need to invest a lot of money on if you needing to  save in any area you can use this Neutrogena Gentle, but if you want the best, this gel cleanser is amazing at taking every trace of makeup off and leaving your pores looking amazing. 

healthy skin glowbiotics

#4 Get Yourself on High Quality Regimen that is Medical Grade

I have been using GlowBiotics since around 28 and am in love with their products. You can get a cute sample set to try out a full regimen for only $20. I currently use the anti-aging kit. It comes in a cute travel bag plus a card that explains how to use each product and in what order. This is a great way to test out the products and see what you like best.

#5 Exercise, Eat Right, and Drink your Water

Exercise and diet has a huge impact on your skin. If you want to look healthy and youthful, you have to be treating your body right. Physical activity, eating whole foods, and drinking your water every day can take you a long way when it comes to making your skin look good.


I hope these tips, tricks, and products help you start to create your own healthy skin routine! For more tips and tricks for staying healthy, looking great, and aging gracefully, follow me on Instagram!

How to do a 24 Hour Fast


Fasting has become a very popular way to burn fat and lose weight. While the word can scare people off, it’s actually not as scary as it sounds. The most popular form of fasting is the 16:8 protocol, which I practice on a daily basis. But, once a month, I take on a 24 hour fast with my FASTer Way to Fat Loss VIP clients. While a 24 hour fast might sound intimidating, it can work wonders for your weight loss journey and your health.

Benefits of a 24 Hour Fast

  • Cellular Repair – Your body’s natural way of replenishing cells to help prevent disease. 
  • May Reduce Inflammation – my favorite thing about fasting is how light weight you feel from the reduction of inflammation. You wake up with a flat stomach and feel the fat
  • Autophagy – autophagy is when your body self eats (removes damaging cells) and this helps reduce inflammation, reduce cellulite, aids anti-aging, and removes dark spots under your eyes.
  • Increased Energy and Accelerated Fat Loss – 24 hour Fasts can also help increase energy and accelerate fat loss by giving your body time to fully digest and use stored fat as energy.

How to do a 24 Hour Fast

The day of a fast, I eat my normal, healthy, regular calorie/macro day. A sample day for me looks something like this:

  • Meal 1 – 2 eggs, toast, and berries 
  • Meal 2 – rice, skirt steak, black beans, lettuce, sour cream, salsa
  • Meal 3 – ½ ezekiel muffin, peanut butter, ½ banana 
  • Meal 4 – broccoli, pasta, Italian sausage , parmesan cheese, small side salad

My last meal (meal 4) is at 4:00 PM. I start my  fast starts as soon as I’m finished. I will start consuming water with pink Himalayan sea salt, and end the night with dandelion root tea for inflammation and detox.

When I wake up in the morning, I have 20oz room temp water (try this challenge) followed by black coffee with sweet leaf stevia. Throughout the day, I will drink a gallon of water and another cup of dandelion root tea.

I break my 24 hour fast with a super healthy meal at 4:00PM.

Tips for Surviving the 24 Hour Fast

  • Stay busy
  • Drink lots of water
  • Try green tea or dandelion root tea to help suppress your appetite
  • Don’t do any extreme exercise
  • Fast from 4PM – 4PM

The key to a 24 hour fast is to consume no calories and no supplements to give your body a total digestive rest so that it can repair itself, remove damaged cells, and burn stored fat. 

I am coaching clients through daily 16 hour fasts and monthly 24 hour fasts. Join here to become a client!

How to Track your Macros when Going Out to Eat

When you’re going out to eat, it can be hard to stick to your normal diet and eating plan. I’ll be honest, restaurants used to stress me out. But, the truth is, there is no reason we should have to give up fun foods and eating out to maintain fat loss. We just have to go about it differently. If travel a lot, or just find yourself busy and on the run most days, here are six easy ways to stay on track with a macro counting diet.

Save All your Macros for One Meal

If you’re going out for a special occasion, you can assume if your going to indulge in an appetizer, entree, dessert, and drinks. Saving all your macros for one big meal is a great way to stay on track but still enjoy your evening.

Save your Carbs

I typically find that when I go out to eat, I want to eat a lot more carbs. Therefore, I like to plan ahead and save up my carbs if I know I’m going out to eat. I practice a !6:8 fast, and have smaller meals leading up to the big meal in the evening. If I typically have 30g carbs per meal, I’ll only have 15g carbs per meal and save the rest for going out to dinner.

Overestimate your Fat Intake

If you’re eating out, go ahead and assume that everything you eat has an added 1-2 Tbs. of fat on top what the restaurants nutrition facts state. Not everything can be cooked the same way every time, and there are a lot of butters and oils added while your meal is actually being prepared. When adding meals to your food journal, always add in extra fats.

Make Sure you Reach your Protein Goals

Always make sure you’re reaching your protein goals throughout the day. Don’t save a large protein allotment for dinner as restaurant meals are typically low in protein and high in carbs and fats. In my opinion, protein is the most important macro to hit each day.

Pick a Restaurant with Online Nutrition Information

If you are able to be in control of the situation, choose restaurants that offer calorie and macro information online. Look up the nutrition facts ahead of time and go ahead and log your dinner for the day. This way, you can work the rest of your meals and macro counts around that meal.

Go with What You Know

If you know what you like to eat when you go to a restaurant, it’s usually safe to make some guesses about what macro counts are in each meal. I love wraps, steaks dinners, tacos, fajitas, and breakfast foods. If we’re going out to eat, I usually know that I’m going to get one of those things. This makes it easier to guess what the macro counts are going to be so that I can plan my additional meals accordingly.

Going out to eat can be tricky, but it’s definitely not impossible and it gets easier each time you do it. Don’t make a night out an excuse to quit counting your macros and get off track.

Here are some other tools that I find helpful when it comes to going going out to eat:

Be strong, this is about you and nobody else. Do not let others guilt you into eating or drinking stuff you simple do not want to. Stay strong and stick to the game plan.

4 Ways to Hit your Protein Goals Every Day

When it comes to counting macros, hitting your protein goal for the day is the most important part of the plan. Protein is essential for fat loss as it helps keep you full, fuels your body, repairs your muscles, and more. Protein can also be the hardest marco to hit each day as most macro calculations will having you eating a lot of it. After a few years of counting macros, here are some of my favorite tips for reaching your protein goals each day.

Tip 1: Take your Total Number of Protein Grams and Divide them by how Many Meals you’ll be Eating that Day

Eating an even amount of protein at each meal will make it so much easier to hit your goal each day. If you don’t do this, you’ll likely find yourself trying to eat a ton of protein at the end of the day. No one wants to sit in the kitchen and eat four grilled chicken breasts. So, if you’re aiming to hit 120g of protein, and you plan on eating four meals, you could aim to have 30g of protein per meal.

Tip 2: Have some Convenient Protein on Hand

The busier you are, the harder it can be to make sure that you hit your macros at each meal. I find that fats and carbs are pretty easy and convenient, but finding protein can be a little more time consuming. Try to have some quick and easy protein options on hand at all times. I love easy protein shakes like Lean Body, Pure Protein and even Atkins Shakes. I also try to have yogurt, egg whites, protein bars, and cottage cheese on hand.

Tip 3: Bulk Prep Protein to Make Quick and Easy Meals 

One of the easiest ways to hit your macros each day is to bulk prep your protein ahead of time. You can cook multiple proteins and use them in a variety of different meals throughout the week. Some of my favorite go-to meals are:

  • Lean ground turkey with rice, salsa, and avocado
  • Shredded chicken wrap with cheese and veggies
  • Cottage cheese with berries and pineapple
  • Yogurt with berries and granola

Tip 4: Make Some Higher Protein Swaps

It’s so much easier to hit your protein goals if you consume foods with a higher protein count. For instance, instead of whole wheat bread, try Dave’s Killer Bread or P28 Bread. Instead of regular pasta, try chickpea pasta or black bean pasta. If you’re in a pinch, drink two scoops of protein powder versus one. The best thing you can do is start to explore your options and select foods that offer you more protein.

If you’re new to the macro game, I hope these tips and tricks help you simplify your life. If you need help learning about macro counting, calculating your individualized macros (remember… we all have different macro calculations), or just want some guidance and accountability, I encourage you to explore the next round of The FASTer Way to Fat Loss. This program helped change the way I view food and weight loss and is a total game changer for people who still want to enjoy food and not live on a rigid diet. I would absolutely love to work with you!

5 Macro Counting Hacks for My Fitness Pal

1. Use the Barcode Scanner Feature 

Using the barcode scanner feature is so much easier than scrolling through the hundreds of My Fitness Pal entries. The barcode scanner will give you much more accurate results as well.

2. Stick with Foods with the Verified Shield

Foods in the My Fitness Pal database with a “verified shield” next to them contain very accurate macro and calorie information. This is extremely helpful when you do not have access to a barcode or nutrition label. You can always trust the verified shield.

3. Be Descriptive in the Search Bar Feature 

Always be as descriptive as possible when searching for a food. For example, if your are searching for tortillas, do not simply just type in tortillas. Type in the brand name, the type, and the amount. Be as specific as possible for the best results. So you might type in Oreta Low Carb tortillas. When it comes to proteins, think the same way. Instead of typing in ground beef, type in “Kroger Ground Beef 93/10”.

4. Use the Recent Tabs or Frequent Tabs to Find your Most Common Foods

You don’t have to regularly add the same foods over and over. If you’ve scanned a barcode once, that food will stay in the system. Utilize the recent or frequent tabs so that you can log your food in an instant!

5. Create Meals

If you’ve found a breakfast you love, create a meal option and save it so you don’t to have to reenter. This page walks you through how to easily create meals in My Fitness Pal.

6. Use the “Copy to Date” Option

If you typically have the same meal for breakfast everyday, or rotate through a couple different lunches, you can just copy your meal and paste it to a different date. Just click the three dots in the corner and copy that meal to whatever days you plan to eat the same thing.  

I hope these tips help you quickly and easily log your food and crush you health and weight loss goals!

3 Steps to Creating a Macro Balanced Meal


One thing that has helped me be successful in flexible dieting (or counting macros) has been creating macro balanced meals. Sure, there are days where I my meals are completely balanced because I’m enjoying a pizza for dinner, or donuts for breakfast, but typically, I eat balanced meals that keep my body in fat burning mode. Creating macro balanced meals helps me stay energized and makes it easy to hit my macros each day. Here are three simple steps to creating macro balanced meals.

Step 1: Protein (a very large amount of protein) 

Everyone is going ot have different  macro goals by prioritizing protein at each meal, you can feel fuller and more satiated throughout the day. A lack of protein can cause fatigue, which is one of the most common complaints of most of my clients before I start working with them. Protein also helps us build long, lean muscles so we are actually strong, not just “skinny fat”. Make sure to get in a lot of protein at each meal so that you’re not stuck with a huge amount that you’re supposed to get in at the end of the day. Divide your daily protein macro count by how many meals you plan to eat that day, and try to reach that number at each meal. For example if your goal is 120g of protein for the day, and you plan to eat four meals, divide 120g by 4 and you will have around 30g of protein per meal.

Here is an example of what a meal with 30g of protein would look like:

  • 1 whole egg,  6 tablespoons of egg whites, Canadian bacon, and some Dave’s killer bread 
  • Greek yogurt with nuts, seeds, and berries
  • Cottage cheese with peanut butter and cinnamon

RELATED: How to Count your Macros

Step 2: Add Fit Fats 

Your next step to a balanced macro meal is adding in your fit fats. There is no need to be afraid of fat, especially fit fats. When we have these essential fats in our macro balanced meals, it helps buffer the absorption of carbs which helps us say goodbye to hanger. I personally aim to have around 10g of fat per meal, and get this by adding in, coconut oil, avocado, feta cheese, goat cheese, and of course my favorite, peanut butter. Your balanced meal should always contain some healthy fats.

RELATED: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Counting Macros

Step 3: Time for Carbs!

Carbs are not the enemy! We need them to help restore energy, and when they are balanced with a good amount of protein and a fit fat, you are setting yourself up for success. This is our last step to have a macro balanced meal. Carbs can be one of the biggest struggles to get in since we have deemed them so dangerous. I like to get around 30g of carbs per meal and I do not count any non-starchy carbs in my daily macros (like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, etc.)

Here’s an example of what 30 g of carbs per meal would look like:

When we have an even amount carbs spread out through the day, its easier to hit our carb grams, it helps stabilize our blood sugar, and gives us energy to make it through the day.

Having a healthy amount of protein, fat, and carbs at each meal will help you feel full and satisfied throughout the day and make easier to consistently hit your macro targets.

If you’re interested in counting macros and flexible dieting, but don’t know how to get started, I would love to work with you one on one. I help clients calculate their macros, create fat burning meal plans, and design a lifestyle that helps them lose weight and keep it off. You can learn more and register as a client here!

You can also follow me on Instagram for more balanced meal ideas and tips and tricks for living a flexible dieting lifestyle.

18 Weight Loss Tips you Have to Try

Make Small, Attainable Goals

One of the best pieces of advice I share with new clients is to make small, attainable goals.  When you have a massive goal sitting in front of you, it almost makes you want to give up because it seems too hard to reach.  Break your bigger goals into smaller, more achievable goals.  Instead of saying you want to lose 50 pounds, focus on losing the first 5.  Celebrating those smaller milestones on the way to your greater goal is going to motivate you and inspire you to stick with it.

Take Before and After Photos

I think taking before and after photos is one of the best things you can do to see progress in your weight loss journey.  No one likes looking at their before photos, but in a couple of months when you put it next to your after photo, you’re going to love looking at it. I’m a firm believer that the scale doesn’t always tell you how much progress your making.  By taking before at after photos, it will give you a clear view of how far you’ve come.

Celebrate NSVs

So many people use the scale as a measurement of success when they’re trying to lose weight.  The numbers on the scale are not the only thing to celebrate.  Try focusing on your non-scale victories.  Do your pants fit better?  Do you feel more energized?  Did someone compliment you on your progress?  Can you run around with your kids without getting winded?  All of these would be non-scale victories that deserve to be celebrated.

Log your Food in My Fitness Pal (or another app)

While I’m not big on counting calories, I do think that using a food journal or food log is crucial for anyone trying to lose weight.  I love My Fitness Pal and use it to track my macros and make sure that I’m reaching my daily goals.  Using a food log to make sure you’re getting enough proteins, fats, and carbs can go a long way for anyone trying to lose weight.

Try Intermittent Fasting

I’ve tried so many different weight loss methods over the years.  I can tell you, without a doubt, that intermittent fasting is the easiest way to lose weight.  Don’t let the word “fasting” scare you.  Intermittent fasting just means shortening your eating window each day.  Instead of eating from 8AM – 8PM, you eat from 12PM – 8PM.  Intermittent fasting is great for weight loss and has many other health benefits.  You can learn more about intermittent fasting here!

Portion Out your Snacks

I’m a firm believer in the idea that no food should be off limits.  If there’s a snack that you love, don’t deprive yourself, just make sure you enjoy it in moderation.  Portioning out your snacks, or purchasing in individual servings helps you enjoy your favorite treats without going overboard.

Spice up your Food

It’s not hard to make your food taste good without adding tons of extra fat.  Make sure you’re utilizing your spice rack (but try to go easy on the salt).  I also love adding condiments like hot sauce, salsa, and mustard to my food for added flavor without the added fat.

Eat Before you Grocery Shop

One simple rule I always follow is never go to the grocery store hungry.  I always make sure I eat beforehand so that I don’t make crazy decisions while I’m strolling the aisles.  If you grocery shop on an empty stomach, you’re more likely to make poorer food choices, purchase things that weren’t on your list, and spend more money. Another great tip is to use a grocery pick up service (like Clicklist or Curbside Express). It cuts down on impulse purchases so that you’re only buying what’s on your list!

Look up the Menu before you go out to Eat

It can be extremely hard to stay on track with your weight loss goals if you frequently go out to eat.  My family and I tend to go out to dinner every weekend.  I’ve found that looking up the menu ahead of time and checking out the nutrition facts helps me stay on track and reach my daily macros.  Restaurants can be tricky.  Don’t think that a salad is the healthiest thing on the menu.  You’d be surprised at how quickly the calories add up when there’s cheese, candied nuts, dried fruit, and loads of dressing added in.  Check out the menu, look up the nutrition facts, and make a choice that fits into your goals that you’re also going to enjoy. You can read my other tips for going out to eat here!

Take 10k Steps a Day

I’d like to tell you that this is an easy way to stay healthy and shed some weight, but getting in 10,000 steps a day can be hard.  However, walking is so good for your body, and your mind, especially if you work a job where you’re sedentary most of the day.  For tips on how to get in 10,000 steps a day, check out this post.

Get 8 Hours of Sleep

Sleep isn’t given enough priority in most people’s lives.  Not only is it important for your energy levels, it’s crucial for your health and has an impact on your body’s ability to lose weight.  We treat eight hours of sleep like it’s a luxury, but it should be a scheduled part of our everyday lives.  Put the phone down, turn off Netflix, and catch some z’s.

Have a Greens Drink

I learned a long time ago that getting in all my micronutrients was hard.  I’m not huge on veggies and even when I think I’ve done well getting in my greens for the day, I always end up falling short.  In an effort to simplify my life, I started drinking daily greensDaily greens is a superfood drink powder that contains farm fresh greens, wholesome fruits and veggies, and nutrient rich superfoods.  I make a daily detox drink with them and it gives me loads of energy, helps my digestion, and controls my cravings.

Drink Half your Body Weight in Ounces a Day

Water is such an important part of staying healthy and losing weight.  If we’re dehydrated (which most people are, most of the time), it can send confusing signals to our brains and make us think we’re hungry.  Staying hydrated in good for your skin, helps with digestion, helps control your appetite, and more.  My best recommendation is to drink half your body weight in ounces each day.

Try Sole Water

Sole water is another easy addition to your day that can reap many benefits.  Sole water is water that is saturated with mineral salt. You can learn how to make sole water, how it should be consumed, and read about its benefits here!

Invest in Cute Workout Clothes

Nothing motivates me for a workout more than cute workout clothes.  If I feel good, it energizes me and makes me want to crush my workout.  If I’m wearing old sweat pants and my husband’s t-shirt, I tend to act as frumpy as I look.  Investing in cute workout clothes can make a huge impact on your willingness to go to the gym or even to get in a good workout at home. You can find some of my favorite workout gear here!

Make Working Out Convenient

Convenience is everything when you lead a busy lifestyle.  One of the biggest reasons people put on weight in the first place is because they’re busy and tend to take the easy and convenient route.  Try finding an app that lets you workout anywhere (I love the virtual gym that comes with FASTer Way to Fat Loss).  If you have kids, join a gym that offers childcare.  Find a gym that has flexible hours and is close to work or home.  Find a workout routine that can be done in your living room.  Whatever will make working out more convenient, do it!

Make your Workouts Short and Sweet

It took me a long time to learn this, but the truth is, you don’t need a to do long, crazy intense workouts to lose weight and get healthy.  A short workout four times a week is better than a long workout once a week (because you can’t ever find the time).  Find workouts that get straight to the point and can be accomplished within 30 minutes or less.  Schedule your workouts into your day, or they aren’t going to happen.  When you know you only have to commit to 30 minutes, you’re far more likely to stick to your routine and get that workout in.  I absolutely love the virtual gym that comes with the FASTer Way to Fat Loss.  It has workouts that you can do at home or at the gym, and they can all be accomplished in about 30 minutes!

Don’t Give Up After One Bad Day

We all have bad days when it comes to diet and exercise.  Those bad days make it so easy to want to throw in the towel and give up altogether.  In reality, one bad day isn’t a big deal.  It’s not going to make you pack on all the weight you lost and it’s not going to stunt your progress.  However, if you let that bad day turn into a bad week, and then a bad month, then you have a problem.  If you have a bad day, let it but just that… a bad day.  Wake up the next day and start again fresh!

I hope these weight loss tips and tricks give you some new ideas for jump starting a healthier lifestyle.  If you’re looking for a little more guidance, I encourage you to join me for the next round of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss where I’ll be your personal coach and guide you through cutting edge fat loss strategies that can change your life (check out some client success stories here).  Registration is currently open for the next round.

What I Wish I Would have Known Before I Started Counting Macros

#1 It’s really not that complicated. Macros seem like this fancy bodybuilding term that all the buff dudes and bikini babes are counting but truthfully macro counting is important for everyone, even more important for us common folk who want to be healthy, energized, and fit. Macros are SIMPLY your proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. When they are in balance and we are eating the proper amounts of each, we experience better energy levels and more fat loss. 

#2 Micro-nutrients are just as important, if not more important, than your macros. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in hitting our macros that we forget about our MICROS (vitamins/minerals). This is why I do not have my clients count their non-starchy veggies. I encourage them to fill up on these babies.!I have never met a person who got fat from eating too much broccoli.

#3 Plan Ahead – In a world of instant gratification, it’s hard when our bodies don’t follow suit. If you want to be successful at anything in life, you can’t be lazy. You will need to take some time, and pre-plan your meals. My Fitness Pal makes it super easy to save and copy meals so you don’t have to enter each meal everyday. If you aren’t pre-planning you will be stuck with too much fat or too much carbs at the end of the night and not being able to hit one without going over on another.

#4 Protein is your most important macro to hit. Protein should be divided evenly throughout the day with each meal. I personally aim for 30g of protein at each meal. Protein is especially important for females and is often the most under-eaten. If you want to build long lean muscle, and have energy, you need to get in your protein. When it is spread out evenly each meal it helps with satiety and hunger cravings. 

#5 Flexible Dieting. Do you find it easy to eat super helthy 80% of the time but then the other 20% you just want to not worry about it. Macro counting (or “if it fits your macros”) is the perfect way to add in those fun foods like s’mores, donuts, french fries, McDonalds, and ice cream without messing up your results. When it fits in our macros, it’s fair game.

#6 Alcohol. Logging your drinks properly makes all the difference in your results. It’s also important to know that once you start sipping on alcohol, your metabolism stops for 48 hours so keep the drinks to 1-2 times a week, not 1-2 times a night. 

#7 Your friends and family do not need to understand your food plan. Honestly they just don’t. Macros may seem obsessive and if you’re really putting in the effort to hit them properly, you do not need their permission to do this. Stay connected with your online fit community for support.

#8 You do not need supplements. Protein bars, shakes, and BCAA are all great, but truthfully you can hit all your macros without them. I find that I’m less inflamed when I use real food.

#9 Plan ahead when eating out. Look up the nutrition facts and play with your numbers in my fitness pal before you head out for the evening.

#10 Log dinner or restaurant food first. Decide what your going to have for dinner/snack or out to eat first, then work your way backwards to hit the rest of your macros. Do this versus eating all day then going over at night. Sometimes it makes more sense to have smaller meals throughout the day and then save the rest of your macros for your last meal.

#11 It’s not one size fits all. We all fit our macros in different and have different macros to hit. Some people eat all their carbs for breakfast, some people save all their carbs/fats for dinner. Whatever is possible and practical for you is best.

#12 Don’t change your macros too frequently especially if your seeing results. You do not need to change them every time the scale or measurements go down. 

#13 When you do decide to change your macros do it slowly. You do not want to do big changes when it comes to your macros. Going up or down 5% is a great pace to go at. Judge your macro changes by your measurements, photos, energy, and sleep, not by the scale.

#14 If you must indulge and go over on your carbs, you can always burn through those in a leg workout.

#15 Get a higher volume of food. Utilize those non-starchy veggies (that you don’t have to log) to keep you full and satisfied throughout the day.

#16 However you decide to weigh your food stick with it and be consistent. If your going to use a food scale, stick with that. If you want to use measuring cups, stick with those. If you measure before cooked or after, it doesn’t matter, just be consistent.