A Lovely Body: Eat to Succeed

FS_props by KelseyMy focus last week was getting into the “swing” of the workouts and beginning to improve my diet. Based on my goal to become more lean, toned and lose weight, Dina put together a nutrition plan for me. I’ve always questioned what is more important – diet or exercise? They go hand in hand, but hundreds of studies have shown that “weight loss is generally 75% diet and 25% exercise. People see the biggest results when they eat smart.”*

It’s not that I wasn’t eating healthy because the majority of the time I do. Many people have told me I’m the healthiest eater they know. I mean, green juices, kale, roasted veggies and fish are my friends! But, I don’t think I was eating a proper diet for weight loss.

My game plan for this week has been to follow the nutrition plan, in addition to my workout schedule. Dina asked me to keep a food journal, so that her and I could review it, and if necessary, make modifications. With parties over the weekend, my diet wasn’t ideal, but when I ate something off the plan, it was in moderation. Just enough to enjoy the taste. Overall, I’m totally okay with it. I did have one question for her – about chocolate! I love chocolate and like to have a small amount daily. She gave her blessing and said one serving of good quality dark chocolate 1x a day is perfectly fine. fit365To set you up to succeed and give you a healthy option, FitnessSocial’s favorite shake, the Fit365, is part of the nutrition plan and is sold at the FitnessSocial studio. They love this gluten and soy-free product because it contains only all natural, organic ingredients with no artificial flavors or sweeteners – and it’s safe for kiddos too! It’s a complete low-calorie meal with over 20g of protein, 4g of fat-burning coconut oil, and live probiotics & enzymes to improve your digestive and immune system. 

heart2 favorite ways to make a Fit365 shake: 

fit365_ingredientsIn blender cup (Melissa’s favorite “quick, healthy & filling” breakfast on-the-go): fit365_making in shaker

  • 2 scoops Fit365 Vanilla Bean or Gourmet Chocolate. (I used Vanilla Bean).
  • 4 to 6 oz. of water, milk, almond milk or other non-dairy beverage. (I used Califia Farms Vanilla Almondmilk). Use less liquid for a thicker shake or more for a thinner shake.

fit365_in shakerJust shake + go!

In blender: fit365_ingredients in blender

  • 2 scoops Fit365 Vanilla Bean or Gourmet Chocolate. (I used 1 scoop vanilla + 1 scoop chocolate).
  • Handful organic spinach.
  • 1/2 avocado.
  • 4 to 6 oz. of water, milk, almond milk or other favorite non-dairy beverage.
  • A few ice cubes.

fit365_blender blendingThis takes less than 5 minutes. The taste is creamy, slightly sweet with a hint of green. And what better way to get your greens in than with chocolate? fit365_finalMelissa also recommends, “Add in any type of fruit, like berries or a small banana, and mix it up in a blender. I have added spinach, raw cocoa powder and flax seed. Just be mindful of the calories as you start to add in options.” fit365_kelly with green drinkTo sum up week 3: The end of last week, I had lost 6 3/4″. As of yesterday (16 days of workouts + an improved diet), I’m down 11 3/4″ overall!

I’d love to know — Do you have a favorite shake recipe?

*{source: The Huffington Post.}

Photos by Kelsey Burton Photography for A Lovely Life.

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