When my readers sign up to receive my emails, they receive a welcome email where I ask how I can help them overcome their struggles with weight loss.
Below you will read REAL women’s emails back to me. I read each one to help direct future content so I can make a real difference in these women’s lives.
For every one email, hundreds of others have the same struggles. I want these struggles to be a thing of the past so please read and post your comments below.
Thank you for your e-mail. The other day I was searching pregnancy
workout, I saw your videos and then I decided to visit your website.
Honestly I was impressed by your story. My biggest problem is my fear
is to gain weights and be fat again as I used to be when I was
younger. I am 39 years old and I am pregnant for 6 months. I always
had problem with my fat legs and finally I lost some weights in my
legs and my behind started to feel better about my self and here i am
pregnant… the worst in this situation is I don’t enjoy my pregnancy.
I need please some advice how to eat and what kind of exercise shall I
do during my pregnancy in order to not gain weights in my legs?
Thank you in advance!
Have a great day & best regards
Thank you for writing ML. As I read about your legs being your problem area so many negative feelings overwhelm me. I too struggle with leg fat. Honestly, even when I am lean, I haven’t always loved the way my legs look. And just like you, I struggled to love my pregnancies.
I applaud you for admitting it because I feel ashamed admitting it myself.
After my first pregnancy of eating SUPER clean and exercising all the way through my pregnancy, I still gained 40 pounds. I came to the realization that genetics play a HUGE roll in “healthy” weight gain during pregnancy. So let me say this, you are gaining weight to ensure the baby is healthy!
Now, I HATE when women find it offensive that I was watching what I was eating while pregnant to ensure I didn’t gain too much weight for two reasons:
- Eating healthy has never been MORE important than when you are pregnant.
- Why should you gain more weight then needed just because you are pregnant, making weight loss, that is already hard, harder.
Now, rest assured that YOU CAN GET YOUR BODY BACK. I am getting my body back after two kids, two c-sections in fact! IF I can do it, ANYONE can!
So back to your questions; what to eat and how to exercise when you’re pregnant:
The same rules of eating applies as it does at any other time of your life. Here is a list of foods to
Eliminate: wheat, gluten, soy, sugar, processed foods, food dyes, GMO’s, cows milk.
Those are my rules — note that I still have my “treat days” when I eat wheat, gluten, sugar and cows milk (usually a nice pizza), but 90% of the time, I cut all the above foods OUT! Don’t bring them into your house, make it a “treat” if you are going to have those foods.
Exercise: I have an entire pregnancy workout series called All-Belly Pregnancy and some workouts on YouTube as well.
All Belly Pregnancy also includes food and has a supplement guide. This is some of my best work. I put SOOOO much into this program as I learned how to eat, exercise and supplement while I was pregnant.
Hey I’m looking to lose 150lbs and I just don’t know were to start
their are so many programs out there so I was looking at your program
see if it would work for me.
JF, I am so happy you found me! Let me start off by telling you that losing weight is a difficult road, which you know, but it doesn’t have to be brutally hard and it actually gets easier as you go! I want you to know that EVERY MEAL, EVERY WORKOUT makes a difference and if you fall off the wagon, GUESS WHAT — you can make the next meal, the next workout count.
Don’t beat yourself up anymore! You can make a difference inch-by-inch. All you have to do is take weight loss ONE STEP AT A TIME.
Most people have a time in their lives when they feel motivated, they eat healthy and exercise in such an extreme way and do indeed lose weight; but all of a sudden, their motivation leaves them and they are stuck binging and gaining all the weight right back.
This happens because people often go to EXTREME.
There is a time and a place for that but now is not the time. You need to learn how to change your prospective on food and exercise one step at at time.
I am going to give you simple steps to help get you started on your weight loss journey:
Step 1: Set a Goal
Goals must be:
- Written down
- Set for a specific deadline
See link for further help with goal setting:
Step 2: Cut out ONE food amount in half — or if you can eliminate it
Take the ONE food that temps you the most, your regular bagel and cream cheese for instance, and cut it in half. Eat only half of what you normally world (throw the rest in the garbage) and eat a handful of nuts to replace the calories lost from the bagel.
If you need help deciding what foods to eat and what to eliminate, my cookbook gives you hundreds of recipes and lists of what to eat and what to eliminate.
Take out one food at a time and replace that food with a better alternative – ONE-BY-ONE until you no longer “need” that food.
For the bagel example, once you drop the bagel and instead eat nuts and eggs for breakfast, you can then look for another food you can replace.
Think about what makes the food bad. The bagel has wheat, gluten, processed sugar and bleached flour. It is low in nutrition and high in calories. Look at another food that has those qualities and eliminate them one at a time.
**You can even start (if this works for you) eliminating wheat all together or gluten all together. IF this is too difficult do one food at a time and eventually you can do all gluten, then all wheat, then all sugar slowly as you drop weight and feel better this will become easier and easier.
REMEMBER — I am not asking you to NEVER eat these foods. Once you can say no to them consistently and there is no doubt you can make it through the week without that food, you can have it again in your “treat meal” once a week.
Things to consider:
You Can’t Drop A Habit, You Can Only Replace
How we should eat? HIGH nutrition, LOW calories.
How we shouldn’t eat? LOW nutrition, HIGH calories.
You can eat 10,000 calories a day. If you’re not getting the specific nutrients your body needs in a way it can digest and assimilate, your starving on a nutritional level.
Your body is going to stay hungry until it gets those nutrients. The cells don’t get nourished. So now you’re not nourished at a cellular level. Sugars trick your body into getting nourished. And the cycle repeats itself.
Step 3: Start to exercise
–– this means if you don’t do anything, start walking even if it’s once a week. Next week increase it to two days a week. Then change that walk to a bodyweight workout twice a week and advance from there.
Need help starting? Download my free bodyweight workouts here.
.Step 4: Reward yourself
— this doesn’t mean adding in the foods that you struggle with, you can do that once you don’t have an emotional attachment to it.
You can reward yourself with a drink, night out, a healthy dinner (until you can have that treat day and not go back to old habits) or a pedicure.
Whatever will help motivate you to keep you going. For myself, I set a goal and once I complete a perfect week of eating healthy and working out, I go out for dinner of pizza and wine 🙂
That’s it for now. Stay connected for further strategies for making weight loss a thing of the past.
Now it’s your turn, what do you struggle with?