I am so excited to talk to you today because I have something really exciting to share with you.  It’s going to blow your mind, and make your life so much easier.

Did you hear that?  I’m going to make your life so much easier this this simple little thought!

Here’s the deal…we’ve all heard that saying that weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint.  Meaning you want to make changes that you can sustain for the long haul.  Slow and steady progress.  Small lifestyle changes that you can stick with forever.

We’ve all heard that advice, right?

But guess what?

It’s complete BS!

What?  Yes, you heard me.  This line about making changes for the long haul to lose weight is complete and total BS.

And here’s why.

In order to lose weight, you need to do things in a completely different way.  Small lifestyle changes are imperative once you lose the weight.  But in order to actually lose it, you have to do something drastic.  You need to shock your system, give it a jolt, and let it know you’re in charge!

Plus, here’s the thing…losing weight is a temporary process.  We tend to look at weight loss and weight maintenance as the same thing, but they are in fact very, very different processes.  What you do to lose the weight is dramatically different than what you should be doing to maintain your weight.

Do you see where I’m going here?

To lose weight, you have to have a pretty healthy caloric deficit.  You also will likely benefit from more cardiovascular exercise to burn more calories.  However, once you’ve lost the weight, you will do better at maintaining your weight loss with a  different caloric intake (meaning eating more) and more functional and strength training exercises rather than cardio.  In fact, if you continue on in that manner, you will eventually burn your body out and start GAINING weight again!  It’s crazy, I know!

So in order to lose weight, I suggest you do things a bit differently.

Decrease your calories to about 500 less than what you are currently eating, down to about 1200 calories.  Even the smallest person on the planet (shorties like me!) will still need about that much to sustain life.

Then I want you to increase your cardio.  If you are new to exercise, aim for 15 minutes per day on most days of the week.  When you can comfortably commit to that, then you can start adding in extra time to those workouts and work yourself up to 30-45 minutes per day on most days of the week.

Now keep in mind, we are not going to do this forever.  It’s a lot of work to get in that kind of exercise and keep your calories low like that.

BUT the good news is that you don’t have to sustain it for very long!  You only need to do this WHILE you’re losing weight.  Once you have lost the amount you want, then you will get to change things up and go back to eating a bit more and cut back on the exercise a lot.

Remember, maintaining your weight is vastly different and astonishingly easier than losing weight.

You can do anything for a few weeks, right?  It’s not about living on 1200 calories per day and adding more and more cardio until you’re spending hours in the gym.  No, it’s about getting that weight off so you can then live a healthier, more moderate lifestyle to maintain it.

You don’t need to dread all that calorie counting and cardio because you’re only going to do it for a short period of time.

Doesn’t that make you feel better?  Don’t you feel so much more at ease knowing that the hard part is only temporary?

Yeah, it’s going to be a bummer some days.  It’s not going to be fun.  You’re going to have cravings and feel like you’re missing out.  But you’re not.  Because this too shall pass.  You are going to lose the weight, and then you can work in maintenance mode.

And maintenance mode is fun!

So I want you to focus now on making BIG changes!  Let’s get that weight moving and get it off of you so you can get back to living the life you deserve!

Now, if you’d like more specific guidance on how to get that weight moving and you want a personalized meal plan and tailored exercise program, I want you to reach out to me and we’ll schedule a personal coaching session.  Simply message me or respond in the comments and we’ll get you started.  I offer a variety of programs to help you get through the tough weight loss times, and then also help you transition into maintenance mode.

If you’re ready to make a big change, let’s do this together!  I’ll be here for you every step of the way!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

XOXO,
Nikki