5 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Belly Fat

When you set out to live a healthier, better life, part of your goal was to shed that belly fat that has plagued you all these years. However, as much as you may have tried (diets, detoxes, classes, wraps, etc), the belly fat sticks around like a bad habit.

You’ve seen it…

Go on this juice fast for 14 days and lose 10 pounds!
Eat this super food for fat loss, glowing skin, better sex and crazy energy!
Do our supermodel workout and drop 5 dress sizes!

It’s ridiculous.

Completely un-achievable and unsustainable….which is why you initially will lose weight, but the moment you go back to your old way of eating, it comes back PLUS some….am I on your street yet?

While extra belly fat can definitely be a deterrent to your self-confidence, it comes with an array of serious health dangers as well. From increased risk for cancer to heart disease to diabetes, unwanted belly bulge puts your life at risk every day…some of you all may be loving the “extra” layer in your midsection, but it is NOT healthy to have TOO much extra there!

If you’ve been struggling to kiss it goodbye, it may be for one of these five reasons….so without further delay, here are the……

5 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Belly Fat

Reason #1: Your Mediocre Workout

As long as I can remember, medical experts have recommended you get at least 30 minutes of exercise a few days a week. And for good reason. Much of the industrialized world has cut movement out of their lives in many ways, (have you heard that sitting is the new smoking?) making it necessary to hit the gym in order to stay fit.

Newsflash: If you think 30 minutes of light jogging on the treadmill three days a week is going to get rid of that belly fat, think again….you’ll develop bad knees and get #skinnyfat if you only do that! To burn the flab, you’ll need to add strength training to your routine. Doing this will add muscle to your frame, which will help burn more pounds of fat. It will also put your muscles where they belong, which helps your belly look flatter.

Reason #2: Your Fork

Getting rid of belly fat can’t only be done in the gym. It requires a lifestyle change that includes being very selective about what you put in your mouth. That means cutting out most of the processed foods, trans fats, and whatever else is likely to cause fat to cling to your midsection. In case you’re curious, that includes too much healthy food also. Remember: everything has calories, and if your body doesn’t use it, it’s got to go somewhere, and your waistline is a likely candidate. But your fork isn’t the only thing that matters. Not drinking enough water is a sure recipe for belly fat. After all, there’s a reason a pudgy front is called a beer belly.

Reason #3: Your Stress Levels

When you feel stressed, it’s because something in your life is going on and you simply can’t let go of it until it’s resolved. Unfortunately, when you don’t let go of stress, fat doesn’t let go of you. It’s due to the chemical cortisol, which is released by your body when you’re facing stress. Harmless as a hormone may seem, this one kicks your appetite into gear and may even make it harder for your body to shed fat. So relax and help your waistline slim down. #relaxrelaterelease

Reason #4: Your Sleep Habits

Going to sleep is not exciting. Doing it feels like you’re doing nothing. But when you’re in the battle against the belly bulge, getting quality sleep every night is key. How important is it? When researchers concluded 16 years of research into the health of nearly 70,000 women, they saw that the women who slept five or fewer hours every night were at a 30-percent increased risk for gaining 30 pounds than those who got seven hours of sleep on a nightly basis.

Reason #5: You’re Aging

This one is the hardest to accept, because there is nothing you can do to avoid getting older. With age, your metabolism drops, making it harder to burn off calories while at rest, but your appetite may not take a plunge. Making weight gain even more likely is the drop in estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in men. But don’t think aging means you have to simply accept weight gain. By sleeping well, eating healthily, working out right, and cutting out stress, you can beat the odds and lose the belly fat that has taunted you, no matter your age.

I’m here to help. Call or email today to get started on an exercise and or nutrition program that will help you get rid of your belly fat once and for all.

I’m here for you.

Until next time, take care of yourself and each other,

P.S. If you are confused on how to get started with a sustainable nutrition plan and lifestyle and tired of starting over every few months?  Eliminate the overwhelm, indecision, and wasted effort… click here to book your session today!

Here’s a GREAT Fat Loss Thanksgiving Week Plan!

The Holiday’s can be one of the toughest times to burn fat. And with Thanksgiving being this week…

I wanted to give you a simple plan to follow that will allow you to eat whatever you want on Thanksgiving without worrying about gaining fat…

I’ve been following this  for the past 3 years and it works like a charm.

You ready? 

Ok, here’s your Thanksgiving Week Meal Plan of Attack

1) Eat Lower Carbs Until Thanksgiving…

For the next 3-days, focus on eating lots of protein, healthy fats, and veggies.

The goal here is to deplete your glycogen storage(it stores excess sugar) before Thanksgiving so that you can then be primed and ready for a high carb day. You’ll do that by eating lower carb and…stay fully hydrated all week.

2) Get In A Workout Everyday This Week…

These workouts don’t need to be long. Something as little as 10-15 minutes will do the trick. The key is to focus on making them intense so you hit your target heart rate every session….and that puts you into fat burning zone!

Try to get in one workout everyday, including the morning of Thanksgiving.  By the way, I’ll be doing a live workout on Facebook at 8am CST and again at 8:30pm CST on Thanksgiving…so you have 2 opportunities to burn off what you ate! Connect with me and you’ll get notified when I go live.  

If you need ideas for workouts, including ones that you can do right at home or when you are traveling… click here to check out my previous live Thursday fat burning workouts on my Facebook Page…

3) Designate Thanksgiving As Your High Carb Day…

After following steps one and two, your body will be primed and ready for an epic high carb day on Thanksgiving.

That means, eat whatever you want. Enjoy seconds (or thirds). Enjoy your favorite desserts. You’ve earned it!

4) AFTER Thanksgiving… Enjoy 2 more low carb days!

This is very important.

After feasting on Thanksgiving, you now want to have 2 more low carb days in a row.

What I love to do is use the turkey and veggies from Thanksgiving for these days (I LOVE Thanksgiving Turkey)!

If you follow these simple tips, I promise that you will feel amazing and even burn some fat all while enjoying your favorite foods.

This is the power of Carb Cycling!

If you have any questions on any of this, feel free to hit reply and let me know 🙂

Wishing you the best week ahead!

Felicia Starks

photoshoot2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Are you always on the go and have a tough time sticking with your plan because you are sometimes unprepared when hunger turns to HANGRY? Click here and get my FREE Busy People’s Guide to Healthy Eating on GO!

 

Are These Roadblocks The Reason You Aren’t Seeing Results?

Are you making these fat burning and nutrition mistakes without realizing it?

It’s highly likely.

You see, making any kind of progress with your nutrition and fitness can seem totally overwhelming.

There is so much information out there – in magazines, online, in books, on TV – telling you how to eat, how to exercise, how to detox… and it’s all completely contradictory:

One month the fitness magazines will tell you to eat 6 small meals a day and to do only cardio five times per week.

Then the next time you pick a magazine up, you’ll see confusing stuff about how you should be fasting and weight-lifting three days a week.

And those are on the good days!

Other times you’ll see the extreme advice:
Go on this juice fast for 14 days and lose 10 pounds!
Eat this super food for fat loss, glowing skin, better sex and crazy energy!
Do our supermodel workout and drop 5 dress sizes!

It’s ridiculous.

Completely un-achievable

and unsustainable.

My goal with Felicia Starks Fitness has been to help women all around the world learn how to start building practical and sustainable, smart nutrition habits.

Armed with a simple approach to nutrition and eating, many have been able to compliment their food choices with smart exercise mistakes.

But before they can do that, they have to overcome ‘The Roadblocks’.

‘The Roadblocks’, as I sometimes call them, are the three most common mistakes I see women making when it comes to nutrition.

If you can’t overcome these mistakes, and avoid them, you’re destined to be stuck with yo-yo results, and a figure you can’t predict.

And over the course of your life, this can lead to big health problems.

As you read through the Roadblocks aka “Mistakes”, makes sure that you aren’t making them, and if you are, listen to the advice for overcoming them.

By removing The Roadblocks from your life, you’ll be able to use your nutrition to support your lifestyle, supply you with endless energy and give you confidence in your body…so you can #lookgoodstarknaked!

Mistake #1:
Severe Under Eating of Protein

Protein is vital when it comes to transforming your body. It helps you to lose fat, build lean muscle, and feel full and satisfied between your meals.

Protein is in lean meats, eggs, and dairy and several non meat options as well for my vegan and vegetarian friends.  Many women hear about protein and automatically think of bodybuilders scoffing down protein shakes – but this isn’t what you need to be doing.

Forget that. If you’re anything like most women that come to me for help, you probably need more protein.

Include protein at every meal to accelerate fat loss, to stop cravings and ‘extracurricular’ snacking, and to help increase your muscle tone.

Mistake #2:
Only Focusing On Exercise To Transform Your Body

Did you know that focusing on exercise over anything else is going to set you back?

Truth is, it’s really easy to get caught up in the ‘eat less, exercise more’ mentality. But that can become a vicious cycle – like I’ve experienced myself in the past, you just end up eating next to nothing and spending hours in the gym with mediocre results…..at best.

This is great way to damage your hormones (when done long term), get injured and crush your immunity. And that leads to a stressed out, poorly nourished body with no energy.

So instead, focus on what you eat – it’s 80% of the battle. (That darn 80/20 rule you can’t get away from)

Your body is highly responsive to food, so what you eat largely determines your body composition.

When you start focusing on your food, your exercise takes on a support role, because you don’t have to spend so much time ‘working off’ your food. (Ding,ding!)

Mistake #3:
Being Taken Advantage Of By The Food Industry

The food industry is a multi-billion dollar empire.

They rely on marketing foods to you in such a way that makes you think it’s a healthy, nutritious option that won’t ruin all your hard work…

But in actual fact, they’re incredibly clever at disguising the truth.

Thanks to lax regulations about food advertising, foods can be marketed as ‘all natural’, ‘healthy’, ‘sugar-free’, ‘fat-free’, ‘gluten-free’ and more healthy-sounding buzz words.

But in truth, they’re just hide those ingredients away under scientific-sounding names so you don’t recognize them…..in the end, you are the one suffering the sneaky consequences.

One of the rules I share with the ladies that attend my Total Body Fitness Camp :

“Stick to the outside of the supermarket.”

It’s where all the fresh food is. This is the stuff you want to center your diet around – lean meats and eggs, fruit (no more than 1 or 2 servings a day if fat loss is your goal) and vegetables, with some of your favorite delicious spices thrown in for good measure.

And everything in the middle?

It’s not for you… even if you’ve found yourself picking food from there before.

Now, there’s something else you should know.

If you can see that you’ve been making these mistakes… it’s not your fault.

The highly profitable fitness and food industries have done it to you, saying you need complicated approaches.

Why?

Because in these industries, there’s a simple rule:

“complicate for profit, simplify for results.”

And profit is what matters to them.

But now that you know the mistakes that most women make, you can avoid them.

Dismantle the bad habits, and you’ll be left with a much healthier approach to life — and your nutrition.

And your body will show it.

Until next time, take care of yourself and each other,

P.S. If you are looking to hit the reset button and really figure out the keys to developing healthy habits, please go register for my FREE 7 Day Healthy Habits Challenge! Click here to learn more and register!

How Do Fit People Keep the Fat Off?

Interesting title, huh?
I always wondered how the people that were always in great physical shape/fit, managed to stay that way pretty much  year round….and year after year!
Like were they going in for a “nip and tuck” every 6 months?
Well, until, I decided to start competing in NPC competitions in 2014, I had no clue.
Believe it or not, wasn’t until this year that I took this lifestyle really serious, let me explain what I mean.
I knew what it took to drop the fat in 8 or 12 weeks for a competition…cause I had done it 2 years in a row……what I didn’t realize, is that your mindset and lifestyle has to change in order to KEEP THE FAT OFF!
 
How many times have you seen one of your friends go through a total transformation (sometimes for a special event or their upcoming bodybuilding competition), only to see that a few months later, the weight is creeping back up?
I  have seen it and have been THAT ONE who gained shortly afterwards!
So I often say that many times, it’s easier to lose fat than it is to maintain it, do you agree?
Getting and staying fit truly is a lifestyle.
Have you ever wondered how fit people stay fit and not pack on pounds and cellulite as we age?
Since I’ve figured out how to maintain the fat loss after years of failing miserably,  I figured, I’d enlighten you on what I discovered are the 3 BIGGEST KEYS to KEEPING THE FAT OFF….. and believe it or not, you can ALL do these today 🙂

Key #1: We Push Ourselves

Not only do we people make time to go to the gym, we challenge ourselves during each workout.
It doesn’t take much effort to simply go through the motions while exercising, but in the long run, you’re really cheating your body out of great results when you don’t push yourself.
Ever heard the saying…don’t settle for good when you can have great? Yes, it applies here too! Exercise should make you sweat, make your muscles burn, and leave you with a feeling of accomplishment.

 Key #2 : We Drink Water

Fit people drink lots of water. And not just in addition to other drinks, but instead of the other stuff.
Water is my main drink, while other drinks are occasional treats. I have a saying that I tell my clients, don’t waste your macros or calories on drinks!
Calorie-filled drinks are one of the quickest ways to consume extra calories that quickly turn into fat.
Those drinks often lead to salty cravings and then next thing you know, you’ve down a few “drinks” and a whole bag of pretzels or chips…which also leads you down the “yellow brick road” to lots of cellulite on the booty and hips 🙁

Key #3: We Don’t Eat and Watch

Fit people know that eating in front of the T.V. is mindless eating. When your attention is on your entertainment and not on your food, you’ll be less tuned in to what and how much your eating. Eating in front of the T.V. is also very habit forming. Ever notice how you crave munchies just as a result of sitting in front of the T.V.?

There are many more keys to keeping the fat off, but these are three of my favorites.
I’ll leave you with a quick fix tip- Eat before or after your entertainment and keep that water flowing!
Until next time, remember why you started, stay great and stress free,
FB_IMG_1468866678462
P.S. If you are looking to hit the reset button and really figure out the keys to developing healthy habits, please go register for my FREE 7 Day Healthy Habits Challenge that begins on September 12th!  Click here to learn more and register!

Here’s My Weekly Facebook LIVE #HIIT Workout Replay!

The kiddos are back in school, you’ve have a good little break so now it’s time to buckle down and get focused on your health!

 

Grab your workout gear, get some room in your favorite space in your house and let’s workout together!

 

Here’s a list of the moves we’ll be doing:
Pushups
Squats
Butt Kicks
Tricep dips
Curtsy Lunges
Jumping Jacks
Dolphin planks

Work 45 seconds rest 15 seconds then go to the next move.
60 seconds rest in between the rounds. Complete 3 rounds

Click the picture below to get your workout started!

fb_img_1473398220988

After this workout, go register for my free 7 day healthy habits challenge!

 

Thanks for watching and please comment below if you found this workout helpful!

 

To your Amazing Health,

 

Felicia Starks