Thursday, December 11, 2014

Abs are made in the kitchen

     I often get asked how in the world I have abs after two kids. My usual response would have been " tumbling, running, and working out everyday". And often I get the response back of "I do work out every day and this baby pudge just isn't going away". Or even woman who have never had kids complain about "the pudge". Hardest thing to get rid of ladies!!! I also get "well your young so it just fell off of you" WRONGGGGGG.... here is the the way to a flat stomach.

      I have tried every diet possible to stabilize my blood sugar, and to lose the extra pounds I was dying to lose. The one and only one that worked for me was to eat 6 to 8 meals a day. YES 6 to 8. Sounds like a lot but that's what are bodies like. Our bodies are like fire, you feed a little fuel to the fire continuously it keeps working, you stop feeding it, it stops working, JUST LIKE OUR METABOLISM. In high school I was eating 2 maybe 3 meals a day but they were large meals. I was starving by the time I get to a meal which calls for a bigger meal, and I can't just sit in class or at work and eat my other meals. I get a lunch break then a supper time, and if I was lucky I would grab breakfast. This is a lot of woman's problem, they work and get that 1 lunch break so they get a big meal in to satisfy them tell supper. And that was when I put on 20 pounds. Very frustrating to put on 20 pounds while working out every day. So that being said, ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN FOLKS...

     When I heard 6 to 8 meals a day my first thought was "awesome, eat a cheese burger and fries every two hours and lose weight"... NO! I count my carbohydrates and calories. Believe it or not I eat less calories and carbs with the 8 meals a day than I did 2 or 3. I make sure to keep it at or below 1200 calories a day and 50 to 200 calories per meal. So if I started at 7:00 a.m. and ended at 7:00 p.m. and make my meals 2 hours apart that is 7 meals a day. And if three of my meals were 100 calories and four of my meals 200 calories than that's 1100 calories. And not to mention I'm always satisfied and never starving because I get to eat every two hours :). When I say 200 calorie meals I don't mean half a snickers, or half a donut, or maybe a small 200 calorie honey bun. Stick with healthy, high protein, low carb foods, but just so I don't leave this important part out, STAY ACTIVE! working out at least 1 hour a day is helpful and what our body needs.

    Some things I make sure to follow through this is 1) this is not a strict diet, its my new life style and the way I live. 2) don't drink your calories, make sure to get all the water your body needs per day. Water, coffee, and crystal light are about the only things I drink. And 3) find the proper foods to cover your meals. Protein is a major element in building lean muscle tissue, and when combined with proper exercise you will get the results you want:). You can find many foods that are high in protein and low in carbs. Get creative with your meals and change your life for the better.

                                                          List of good foods

                                                                   eggs
                                                                   tuna
                                                             protein bar
                                                                  salad
                                                                 veggies
                                                                  fruit
                                                             penut butter
                                                             chicken breast
                                                             ground turkey
                                                                 fish
                                                             almonds
                                                               nuts
                                                           greek yogurt 
                                                             cheese 


8 comments:

  1. For sure trying this! Thanks Mackenzie!!

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  2. I just want to say that you are so awesome a and such an inspiration. I loved watching you on Teen Mom 3 and miss it so much! You are such a great mom and role model! I have been trying to lose 10 pounds and get a flat stomach to get rid of my belly pudge and I just didn't know how! I am definitely going to try these foods. What excercise can I do to get a butt and flat stomach too? Also, how do I stay motivated like you?

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  3. How do you keep your teeth so white when you drink coffee and crystal light? And how much water do you usually drink everyday?

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