Are you frustrated, frumpy, flabby and over 40?
If you’re feeling frustrated, frumpy and flabby when it comes to losing weight and achieving your best body, you’re not alone. I can relate and I’m going to help you break free of your weight loss frustration by sharing with you how I transformed my body from a perpetual “before” picture, to perpetual “after” picture.
What is Transformation Over 40?
Transformation Over 40 is for men and women who are fed up with being frustrated with weight loss, and not only want a better body, but improved health, and more energy.
Once upon a time ago, I felt like most people do. Frustrated, frumpy and flabby and….. and was approaching the age of 40. No matter what I did, I could not lose weight and achieve the physique I always dreamed of having.
It’s not as if I wasn’t exercising. Heck, I was working out 5-6 times a week, 2-3 hours at a time. I also wasn’t eating sweets, fast food and snacks. And… we’ve all heard this before. In order to lose weight, you’ve got to burn more calories than you’re taking in, which I was absolutely doing.
Despite all my efforts in the gym, and what I thought were good nutritional habits, I found myself getting fatter, frumpier and even more frustrated.
Does my story sound like YOUR story?
I’m Shari Fitness and I’m going to help you transform your body into the best shape of your life and keep the weight off with my Transformation Over 40 Program.
I’m about to share with you my 10 diet and fitness transformation success secrets you can start implementing right away!
Transformation Over 40 SUCCESS SECRET #1
You’ve been lied to and misled by the food industry. There is a laundry list of “health” foods that are supposedly good food choices as part of a weight loss plan and they’re making you fat!!!
Here’s some of the common words used on labels which lead us to believe that any food product that has any of the following words listed on the label is good for our waistline.
No Added Sugar.
Chances are these foods are packed and processed. Packaged and processed foods, no matter how “healthy” they seem to be are loaded with chemicals, preservatives, hidden sugars, lots of sodium and other “stuff” to make them more palatable.
If you read the ingredients on the package of a product containing any of these words, the list of ingredients is long and you cannot pronounce what most of them are and contribute to your weight loss frustrations.
A perfect example of a “healthy” food that is wreaking havoc on losing your belly fat is yogurt. Most yogurts contain more sugar than a candy bar, are very high in carbohydrates, contain very little protein, and don’t leave you feeling satiated.
Two of the most popular brands of yogurt not only contain sugar, they also contain High Fructose Corn Syrup which is an ingredient you want to make sure you avoid.
For more information about yogurt, check out my Fit Talk News article, Yogurt Nutrition Labels, Going Beyond The Packaging.
Transformation Over 40 SUCCESS SECRET #2
Once again you’ve been lied to. We’ve all been told that whole wheat and whole grain products are good for us, are a great source of fiber and that if you don’t eat whole wheat or whole grain you’re not going to poop.
While getting plenty of fiber in your diet is important, there are much better, nutrient rich sources of fiber than whole grains you can get in your diet which will keep you feeling full, satiated and “regular”.
My sources of fiber come from raw vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts and ground flax seed and I suggest that you eat more of these types of foods and cut back or omit whole wheat and whole grains from your diet.
Simply put, our digestive tract cannot handle grains. It irritates the gut and causes inflammation. This interferes with your body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. If you find yourself feeling lethargic all the time, even if you get lots of sleep, have headaches, skin problems, hair loss, or stomach bloating, try cutting whole wheat and grains out of your diet for a month and see if you not only look better, but feel better too.
Transformation Over 40 SUCCESS SECRET #3
I know we’ve all heard this one a million times, but ask yourself, is a calorie really just a calorie? It’s not just a matter of what you eat, but what your body does with the foods you eat. Nutrients are used by the brain, liver, kidney, heart, muscles, etc. They impact your insulin levels, hormonal system, endocrine system, adrenal and nervous systems, metabolism, etc.
Many people will track their calories to stay within a certain caloric range. Think about how your body is going to process the foods you eat. If a calorie is just a calorie, will your body process 100 calories of Oreo Cookies the same way it will process 100 calories of a grilled chicken sandwich? Probably not.
So, if you are dieting by how many calories you consume, take a close look at the types calories you are eating.
Transformation Over 40 SUCCESS SECRET #4
Do you know how many calories you’re consuming throughout the day? Most people think they do, but underestimate how much they really consume. Do you think you’re eating or drinking an actual serving size? Chances are, you’re probably not and you’re actually consuming more calories than you think you are. This is one of the reasons many people can’t understand why they’re not losing weight.
When you read a food label, do you read how much of that product is an actual serving size? Many products contain more than 1 serving, yet, many people consume the entire package of that product consuming more than 1 serving, which means, consuming more calories than you realize.
How much is a single serving?
When you have a bowl of cereal, do you know how much is actually a serving size? Do you look at the label, read how much is a serving size, measure it, and then put it in your bowl? Chances are you probably don’t and fill the bowl up with probably double or triple the serving size. What about the milk? Do you know how much milk is listed on the label?
Looking at a typical box of cereal, a serving size is ¾ cup of cereal with ½ cup Skim Milk. If you follow what a serving size is, you would be consuming 160 calories. Most people having a bowl of cereal would probably end up consuming more than 160 calories simply because they don’t measure the milk and cereal.
Most people end up snacking on more than a serving size of their favorite cracker or chip. Looking at the nutrition label of a flat bread cracker, a serving size is 3 pieces or 3 flatbread crackers. One serving size is 130 Calories for 3 crackers. When eating your favorite cracker or chip, do you measure out a serving size, or do you eat from the box and are you unaware how many crackers or chips you are eating beyond the serving size?
Most soft drinks come in bottles or cans that contain more than 8 fluid oz. which means, it’s going to have more than one serving, yet, most people end up drinking the entire can or bottle.
Arizona Tea just came out with an organic line of teas. Automatically you think, Green Tea, Organic, Healthy, low in calories, sugar, etc. This product comes in a 16 oz bottle, but if you read the label, it says that there are 2.5 servings in the container. If you were to drink the entire bottle, you would actually be consuming 125 calories (not 50 calories), a whopping 32.5 grams of sugar (not 13 grams) and 32.5 grams of simple carbohydrates (not 13 grams). So even though you’re drinking an organic tea, you’re still consuming a lot of calories and sugar if you were to drink the entire bottle, which, most people will do.
Food for Thought
Yes, it is important to read the ingredient labels on the foods you eat, and it is equally important to know how much of that product actually makes up one serving size so that you’re not consuming too many calories. Even if you are eating something that’s good for you, the calories still add up.
Transformation Over 40 SUCCESS SECRET #5
We’ve all been told to lose weight, we need to be in a caloric deficit. Calories in vs. calories out. Most people have a knee jerk reaction to this concept. They will put themselves in too much of a caloric deficit by not eating enough calories and not eating the right calories. Without any real planning, most people look to the latest “weight loss shake of the moment craze” or automatically assume that if they eat nothing but salads, boiled chicken breasts and broccoli, that they will have the abs they’ve always dreamed about.
Hate to tell you this Bunkie, but a diet of “shakes” and salads ain’t gonna cut it. It’s just not sustainable.
Instead, you end up slowing down your metabolism. Your body becomes a fat storing machine instead of a fat burning machine. You’re cranky, irritable and hungry all the time. Subconsciously you feel like you’re depriving yourself and being punished. Not only that, but you are depriving your body of nutrients it desperately needs creating nutrient deficiencies.
After a few days or a few weeks, you break down eating everything in sight only to become even more frustrated, throw your hands up in the air and go back to your old habits.
Diets are short lived and most people get tripped up when they go on a “diet” per say. Instead, you need to change the way you think about food. Rather than look at the short term goal/effect, you need to think about it long term as a lifestyle for the rest of your life.
What are the benefits of “optimal health”?
Feeling not just good, but GREAT.
Having lots of energy throughout your day.
Enjoying life and LIVING life.
Not missing out on memorable moments with family and friends because you were too tired or didn’t feel your best.
Being a better mother, father, daughter, son, wife, husband, brother, sister, friend.
Being in a better mood and more positive mindset.
Enjoying better QUALITY of life as you get older.
The benefits of optimal health ….. priceless!
Transformation Over 40
12 Weeks to a Better Body, Improved Health & a New You
Being the BEST you can be and FEELING your absolute BEST requires investing in yourself and it is the best investment you could ever make. There’s nothing quite like feeling GREAT and having a good, steady, stream of energy throughout your day.
We all want optimal health and fitness as we get older and in order to achieve optimal health and fitness, you need to think of it in terms of living a healthy lifestyle.
Transformation Over 40 provides you with everything you need to know with regard to nutrition, natural health and fitness to not only look great, but feel great and have more energy.
You’ll learn all about nutrition for optimal health, fitness for optimal health and how your conscious and subconscious mind affect your health and energy levels as well.
Transformation Over 40 Workout Training Log
The Transformation Over 40 Workout Log Book is a great tool for you to use to keep track of your workouts and the progress you’re making throughout the workout program.
When I first started creating and following workout programs, I kept a log of all my workouts so I could keep track of how much weight I used, and how many sets and reps I was able to do using a particular weight.
By doing this, I was able to challenge myself by trying to increase the weights I was using, and always striving for that personal best with each workout.
After completing the Transformation Over 40 Workouts, you’ll be able to see your progress over the 12 weeks and when you go through the workout program again, you’ll be able to track how much your strength and endurance has improved.
Transformation Over 40 SUCCESS SECRET #6
Many people believe that as long as they exercise, they can eat whatever they want, whenever they want and as much as they want. While it is true that we need to burn more calories than we consume, this goes back to a calorie is a calorie. Exercise all you want, but at the end of the day, you can’t exercise away a poor diet.
I was once a victim of one of the biggest fitness myths – To burn fat and lose weight, you need to do tons and tons of cardio. I know we’ve all been brainwashed into believing this, but it simply isn’t true. Marathon cardio sessions do not build a lean shapely body. The shapely body you’re looking to have comes from building muscle. Muscle is what gives your body shape. To build muscle, you need to hit the free weights (dumbbells, barbells, cable).
Here’s what I recommend. Instead of doing marathon cardio sessions, integrate your strength training with plyometric exercises, aka burst training or H.I.I.T training. Essentially, what you are doing is incorporating bodyweight exercises that get your heart rate up, but require you to use muscle which is a great way of getting cardiovascular benefits without being on a treadmill. If you mix this with your strength training sessions, your heart rate will be up, and you’ll also be working your muscles.
Transformation Over 40 SUCCESS SECRET #8
When it comes to your workouts, what you get out of your workouts is what put into your workouts. Are you challenging yourself and working out with intensity? Are you pushing yourself outside your training comfort zone?
Time and time again, I have watched people in the gym just going through the motions because they’re spending too much time socializing in the gym or chatting away on their cell phones.
Not challenging yourself
More often than not, most of the people I see working out aren’t challenging themselves. Actually, they’ve been doing the same workout “routine” for years. If you’ve been doing the same workout for more than three months, it’s time to change it up. Not changing up your workouts is what creates the dreaded plateau which keeps your body stuck in a rut.
Change your tempo, rep range. Try a variety of super sets or tri sets. A small change can make a big difference.
Another mistake I see people doing is using weights that are too light for them. This is true of both men and women. If you can do more than 15-20 reps without any effort, you’re not lifting heavy enough. You should be using a weight that challenges you, that makes you grunt squeezing out the last 2-3 reps, and depending on your goals, should be working somewhere in the 5 – 15 rep range.
Not working out with intensity
If you’re spending more time chatting with your friends or chatting on your cell phone or reading while you’re working out, you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing and you’re not working out intensely. If you think it’s just women who are guilty of this, think again. I see plenty of men doing this too.
What you should be doing
You should be focusing on your workout….. every rep of every set. Are you really squeezing the muscle you are working? Are you grunting and sweating while you’re working out? Are you really pushing yourself as hard as you can? If you answered no to any of these questions, or not sure, you’re not working out with intensity and not getting results.
Give your workouts a boost with music
Studies have shown that music can increase a person’s physical endurance and make cardiovascular exercise a more positive experience. Music can help exercises feel more positive even when working out at a very high level of intensity.
Music is a great motivator and certain songs can elicit motivation. The best example of this would be the theme to the movie Rocky. Whenever you hear that song, you automatically have visions of Rocky training and running up the library stairs victoriously. The beat of the music also motivates you getting your body into a rhythm and motion.
Not only will music make your workout more fun and help you work out at a higher intensity level, it will also help keep you “in the zone” and focused on your workout.
Transformation Over 40 SUCCESS SECRET #9
Many of the adverse effects of aging can be reversed or slowed down by living a healthy lifestyle. Athletically and nutritionally fit individuals measure out 10 to 20 years biologically younger than their chronological age. Diet and exercise does not stop the biological clock, but it can slow it down considerably. Exercise and a healthy diet is the closest thing we have to an anti-aging pill. Gerontologists tell us that once we reach the age of 50, the need for fitness is even more crucial due to the many physiological changes that occur with age.
Muscle and Metabolism
A slow metabolism has nothing to do with age. It has more to do with inactivity and as people become older, they tend to become less and less active. Increases in body fat are more a function of inactivity than age. Inactivity results in loss of muscle. And loss of muscle, not an aging metabolism, is the primary cause of creeping obesity.
As we get older we become more inactive, and our muscle mass decreases along with our metabolism and so does our caloric needs. Unfortunately, most people don’t reduce their caloric intake as the activity level decreases, and your body fat increases.
This cycle can be broken by a program that increases muscle and restores lost metabolism. This is why weight training is so important. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn and elevates your metabolism even at rest.
You can increase muscle size and strength as you get older. Age is NOT an excuse. Much of the loss of muscle as we age is preventable – and even reversible.
Transformation Over 40 SUCCESS SECRET #10
As we age, we lose muscle mass which slows our metabolism down, and before you know it, you’ve become fat and flabby. To preserve and maintain muscle, your body needs protein. Muscle is made up of protein and water. To feed your muscle, you need to eat protein.
Ideally, you should be consuming approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight spread out through 5-6 meals per day. For example, I weigh 120 pounds and eat 5 small meals per day. Each meal I eat has approximately 25 grams of protein.
Getting more protein in your diet is easier than you think. Great sources of protein which are dietary staples for me include Whey Protein Shakes, Eggs, Plain Greek Yogurt, Chicken Breast, Turkey, Ground Turkey, Tuna Fish, Fish, Seafood, Grass Fed Beef, Bison and much more.
You’ll discover how I went from frustrated, frumpy and flabby to having a fit body, improved health, more energy and self-confidence and how I’ve continued being fit, healthy and energetic into my late 40’s and how you can too!
The Transformation Over 40 workout program is your fitness game plan and you will have 36 individual workouts that will re-shape your body in 12 weeks.
And did I mention…
Abs are made in the kitchen!!! You also get my quick, easy, mouthwatering, delicious recipes that are ready in 15 minutes or less!!!
The Success Mindset
Change the way you think to change where you’re headed. Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle is not just physical, it’s mental too! Transformation Over 40 teaches you how to flex your mental muscle to achieve all your weight loss goals.
Please join the thousands of people who are re-discovering their healthy, VIBRANT forty-something bodies and loving every minute of it!
To your health,
Certified Fitness Professional
Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
Natural Health Advocate
NOTE: Transformation Over 40 is a completely downloadable series of e-books and manuals. No physical products will be shipped. After you order, you will get INSTANT ACCESS to download all product components onto your computer (no waiting or shipping costs!). The format for all manuals, workbooks, checklists, etc, is adobe acrobat PDF, which can be viewed on Mac or PC.