Although you are looking and feeling great, it is important to remember that you are not quite done yet! This is perhaps the most important part of the Plan.
Identify food sensitivities that you may not have been aware of prior to the program. Learn how to distinguish between a food allergy and a food intolerance.
Reinforce and strengthen your new habit of eating the right food combinations to fuel your body which is key for long term weight maintenance.
Reset your metabolism to establish and lock in a new set point that your body can automatically maintain. Without re-setting your metabolism during FitBetr - Level 2, you run the risk of falling into the all too familiar yo-yo dieting pattern where your body constantly struggles to recover lost weight.
Create, participate in and maintain a healthy exercise program.
Develop a long term maintenance plan (level 3) where you eat healthy 80% of the time and foods you enjoy 20% of the time by combining the skills that you have already learned in both levels 1 and 2.
LEVEL 2 FUNDAMENTALS
Now that you have a sound nutritional base, Level 2 is the perfect place to add in exercise to your plan or increase the intensity of your current plan.
If you are just starting out it would be best to begin slowly with a low impact plan for 20-30 minutes a few times a week. For example, walking, yoga or Pilates which is just enough to stimulate the lymphatic system to release more toxins helping to reset the body and boost metabolism for continued weight loss. As you grow stronger increase intensity of these activities or add in new activities.
If you are currently exercising, and want to continue with your weight loss, now is the time to kick up your workouts by extending the duration and/or frequency. This means working a little longer and/or a little harder. Aim for 30-45 minutes 3-4 days a week.
Eat lunch, dinner, and 2 snacks. Add Activity Fuel as needed and follow the same Level 1 schedule for eating your meals to ensure stable blood sugar and energy level throughout the day. Focus on portion control. Your coach will create a custom plan based upon food choices and activity level.
Portion Control – sample guidelines during food re-introduction
Vegetables – 1 cup is a serving
Fruit – 1 cup or medium piece of fruit is a serving
Fish/Chicken/Meat – 5 ounces is a serving if you are not adding rice/quinoa or 3-4 ounces if having rice/quinoa
Rice/Quinoa – ½ cup cooked
Fats – 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. PB, 5-10 nuts
Add omega 3 fats back into your eating plan
Omega 3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation in your body, reduces joint pain, can reduce your risk of heart disease, increases HDL (good fat) in your body and lowers triglyceride levels. Good sources include flax, chia or hemp seeds, walnuts, wild salmon and fresh tuna
FOODS TO AVOID
Sugar comes in many forms: dextrose, sucrose, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, or any sweetener that is not natural. Read all labels and look for hidden sugars in yogurt, spices, flavored waters, sauces, restaurant food, and ALL pre-packaged food.
PROCESSED STARCH OR CARBOHYDRATES
This includes bread, pasta, any wheat product, or white rice.
This includes Aspartame, Sweet-N-Low, Sucralose, NutraSweet, Splenda, Truvia, Saccharine.
Including hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
NITRITES OR NITRATES
Typically found in deli lunch meats – no smoked foods.
ARTIFICIAL FOOD COLORINGS OR DYES
Read labels and do not drink or eat anything artificially colored.
PRODUCTS WITH MSG
Stay away from this preservative used to extend product shelf life.
Track your weight and food pictures daily to help monitor your progress. Level 2 can be a very volatile time with your weight fluctuating between 1-2 pounds as you add in more complex foods that are harder to digest or as you experience food sensitivities. Taking lots of logs during Level 2 to identify such patterns and to establish portion control is key.