You drink two Vi-Shape® Shakes a day, exercise and even meditate for good measure. Although you’re putting in maximum effort to live a balanced life, the scale simply won’t budge. Super frustrating, we know. We’ve got four essential tips that may just help you turn a corner.
#1–Eat right, feel right.
Vi-Shape is delicious, versatile and packed with nutrients. However, that butterscotch-and-vanilla-ice-cream flavored shake topped with whipped cream you’re mixing up on the regular? Not so much. Vi-Shape is the foundation for a healthy diet that includes smart snacks and lean meals. Remember, diet is 80% of the battle. Try to stick to natural, whole foods as much as possible. And drive-thru meals—all in the past now that you’re on The Challenge. You may also be eating too much. You’ll need to burn more calories than you consume to shed those stubborn pounds. Healthy snacking throughout the day, whether it be Vi Bites™ or Nutra-Cookies, is just as important as portion control.
#2–Feed your hobby.
Dancing, yoga, hiking, cycling—these are all great physical activities that can help fuel your weight-loss or fitness Challenge. Have a fun hobby? Trick your brain into exercising by investing more time in your favorite physical activity, morning, noon and night. You can even turn your hobby into a Challenge Group and bolster your business in the process. Rhonda Lucero recently started a successful Challenge Group based on her love of hiking and the outdoors and was pleasantly surprised when more and more participants turned out each week.
The best way to lose weight and build muscle is by alternating between strength training and cardio workouts. Spread out your sessions during the week for variety and recovery purposes. The more muscle tone you develop, the more fat you’ll burn. Still intimidated by weights? Start with body weight exercises like push-ups, squats and lunges to build up to weight lifting.
#4–Take a time out.
It’s important not to overwork yourself. Focus on different muscle groups on different days. If you’d rather work your whole body, create a workout routine where you go ‘all in’ one day, then do light cardio or rest the next. Interestingly, it’s during periods of recovery that your body does most of the actual fat-burning. Stress may also affect how your body responds to diet and exercise. Minimize the negative effects of excess cortisol production using deep breathing exercises throughout the day.
Finally, make sure to celebrate the non-scale victories. Your high school clothes fit again. You can sit comfortably on a plane or in the movie theater. You no longer crave junk food. It’s the little things that add up to major lifestyle changes over time, which is where you want to be—living the Vi Life.