Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer: Day 56

No training today, except for one exercise: patting yourself on the back. You're halfway through, and there's no turning back.

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No training today, except for one exercise: patting yourself on the back. You're halfway through, and there's no turning back.

One thing you should be doing regularly by now is measuring ingredients when you prepare your meals. That was a key thing for me when I started on the road to where I am now.

When you cook, it's easy to add a little bit here, and a little bit there, and not realize that you actually add a few extra calories. Those really add up through the week.

Unless you know where you're starting from, you really don't know where to go. All the weighing and measuring gives you a good sense of, "OK, this is the amount of stuff I should be eating at this point." You can increase it, or decrease it, from there—whatever it might be. But at least this way you have a definite starting point.

Time To Count Calories!

Up to this point, the focus with the meal plan has been to consume adequate calories to support your weight training goals. Moving forward, it will be necessary to determine a specific calorie range to increase your fat burning potential while maintaining your hard earned muscle.

Follow this simple formula to determine the number of calories you should consume moving forward, using the foods included in the meal plans:

  1. Multiply your goal weight by 10 to arrive at your baseline.
  2. Add between 200 and 500 calories to determine the ideal calorie range that will support the rest of your Phase Two and Phase Three workout routines. (So, for me, that would be 110 (lbs) X 10 + 200 = 1300 and 110 (lbs) X 10 + 500 = 1600).
  3. On rest days and lighter days (arms, shoulders, abs), eat in the lower range (1,300 calories). On heavier days (chest, legs, back), eat in the higher range (1,600 calories).
  4. Once we arrive at Phase 3, the lower number will become the starting point for the carbohydrate cycling we'll do!

CALORIE CALCULATOR

Weight
Lighter Days:
Higher Days:

Phase 2 Diet Tips

  • Eat first meal within an hour of waking.
  • Plan ahead! Designate a food preparation day.
  • Measure and weigh everything whenever possible. Purchase measuring cups and a kitchen scale.
  • Eat every three hours (usually 5 or 6 times a day, depending on when you wake up)! It's the secret to speeding up your metabolism. Be on time!
  • Drink lots of water! May have coffee & tea with Stevia or a no-cal sweetener.
  • Take a daily multivitamin. If lifting weights, you might consider taking an additional calcium supplement.
  • Take one tablespoon of flaxseed or fish oil daily. Flaxseed and fish oil actually aid in weight loss and encourages healthy bowel movements. (Mix in oatmeal or mashed sweet potato after heating food. Do not heat flaxseed.)
  • Consistency is key! If you have a day where you slip up … Don't give up! Start fresh at your next meal or the next day. You can do it!
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Female Diet for Phase 2

Breakfast
Evening
NOTE: No carbs (starch) after 7:00 PM (or about 3 hours before bedtime).
LIMIT FRUIT TO TWICE DAILY: Berries first thing in the morning and then a full citrus serving or banana after a workout with your protein shake. Carry a small apple in your gym bag at all times in case an energy slump hits!

Jamie Eason's LiveFit Phase 2 Female Diet PDF (136 KB)

Male Diet for Phase 2

Breakfast
Mid-morning
Dinner
Evening
NOTE: No carbs (starch) after 7:00 PM (or about 3 hours before bedtime).
LIMIT FRUIT TO TWICE DAILY: Berries first thing in the morning and then a full citrus serving or banana after a workout with your protein shake. Carry a small apple in your gym bag at all times in case an energy slump hits!

Jamie Eason's LiveFit Phase 2 Male Diet PDF (136 KB)

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