Over the last year I have had done so many diets and workout programs…it honestly was exhausting at times! I did the “eat everything you can eat and keep it healthy diet,” the “chicken and veggies diet” and everything in between! I tried every type of diet there is (or close to it);some with great results and some with not so great results. My last diet change is one that I completely think every person should attempt for a few weeks. Whether you are wanting to transform your body and lifestyle or you are wanting to just have a guideline to what you should eat. There are changes you can make just as I did. I highly recommend seeing a nutritionist and getting a meal plan.Yes, it is a luxury and yes, it is a lot of work, but I have to say it is so simple to follow and honestly the best results ever. I took my body to the next level and I still have to say I had cheat meals and ice creme every now and then.
I loved the meal plan because it gave me a guideline to get the results I wanted. I knew if I cheated I would not get the results, but the plan also allowed me to know how much “cheat” I could have. I love being able to cook for a couple hours and then be done for a few days. The microwave is my best friend! Meal planning also saves me a lot of money and time so really it is super budget friendly! Just make sure you invest in a cooler for those meals on the go! (??)
Below are a few questions I asked my friend and nutritionist Dominic Anthony:
1. How did you become a nutritionist?
I actually went to school for pharmaceutical marketing and graduated from the university of the sciences in Philadelphia. After graduating I worked in the corporate world and was a personal trainer on the side. With a high science background and superior knowledge of the human body, I realized being a full-time personal trainer and health coach better suited me. My certifications are through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. This school is where I learned more in-depth information about nutrition and the human body. I hold a personal training certification, weight loss specialist certification and nutrition certification.
2. You are known as the “buff buddah” on social media, how did you choose that name?
I am a very spiritual person and I have done yoga and mediation for years. I am all about holistic healing and one of my best friends, Yvonne, calls me buff Buddha. After hearing it a few times I thought it would be a perfect representation of myself and as a business name.
3. I found you through social media. What is the message you try to put out there and why when it come to goals or transformations?
I am a very positive, happy person and I try to display this through exercise and healthy eating. Although I may have off days, a good work out session always releases enough endorphins to put me back in a better space. I show that others too can feel happy from healthy eating and exercise. So in a nutshell, I try to make my social media inspiring and full of positivity, which is what I am all about!
4. What's the biggest mistake or misconception people have when coming to diets?
Portion size. Many people do not know how to correctly portion their meals or the correct macro-nutrients (proteins, carbs and fat). The portions are typically way too much.
6. I hear everyone talk about cheat days. Do you believe in them? I do and don't.
It's not a cheat day, it's a cheat meal. If you prep your meals all week long like I do, it's nice to go out and enjoy a meal. I'm a fan of this so you don't get sick of eating clean. But for me this doesn't mean fast food or scarfing down food just to enjoy your cheat meal. Maybe instead, enjoy a meal at your favorite restaurant.
7. What's your take on handling those ice creme cravings?
I don't eat diary so I don't have ice cream cravings. Dairy is horrible for somone really trying to loose belly fat! Why not have sugar free peanut butter to kill the craving! Or a healthy snack like fruit to take your mind away from ice cream. TRAIN AND TRICK YOUR MIND!
8. I have had massive results from you changing up my diet and I was already fit... For someone wanting to lose weight but they have a busy lifestyle, what are 3 things they need to plan on changing?
1. Eating habits.... YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!
2. Incorporating time in the gym or a work out at home. We only have one body to live in, you can always find time.
3. Excuses! Change the excuses to something positive and do it!
9. For most people,weight loss is always a challenge. What's your best Buddha tip to stay motivated?
Take before pictures of yourself and look back at it on bad days. Remember how far you have come and that you have one body to live in, so take care of it! Also, have a work out buddy or family member along with you on this journey with you so you can help motivate each other!
Well, I have to agree with Dominic on almost everything...especially the selfie! I look back at mine all the time! Especially on those days where I’m having the “woahs" or “pitty-party.” I see those photos and have to perk up and say, “Good Job!”
One day at a time is all it takes!! I hope this info helps you with your journey and feel free to leave comments to inspire others and more topics!