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Forget your weight. Do this instead

How would you like to get rid of your bathroom scale? To never again subject yourself to the angst and humiliation of stepping on and waiting for the number-that-will-determine-your-self-esteem to light up the screen.

Sounds awesome, right?!

It’s been ingrained in us from an early age to worry about our weight, however today I’d like to show you how the number on your bathroom scale is an unreliable measurement of your progress that should really be thrown out the window.

Bathroom scales are unreliable.

Take that number with a grain of salt. Your typical bathroom scale is a digital gadget with serious limitations, attempting to measure your gravitational force.

Digital scales must be recalibrated after every move. This means that if you pick up your scale and the place it down again you must press on the scale for a reading, wait for the numbers to clear, and then proceed with weighing yourself. Most people miss this step and end up with inaccurate readings.

Digital scales must be placed on a hard, flat surface. Since the reading is coming from gravitational force, the slightest inconsistency with the weight distribution into the floor could skew the reading.

Accurate scales only tell part of the story.

At the doctor’s office you’ll encounter the more accurate balance beam scale. This scale directly compares your weight (gravitational force) to counterweights. The readings from balance beam scales are more consistent and accurate than digital scales.

However…

Even an accurate reading of your weight only tells part of the story. Your weight (gravitational force) naturally fluctuates throughout every day due to in the intake and excretion of fluids and food.

A pound gained from drinking a large glass of water has no distinction from a pound gained as a result of fat storage on your body when measured on a balance beam scale. However, these two weight sources will lead to two very different bodies!

Body composition is what you’re after.

Your body is composed of three things: fat, lean mass and water. An attractive, fit body is composed of a low amount of fat, ample lean mass, and healthy water levels. When you walk into the gym and tell me that you want to lose weight, what you’re really telling me is that you want to lower your percentage of body fat.

When you begin the process of fat loss, the initial drop that you see on your scale is mostly water weight. This happens as your controlled diet empties out stored energy that releases the water that is held with it. This initial drop in weight makes you feel good…

Until you get back on the scale the following week to see that your weight has barely even budged. This normal ebb and flow of body transformation nearly always brings discouragement. You feel like somehow you’re failing since that initial weight loss has now slowed to a crawl.

What’s crazy about the psychological mind game that the scale plays is that during the third week of a body transformation, when the scale shows the least impressive change, your body composition is actually cranking up to very impressive levels. So while you saw half a pound lost on the scale, behind the scenes you lost three pounds of fat.

Remember that all weight is not bad. What you don’t like to see and feel on your body is fat. As noted above, fat is not the only thing measured by your weight. Those toned muscles that you want to have will bring up the number on your scale, but as long as fat is converting to lean mass, the result is a stunning body transformation.

Pictures are more powerful than numbers!

It’s possible to measure your body fat levels using different tools. These readings will give you a clearer picture of what is taking place beneath your skin, as your body composition shifts to a lower percentage of body fat.

However, pictures are what I have found to be the most powerful measure of body transformation. A picture is truly worth a thousand body composition number readings!

When you see two images of yourself, side-by-side, and your eyes take in the differences in the shape and appearance of your arms, legs and stomach it is truly a magical moment; a moment when you understand how silly the number on the scale really is in the face of your undeniable, stunning body transformation.

If you’re ready to begin your own stunning body transformation, with the goal of lowering your body fat, feel free to reach out to me. I’m here to get you into the most spectacular shape of your life!

Call or email me today. Let’s do this!

Dedicated To Making Healthy Your Habit,

Mychael
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Out With The Junk

Today is a great day for going through your kitchen and removing any and all junk food. If you don’t have junk food in the kitchen then you won’t eat it! Instead stock your fridge with healthy and vibrant whole foods that will support your fitness goals and your health.

Guilt-Free Fettuccine Alfredo

​Anyone who has ever given up refined carbs in pursuit of fat loss understands what it feels like to crave a bowl of pasta.

And as much as you LOVE that salad and that dessert protein shake, once in a while, your craving for pasta is going to become too strong to control. 

That’s when this Fitness Fettuccine Alfredo rides in for the rescue! 

It’s creamy, dreamy, and oh-so-delicious...all while packing only 20% of the calories of classic fettuccine alfredo. 

Seriously! The classic pasta dish contains 1,200 calories and 100 grams of carbs!! This fitness version contains less than 250 calories and 15 grams of carbs. 

So go ahead, indulge in a creamy bowl of Fitness Fettuccine Alfredo with zero guilt!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 6

1 cup raw cashews
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons olive oil​
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon coconut flour​
½ cup veggie broth
1 can (13.66oz) coconut milk
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup nutritional yeast​
2 cans (8oz) Palmini (hearts of palm noodles) drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1 pinch fresh ground pepper​
**optional** parmesan cheese to garnish

Instructions

1. Place the cashews in a small saucepan. Fill with water to fully cover the cashews. Place over medium-low heat and bring to a boil. Drain the cashews and blend in a food processor with the almond milk. Set aside.

2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, garlic and shallot. Sauté for 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the coconut flour. Sauté for another 3 minutes, until the flour becomes golden.

3. Mix in the broth, cashew mixture, coconut milk and sea salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer and mix in the nutritional yeast. Mix until creamy and smooth.

4. Drain and rinse the Palmini noodles. Stir into the sauce. Once the noodles are warmed, remove from heat. Garnish with fresh parsley, ground pepper and (optional!) some fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy! 

Nutrition
One serving equals: 242 calories, 18g fat, 14g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 1g sugar and 10g protein.


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~Lauren S.

Mychael has helped me to achieve goals that I, frankly, never thought possible. I have been overweight since childhood and Mychael has helped me to lose 70 lbs! In the first six months alone, I dropped 50 lbs through a combination of workout and nutrition programs provided by Mychael. I've gone from 40%+ bodyfat to UNDER 18%! Mychael's been a joy to work with - he'll push you but at a pace that is good for you and where you will see great results.

~Daniel C


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~Colleen M.

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LOVE Mychael’s Boot Camp. HATE the gym. It's an early rise to get out there for your day's workout, but you will realize how much energy you have and also realize how much time it saves. Working out in the evenings or at night keeps me awake anyway. Mychael is awesome. He motivates you to get as much of the workout in, but hey... if you can't finish the last pushup it's no big deal. If I had to do the same workout alone at a gym there's no way I would have as much motivation. I wouldn't even know what exercises to do. Mychael truly encourages you to do your best and I can see the results. Three months after my first class and I'm an addict.

~Sandra B.

I am a procrastinator when it comes to working out but I'm also highly competitive and this pushes me to the limits. Mychael knows his stuff and is willing to correct your form so that you achieve the best results and he really cares about the clients. It is very affordable and over all I feel that I am getting more out of it than I pay. It's only been a few weeks but I feel like my energy level has improved and I am starting to notice changes in my body. If you are a person who has a distaste for conventional gyms then Mychael’s Fit Camp is definitely the way to go!

~Michelle R.

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~Devon S.