Why a Weight Loss Plateau is A Good Thing

As registered dietitians and personal trainers for over fifteen years, these twin sisters have seen our share of weight loss plateaus.  And while we’re well aware that a weight loss plateau is a good thing, we’ve seen how destructive and deflating it can be when someone hits one and doesn’t realize the benefits of a plateau.

 

So we’re busting at the seams to tell them (and you!) that a weight loss plateau is actually a good thing!  If you’ve ever experienced this we want you to pay close attention and follow this advice as this will help you to succeed when faced with it again! First, don’t let a plateau derail your efforts or discourage you.  Although a weight loss plateau can often last for several weeks, it’s not the time to give up, and in fact, just the opposite!

 

Here’s why:

A weight loss plateau is a normal and healthy part of the weight loss process and it simply means that your body is recognizing that it’s a new smaller person—and it’s settling in and adjusting to being slimmer.  Your body is taking an assessment and acknowledging it no longer needs as many calories to maintain itself and it’s just taking time to recalibrate.  This recalibration is important; if your body never recognizes it’s smaller and doesn’t take time to stabilize, your body doesn’t know who it is and can easily change; bouncing back to a higher weight will be easy as it wouldn’t have set a new place at a lower weight that feels comfortable.  Think about it—if you constantly are losing weight, your body has no clue what to expect and it doesn’t yet know where it feels stable.  A few missed workouts, a few not so healthy meals could easily throw your body off kilter. On the other hand, if you hit a plateau, it’s recognizing your newer, smaller body.  It’s a sign that your body is taking notice of your new trimmer self!  Once you push past this, maintaining your new weight will be easier!  Feel proud and know this is part of the amazing successful weight loss process and you’ll push past it!

 

 

More good news?

There are ways to push past a plateau—and if you stick it out, they pay off big-time!

 

Here are 4 of our top ways to bust through a weight loss plateau:

 

  1. Eat more veggies. Yup, read THIS to see how eating more actually works.  By now you know that we love veggies, always encourage our clients to eat them, and we too, eat them like nobody’s business (despite having been super picky eaters in the past)—but that’s because they’re little miracle workers, and in more ways than one. (Pssst… we didn’t write The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure for nothin’!  😉  )

 

  1. Sip on THIS Toxin-Neutralizing, Bloat-Busting Bevvie throughout the day. It will keep you hydrated, flush bloat and wastes out of the body, fill your stomach so you eat less, and flood the body with antioxidants that help to neutralize free radicals and pull toxins out of the body.

 

 

  1. Incorporate HIIT training into your workouts.   These periods of more intense exercise followed by less intense exercise burn extra calories and rev your metabolism.  Find out how to do it!

 

 

  1. Leave three bites behind at each meal. If you typically eat all of your meal, leave three bites on your plate; if you don’t typically eat all of your meal, make a conscious effort to eat three fewer bites.  Over the course of the day this will equate to a couple hundred calories, which over the course of the month can equal nearly two pounds or more!

 

 

  1. For the next few weeks keep a food log (if you don’t already). You may discover places where excess snacks can be cut—or you may realize that while you were on a weight loss roll that you weren’t quite as diligent as you thought and tightening the reigns will help you to push past the plateau.

 

 

The Nutrition  Twins’ Do Your Body Good Challenge—and your 5th way to bust through a weight loss plateau.

 

Swap Dry foods for Wet Foods:
Eat Water-Rich Foods.

  • Why? Dry foods, like baked goods and cookies, chips, crackers, candy bars and trail mixes, are light and airy and don’t fill you up but are high in calories. Instead go for water and fiber-filled foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, sweet potatoes, and whole grains—these are generally full of water and fiber and not many calories. So your body feels the weight of these foods and it helps to satisfy you, as opposed to the dry, calorie-dense, light-weight foods.

 

How to do it:

 

 

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Bust Boredom or Past a Plateau with THIS!

If you’re stuck in a weight loss or boredom rut, we’ve got just the workout for you—and an added bonus is that this workout is ideal if you’re short on time (and seriously, who isn’t?)!

 

In New York City if the cold outside (or the heat) is unbearable for us and we need to get a quick indoor workout, we’ve got a foolproof routine– intervals! As registered dietitians and personal trainers, we recommend intervals to the majority of our clients. Intervals are great because you can be more productive in a shorter amount of time, which is especially helpful if you’re trapped inside and exercising indoors isn’t your thing.

 

We personally do our intervals on the treadmill and sometimes on the cross-trainer, but you can use any equipment that allows you to get a cardiovascular workout (and if it’s nice out—head out for some fresh air, baby!). Studies have shown that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) at least once a week can boost cardiovascular fitness and increase the body’s potential to lose weight (woot, woot!).  Plus, constantly increasing and decreasing the speed keeps you occupied, so the time goes by so much more quickly!

 

Your body can become accustomed to doing the same exercise routine and then it no longer is a challenge and you stop seeing results.

 

This means it’s time to shake things up a bit. 

 

Here’s why we recommend HIIT to jumpstart your fitness:

  • HIIT training consists of short, high-intensity periods of exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods.
    • The higher intensity exercise challenges your body in new ways, which means you’ll burn more calories and fat.
    • The low-intensity recovery periods, also known as rest intervals, are important because they ensure that your high-intensity intervals are done at an optimal intensity. Without the rest intervals you’ll only be able to work at a medium intensity for the full duration of your exercise—which is no different than what you were doing before.

 

Here’s how to do HIIT:

 

During your normal cardiovascular routine, try increasing your speed to a fast sprint every 4 minutes. Stay at this high intensity for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your ability. You should be out of breath and really challenging yourself. The 4 minutes in between will help you recover. When those 4 minutes are up, pump it back to a sprint. You’ll be sure to feel great and will also burn a lot of calories!

 

  • If you’re a beginner, start with a 1:2 ratio of a challenging workout to rest. So go as hard as you can for 30, 45, 60 or 90 seconds and then rest for twice as long.  Then start on the challenging interval again.  As you practice this, aim for a making your rest period the same length as your interval.

 

Give it a try!  You got this! 🙂

 

 

 

Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie

As registered dietitians and personal trainers we feel lucky to work with so many awesome clients.  Most want to have some fun and enjoy indulging but also know when it’s time to get back on track and tighten the reigns– and trust us, these twin sisters get it!  Yes, it’s not just our clients who at times feel like they need to undo the damage from too much–we, too have times when we just want to undo the damage that we did over the last couple of days from eating too much, drinking too much or just falling off the healthy track…and we’ve got just the morning dazzler to get your mind and body back on the fast track to slim–while losing the bloat and feeling satisfied!

Often we try to get right back on track with our Kale Recharge and Detox Smoothie or our Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie which both work magic. We also sip our Raspberry Ginger Detox during the day. Or we go for this awesome Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie! Aside from it being the perfect way to reboot the body (see below), this smoothie tastes yummy, so it’s ideal when your mind and taste buds aren’t feeling like they’re ready to dive in to very bland foods that many people believe are the only foods allowed when they’re trying to cleanse the body from the damage of overindulgence.  Admittedly, especially when we just get back from a vacay, our minds are still a little in la-la land 😉 and our taste buds want to be tantalized (this healthy, cleansing number does the trick!).

Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process.  And this drink does just that! 

 

This smoothie is a superstar when it comes to weight loss and flushing bloat and toxins from the body!  Here’s how it works:

For weight loss:

It’s super-satisfying– with just 224 calories, it will keep you satiated with it’s 20 grams of protein.  It will power you through your morning keeping your energy levels stable so you don’t experience an energy crash that would have you craving a quick sugar pick-me-up (this means you won’t find yourself diving into the vending machine mid-morning in search of an energy boost).

More reasons to sip this blue smoothie to assist in weight loss? 😉

The blueberries! Research suggests they actually may assist in weight loss (yippee!) since they contain the phytochemical C3G that may increase production of both adiponectin (which enhances fat metabolism) and leptin (which suppresses appetite). Oh yeah!

 

For flushing bloat:

Starting the day with this nutrient and water-filled smoothie helps to flush out excess salt and the bloated and puffy feeling that comes with it. The high water in combination with the potassium from the blueberry and lemon flushes bloat by restoring normal fluid balance so you can kiss puffiness goodbye.

The blueberries are loaded with fiber, which helps to flush waste out your colon (goodbye constipation and unsightly gut bulges from it–hello flatter belly. Oh Yeah!)

 

For mopping up free radicals and toxins that age and damage your body.  Here’s why we like to drink this smoothie in the morning:

There’s no better time to flood your body with nutrients that help to rejuvenate your cells and that help your liver to do its’ job of detoxifying invaders (chemicals, smog, toxins, alcohol, etc.) that could harm the body. However, you can drink this babe any time of day and it will still work is magic.

The blueberries flood your body with anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds as well as bloat-fighting potassium and water!

Lemon helps to promote the activity of a liver enzyme that converts harmful, toxic substances to less harsh chemicals (via the liver through a compound called d-limonene.). Lemon, is packed with vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant which mops up free radicals from environmental toxins, stress, alcohol, fatty foods and other toxins and helps to prevent them from damaging your body. 

 

Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie

Enjoy this sipster for breakfast to take the edge off hunger, prevent overeating, flush bloat and help set your mind & body on the healthy track.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 tbsp almond butter

1/2 cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk

1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (we use Vega One Plant Power or Amazing Grass)*

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (ok, if not fresh)

water to blend

 

Directions: Blend this all together and drink! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 224 Calories, 4 g fat, 19 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 20 g protein

*Note: if you don’t have protein powder, substitute with 6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt.

Pictured below with 1 teaspoon organic coconut flakes.

Blueberry Protein Weight loss Breakfast Smoothie
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ tbsp almond butter
  • ½ cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (we use Vega One Plant Power or Amazing Grass)*
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice (ok, if not fresh)
  • water to blend
Instructions
  1. Blend this all together and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 224 Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 19 g Fiber: 4 g Protein: 20 g

Sweet Potato Nachos

A calorie bomb of greasy chips smothered in cheese …not exactly what you’d expect to get from these veggie loving, registered dietitians and personal trainer twin sisters (who just happen to have a sweet tooth), now is it? Thank goodness, you’re (partially 😉 ) right about that. While this may taste like the real deal, this is the souped- up, caloried-down version! You know, more like some of our dishes that watch your waistline but that tantalize the more naughty side of your taste buds like our Smoked Paprika ChipsGuilt-free Kale ChipsSpicy Carrot Fries, and our Skinny Zucchini Fries… And now these yummy nachos nibblers!

 

Are you ready for a cozy comfort food that makes an ideal savory and crunchy lunch (or dinner) and that will keep you satisfied for hours? Then say hello to hot hints of savory chicken and beans and soft hints of sweet peas and scrumptious, crunchy sweet potato chips.

 

Here’s what makes this skinny comfort food work its’ magic:

 

  • Rather than traditional nachos that rack in the calories and bloating-sodium with their fried chips, these nibblers get their crunch from crispy baked sweet potato chips.

 

  • Sweet potatoes provide the quality carbs that your brain craves—this feels so indulgent but in just 4-4.5 ounces 328 calories, the comfort-food carb craving is met with bloat-busting magnesium, potassium and filling fiber. Plus, you get anti-aging, skin protecting beta-carotene!
  • Instead of gobs of greasy cheese, this skinny-cho (you read that right—“skin- nacho!” ;)) uses reduced fat cheese and a surprising creamy twist, from the peas. This works magic on your creamy-texture craving taste buds and on your waistline.

 

  • Adios fatty beef, hola savory chicken for lean protein that keeps you feeling full for hours.

 

  • Beans –rather than refried, these skip the added fat and keep the creamy texture, staying lean and filling!

 

Plus, these nachos actually work to fight off a muffin-top! Here’s how:

 

  • One plate regular nachos = More than 650 calories, one plate of these bad boys is only 328 calories.

 

  • Fewer calories IN = Less fat ON the body

Buh-bye unsightly gut bulges! Packed with fiber to flush waste and toxins out of the colon:

 

  • No constipation= flatter tummy

 

  • Less tummy poof: Hello magical bloat-busting combo of magnesium and potassium! Plus, they’re low in sodium to keep bloat at bay, flat belly ahoy!

Traditional nachos are loaded with belt-bursting sodium and an entire plate would set you back at least 2400mg, OURS SAVE YOU 2000 mg even if you eat the whole plate!

 

 

Savory Sweet Potato Nachos

 

This cozy comfort food is so healthy and filling you can make it your main meal! Or simply take this healthy spin on a fan favorite and serve it for guests!

 

Makes 3 Servings (entree sized)

Ingredients

3 large sweet potatoes

½ cup black beans

½ cup frozen peas

½ cup shredded chicken breast (or canned chicken)

¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese, reduced fat

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Rinse sweet and thoroughly clean potatoes and thinly slice (about 3 mm thick). This is most easily done using a paring knife and working slowly, and of course carefully!
  3. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place potato slices on the baking sheet to make a nice even layer of slices (it doesn’t have to be neat just even!). The potatoes can be overlapping and it doesn’t necessarily need to be one potato per layer! Place potatoes in oven.
  4. While potatoes are baking, prepare frozen peas as directed on bag, drain and rinse black beans, and pull apart and shred chicken breast OR drain and pull apart canned chicken.
  5. After about 20 minutes, take potatoes out and flip the chips (they should be a little crispy on the side that was facing up and soft and warm on the bottom). Bake for another 15-20 min.
  6. After the potatoes are baked and crispy on both sides, take them out of the oven, place them on a plate and top with peas, black beans, chicken, and cheese. Enjoy this scrumptious meal for lunch, for dinner or with friends! It serves 3!

 

Nutrition Facts for 1 serving

Calories: 328, carbs: 47.3g, fat: 6.3g, saturated fat: 2g, protein: 23.5g, sodium: 479.5mg, fiber: 9.8g

Sweet Potato Nachos
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Serves: 3 4 oz. servings
Ingredients
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup black beans
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup shredded chicken breast (or canned chicken)
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese, reduced fat
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Rinse sweet and thoroughly clean potatoes and thinly slice (about 3 mm thick). This is most easily done using a paring knife and working slowly, and of course carefully!
  3. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place potato slices on the baking sheet to make a nice even layer of slices (it doesn’t have to be neat just even!). The potatoes can be overlapping and it doesn't necessarily need to be one potato per layer! Place potatoes in oven.
  4. While potatoes are baking, prepare frozen peas as directed on bag, drain and rinse black beans, and pull apart and shred chicken breast OR drain and pull apart canned chicken.
  5. After about 20 minutes, take potatoes out and flip the chips (they should be a little crispy on the side that was facing up and soft and warm on the bottom). Bake for another 15-20 min.
  6. After the potatoes are baked and crispy on both sides, take them out of the oven, place them on a plate and top with peas, black beans, chicken, and cheese. Enjoy this scrumptious meal for lunch, for dinner or with friends! It serves 3!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 oz Calories: 328 Fat: 6.3g Saturated fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 47.3g Sodium: 479.5mg Fiber: 9.8g Protein: 23.5g

 

 

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The Nutrition Twins demonstrate the Playground Workout

Embrace your inner child and let loose! The best workout is one that you’ll make time to do! Keep it fun!

For working out and sticking with it, you gotta find something you love! As giggly girls who loved to monkey around, this was our fave thing to do- so these days we join Tammy’s kids on the playground, but boy it’s a lot harder now! This reminds us what a great workout you can get when let yourself be free to play!

And sheesh,what a great arm workout!

 

Also try hop-scotch, hula-hooping and jumping rope!

 

 

Psst… looking for more traditional exercises?  Try these!

Anytime, Anywhere 90-Second Metabolism Booster

Easy At-Home Shoulder Toner

Triangle Push-Ups

Leg & Butt Toner

 

Count Us In! We’re Taking the #NeverQuit Pledge

Most people who know us are aware that even when we’re not officially “out running” in New York City, were running somewhere.  It’s not that we always want a workout (although we often do! 🙂 ), it’s just that we have so much we want to do in a day and struggle to get everything done.  And as much as we love being on the go, we do cherish downtime too, but we have to work hard to get it in our day or it doesn’t happen.

 

We have to make a concerted effort each day to simply “chill out” (yes, we’re those girls who don’t naturally sit on the couch if we’re watching TV—we’re probably cooking or folding laundry, or multi-tasking at the same time!) and one thing’s for sure–we’ll always have to consciously make an effort to achieve balance in our lives.  So when we found out about the Refreshinq #NeverQuit pledge, we knew we had to take it!  Our pledge? To  to never quit working to achieve balance and to get down time.  Psst… the “inq” at the end of “Refreshinq” stands for “I Never Quit!”—we love it! (Check out the photos below– they sent us a sample of so many great goodies packaged in a fun and unique way that motivates us to work harder and never quit!)

 

 

(Yaaaasss!!!)

If there’s a time that we remember to focus on rest and on de-stressing, it’s after a massage or after yoga because that’s when we’re super relaxed and we feel so centered that we want to stay in that mode.  So as we’re taking the #NeverQuit pledge, we know that one way for us to be successful is to channel that “zen” post-yoga/ post-massage mode.  So, we’re working to take yoga an additional day each week (if you think we only run, catch us in chill-mode after class! 🙂 ).

 

While taking the #NeverQuit pledge, The Refreshinq Co. sent us their Refreshinq’s Workout + Recoverinq Pack which is a supplement blend of clean, pharmaceutical-grade, gluten free ingredients.  The Recoverinq Pack includes magnesium oxide, CoQ10, amino acid complex and omega-3s, to help you have a strong recovery. We originally thought that the Recoverinq Pack may be an additional way to help us to #NeverQuit trying to chill and achieve balance because it would help our muscles to be less sore– plus, knowing we’re doing something good for our bodies helps us to achieve a peaceful mind.  And we were right, it did give us peace of mind and make us feel more at ease —and simply feeling calmer helps us to remember to slow down and take some downtime—and to make the most of it!

 

But something even more happened…  Our Aha Moment when we realized that The Refreshinq Co.’s Recoverinq Pack was helping to relieve our muscle tension…

 

One thing we both oddly experienced for several weeks before we started using the Workout + Recoverinq Pack was muscle cramps (nothing will quickly add stress to your life like a muscle cramp!), which is unusual for us (aside from when Tammy was pregnant with her twins!)—since yes, we get plenty of water and potassium—not only from bananas (and from lots of fruits and veggies—but from our “detox” drinks like our Cool Citrus Cucumber Detox, Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink and our Lemon Ginger Detox Drink too! However, with the New York City apartments comes the winter heat (my (Lyssie’s) thermometer in my apartment reads a toasty 82 degrees on this blistery cold winter day! I’m not complaining, I’m a summer girl after all!), however, the bedroom can get even warmer—and when I sleep, although I have the air condition on, it doesn’t seem to cool the room so much—and thus, I think I’ve been dehydrated and waking up with muscle cramps/ charley horses, ah!

Since starting Refreshinq’s Workout + Recovering Pack, we haven’t had any muscle cramps! And the truth is, muscle cramps are often related to magnesium, not potassium, so thank you Refreshinq!  You see, the Post Workout Pack contains magnesium—and the magnesium is not only preventing our muscle cramps, but it’s helping us to sleep more restfully and feel more relaxed– in addition to calming the muscles and making them less tense, so that they can relax and recover—and so that we can too!  We can really focus when our muscles don’t feel so tight!

So while you may still see us running most places we go, what you won’t see is that we’ve been working on our downtime–are chilling more and loving it! 🙂 #NeverQuit pledge for us = more #zen!  Amen for that! 🙂

 

Oh–and one more thing!  There’s something else that we love about The Refreshinq Co. aside from their pharmacist-curated and totally customized to your body’s needs supplements– it’s their philosophy and positive message to inspire and encourage people in their pursuit of wellness.  They have a deep commitment to the community and it’s infused in everything they do–like their #NeverQuit initiative.

 

If you have a goal to never quit something, join us in taking the Refreshinq’s #NeverQuit pledge and share it on social media to inspire others!

 

The Nutrition Twins partnered with Refreshinq for this sponsored post.