Ladies, don’t let these 7 healthy foods ruin your weight loss plan!

Ladies, don’t let these 7 healthy foods ruin your weight loss plan!

You’ve lost 10 pounds so far on your weight loss journey! Way to go!  You only have 5  pounds more to lose, you see the light at the end of the tunnel but everyone knows the last 5lbs are the hardest. Don’t let these foods derail your weight loss plan! Here’s a list of foods that women (in particular) consume while trying to shed their last and most stubborn 5-10lbs.

Seaweed Snacks (Sneaky Nutrition)- A good meal plan includes nutrient dense foods which dont leave you wanting more. These snacks are nutritious but one serving is only half the container. Who eats only half?? Just when you thought you were having 30 calories, you’re actually taking in 60! Additionally, seaweed snacks are naturally salty and fatty which makes the brain want something sweet and can derail a nutrition plan or a weight loss plan. Example: Trader Joes Roasted Seaweed Snacks Pro Fat Carb

seaweed snacks
Yogurt Cups (The Weight Loss Catalyst)- Yogurt is widely used in all different types of weight loss plans because they can be both fat free and sugar free. However, yogurt is sneaky because the dairy could be triggering your hormones in ways that keep you from your weight loss goals. So, that “Triple Zero Oikos” is great, in theory, but dairy could be causing inflammation or different endocrine responses that keep weight on you. Yogurt is also another food choice which could lead you to hunger sooner especially if you are eating the “less fat” version. Conversely, eating the “full fat” version will keep you full for longer BUT those fat grams are still eating up some of your fat budget.

Example: Triple ZERO Oikos 1 serving- Pro 15g

Fat 0g Carb 14g CAL 120

Yogurt Snacks
Nuts (The Fat Loss Faker)- A “palm size” portion is 1/4 cup and it’s full of fat, albeit healthy fat. Still, its very difficult to lose weight with such a calorically dense food unless you have a supernatural level of self control. Many people eat them mindlessly at work or while watching TV and consume well beyond the recommended serving size because a measly serving size doesn’t fill you up. Keep them in your meal plan.  Plan your Meal plan, if you must, but make sure to measure and limit yourself to an ounce per day.

Example: Almonds 1/4 cup- Pro 7.6g

Fat 18.2g Carb 6.6g CAL 206

nut snacks

Coconut Oil- Every tablespoon you use contains 116 calories! Imagine how it adds up if you are cooking every meal
with it. It’s easy to overlook such a small portion as a tablespoon
Example: EVCO 1 tbsp-
Pro 0g    Fat 13.5g
Carb 0g  CAL 116

coco oil

Sushi rolls (brown rice rolls included)
Its not the rolls, it’s the sauce! Soy sauce packs a mean sodium punch leaving you bloated, Eel sauce is
pure sugar, and mayonnaise is like eating pure oil. Let’s also remember that brown rice still is RICE!
Example: 6-8 pieces Rainbow roll
Pro & lt;35g
Fat 16g
Carb 50g  CAL <500

sushi rolls

Almond milk
Yay for milk alternatives but here in lies an opportunity to cut unnecessary calories. We like to say: “A
good meal plan provides the MAXIMUM NUTRITION from the MINIMUM CALORIES”. Almond milk has
little nutritional value.

almond milk

Protein shakes
Protein shakes are an awesome source of lean protein especially for women who struggle to eat enough
total daily protein. However, in the final push to your goal, you’ll get the most benefit from a whole
unprocessed piece of food because its takes more energy to digest.
Example: Homemade w/ whey protein 1 shake
Pro 15-40g   Fat 0-20g
Carb 0-150g  CAL 0-800

protein shakes


Lose more fat and gain more muscle by adding proper breathing techniques



Who is your favorite superhero?  Superman? Batman? Captain Underpants? Whoever it may be, your favorite superhero would be just an ordinary buff human without his or her superpower, right?   Athletes aren’t crime-fighting superheroes, but they are superhumans.  So, much like any superhero robbed of their power, an Olympic athlete can’t defy the odds and give a historic performance if they haven’t had food, water, and one other important thing; Oxygen.  Of course, you know that humans can’t stay alive very long without oxygen, but you may not have considered just how vital oxygen is to athletic performance and general exercise.

According to this article on

“The body is designed so the muscles responsible for breathing and the heart will take priority for oxygenated blood over limb muscles, meaning the rest of the body – legs and arms – will be the first to ‘go’ causing premature fatigue.” Dr. Lomax tested 12 runners over six weeks and found that those who did inspiratory muscle warm-ups improved their times by 5-7 percent; those who did inspiratory muscle training improved their times by 12 percent; and those who did both improved by 15 percent. Dr. Lomax said those were very conservative figures and did not rule out athletes making even greater gains.”

So, breathing is your secret super power if you want to be a hero and rescue your results. Proper breathing allows you to train harder and longer by delaying the burn and even helping you tolerate the burn.  More breath out = more fat out.


Well, there’s even more to it! When our bodies lose mass, we expel it in the form of water, gas, and feces, which is mostly water, dead bacteria, and indigestible food matter.  According to articles on, and Medical News Today which both summarize the findings of a study published in the British Medical Journal:

The research conducted by a team at UNSW Science in Sydney calculated exactly what happens to our fat when we shed kilos and revealed that doctor’s leading theories are wrong – we don’t convert our missing mass into heat or energy, we breathe it out.

Their results, published in the British Medical Journal, reveal that 10 kg of fat turns into 8.4 kg of carbon dioxide, which is exhaled when we breathe, and 1.6 kg of water, which we then excrete through our urine, tears, sweat and other bodily fluids. “

“Prof. Andrew Brown and Ruben Meerman reported widespread misconception regarding how weight is lost, finding physicians, dietitians, and personal trainers all equally guilty of not knowing. Most believed that fat is converted to energy or heat, ‘which violates the law of conservation of mass,’”

            The article concludes with a very interesting video, Where Do Trees Get Their Mass From?, which explains how -through carbon dioxide exhalation- our bodies would become trees in a closed environment.

For trainers, athletes and those who like science check out this excerpt from Molecular Cell Biology, 4th edition Oxidation of Glucose and Fatty Acids to CO.

Read on to find out how to train yourself to breathe better in 5 minutes. First, you need a little information.



Most people I train don’t seem to know they are supposed to breathe when they lift weights.  I assume the reason people unintentionally hold their breath is that they assume that breathing is an automated response to demand.  Ergo, if they really needed to breathe, they would.  Admittedly, that’s true.  Your pulmonary system will override and increase oxygen consumption after 1-4 minutes of exercise, depending on intensity.  The reason for this delay in oxygen uptake is due to the supply of oxygen stored in your body at all times.  This oxygen is in your muscle tissue via myoglobin bonds.  The reason you can hold your breath underwater is evidence of this oxygen stash.  However, once that supply runs out, you have 10 seconds before you pass out.  This Guinness World Record holder can hold his breath underwater for 22 minutes.  That’s impressive, but even this guy has to breathe with every rep if he wants good results.  Why? Read on.


Exercise intensity is measured in metabolic equivalents (METs).

1 MET = 3.5 ml/kg/min

3.5 ml is the amount of oxygen consumed, thus, more oxygen consumed means more METs, and more METs means more calories.  Meaning, if you take in more oxygen, then you can work harder and longer before reaching muscle fatigue and burn more calories.


THE MAXIMUM RATE AT WHICH YOU CAN CONSUME OXYGEN is called your VO2 MAX, which stands for volume of oxygen maximum.  The VO2 MAX rate is also measured in ml/kg/min.  During exercise, the rate of oxygen uptake increases linearly until VO2 max is reached.  An increasing work rate will not increase O2 consumption beyond this point.  So, ideally, you want to have a high ability to consume oxygen and you want to breathe deeply and frequently so that you can increase your time under tension before your maximum oxygen consumption rate is exceeded by your work rate.  Translation:


Deep breathing gives you more reps before the burn and a well-trained VO2 MAX allows you to sustain the burn for more reps, leading to more calories burned.



STEP ONE: get familiar with your breathing muscles with this very short video:

Mechanics Of Breathing

STEP TWO (AT HOME): learn what it feels like to consciously contract these muscles through the following method.

  1. Lie on the floor and do a static abdominal crunch -meaning lift up and hold it. While you hold this crunch, plug your nose and hold your breath as long as you comfortably can.  Then let go and allow yourself to breathe. Take 3-5 deep breaths and notice that your stomach fills up with air (not your chest), even though there is pressure on your stomach.
  2. Now you know what it feels like to breathe the way your body is designed to, instead of using the common and erroneous method of chest breathing. You can try a new exercise to further your understanding.  Get into a plank position and hold for one minute while you take very deep breaths, alternating one through your nose and one through your mouth.  Like the crunch you’ll notice that you can’t help but breathe through your diaphragm, meaning your stomach rises and falls slightly.


  1. Do 100 jumping jacks or at least enough to make you out of breath then hold then plank again.
  2. Try employing this method in the gym. Sit on a bench with some dumbbells.  Hold your breath until you are feeling slightly out of breath then let yourself breathe and begin curling.  Breathe out as you lift up and inhale as you lower.  If you’re still a little iffy about whether you’ve got it then get yourself out of breath with jumping jacks or a cardio machine and try again.


As you can now see, when your body needs oxygen, your correct breathing pattern will engage and you have no choice but to breathe and breathe right.  Now, learn to breathe like this with every rep and you will be superhuman in the gym.  The real trick is learning not to hold your breath again as soon as you feel that inevitable fatigue set in.  I tell my clients that you have to breathe the way you want to move the weight -meaning, with force.  You have to exhale with gusto such as if you were blowing sawdust off of a table or spitting your gum out.  Your breath should make a sound. Likewise, you should make a sniffing sound when you inhale.  For the easy reps at the beginning of the set, the sound of your breath will be audible only to you.  Once the fatigue begins to set in, you have to fight hard for every rep. If you are worried about people hearing you respirate, then you are impeding your ability to go all out.  Athletes grunt when they are exerting themselves to the max, there are no two ways about it.  You do it too whenever something you have to lift is unexpectedly heavy, right?  Stop fighting nature and start breathing.  The real, real, REAL reason you don’t already is because you probably think it’s not cool.   Examine that.



The 45 Day Challenge


The 45 Day Challenge is simple: for 45 consecutive days get your butt off the couch for 20 minutes of moderately intense exercise. Why? Because it will take you approximately 45 days to make exercise a habit and, therefore, an indispensable part of your daily health and fitness. According to the the article below, Americans spend, on average, 40 minutes per day grooming and 2.5 hours of watching TV.

Here’s How You Spend Your Days, America- The Washington Post

You wouldn’t skip showering or brushing your teeth for 45 days, would you? That would be ludicrous. Well, it’s just as ludicrous not exercising just as consistently.  Consider that taking care of your hair, skin and nails routinely while neglecting your muscles and joints is like waxing and washing your car every single day but never looking under the hood. Exercise is so incredibly important for the proper function of your brain and body that you must find a way to work it into your routine and we are here to help for 45 days!

If you have not exercised for the past 45 days or more, let us help kickstart you.  Contact us at Triangle Theory Training and we’ll help you make daily moderate exercise as easy as brushing your teeth. There is no cost, you are not providing payment information, and  there is no requirement to make a purchase after you accomplish your 45 day goal. However, You will be given full support by our team, including assistance in creating a plan and tracking your progress.

We hope to help usher you into a new way of life with great health and longevity.

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