Nutrition Challenge For Week 12: Track Your “Macros”

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You’ve spent the last 11 weeks tackling awesome nutrition challenges, including eating five meals a day, expanding your veggie repertoire and creating a weekly cheat meal. Tracking your macros, or macronutrients, is the final challenge. If you’re not ready to think about it yet, that’s OK. But if you’ve hit a plateau or you’re ready to take […]

Healthy Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving!

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At IdealShape, we’re grateful for recipes that let us satisfy that sweet tooth without the guilt! This Thanksgiving, forgo the pre-made desserts filled with artificial junk and more sugar than you’d ever imagine, and craft one (or all three) of these scrumptious desserts instead! Coconut Truffles 1/4 cup toasted old fashioned oats 1/2 cup natural peanut butter 2 T. unsweetened […]

Kim’s Turning Point and Incredible Weight Loss Transformation

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As a university professor, a wife and a mother of two young children, Kim had a lot to live for. But a year ago, she started questioning whether her life was worth living. As a child, Kim endured traumatic childhood experiences that led to using comfort foods as a coping mechanism. It’s something many people can […]

Nutrition Challenge for Week 11: Avoid “BLTs”

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By this point in the Nutrition Challenge you’ve probably heard me talk about “BLTs” a few times. It’s not a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich — it stands for Bites, Licks and Tastes. This refers to eating a little nibble of anything that isn’t part of your meal plan that you created during Challenge 7. […]

Mark Lost 86 Lbs to Save His Own Life!

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Mark was in excellent shape when he was young, but after the birth of his first son he gained 82 pounds. “I think they call that sympathy weight,” he jokes. “I have no excuse for getting fat. I just got lazy, loved to eat, and slowly packed it on.” Over the years, Mark kept the […]

Nutrition Challenge For Week 10: Close the Kitchen

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This week we’re going to talk about the importance of having a kitchen cut-off time. I know this from experience: when you’re trying to achieve your ideal shape and adopt healthy habits, late-night munchies are not your friend! We’re up to Nutrition Challenge #10, so you should be on a roll with your goals. If you […]

Top 3 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight

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While there could be many reasons you aren’t losing weight, there are three that we see most often when the bulges won’t budge. Weight loss and living a healthy life take work, but when you feel like you’ve put in the “sweat and tears” and still aren’t seeing results, there could definitely be a missing piece to the […]

“How I Lost 188 Lbs to Participate in Life!” – Kelly’s #MyIdeal Story

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Sixteen months ago, Kelly Smith couldn’t tie her shoes. At 355 pounds, everyday activities that people take for granted weren’t in the realm of possibility for her… things like brushing her hair, going on amusement park rides, hugging her son. When she had to go on business trips, she was constantly afraid of being denied […]

Nutrition Challenge For Week 9: Expand Your Veggie Repertoire

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More veggies, faster fat loss! Vegetables can be SO tasty if you prepare them the right way. This week I’m going to show you how to include more vegetables in your nutrition plan so that they add richness to your meals while decreasing your calories. Before we get started, I want you to estimate how many servings […]