How To Get Lean In 2019 (As Seen On HLN)

As you start planning those big New Years resolutions you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour appeared on Headline News with some great advice for easing your way into a successful new year.

We’ve made it through the holiday feasting, I hope you’re feeling ready and pumped to go confidently after those weight loss goals! I have several crucial reminders I like to give my private weight loss clients around this time of the year.  Check them out below, I hope they help you on your own fitness journey.

Don’t Get Discouraged.

It’s a new year, you’re excited to get after those goals and resolutions, but big changes take time. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. Stick with it, stay the course, and remain positive!

If the scale doesn’t budge, hey, screw the scaleright?

It’s More Than Ok If You Slip Up.

What should you do if you miss a workout or find yourself snacking down an entire takeout pizza?

Forgive yourself. Yep. Drink some water, add plenty of leafy greens to your next meal, and move on!

You may think all is lost, but it isn’t so long as you get right back on track. Don’t get frustrated and scrap your workouts or healthy meals over it, just stay consistent and you will reap all the rewards.

Be Flexible.

I’m not talking about practicing yoga here, but I definitely recommend that as well! Commit to your goals. Wholeheartedly believe in them, while remaining flexible.

Ex: You have a super intense spin class scheduled, but the day comes around and you aren’t feeling up to it.
Solution: Swap the high intensity sweat sesh out for a lower intensity one, like that yoga somebody mentioned!

You’re still getting in some movement and staying focused and aligned with your health goals.

For some of my workouts (yoga included!) that you can do from the comfort of your own home check out my Step It Up with Steph DVD.

Be Flexible with Your Eating Too.

Ex: You planned to have a salad for lunch, but instead you find yourself at a burger place.
Solution: Have the burger, but swap out the bun for extra lettuce to wrap it up in.

Protein plus plenty of veggies will have you feeling full and satiated, guilt-free!

For more nutritional advice I offer a 7-Day Easy Meal Plan + Recipe Book.

Consider Participating in Dry January

As a fitness coach I prefer to teach from a flexible, no deprivation standpoint rather than an all or nothing mentality. With that being said, Dry January is a great way to kick off your year. A lot of people have jumped on this trend, so you will have plenty of support and a general feeling of camaraderie if you choose to try it out!

Benefits of Dry January include:

  • Less calories consumed, leading to a greater chance for weight loss to happen.
  • Better rest quality. Better sleep, better energy for workouts!
  • Better mood (maybe from all that good sleep!).
  • Stronger immune system.
  • You’ll save money!

I wish you great success in the coming year!


As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.


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