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The Best Strength Training For Your Gender (As Seen On IGTV) 

Being a private weight loss coach for women for more than a decade, I am a health and fitness expert when it comes to coaching women. While many of the same workouts will work for both men and women – there are little tweaks men can do to get the most out of the workouts I create for women. 

In this Instagram Live I am joined by Joey Thurman, a celebrity health and fitness trainer. Joey is an expert when it comes to weight loss for men as well as strength training workouts. One thing that is essential to understand is that men and women naturally have different bodies. Why do the same workouts when you have different body types? In this IGTV video Joey and I go into detail of strength training strategies for both genders. 

Xoxo,

-Steph

 Xoxo,  -Steph  As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.  If you’re looking for a life coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women and Certified Professional Life Coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country.   Here are a few more things that I do as being a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Weight Loss Nutrition (we work with a Doctor of Nutrition to assess all of our private weight loss clients), Health & Fitness Training in Chicago, and Fitness Training in Chicago. In addition, I do Corporate Wellness Training in Chicago, and I’m a Fitness Consultant in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Expert in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!  Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

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

If you’re looking for a life coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women and Certified Professional Life Coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country.

Here are a few more things that I do as being a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Weight Loss Nutrition (we work with a Doctor of Nutrition to assess all of our private weight loss clients), Health & Fitness Training in Chicago, and Fitness Training in Chicago. In addition, I do Corporate Wellness Training in Chicago, and I’m a Fitness Consultant in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Expert in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!

Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Easy Ways To Motivate Your Kids To Stay Active While Quarantined (As Seen On Fox 29 Philadelphia) 

While social distancing is in full effect, you may find your children having lots of extra energy… Rather than letting them sit down all day while watching TV or playing video games I recommend doing activities to keep them excited about exercise and healthy eating! 

One of the best (and easiest!) ways to motivate children to do anything is to make it a competition. Whether the competition be between their siblings, friends, or even with you – they will be motivated to win. 

You can do competitions in a variety of different ways when it comes to working out. You can track which child does the most workouts over the month or week and even give the winner a special prize! Another fun twist on this is seeing which child can do your workout with you the longest. This fun twist on ‘the last man standing’ is sure to be fun for the whole family! 

I joined Fox 29 Philadelphia to do a segment on some of the best ways to motivate your children to be active during the quarantine. For the full segment, click here. 

Xoxo,

-Steph

Xoxo,  -Steph  As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.  If you’re looking for a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, and Pilates Instructor in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women. My weight loss programs for women include: hormonal issues that cause weight gain, the best workouts for your age, the best foods and best diet for your body, and our Naturopath Doctor who analyzes all of my private weight loss clients' bloodwork.  Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago and Health & Fitness Coaching in Chicago. In addition, I’m a fitness consultant in Chicago. I also do Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!  I am a certified personal trainer, certified yoga instructor, certified Pilates instructor, certified professional life coach, and have my BA in Communications with a focus on Women's Studies and Psychology.  Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!    For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com  And, if you're looking for a corporate health and fitness speaker, or a speaker on well-being for employees, or a TV health expert or TV fitness expert, look no further! Contact me, a TV health and fitness expert today.

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

If you’re looking for a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, and Pilates Instructor in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women. My weight loss programs for women include: hormonal issues that cause weight gain, the best workouts for your age, the best foods and best diet for your body, and our Naturopath Doctor who analyzes all of my private weight loss clients’ bloodwork.

Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago and Health & Fitness Coaching in Chicago. In addition, I’m a fitness consultant in Chicago. I also do Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!

I am a certified personal trainer, certified yoga instructor, certified Pilates instructor, certified professional life coach, and have my BA in Communications with a focus on Women’s Studies and Psychology.

Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

And, if you’re looking for a corporate health and fitness speaker, or a speaker on well-being for employees, or a TV health expert or TV fitness expert, look no further! Contact me, a TV health and fitness expert today.

How To Add Spices (Not Salt!) To Recipes For Flavor (As Seen On IGTV) 

Being Lebanese, I grew up eating traditional Lebanese meals. These meals were absolutely delicious and some of my fondest memories growing up as a child – but I always left them feeling swollen and bloated. Karina from The Karina Method hopped on Instagram Live with me to share some of the best ways to keep amazing flavor in foods while getting rid of the sodium!

 

While salt is one of the most common seasonings you will find, too much of it isn’t good for you. Karina shared the shocking statistic with me that most adults in the United States receive over 3x the recommended salt intake. THREE TIMES. 

Luckily, a few tweaks to any of your favorite recipes – Lebanese or not – and you’ll get amazing flavors without the sodium. Adding new spices to your spice rack can even give you extra medicinal properties to your meals as well! 

Xoxo,

-Steph

 Xoxo, -Steph As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight. If you’re looking for a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, and Pilates Instructor in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women. Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago and Health & Fitness Coaching in Chicago. In addition, I’m a fitness consultant in Chicago. I also do Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond! Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

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

If you’re looking for a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, and Pilates Instructor in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women.

Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago and Health & Fitness Coaching in Chicago. In addition, I’m a fitness consultant in Chicago. I also do Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!

Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

The Best Ways To Stay On Track With Healthy Eating While Working At-Home (As Seen On ABC 7 Chicago) 

When you’re at home, you’re constantly surrounded by the food in your kitchen. This can make you much more likely to mindlessly snack and eat while you’re social distancing!

Xoxo,  -Steph  As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.  If you’re looking for a wellness coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Yoga Instructor in Chicago I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women.  Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago, Corporate Wellness Training in Chicago. I do Nutrition Coaching in Chicago, and Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Expert in Chicago or Health Coaching in Chicago you’ve come to the right place! In addition I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!  Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

The old saying ‘it’s not what you eat it’s how much’ rings true in this scenario. Portion control is a must! Having pre-portioned out amounts of food is a great idea so you can take the snack with you and not mindlessly eat the whole bag. You can also do this with take out containers to help ensure you’re getting the appropriate amount of vegetables, proteins, and grains. 

Another tip that many of my private weight loss clients have been using is to effectively plan out your meals for the week. Planning monthly meals can take too much energy away and leave you feeling overwhelmed – which is why it’s a great idea to plan out your weekly eating. This also makes it very easy for you to take a weekly shopping trip to the grocery store and not over-spend on foods you don’t need or that aren’t good for you. 

For the full segment on ABC 7 Chicago about healthy eating tips, click here. 

Xoxo,

-Steph

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

If you’re looking for a wellness coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Yoga Instructor in Chicago I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women.

Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago, Corporate Wellness Training in Chicago. I do Nutrition Coaching in Chicago, and Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Expert in Chicago or Health Coaching in Chicago you’ve come to the right place! In addition I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!

Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

The Best Quarantine Snack Duos

If you’re practicing social distancing, you may be struggling to choose healthy snacks over the junk food you may have purchased. One way I’ve been encouraging my private weight loss clients to choose healthy options is creating easily accessible and delicious snack options!

 

Xoxo,  -Steph  As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.  If you’re looking for a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, and Pilates Instructor in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women.  Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago and Health & Fitness Coaching in Chicago. In addition, I’m a fitness consultant in Chicago. I also do Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!   Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

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Xoxo,

-Steph

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

If you’re looking for a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, and Pilates Instructor in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women.

Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago and Health & Fitness Coaching in Chicago. In addition, I’m a fitness consultant in Chicago. I also do Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!

Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Healthy Lunch Ideas & How to Pack a Healthier Lunch (As Seen on ABC Chicago)

Get the scoop on how to pack a better lunch from Women’s Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour. Check out her recent interview on ABC 7 Chicago in which she goes over five simple ways to pack fast, healthy lunches that are good for you and the kids!

The morning is busy enough, so you definitely don’t want to put off packing the day’s lunches to right before rushing out the door. As I like to remind my private weight loss clients  one of the keys to success is careful planning.

Plan With Purpose

Take a look at your upcoming schedule, utilize a planner or a calendar, and write down how many lunches you need to prepare for yourself and your kid(s) vs. how many meals might be eaten outside of the home. Take the number of meals you need and base your shopping list off of it.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Now that you have your number of lunches needed and your grocery list you can get to the store and grab everything you need in one full swoop! For example if you decided you need four lunches for yourself for the week, that means you need to be shopping for four proteins, four greens, four snacks, etc.

Pack Mindfully

Nobody wants to eat a soggy salad. Make it easy on yourself by investing in plenty of different-sized ziploc containers. Pack your proteins separately from your greens, and your dressing measured out in its own container.

Keep yourself from going overboard on your daily amount of healthy fats by pre-packaging out your almonds, pistachios, and nut butters. Portioning out serving sizes of hummus is a good idea as well! And bonus, buying nuts in bulk and packing them into smaller containers yourself is easier on your wallet than buying those individual packages.

Do all your food packing the night before so they’re ready to grab ‘n go in the morning!

Bulk Up!

An important part of any sustainable weight loss program is to have enough healthy options available that when hunger pangs strike you won’t derail. For this reason I recommend adding an extra piece of fruit into your lunch bag. Something delicious and fiber filled like an apple is wonderful.

Satisfy That Sweet Tooth

Yes, best news ever, desserts can be healthy! Pack yourself a healthy dessert to enjoy post-lunch and curb any sugar cravings that might creep up on you in the afternoons. My favorites are a sweet potato warmed up in the microwave, a granola bar, or even a little bit of dark chocolate. Aim for one that’s over 70% cocoa for the best benefits.

 

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

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

 

4th of July Freedom: How to Freely say “NO” to Food In Social Situations (As Seen on Fox Chicago)

Fourth of July can be fun but filling! There will be plenty of good foods and tasty temptations this week, but, luckily, it can be simple to gain freedom from obligations and the pressure to fill and finish your plate. I stopped by Fox to talk about setting boundaries and taking our diets into our own hands.

 

1. Be Honest

The Fourth of July is a day where you are surrounded by your friends, family, and loved ones. Tell them you are on a healthy eating program and do what feels best for you and your body. Ask them to respect your decision.

They care about your health and will support you. Just because you are eating healthier doesn’t mean you are missing out on the party! In fact, you will feel more energized by the nutritious food and your own willpower!

As a private weight loss coach, part of my commitment to my clients is to give them the confidence to make responsible and healthy decisions. One of my clients recently brought a head of lettuce to a party as a substitute for a burger bun. Her friends didn’t even question it because she communicated her goals to them. She took control of her diet and thanked herself for it!

2. Set limits

You can also choose to have your diet be a private mission. If you are reluctant to share your eating habits and diet with others, another solution is to create a story for yourself. This is going to be a story that you can follow and one that will support your eating if people begin to pester you.

You can tell people that your stomach is feeling a little off or, if you’re at a bar, you can say that you’re going to ease into your drinks.

Just be honest with yourself so that other people understand your decisions and don’t question your decisions.

3. Prepare in advance

Think ahead so that you can set yourself up for success! Don’t show up to an event starving because the food and drinks will be very tempting! Have a bite to eat before you arrive so that you are in full control.

This way you can enjoy the food and engage socially without overindulging. Eating beforehand can also be a great opportunity to get the nutrition that may not be provided at the event.

I had another client that was eating junk food in the late afternoon. She prepared herself for the day and started eating proteins in the morning and midday. Very soon, she was able to abandon those cravings for junk food that she had just one week ago! Planning ahead can make all the difference.

4. Leave room for flexibility

Further, even if you are on a strict eating plan, something looks good, and you want to taste it, taste it! Just don’t overdo it.

During my time spent bettering weight loss programs for women, I’ve learned that judgment can quickly and unfortunately come into play. As you can imagine and have probably experienced, it can be difficult to hold ourselves accountable with so many temptations. Be easy on yourself while being thoughtful. Understand that having a bite of an unhealthy food does not depreciate the value of all your hard work thus far, but monitor how often you are having these unhealthy bites.

You want to remain healthy while still enjoying yourself. And you can!

5. Do what makes YOU happy

Finally, have fun! The Fourth of July is a great holiday that is meant to be enjoyed! You will be surrounded by so many good foods so eat them! Don’t punish yourself later for your mistakes. Just be ready to hop back on the next day.

Any eating plan you have does not follow an all-or-nothing mentality. Don’t be hard on yourself. The negative emotions you feel after eating unhealthy foods can be even worse for you than the food you ate. Try to take control of your eating so that you can enjoy the holiday even more!

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

5 Ways to Beat Summer Sugar Cravings (As Seen On ABC Chicago)

When you’re surrounded by summer treats at BBQs, outdoor happy hours, and on vacation, your sweet tooth may rear its ugly head! But have no fear because as a Health & Weight Loss Expert I stopped by ABC Chicago to talk about five ways to beat summer sugar cravings.

How can you have a good time this summer and still keep those summer sugar cravings in check? A lot of my private weight loss clients are very successful corporate executives, but even they need a little help finding success in weight loss and in kicking sugar cravings. The truth is–we all do!

Here are five tips to curb sugar cravings and lose weight this summer.

1. Drink More Water. Lose Weight Faster.

My first tip is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day! One of my private weight loss clients in Chicago started our private weight loss program, and was drinking seven diet sodas a day. After one week of drinking more water, she was down to two sodas A WEEK!

What a huge transformation in a short period of time. As the best weight loss coach for women (according to my clients!), that’s my goal–minimal effort with maximum and fast results.

Some of my clients prefer to drink fizzy water (I recommend using Soda Stream for this), and others prefer bottled water like the Himalayan mineral water I featured on the ABC Chicago TV segment.

2. Small Changes in Thinking Equal Big Weight Loss Results

Next, so many diet programs for women label foods as “off limits.” If you go to a party and focus on everything you can’t eat, that’s no fun! Instead, think about what you CAN eat or drink.

If you’re making your own cocktails, try Batiste rum with no added sugar. If you’re eating snacks at home, buy single serving treats that are healthy, like these yummy treats by Absolutely Gluten Free.

3. Rewire Your Taste Buds With These Simple Tricks

If you just can’t stop eating sugar, it’s time to change your taste buds! Instead of reaching for another scoop of ice cream, force yourself to eat a piece of super dark chocolate. Or, add more spice to your food. Eat vegetables. Eat something completely opposite of whatever sugary thing you’re currently eating. You’ll be surprised at what it does to retrain your taste buds.

4. First Track, Then Change

Knowledge is power. In my wellness programs for women, and in my private weight loss programs for women, I encourage my weight loss clients to track their food, but only for two days at a time. You just need to bring awareness to what you’re eating everyday, and then you can make a positive change.

5. Let Moderation Be Your Guide

Finally, it’s time to ditch the all-or-nothing mentality that’s so prevalent in many mainstream diets! The best diet for women is to eat in moderation. Do still take your multi-vitamins, your probiotics, and any other health products you’re using even if you have an “off” or unhealthy eating day.

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

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

 

6 Amazing Weight Loss Articles & Celebrity Workouts (Featured on Today Show and Self)

As a private weight loss coach for women in Chicago and across the country, I contribute as a health and fitness expert for the Today Show and many other online publications. I love helping women everywhere to lose weight, to stick to their health program, and to find foods and workouts that they love! Check out my most recent articles below.

Today Show Online Publications

4 Signs You’re Losing Weight Even If the Scale Isn’t Budging

I loved writing this article because many diets for women just don’t work the way they’re supposed to. There are signs that you are losing weight even if the scale isn’t budging, and that’s why all of my private weight loss programs are holistic and help my clients to lose weight and make it last!

3 Tricks to Eat Healthier

This article talks about ways to eat slower and therefore healthier. When you slow down your pace of eating, you’ll be able to be more mindful about the food you’re eating. As a private weight loss coach for women, this is key to weight loss!

Self Magazine Online Publications

Jennifer Garner’s Plank Workout
As seen in Self online, I dissected the plank workout that a celebrity trainer designed for one of Hollywood’s best known celebrities! Add in this plank exercise to your next workout to work the whole core.

 Work Your Core, Glutes, and Arms with This One Move
I love giving my private weight loss clients quick workouts that they can do anytime, anywhere. Try out this one workout move featured in Self.

Self: Compound Exercises to Strengthen Your Entire Body
Looking for easy ways to lose weight? Or are you looking for an easy exercise to lose weight? My workout programs are for women and are designed to strengthen your entire body. Check out my take on these exercises for Self online.

Celebrity Kettle Bell Workout
Self online featured this kettle bell workout that was demonstrated on the Today Show. Check out my take on the benefits of this kettle bell workout and how you can use a kettle bell in your next workout!

Many of my private weight loss clients are busy and successful. As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

What to Eat Before a Workout

Health & Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour shares advice on how to choose the right foods to eat before a workout on Fox 32 Chicago.

what to eat before a workout

Do you ever wonder what to eat before your workouts? You don’t want to workout while you’re hungry because you will run out of energy quickly. But you also don’t want to feel full while working out because you know it will weigh you down.

One of the most important parts of my job as a women’s weight loss coach is helping my clients create an eating plan that works for their busy lifestyle. There’s much more to creating a healthy nutrition plan than coming up with a list of foods to eat. It’s also important to eat the right foods at the right times to fuel your body for energy and fat loss.

As I always tell my private weight loss coaching clients, you should be thinking of food as fuel. Whether you’re preparing to hit the gym first-thing in the morning or after a long day, your body is hungry for fuel. So to get the most out of each workout, you’ll want to feed that hunger with sufficient carbohydrates to provide a burst of energy and plenty of protein.

While I advise you to steer clear of empty calories and sugary snacks that will cause your energy to crash fast, don’t shy away from allowing for extra calories in the form of protein and healthy fats.

A few snacks I recommend to eat before a workout include:

  • Protein bars rather than regular granola bars
  •  Greek yogurt instead of regular sugary yogurt
  • A good quality protein shake, such as Vega
  • Quinoa with veggies

And one of my new favorite pre-workout foods, when I’m on the go, are Nourish Snacks by nutritionist Joy Baur. They’re low in calories with good quality carbs for fast energy and healthy fats. Plus, they’re delicious!

I stopped by the Fox 32 Chicago studio to share some tips about what to eat before a workout. Watch the video below.

Want more guidance on what to eat when, for healthy weight loss? Join the FREE 21-Day Challenge with weight loss coach Stephanie Mansour for a simple but powerful workout plan, an easy-to-follow eating guide, and fun confidence-boosting exercises.