They say that your diet will determine up 80% of the results you will see. I had T minus 6 months to wedding day and I did not have any time to spare. I pulled out all the stops and called on the who’s who of nutrition, Amir Molfadi of Stark Fitness to help craft a meal plan that worked for me. What I really appreciated about Amir is that he wanted to find something that would work with my hectic lifestyle, while taking into account my food preferences and even allowed me to indulge in the occasional glass of wine.
Plan for Success
What we ended up with was a diet high in protein, up to 130 grams per day, lot of veggies and the “right” kind of carbs. We ended up with a 1300 calorie a day diet that was well balanced and had tons of room for modification.
It’s all in the Prep
Preparation is key! I was fortunate enough to have met Cindy Ambriz (IG Handle: @fitgourmetoc), who is a French Trained chef and body builder. She understood my goals and followed Amir’s plan to “T” and made healthy, clean food, taste as good as possible (see pic below of some of my meals). Goodbye my beloved Apple Fritters, hello Asparagus. I made a mental shift and thought of food more as fuel. This really helped when everyone around me was having pizza or pasta and I ordered steamed fish with a side of spinach.
Travel: Even more Prep
If you thought Meal Prepping is challenging when you are at home is tough, try prepping for travel. I have an extensive travel schedule and did not let that derail my progress. With Amir’s guidance, I was diligent about finding items that would travel well and was easy to prepare. You’ll see that my picture below of my recent trip to Paris and Russia was not filled with croissants and baklava. Rather, it was quite handy to have bars and shakes on to go. It saved time, money and didn’t set me back from the progress I had made)
I started a calculated diet Week 2 after having baby. Almost 4 months later, I am down 45 lbs with the final 10 lbs to go to get to my goal weight. I have been stuck at the final 10 for about a month now, but have been sick or traveling for several weeks. I hope to back full steam ahead and be wedding ready as we count down the final days.