How I Lost One Inch In One Week


My basic formula for a quick change goes a little something like this….

Water + Sleep – Gluten = Change

Now, I am not saying this formula is going to work for everyone, or that you will all of the sudden shed inches from your waist like some miracle concoction; but I am saying that for me, making these dietary and lifestyle changes produces faster and more noticeable results than exercise and ‘eating right’ do on their own.

Miss Parks says it best with her “water, water, water” chant after every class. She’s right. Increasing your water intake does so much for your body from reducing soreness after a workout, to giving you more energy, and even reducing belly bloat – resulting in a flatter stomach. I bet you thought the belly bloat was going to relate to the less gluten portion of the equation didn’t you? Not so for me. Drinking more water aids digestion and actually causes you to retain less (water retention can have a visible effect on your midsection). I’ve upped my water intake to at least a 1/2 gallon (a.k.a. 4 Bkr’s) with my goal being to consume twice that on a daily basis.

New chant for you, “sleep, sleep, sleep.” Think about it. What do you do when you’re sleepy and trying to stay awake? Eat, maybe? I do, and I don’t always make the best choices, because I crave either sugar or ‘comfort food.’ Being well rested helps your body crave the types of food you need, not the types of food that are quick and easy. Like Chick-fil-a. And pizza. And Coke Zero. Anyway….

That being said, I am not an advocate for completely cutting something out of your diet unless there is a necessary purpose, like allergies or intolerance. However, I have found that significantly reducing the amount of gluten I eat directly results in less ‘fluff’ around my midsection. Why is this? It makes me think about everything I eat. For some, the consumption of processed wheat, rye, or barley can cause bloat due to a food allergy or intolerance to gluten. However, for the majority of the public, who do not have a sensitivity or allergy to gluten (me), it simply means you are consuming fewer empty calories, and rather, replacing snacks and side dishes with well thought out choices like fruits and vegetables. Things to remember? Less gluten does not mean less calories. In fact, often times foods that are labeled ‘gluten free’ are higher in calories than those that are not. Be mindful of snacks containing more sugar and fat as a result of less gluten.

Snack of choice these days? Larabar Roasted Nut Roll (which has less sugar than some other gluten free snacks) and one whole Bkr.


Final tip… Don’t concentrate on the numbers on the scale. They can be deceiving. I weigh the same now as I did a week ago, but I look better in a bikini 🙂

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5 thoughts on “How I Lost One Inch In One Week

  1. Hi Shayna!
    Gluten is anything containing the grains wheat, rye, or barley. I have tried to remove all elements out of my diet. Some claim that by simply eliminating these grains, you may see a reduction in weight or belly fat. I am not an expert in this category so I cannot confirm or deny if that is true for the general public, but I certainly do notice a difference within myself. Most foods containing gluten are bread, pasta, and many processed foods. I choose certain g-free bread products that don’t taste like a brick (glutino english muffins), replace other processed snack foods with non-processed ones (like the Larabars mentioned above), and choose a healthier grain to replace the starch in my meals, like quinoa (there is also quinoa pasta, which I opt for over the other g-free pastas). 2 major glutenous foods (well not really food) that most people don’t consider – beer and soy sauce.

    Hope that helps!

  2. Oh by the way I attended a neighborhood barre class a while ago with my friend and we loved it! I wish I could attend everyday but I go to school an hour and a half a way 🙁 So this summer hopefully I can attend more often! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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