Plateaus…What are they & how to overcome them! 

It happens to ALL OF US at one point or another. You’re kicking ass in the gym, taking your supplements, eating healthy, and drinking your water and you eagerly hop on that scale for the week and see NO weight loss or no results.  It’s super frustrating! But, It’s most likely because you’ve hit that dreaded plateau! 

Most people that continuously do the same things day in and day out whether it be the same type of workout, the same meals, the same routine, the same repetitions and the same resistance will eventually become accustomed to that routine and not make any more advances. More is not always better though so don’t be stressing that you need to do MORE. Plateaus are a normal part of weight loss and training and it is how you learn and react to them that will matter in the long run. 

Why did you reach this plateau? Let’s take a look at some valid reasons for your stall. 

1. You’ve slacked on keeping track. 
How often do you go about your day and forget to log in your food in your MyFitness Pal until the very end of the day? Recently I’ve done it more times than I can count. Stay consistent with keeping track of exactly what you’re eating and when you’re eating. I know it’s a pain in the butt sometimes but the more you are aware of how much you are eating, the better success you’ll have to stay on track. Look back at your food and activity records. Make sure you haven’t loosened the rules, letting yourself get by with larger portions or less exercise.

2. Are you drinking enough water?
Lots of people don’t realize the true importance of drinking enough water everyday and how it can impact both your health and your weight loss efforts. According to experts in a recent study, drinking just 2 cups of water, which is smaller than the size of a bottled soda, before meals helped dieters lose an extra five pounds yearly and help you maintain your weight loss. Additionally drinking the right amount of water daily can actually speed up your metabolic rate and help to curb overeating when your body confused hunger and thirst. But how much water is enough?

Here is how to calculate how much water you should drink a day for both health and weight loss benefits.

  1. Your weight: The first step to knowing how much water to drink everyday is to know your weight. The amount of water a person should drink varies on their weight, which makes sense because the more someone weighs the more water they need to drink. A two hundred pound man and 100 pound woman require different amounts of water every day.
  2. Multiply by 2/3: Next you want to multiple your weight by 2/3 (or 67%) to determine how much water to drink daily. For example, if you weighed 175 pounds you would multiple that by 2/3 and learn you should be drinking about 117 ounces of water every day.
  3. Activity Level: Finally you will want to adjust that number based on how often you work out, since you are expelling water when you sweat. You should add 12 ounces of water to your daily total for every 30 minutes that you work out. So if you work out for 45 minutes daily, you would add 18 ounces of water to your daily intake.

3. Cut back on your calories or maybe you’re not eating enough?
Going full tilt at the gym without eating enough could be disasterous. It can even make you go backwards. Your muscles are fighting back on you and quitting on you because they’re not getting proper recovery time or enough energy for them to rebuild to become leaner… If you don’t eat enough, your body will hold onto fat or even regain fat in the effort to protect your heart and body organs with a supply of needed calories. 

4. Are You Trying to Lose Vanity Pounds? 
If you’re only trying to lose five, 10, or 15 pounds, you’re in a different place than someone who wants to drop triple digits. You’re not obese, you just want to look better — and this is what I refer to as vanity pounds. The human body doesn’t want to be carrying around excess weight, so it will respond to diet and exercise When you have a smaller amount of weight to lose, your body is already healthy, which makes it tougher to lose weight. What people in this situation often do is cut more calories or increase their time at the gym, but this method will not work. All that does is slow your metabolism down and send your body into starvation mode. The best quick fix is to give your body a little more food so it feels secure. Varying your calorie intake is my best advice for keeping your body from plateauing. For the next three days, vary your calorie intake between 1,800 and 2,400 calories. I know this may sound crazy, but trust me — I know what I’m doing. After three days, drop back down to your usual calorie allowance. Remember, never allow your daily calorie allowance to fall below 1,200 if you are a woman and 1,500 if you are a man. Falling below these daily allowances can do real damage to your metabolism and result in excessive loss of lean muscle tissue.

5. You’re not getting enough sleep. 
One of the most overlooked things that can cause a plateau is not getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Not getting enough sleep puts you in a state of stress. which can directly lead to belly fat. Take a week off your workouts and let your sleep patterns recover. 

6. Switch things up! 
If you’ve taken the same old supplement day in and day out and you’re finding that you’re not getting that burst of energy anymore or it’s not controlling your appetite like it once did, switch it up for a week or two. Either stop taking supplements all together or switch to a different one or even do a Detox or cleanse for a week and start fresh. 

For detoxing see our Simply Skinny Flush and People are mixing things up with Xtreme Slim Bee Pollen! 

5 Fall Inspired Protein Shakes that you MUST Try!! 

Pumpkin Pie Protein 
¼ cup water

¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Scoop Crave Vanilla Ice Cream

½ cup canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp. pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped raw pecans
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 cup ice
Vanilla Chai Latte
We took one of fall’s trendiest flavors, chai spice, and turned it into an enticing smoothie. Creamy Vanilla Crave is blended with brewed chai tea (let it cool first), allspice, and a touch of honey to create a luxurious sipping experience. 

1 scoop Vanilla Crave
1 cup brewed chai tea, cooled
1 tsp. raw honey
1 dash ground allspice
½ cup ice (add more to taste)

Fall and winter can be filled with temptations that make it tough to stick to your diet. If you start to feel like you’re overdoing it, turn to this vibrant green smoothie to pack a ton of important nutrients into one meal. It is a delicious blend of Crave, fall kiwifruit, and spinach to kickstart your day with energy.

1 cup water
1 scoop Vanilla Crave
½ cup fresh spinach
1 medium kiwi, peeled, cut into chunks
¼ medium banana, cut into chunks
1 Tbsp. finely grated orange peel (orange zest)
1 cup ice

Caramel Apple Crave
Craving a caramel apple? Skip the sugar rush, the sticky fingers, caramel cemented between your teeth, and the potential emergency visit to the dentist, and make this caramel apple smoothie instead. It uses unsweetened applesauce and caramel extract to capture the flavor of those candy-smothered treats, and it’s made with good-for-you Vanilla Crave. 

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup ice
1 scoop Vanilla Crave
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. pure caramel extract

Chocolate Caramel Smoothie
When Girl Scout Cookie season rolls around, we know it can take every ounce of self-control — and then some — to avoid devouring the sugary treats by the box-full. That’s why we created this craveable Chocolate Caramel Delight Smoothie recipe. It tastes like one of your favorite Girl Scout cookies, but it’s so healthy that you can enjoy it any time without sabotaging your diet.

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop Chocolate/ Peanut Butter Crave
1 tsp. pure caramel extract
2 Tbsp. shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
1 cup ice

Pumpkin Protein Waffles 

Low Carb Pumpkin Protein Waffles!😍😋 Topped with peanut butter, coconut cream and FlavorGods Chocolate Donut Spice! Sometimes I make things that really knock the taste buds out of my mouth!👅😂😉👍🏻 If you’re a pumpkin lover you have to try this recipe out! (get the most important ingredient here: http://new.bee-xtreme.com/crave-whey-protein.html
In a large bowl mix the following:

2-3 eggs
2 tbsp #omgheebutter (or any melted butter/coconut oil) 
2 tbsp Coconut cream or heavy whipping cream
¼ cup canned pumpkin 
1 scoop #crave vanilla protein powder 
1-2 tbsp coconut flour 
1.5 tsp pumpkin spice( I used #flavorgods pumpkin pie spice)
1.5 tbsp VitaFiber (or other low carb sweetener)
3 drops liquid Stevia 
Top with peanut butter, more cream and @flavorgods Chocolate Donut

Right Now is the lightest you’ll be all year! 

Researchers say that the number on your scale may start to go up very soon. We say it doesn’t need to be that way.
 Credit: Macaela Mackenzie 
As anyone who’s ever stepped on a scale or slipped into a pair of skinny jeans knows, your weight tends to fluctuate throughout the year. But according to a new study from Cornell University, right now, you weigh the least you’ll weigh all year, and your pants are about to start feeling tighter as you inch toward the holidays. To determine when you’re most likely to be at your lightest, researchers weighed more than 3,000 people in the U.S., Germany, and Japan over a period of 12 months. They found that the average person is at their lowest weight during this time of year, and you can blame that on the seasonal shift. Swimsuit season has officially come to a close for most people. And you’re being slowly reeled into holiday munching with the onslaught of pumpkin spice treats, so it’s not hard to see why the shift happens.
 
(You can avoid the roller coaster that is holiday weight gain; Xtreme Slim will help!) According to the findings, American scales get a 0.2 percent bump during Thanksgiving and another 0.4 percent hike at Christmas. That might not sound like a lot, but the study also found it takes a long time to shed those extra pounds—people didn’t lose the extra holiday weight until May.
 
That slim-down continues through November when we start the general cycle all over again. The best way to break the pattern is by getting out in front of it. That means setting your health goals for the season while you’re still ahead. Step one is committing to a doable fitness routine that will work for you even throughout the craziness of the holidays.
 
Schedule time into your calendar for working out, and be specific with what you’re going to do. Instead of saying ‘I’m going to work out this week,’ try ‘I’m going to work out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and do a 30-minute workout each time.'” To make that plan easier to stick to, grab your gym buddy and sign up for a race in December or January. Not only will you have an excuse to keep up with your training, you’ll also have someone keeping you accountable when you’re tempted to skip your gym sesh for one of the dozens of holiday parties on your calendar. Secondly, you should stick to regular meal habits. It can be tempting to skip meals in preparation for (or while atoning for) holiday feasting, but that’s not really doing your body any favors. Skipping meals sets you up for fluctuating blood sugar levels, which can make the stress response even worse. Plus you are more likely to reach the point where you feel so hungry that you’ll eat whatever is in front of you and it is harder to make smart choices.
 
Finally, you should treat yourself—just choose your indulgences wisely. Instead of wasting calories on foods that you can have at any time of the year, pick items that are truly special and unique to the season, like your grandmother’s homemade Christmas cookies. Most importantly, you should pay attention to your own body. “Many people drink eggnog or eat multiple slices of pie because that’s what they think they should do, not because they are actually enjoying it,” she says. Pay attention to what you’re actually craving and you can beat that holiday weight gain at its silly game. Remember, the easiest way to break the yearly cycle is to not get sucked into it in the first place.
 
Stay on top of your weight loss journey! Instead of waiting for the new year to start, get a had start in earlier months that way you aren’t pushing yourself “just because it’s a new year”.
 
Our supplements make it easy to stay on track with your diet and exercise delivering insane appetite suppression and energy to get through the dreary winter days. 

Xtreme Slim™ Bee Pollen for Weight Loss

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Better Products for a Better Life!​​ 

Xtreme Slim™ Bee Pollen utilizes safe and all natural ingredients to successfully help men and women lose weight and inches while supporting an active lifestyle.

These natural ingredients work together to assist the body in suppressing the appetite, increasing energy and metabolism, and helping support a healthy immune system while boosting self esteem and improving overall health.

Xtreme Slim™ Bee Pollen contains bio-active substances extracted from the natural plant ingredients. Xtreme Slim™ Bee Pollen formula assists in regulating metabolic balance through cleansing the body of harmful toxins which prevent weight loss.

XtremeSlim™ Matrix: 693mg

  • Juglans Nigra Extract, Caffeine Anhydrous, Diodothyronine, Phenibut, L-Theanine, Juglans Regia Extract, Arecoline, Eria Jarensis Extract, Higenamine, Yohimbine, Bee Pollen.

HOW DOES XTREME SLIM™ WORK?

Part I: Thermogenic Weight Loss 

Thermogenesis is the term used by scientists to describe the activity of BAT (or Brown Fat), which includes dozens of biochemical and metabolic events. The basic outcome of these events is the generation of thermo units, in other words, the creation of heat in your body. But there is a hitch, as you will see in a moment.

Thermogenesis has been observed in living organisms in the following natural situations:

1. In Hibernating Animals- Ever wonder why hibernating animals don’t freeze to death? The answer is thermogenesis. Their bodies spend all winter burning up stored white fat. The burning is done in BAT and it generates enough heat to keep the animal warm.
2. In Cold Adaptation- Ever seen someone working outside in freezing weather with nothing on his/her upper body but a T-shirt? They can do this because they have “adapted” to the cold. And how did this adaptation take place? The same way it did with the hibernating animal. The cold-activated thermogenesis in the BAT.

3. In Eating- Thermogenesis occurs following meals. Unfortunately, most of the calories are supplied directly by the food, not by the white fat.

Under normal every-day circumstances, people have little capacity for thermogenesis. Living in warm climates, heated homes and cars, and modern eating behaviors and stresses have all seriously suppressed thermogenic capacity. However, scientists have discovered how to reverse the process that strips us of our thermogenic capacity as we leave childhood, or to give us the thermogenesis that we might never have possessed (due to hereditary factors). 

The key to Xtreme Slim™ is to generate as much BAT activity as possible, and in many cases even reactivate BAT that has gone completely dormant or has become less effective as we age.

Part II: Detoxification of the Colon and Digestive System

This product offers total cleansing of the digestive system by utilizing insoluble fiber and probiotic parts from ingredients, allowing for the product to provide a very strong natural cleansing effect using probiotic-like ingredients that also remove some toxins and parasites as well. 

Part III: PH Balancing

One of the biggest misconceptions is that fat is kept on the body due to the fact the body is starving. Now, fat is kept on the body due to the body being very acidic. The more acid your body produces, the more fat your body needs. Why? The body wraps the acid in the fat, and stores it into the body’s fat pockets, protecting the body from the harmful effects of the acid. Fat is created for survival. Yet, the body is triggered for fat accumulation once it reaches a certain pH level.

To make the body feel differently, this product changes the pH of the body, which does two things. First, the body stops and reverses fat absorption and then changes to fat burning, since it now believes it has too much. Second thing that happens, the increased fat burn rate also increases the metabolic levels of the body, making the metabolism go through the roof! Energy is no longer an issue! This is noticed after the first time you take it. So, those who utilize the pH diet, welcome to the world we now live in! No longer do you need to run around finding foods that fit the bill, just 1 pill in the morning and 1 at lunch (if needed)  with water, and go about your day!