No-Nonsense Fat Loss: Simplify Your Weight Loss Journey

No-Nonsense Fat Loss: Simplify Your Weight Loss Journey

NeuroticSimplify Your Weight Loss Journey

If you listen to the media, fat loss can sound pretty complicated.  High carb, low carb, nutrient timing, intermittent fasting, carb cycling, ketogenic diets, carb backloading, juicing, green smoothies, magical supplements…

It can be challenging to keep a level head and avoid all the latest trends, wondering if a tweak (or two) might be a way to break out of a plateau or to get better results.  There are definitely times to include a tweak, but generally speaking, its best that you save these for times that you really need them.

So how do you know if its time to include a tweak?

At EM2WL, we encourage you to take a very no-nonsense, simplified approach to fat loss with minimal rules.  Instead of spinning your wheels to figure out which diet is best — take a moment to strip away the “nonsense” from various diet plans that are often just minute variations on the basics.  There are a few best practices that we believe to be critical to your success.  It’s best to make sure that these elements are firmly in place before tweaking anything.

Think about building a successful fat loss program like building a house.  When building a house, you wouldn’t want to try putting up walls before the basic foundation has been laid.  Without a firm foundation to build upon, everything else is pretty useless.

What makes up the foundation of a successful fat loss program?  We believe there are four key components that are critical to have well established before incorporating any other “tweaks.”  We recommend looking over your current fat loss plan and evaluating whether you have a good handle on the following four elements before making any additional changes.  How do you measure up?

1. Sufficient calorie intake

20140626-184149-67309423.jpgIf you’ve been following EM2WL for some time, you know that we firmly believe that eating enough is a key component of a successful fat loss plan.  The standard “eat less, exercise more” model of weight loss can lead to more muscle than fat loss, lowering your metabolic rate over the long term. Without eating enough calories, you run the risk of causing metabolic damage which does more harm than good. If you’ve been dieting for a very long time and are not seeing the results that you desire, it is very likely that you would benefit from doing a metabolic reset.  If you are still struggling to get in an appropriate number of calories daily, it is highly recommended that you become consistent there before incorporating any additional changes. If you’re curious about how many calories is considered sufficient, check out our calorie calculator.

2. Protein

Not only do most women typically not take in enough calories, but tend to be lacking in the protein department as well.  This macronutrient can be one of your biggest weapons in winning the fat loss game!  Generally, we recommend taking in about 0.8 to 1.0 grams of protein per pound of body weight.  A number of studies have shown numerous benefits to high-protein diets.  Since protein takes longer for the body to break down and digest, it promotes a feeling of fullness, making it easier for you to stick to your plan.  Protein also is essential in sustaining your lean mass, helping you to recover from workouts, and maintaining healthy skin, nails and organs.  Protein also has been reported to improve brain function, lower blood pressure and improve sleep quantity.ID-100151671

It can be very challenging to get in all that protein!  Give yourself time to get acclimated to a higher protein diet by setting reasonable goals and increasing them weekly.  For instance, if your goal is to eat 150 grams of protein, but you’re currently averaging around 75 grams daily, you might start by trying to get in just 100 grams daily and increase slowly.  Divide your protein among your meals, and it will likely seem a bit more manageable.  Focus on making sure to hit your protein target daily, and then allocate the remaining calories to carbohydrates and fats.

3. Fiber

Most Americans only average about 15 grams of fiber daily, while most people should be taking in anywhere from 20 to 30 grams of fiber daily.  Foods high in fiber are more filling and generally take longer to eat than foods low in fiber.  They are a great way to “stretch out” your meals, thereby eating a high volume of food without adding many calories.  In addition, including fiber in your diet will slow the digestion of carbohydrates and absorption of sugars, keeping blood sugar stable.  High fiber foods also promote digestive health and prevent problems like constipation, hemorrhoids, IBS, and other digestive complaints.  High fiber diets also promote heart health by moving fats and bile salts out of the body, lowering cholesterol in the process.

Tip:  Keep an eye out for snacks like Quest Bars which can provide 20g of protein, and 17g of fiber per serving.  They can be helpful to reach your goals in a pinch, or if you’re newer to tracking these macros, but be sure to try getting as much protein and fiber from whole food sources as possible.

4.  Heavy Resistance Training

Heavy resistance training should be a key component of any fitness program when the goal is fat loss.  Heavy resistance training has a number of metabolic benefits that will pay off in the fat loss department.  Unlike cardio, the metabolic benefits of this type of training last for 24-48 hours after completing your workout as your body must work harder to rebuild its oxygen stores.  This effect, commonly referred to as the afterburn effect or EPOC (post-exercise oxygen consumption) has a number of metabolic and athletic benefits that will improve your body composition as well as your gym performance! If you don’t know where to start, there are a number of strength training programs to get you started on your journey to a leaner, stronger, healthier you!

How heavy is heavy lifting?If your current fitness program does not currently involve heavy resistance training at least 2-3 times a week, it is highly recommended that you start here before adding in cardio or other forms of exercise to accomplish your goals.  You will be amazed at the way your body transforms when you consistently hit the weights!

DISCLAIMER: We know that many of our followers love running and other forms of cardio and we firmly believe that you should regularly engage in a form of exercise that you truly enjoy! However, there may be times to evaluate whether your preferred form of activity supports your goals.

The Take Away Message

If you feel that you have a good handle on these four elements, there is absolutely nothing wrong with making a small change or two to see how your body responds.  We emphasize that it is usually best to change one thing at a time and give your body a chance to respond before changing another variable, however.  As you make adaptations to your plan, you will want to make sure you are listening to your body!  Pay attention to how you look and feel, how you are performing in the gym and your energy level any time you make a change.  Often times, just a very small change can lead to some great results, but if you change too many things at once you will never know what that missing part of the puzzle was!


Photo credit: Apolonia, hin255 of

How To Make Workout Videos More Effective For Weight Loss

How To Make Workout Videos More Effective For Weight Loss

Are you looking to lose weight, but don’t have time to hit the gym? Are workout videos your go-to solution? Though they may seem like an easy way to get in a workout, not all videos are created equal. In fact, many of them can actually be quite ineffective when it comes to weight loss. But don’t worry – we’re here to help! Read on for our tips on how to make your workout videos more effective for weight loss.

Part 1

Part 2

The Truth About Workout Videos: How To Make Them More Effective For Weight Loss

Once upon a time, working out at home was reserved for the Richard Simmons, Jane Fonda, leotard, thong, leg warmers, aerobics, aerobics, and more aerobics era. But with the explosion of Beachbody and other late-night infomercials (are there other infomercials?), most of us have grown to accept a visual of more muscular-looking individuals using dumbbells on our home workout screens. 

This new era of workout videos provides instant access to some of the top trainers of the industry today: Jillian MichaelsKelly Coffey-MeyerJackie WarnerCathe FriedrichChalene Johnson, and so many more. The convenience of working out at home can be a fantastic thing for the motivated individual or the person who enjoys the “feel” of being in a class setting (minus worrying that one might be judged by classmates – gasp!! “can you believe she’s wearing those pink pajama pants?!”).

With the (over)abundance of workout vids, we might assume that ripped, superfit types (as seen on the videos) are also in plentiful supply. If you are one of the growing numbers of at-home exercisers (like me), you may be wondering when your ripped-ness will arrive. Or, perhaps you glumly think that you’re the only person who works your butt off with these annoyingly-ripped-freaks-of-nature yet still look like you gave birth last week. Grrrr…How is it possible to work your buns off yet still not be able to fit said buns into those skinny jeans? To collect bucket-loads of sweat from doing 30-Day Shred (for 120 days!), yet have no semblance of becoming “shredded” any time soon?

This is typically because, as consumers, we tend to equate sweating with results. Moving nonstop during your workout, doing endless reps, or cardio moves between lifts will surely provide the sweat. Unfortunately, the amount of sweat you leave behind has little to do with the reshaping of your body. As great as it feels, your body will eventually adapt to ANY workout you repeatedly do, and you’ll stop seeing results. So should you toss your hopes of getting fit at home and run to the nearest gym? Not necessarily. It’s always great to work with what you’ve got (and I, for one, am not willing to shew my pink PJs just yet).

Here are five ways to make any DVD worthwhile:

Lift heavier

Make any DVD work harder by simply picking up a heavier weight. Even if you only have one or two DVDs to work with, increasing the weight you’re lifting is a quick plateau prevention/fix. Just because the people on the screen are using five-eight pounds doesn’t mean you need to. Pick a weight that challenges you (i.e., you can’t do MORE than two reps beyond the amount you’re supposed to be doing) and will bring you the results you’re after. You’re all good, even if you come up a few reps shorter than “the crew.”

Most home workout DVDs have far too many reps for the desired results. For strength gains, lift as heavy as you can for up to seven reps. For muscle building and definition, lift for eight to 12 reps, and for endurance (cardio), perform 12+ reps (or as directed by the DVD). For best results, alternate all three rep ranges using weight appropriate for each range.

Take Notes

To have tremendous success with the previous tip, be sure to take a moment to bring a pen and pad with you to the workout area. Jot down the exercises done in the vid and how much weight you used. Whenever you discover that you could’ve kept going, put an asterisk or other symbol (like an up arrow) to let you know to go up in weight next time. ALWAYS lift heavier if you can safely do so. 

You’re not doing yourself any favors by using the exact weight amounts for months at a time, no matter how much sweating is going down. Also, keep track of how many reps you did so that you can adjust the next time around. If you could do 12 pounds for 15 reps, you know that you’ll need to go heavier if aiming for eight to ten reps next time around. Keeping a journal of your workouts (exercises, reps, sets, and rests) is key to successful training, whether at home or the gym.

Press Pause

Pressing pause is perfectly acceptable if the DVD moves too fast (this will become incredibly relevant when increasing lift poundage). It becomes tough to lift heavy enough weights when doing circuit-type workout vids (a weight move followed by a cardio move – or weighted moves with no rest between sets). This may tempt us to believe that we can’t go heavier, but this is far from the truth. 

While I would typically recommend doing a workout via a professional, as written, the first few times around, this becomes significantly less relevant the 88th time the video is done. It’s OK to stray from the pro at this point and pause the dang thing so that you can get some severe muscle involvement happening. Using the rep ranges discussed above, base your “rest” periods on the amount of weight and reps that you’re doing — just as you would in the gym. 

The goal of endurance needs very little rest (30 seconds or less) between exercises, muscle building requires slightly longer (30-60 seconds), and strength requires the longest (60-90 seconds). If the crew is doing 15 reps and you’ve chosen to do only six, consider the “extra” time they are pumping out reps as part of your rest period.

Re-Purpose “Strength” DVDs

Most DVDs suggest dumbbells that are far too light have too many reps and not enough rest to be considered a proper “strength” workout. No problem. Why not change how you view your vids and accept the faster-paced workouts for what they genuinely are…cardio! Most so-called strength videos on the market are just glorified HIIT workouts. So why not treat them as such.

Metabolic cardio and HIIT are all the rage these days anyway, so using your old circuit workouts for cardio helps you cash in on this trend. This also works well as an alternative for those who can only make it to the gym a couple of times per week. Plan your lifting days for when you have access to heavier equipment at the gym and your cardio (via video) on the days that you can’t make it.

Swap Out Moves (or Equipment)

Let’s face it.  Doing the same moves day in and day out for three years isn’t gonna “shape and tone” anything no matter how many times your DVD coach has told you so.  Just as we get comfortable when we know what move is coming next on the DVD (or what words for that matter!) so do our bodies.  And let’s just say that changes don’t happen when you’re comfortable…well, not good changes anyway.

Now that you’ve been taking notes on your workouts (ahem?) you can use that same notebook to plot out ways to shake things up.  Again, I don’t typically recommend taking a program written by someone who creates them for a living, and adding your own perceived “improvements.”  However, if you know at exactly which pitch of the background song that a particular exercise will start…you stopped seeing results from that move many moons ago.  There are safe swaps that can be done to most moves so that you are keeping with the general theme of the program’s intent.  For example, you can sub the move for a variation of that same move: plie’ squat for regular, step-ups or rear/side lunges in lieu of front lunges, hammer curls instead of traditional, etc…

Work With What You Have

You could also swap out equipment used in the vid, for equipment that you own but rarely use.  I can’t count the number of messages I’ve received from women asking if it’s “OK” to use hubby’s Bowflex, Nautilus, Smith machine, etc down in the basement…umm, YES!  Don’t be scared to put someone else’s dust-collecting equipment to use – I did and it changed my life! The Gold’s Gym setup that I currently use in “Kiki’s Cave” is also formerly-known-as “Father’s Day Gift/clothes dryer” lol.

Work with what you have.  Does your teen son have an iron gym?  Does hubby have an old bench and rack? Score!  Have some crazy as-seen-on-TV gadget that you just couldn’t pass up? Use. it.  Variety is the spice of life, and just may help you get excited about working out to your old DVDs again.  Sub out the old-is-new-again equipment for similar body-part movements.  Bench press during pushups.  Use a rowing apparatus (lat pull-down, rowing machine?) for bent-over rows…or better yet, do pull-ups! Grab a Frisbee or gliding disc and do sliding lunges in place of regular.  Use your Kettlebell in place of dumbbells, or sub Kettlebell swings (or sandbag cleans – see vid below) for another cardio move for circuit vids.

Take inventory of items you’d love to use, but never do, and allow your mind to wander.  The possibilities are endless.

Not everyone can afford the time or finances that a full-time gym commitment requires.  Workout videos provide a convenient alternative for busy moms, housewives, or students that simply can’t make it to the gym regularly (or at all).  With new formats popping up daily — whether via DVDs, downloads, or free sources like YouTube and Fitness Blender — you can make this growing trend work in your favor (and keep getting results!) with a few simple tweaks.


Do you work out with videos? What are your tricks for keeping the results flowing?


Download Your FREE Quick Start Guide

Sign Up For The FREE Women’s Fat Loss Webinar

SUBSCRIBE To Our Youtube Channel

Download our Workout App

Intuitive Eating for Weight Loss?

Intuitive Eating for Weight Loss?

In our last post, we talked about intuitive eating, what it is and how it can benefit you. In this post, we’ll discuss intuitive eating for weight loss. When it comes to weight loss, there are a lot of different methods people try. Some popular approaches include counting calories, eating low-carb or keto, and intermittent fasting. But what about intuitive eating? This approach eschews tracking or limiting food intake in favor of tuning into your body’s natural cues for hunger and fullness. Is intuitive eating a good option for those looking to lose weight? Let’s take a closer look.

Intuitive Eating for Weight Loss? Here’s What You Need to Know

Intuitive eating is not a weight loss method.

Many people ask the question, “will intuitive eating work for me?”,
If by “work,” you mean weight loss? If by “work,” you mean, “will I lose weight from eating more intuitively?” the answer is no. Sadly, if you think you will be able to eat whatever you want, when you want, and look like a fitness model in a magazine. It just doesn’t work that way. I would not do intuitive eating with a weight loss intent because that is not the purpose of intuitive eating.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Intuitive Eating: What is it, and How Can It Help You?… Intuitive eating is a method to heal people who struggle with a diet mentality and/or are recovering from over dieting. This helps reset the mind and body from things like binge eating, restriction, and the thought process of every food item being either “good” or “bad.”

We must first remember that everything has a mindset component associated with it. Whenever you get to the point where you are consumed with losing weight and start to have your identity wrapped around it, you usually start to run into issues thinking that weight loss will solve all your problems and make you happy is not the right path. In fact, it usually ends up having an adverse effect.

When we finally step away from looking for the all-in-one solution is when we can actually start finding the answers instead of compartmentalizing our lives. When it comes to seeing each individual thing for what it is, what it can be, and the purpose that it serves for you, you can lean wholly into that purpose.

Watch the video above as we dig more into this topic of intuitive eating and why it is not the best method for fat loss.


Download Your FREE Quick Start Guide

Sign Up For The FREE Women’s Fat Loss Webinar

SUBSCRIBE To Our Youtube Channel

Download our Workout App

Intuitive Eating: What is it, and How Can It Help You?

Intuitive Eating: What is it, and How Can It Help You?

If you’re struggling with your weight or have a history of yo-yo dieting, then intuitive eating may be able to help. Find out what it is and how it can help you reach your goals!

Intuitive Eating: What is it, and How Can It Help You?

I’m just going to put it out there. If you want to lose fat, you have to be in a caloric deficit. How do you know if you’re in a deficit eating intuitively? Is intuitive eating good for weight loss? Will intuitive eating make me fat? Can intuitive eating work? There’s so much confusion around intuitive eating and its purpose. We tend to see many questions and misinterpretations about intuitive eating and when to use it in our journey. We often see this happen when someone says, “will intuitive eating work for me?”; usually, there’s something behind that word “work .”

First and foremost, if you want to know if intuitive eating will work for you, you want to ask yourself that question. What do I mean by work? Are you using it for binge episodes, to lose weight, or go on a journey of self-love? There are so many different reasons why people head down the path of intuitive eating that it’s crucial to understand what intuitive eating is and what it isn’t.

I have found that when asked, “Is intuitive eating going to work for me?”, usually they are referring to a weight loss technique. With Eat More 2 Weigh Less, when I’m referring to intuitive eating, it’s typically for someone in the “Chill Phase” or the metabolism reset phase. Those are the main two times that I would recommend that somebody venture into intuitive eating. The reason for that is that although there are five phases of EM2WL, typically three of those, you’re keeping a tight rein on what you are eating. When you’re tracking your food and keeping a tighter rein on what you’re eating, it’s a little bit harder to eat intuitively because you may want to eat something that will not fit in your calories or macros.


Who Can Benefit From Intuitive Eating?


If you … Are Healing From A Diet Mentality.

The best time to use intuitive eating is when you are trying to heal from a diet mentality. Diet Mentality is when someone is constantly thinking that getting smaller and being thinner will solve all of their problems – a thought process that has infiltrated and cultivated our society, even now. If you’re of that mindset, then that’s when intuitive eating could be a path you should set out on, to become okay with the fact that getting smaller is not the absolute solution to all problems. Diet mentality tells us that there’s this quick and easy solution to something that has been plaguing us for our entire lives. “Try this 2 week, 30-day, 90-day diet and lose X amount of pounds!” When you start constantly chasing after all of these fad diets and thinking that you can solve weight loss issues overnight, that leads to this constant feeling of shame and failure when you don’t succeed in a diet when in actuality, most diets are failing you.


If you … Struggle with Binge Eating.

Another instance where intuitive eating would be an amazing route to go on is if you struggle with binge eating. This typically carries over from dieting because we often don’t realize that restriction typically begets binging. You see people constantly trying to like stick to this perfect way of eating, constantly restricting calories, removing things from your diet that you actually like and enjoy, or just eating too little food. It’s going to work until it doesn’t, and then when it doesn’t. So when you’re constantly struggling with these binges, whether it’s a binge-purge cycle in the traditional sense of actually purging the food manually or a purge where you eat a lot of food and then you’re trying to burn it all off with exercise. There’s also restricting yourself so much that it leads to an all-out binge. So if you’re stuck in that cycle, that’s when intuitive eating can help because one of the biggest benefits is learning how to honor your hunger cues.


If you … Categorize Your Food In Extremes.

The third reason why intuitive eating would work for someone is to help them understand that every food serves a purpose. One of the things that we don’t tend to realize when it comes to dieting, is that we start to slowly categorize food. We’re trying to fit things into a very tight window of opportunity or a tight amount of calories, points, or whatever the case may be.  You start looking at something with a lot of points versus a few points, high calorie versus low calorie, high carbs, and low carbs, constantly swinging in these extremes of high and low. So we start to develop this good and bad philosophy about food. Anything with a high amount of calories, fats, carbs, points, or whatever the demon ingredient is of the year is, we label as bad. Lower amounts we look at as good. When we start to live in this good and bad food mindset it puts us in this good/bad position regarding our behaviors. We begin to think that we are good when we undereat and bad when we overeat, eat foods that we love, or things considered “unhealthy”.

Intuitive eating can work wonders for you as you begin to cultivate this mindset around the fact that something can be healthy and high calorie/fat and can be good for you but be on the “bad list,” simply because it’s good for you mentally. Some foods’ entire purpose is to light up your taste pallet and make you happy. Sometimes the purpose is just happiness for that moment or taking a bite and truly savoring how something feels versus bypassing taste to hit some data point. This also means accepting that health and weight loss are not always synonymous.

If you want more info on how health and weight loss are not always one and the same, check out my youtube video Why Dieting Doesn’t Work | The Truth About Healthy Eating

The fitness industry often tells us that losing weight is the epitome of health but that isn’t always true. There are health benefits to losing weight, but there are also health repercussions to getting too lean as well. We look at women in the media and magazines who are doing fitness competitions, then doing photo shoots right after those fitness competitions that appear in our Instagram feed or magazines. And because they’re gracing the cover of a “Health Magazine,” we cannot mentally detach those images from what’s happening and understand that person was most likely at their leanest they’ve been all year. That physique may have been something that they’ve been working towards for three, six, nine months. and at the peak of that leanness, they were the unhealthiest that they had been all that year. They are now seeing negative repercussions of it, like not having their period anymore and losing essential body fat that their body needs. Most know this and plan to put back on their essential fat after the competition and go off and live happily ever after. However, we will continue striving for that image of them that we see in the magazine.

Having that intuitive eating period helps you see things for what they are. Learning to step away from the diet mentality, honor your hunger cues, get away from the good versus bad mentality, and learn to love yourself, right where you are. Loving yourself is crucial. It doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or 22, you can hate yourself and hate your body, just the same. When we step away from the thinking that size will magically make us accept ourselves, then true healing can begin. Even if all the commercials are saying the opposite and telling us that once we get to XYZ size, we love ourselves again. That is never going to happen. So if you don’t love yourself as you are, it will not magically happen when you get to be another size.

It’s one thing to have a goal for the sake of having a goal and achieving things that you thought you couldn’t. However, thinking that the goal of losing weight is going to solve a bigger, deeper problem is that is when we need to take a step back and do more of the inner work to find out what we’re seeking.

With that being said, if any of the reasons above are you then I highly recommended going down a path of intuitive eating or taking a chill phase, as we call it. Let that phase do what it is intended to do.


Download Your FREE Quick Start Guide

Sign Up For The FREE Women’s Fat Loss Webinar

SUBSCRIBE To Our Youtube Channel

Download our Workout App

Affordable Home Gym Recommendations

Affordable Home Gym Recommendations

Are you looking for affordable home gym equipment recommendations? Look no further! In this video, I share my advice on affordable home gym equipment – all of which will not break the bank.


Affordable Home Gym Recommendations [That Will NOT Break the Bank]


So, today we are digging into home equipment recommendations for anyone who is considering investing in a home gym.

If you are in my workout app, you will know that one of the benefits is our office hours sessions, where I answer your questions one by one. Sometimes I come across questions that I love and want to share with all of you. This week’s post is based on one of those questions. The question is…

What are your home gym recommendations?

When considering a home gym, I recommend asking yourself the following questions first:

“Am I going big, or am I going small?”

“Is this just a substitute for days that I can’t get to the gym or something I plan to do long term?”

“Should I go all in and invest in it all at once or slowly chip away at it over time?

Unless you’re rolling in the dough, most people decide to start collecting things one by one as they go.

If your goal is to create a place for those days where you can’t get to the gym or only use your home gym for specific days in your split, then you would only need heavy enough equipment to make that work. If your goal is a Full Home Gym, I suggest adding on to your supply over time.

That is what I did, and others I know with a total gym did. They started semi-small with maybe a barbell, some dumbbells and then slowly increased. Then once you see that you like it and want to stick with it, you can start investing in things like power racks and more advanced equipment.

So now that we have a general overview, take the time to watch the video above for a more in-depth look into what it takes to start creating your home gym.



Products Listed In The Video:

US Weight Barbell Set:

Adjustable Dumbbell Weights:

Olympic Training Barbell Bar:


Download Your FREE Quick Start Guide

Sign Up For The FREE Women’s Fat Loss Webinar

SUBSCRIBE To Our Youtube Channel

Download our Workout App

My FAVORITE Amazon Protein Products

My FAVORITE Amazon Protein Products

If you’re like most people, you probably think of Amazon as a one-stop shop for everything from books and clothes to electronics and household items. But did you know that Amazon is also a great place to find high-quality protein products? In this blog post, I’ll share my favorite Amazon protein products and explain why I love them. Stay tuned!

My FAVORITE Amazon Protein Products

Usually, I am harping about protein and how you need to get more consistent at protein, so I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite amazon products to help me stay on track with hitting my macros, mainly my protein. And all of these products are available on Subscribe and Save so that you can have them automatically sent to you when you choose.

What you may or may not know about me is that I am a self-professed carb queen. I love carbs. I do not have a hard time getting my carbs in, but I have a hard time staying consistent. If left to my devices, I start eating whatever feels good to me or intuitively. I eat predominantly carbs, which means that my protein ratio can be anywhere from 15 to 10 percent or less because carbs and fat are life, right?

Macronutrients consist of protein, carbs, and fat, for those who don’t know. Let’s also not forget about fiber which is essential because it gives the thermogenic effect of food. This means you are burning calories just in your digestion, including protein. So if you are someone like me who needs to up their protein, then maybe some of these products and tips will help you figure out how to make it work for you.

Now let’s dive into My FAVORITE Amazon Protein Products.


Core Power Protein Shakes

The first product is Core Power Protein Shakes. This 12 pack comes in different flavors that you can try, such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry banana. You can choose between 26 or 42 grams of protein (The 42g option is called the Core Power Elite.).

If you are having a tough time hitting protein or someone who looks at your macros at the end of the day and realizes you are down 50g, these shakes may be for you! There are a lot of products that are labeled as “high protein” that are not. However, these Core Power shakes are great when you need to get some grams in.

Now, when it comes to the 42g Core Power Elite shake, I have found that many women find it hard to digest them. It is for me. Usually, in my house, what ends up happening, is that I end up drinking the 26g version, and my husband ends up drinking the 42. This is how it’s been for years, even with protein powders. If you’re somebody who has followed me for any length of time, you know that I was very anti-protein shakes and powders for a very long time, especially Pre 2013-=to 2014.

I thought they were disgusting and tough to get down. However, I discovered over time that some of the protein powders that were marketed toward women were a little bit easier to digest. Many of them were lactose-free or plant-based options, making them a little easier for me to swallow, they started tasting a little bit better, and there were many more options.

I will say that it’s not about the particular brand. Find one you like, but Core Power makes the best protein for me. They are also lactose-free and more accessible to digest than many other brands like Muscle Milk. These are my go-to.

Click HERE To Check It Out!


Collagen Peptides

Next thing on my list is collagen peptides. This brand has 10 grams of protein in each serving, which is excellent for adding an extra protein boost. Collagen peptides are not complete proteins, so you cannot substitute them for something like a protein shake. This is supplemental. I use it in my coffee. No, I am not keto or using it to have like coconut oil, MCT oil, or anything like that. This is literally about the protein for me. And since coffee is something that I drink every morning…. with real creamer and sugar (literally nothing beneficial for me), this is my way of boosting my macros.

If you use collagen already, you know that some can be lumpy. However, this brand (Unflavored) is our preference because it does seem to stir in better than most and gives you an excellent creamy coffee. I will warn you, though, it does not stir well into anything cold, but for us, it works for our hot coffee. It’s been a game-changer for me! I just start each day with a scoop and go about my day.

Click HERE To Check It Out!


Quest Protein Chips

Moving onto our following protein product, Quest chips. Now, I am not going to lie and say that these taste exactly like your regular chips nor are they my favorite to indulge in, but they do the job for some healthy macro boosts.

I keep these around my home and office to have with a sandwich or a quick snack. These give you anywhere from 19-20g of protein, which is not too shabby. You can get them in various flavors like Nacho Cheese, Loaded Taco, and Chili Lime. Chili lime… Oh my goodness. So good. These don’t last very long with my husband and son in my household. They are chip guys. My husband’s favorite is Loaded Taco, and my son thinks these chips are “smack,”…. Whatever that means. (If you are under 30, perhaps you know and can fill me in!)

Click HERE To Check It Out!


Chicken of the Sea Tuna Infusions

Tuna…. but not just any tuna. This particular type is higher in protein ranging around 22g of protein per cup. There are a lot of unique flavors to try, like Lemon and Thyme, Basil, Cracked Black Pepper, Garlic Herb, Cilantro Lime, and Smoked. You can carry them anywhere and come with a small spoon, so it’s easy to eat with your favorite bread or crackers.

Click HERE To Check It Out!

Now that concludes our protein heavy lifters….. Now for the fun stuff!


Quest Caramel Candy Bites

These are DELICIOUS!!!! They only have 5g of protein, but they are only 80 calories and give you 4 grams of fiber! Are you kidding me? For chocolate and nuts? I gobble them up! They sometimes help at night when you are a snacker or have a sweet tooth like I do but don’t have the macros to grab your favorite candy bar. Seriously, get some now!

And Lastly… My Favorite!

Click HERE To Check It Out!


Skinny Girl Popcorn

I keep this in stock because I love popcorn! I eat it every night, and if you are like me, you may want to look into something like Skinnygirl.
It’s not super macro-friendly, but there is a good amount of fiber in these.
Now that you know some of my favorites find what works for you! Hopefully, this gave you some good protein ideas. Let me know how you guys like it in the comments below.


Download Your FREE Quick Start Guide

Sign Up For The FREE Women’s Fat Loss Webinar

SUBSCRIBE To Our Youtube Channel

Download our Workout App

STOP Spinning your wheels and Get OFF the Rollercoaster!



Download the FREE EM2WL Quick Start Guide and get...

> An overview of the Eat More 2 Weigh Less basics


> Access to our Crushing the Diet Mentality Facebook Community


> BONUS!! FREE fat loss/muscle gain workout plan.


You have Successfully Subscribed!