When looking to lose weight, there are endless carb-reducing diets, workout classes, trainers, and expert-approved fitness books out there that can help you reach your goals. But mom-of-two Joanna Boyles is living proof that you don't really need any of it. In fact, she was able to drop 45 pounds and score an amazing six pack sans a gym membership or expensive spinning classes. Redbook has the scoop below!
"I read a fitness article one time that made it sound like if you want to get results you have to have a top-of-the-line certified trainer and pay a little extra for the better gym," she told Redbook. "I read that and thought, 'that's just dumb. Watch me do it all by myself'... Now, I'm right where I want to be," she says.
The struggle with Joanna's weight really began when she put on 25 pounds after embracing a not-so-healthy college lifestyle: aka eating too many carbs via instant mac and cheese, skipping the gym for study sessions, and hitting up happy hour a few times a week with her friends.
After graduating, she continued to gain weight. Before she knew it, Joanna got married, pregnant, and put on another 25-30 pounds from yo-yo dieting and indulging in pasta, burgers, Hot Pockets, chocolate, and pizza every week. As a result, Joanna says she felt more sluggish and got sick with colds more often than ever before. Though she shed 20 pounds by the start of 2012 by going on 30-minute runs after her second pregnancy, she still wasn't happy with her results.
"I always liked the really lean physique look and running and cardio didn't give me that," she says.
It wasn't until 2013 that she picked up a fitness magazine and got truly inspired by the transformation articles.
"The stories were so cool and amazing. Afterwards, I went to bodybuilding.com and read even more," she says. "So many women overcame such crazy obstacles that I found it so motivating and helpful. I thought, if they could do it with all the challenges, what was stopping me?"
Through further internet research, Joanna learned the importance of eating a diet high in complex carbs and protein to get the arms, abs, and legs she wanted. So, for breakfast she started eating scrambled egg whites with a pinch of cheese, two pieces of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana slices on top; a salad with tuna, onions, carrots, and avocado for lunch; salmon, broccoli and quinoa for dinner; and protein bars in between.
To see how Joanna worked out to lose the weight, click here for the original story from Redbook!
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