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Staying Power
Lifestyle Secrets that Helped Tiffany Roberts
Lock in Her Astounding Physique Transformation

Is there anything more exciting than a radical, positive transformation of the way we look and feel? The days go by and the pounds drop off, revealing the leaner, firmer, more vital and vigorous self we always knew was in there somewhere. Our self-esteem rises and we meet each day with a renewed sense of well-being.

Of course, there are sacrifices to be made. Comfort foods to be avoided, trips to the gym that take priority over nights curled up with a pint of ice cream and a movie. But our motivation and discipline are at a peak; every day we receive positive reinforcement from our friends and family.

And then comes the day we achieve our goal. Well-wishers congratulate us, the confetti flies ... and all we have to do is maintain this goal weight and physique for the rest of our lives. Suddenly, every carb-laden snack avoided doesn't come with its own built-in validation. And who wants to go to the gym every day when we could be showing off our trim new selves at parties and get-togethers where temptation lurks around every corner?

Worse yet, our bodies haven't adapted entirely to what we'd like to believe is the "new normal." Homeostasis is a term that refers to the body's systemic efforts to maintain stability in response to fluctuations in its environment. Any sudden change in conditions--reduced caloric intake, increased activity--are treated as an aberration. Thus, in the short term, your body regards decreases in fat stores as a situation to be corrected--a goal it will pursue aggressively every time you opt for a second slice of pizza or an evening spent in front of the TV.

So, what to do? Maintaining a hyper-vigilant, 24-hour-a-day, no-compromise fat-loss regimen is a certain path to frustration and eventual failure. Instead, the key is to craft a healthy lifestyle tailored to physique-enhancing activities and foods you really enjoy. That's what Tiffany Roberts did. And it's a major reason why her inspiring transformation (going from 165 lbs to a svelte 115 lbs) is still going strong more than a year after all of her initial hard work and effort.
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"I've been fortunate in being able to rely on ProSource's NytroWhey lines of premium proteins. Lately, I've upgraded to NytroWhey Ultra Elite and I'm just blown away by the power and the purity of the protein matrix in it. My workouts have been off the charts since I've started taking it."

It all starts with finding healthy, nutritionally powerful foods you like. "I don't miss all the fast food I used to eat," Tiffany says, "because I remember what I used to feel like after I ate that stuff. I felt terrible. I used to eat three meals with huge portions, up to 3000 calories a day. It was so embarrassing to go into a store and not be able to wear any of the clothes they sold.  My face would also break out a lot from the food I was eating and that really bothered me. Today I eat six meals, I'm never hungry, and I consume closer to 1200 calories a day."

Obviously, when you're consuming six small meals a day, organization is key. Having the food you want on hand--in Tiffany's case, chicken, turkey, extra lean cuts of meat, egg whites, raw vegetables, yogurt, and nuts--and packing meals ahead of time go a long way toward staying on nutritional course throughout the day. Supplementation is important, too.

"Protein shakes and protein bars are ideal for filling the gaps between breakfast, lunch, and dinner," Tiffany says. "If you can find shakes and bars that are really delicious, that's more than half the battle right there. I've been fortunate in being able to rely on ProSource's NytroWhey lines of premium proteins. I started with the original NytroWhey, which is a really top-quality premium grade of whey isolate perfect for supporting muscle. Lately, I've upgraded to NytroWhey Ultra Elite and I'm just blown away by the power and the purity of the protein matrix in it. My workouts have been off the charts since I've started taking it. I wish I'd had NytroWhey Ultra Elite during my original transformation. It would have made things a lot easier!"

Tiffany is also a fan of Supreme Protein bars. "It's amazing that Supreme Protein bars can taste like the best candy bar ever and still be so good for you," she says. "I enjoy all the flavors and the ability they give me to power up with a high-quality protein source while I'm on the run ... that's just invaluable. I never go anywhere without a Supreme Protein bar or two packed in my workout bag." In addition, she uses fat burners and a pre-workout performance maximizer.

Tiffany also points to another key aspect of her success--surrounding herself with positive role models that inspire her to remain in a healthy, positive frame of mind. "I can honestly say there has never been a time where I've been in danger of 'falling off the wagon'," Tiffany says. "I have so many people in my life that are 100% dedicated to this lifestyle and I feel like I would be letting not only myself down. but I'd be letting them down too. My father has lost 80 lbs by sticking to the gym, and my boyfriend goes almost every day with the dream of being a pro bodybuilder. They keep me going."

Like her father and boyfriend, Tiffany enjoys her time in the gym. (We've included one of Tiffany's sample workouts below.) And if all of the above should somehow fail to provide proper motivation, Tiffany has one more card to play.

"Oh, I still have pictures of myself from my brother's birthday in 2007. Today, I can't believe that was me. I was way bigger then anyone else there. I'm never going back to those days again!"

Tiffany Roberts' Workout Regimen

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Sunday, Tuesday And Thursday:
Cardio, Abs, And Legs

Cardio: 45 minutes
Abs: 3 exercises at 3 sets of 15 reps
Legs: 3 exercises at 3 sets of 15 reps

Monday And Wednesday:
Cardio, Back, And Arms

Cardio: 45 minutes
Back: 3 exercises at 3 sets of 15 reps
Arms: 3 exercises at 3 sets of 15 reps

"I like to switch up what exercises I do for each specific body part, that's why they are not listed. I also like to try to take the weekend off. If I do end up going, I will just do cardio and abs.

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