This 45-Year-Old Woman Made One Key Diet Change to Get The Stomach of Her Dreams

When you go through the grind every single day you don't think it adds up to much. But when you take pictures and you see how far you've come, THAT'S when you realize that this is a lifestyle, a journey, a marathon, not a sprint or a quick fix. I know each day may not seem like much, but if you give it your best, you're sure to be better than you were the day before. #dontquit @emilyskyefit #mondaymotivation #fitnessmotivation #fit #fitmom #fitness #fitfam #fitnessjourney #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #iifym #fitspo #fitstagram #fitfoodie #goals #fitnesstransformation #gymlife #diet #exercise #girlswithmuscle #workout #workhard #weightliftinggirls #bodybuilder #bodybuilding #liftheavy #ripped #abs #strongnotskinny #oxygenexhale

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As a mom of two, Sloane Davis was frustrated she couldn’t get the toned stomach she always wanted. She thought she was doing everything right—taking exercise classes and watching her diet. She was losing weight, but it wasn’t delivering the ripped results she wanted. “I really wanted to see my abs—as silly as that sounds—and I was always told abs were made in the kitchen, so I thought that by getting leaner I would be able to see them,” the 45-year-old told People. She would do “endless amount of cardio,” and only get skinnier but without the abs. 

After seeking professional help, she learned that she actually wasn’t eating enough. In order to build the muscle she wanted, she needed to eat more. It was then that she discovered flexible dieting, which is where you track your macronutrients— AKA proteins, fats and carbs.

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“I learned that carbs fuel your energy and your workouts, and if you don’t have enough you can’t fuel a heavy workout,” she told the online magazine. “I learned that food is fuel. Instead of always trying to negate what we eat, I learned to use it to fuel a heavy workout.”

People frequently ask what made me start doing what I do in the first place. Truth is, I wanted to see my abs and was always told that they were made in the kitchen. So I thought by doing endless amounts of cardio I would get skinnier and skinnier for them to finally show, only to learn that when I reached out to a professional in the industry he told me I was "skinny fat". It hurt to hear those words but it made me interested to learn that in order to see my abs I needed to build muscle. That because I had no muscle mass, it didn't matter how lean I was I wasn't going to see them! That was the picture on the left. I was eating about 1200 a day of only "clean" foods and of course no carbs. I had never picked up a weight heavier than 8-10 pounds in my group fitness classes and spun my wheels every minute I could doing cardio thinking I had to negate every calorie I ate. Little did I know I had a damaged metabolism from never feeding my body enough food and actually couldn't lose a pound no matter how little or "clean" I ate because of it. Fast forward the right. I have not done cardio in over 2 years. I lift heavy in the gym for about 45 minutes a day, 4 to 5 days a week. I now eat 2000-2500 calories a day with 55% of it from carbs. I enjoy pasta, bread, rice, ice cream, pizza and whatever else I feel like eating, and NOT feeling guilty because it's going to make me fat. Yes, I still love my vegetables and make sure to hit my fiber each day, but I am finally at peace with myself in knowing that if I take a day, or 2 or a week off from the gym my body isn't going to change. Lifting weights and eating enough food to support a healthy metabolism was finally the solution to achieving the abs I always wanted. Do I care about a six pack anymore? Not at all. But the process of getting out of a damaged metabolism, building strength and being stronger than I could ever imagine, as well as being able to enjoy food and not feel guilty is the biggest gift of all that I have given myself. Now, the next phase, and certainly the most rewarding part is, that I am able to teach others how to have a healthy relationship with food. #tuesdaytransformation #abs #oxygenexhale

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In a recent Instagram post, Davis puts a picture of her now up against one from four years ago. In the older shot, she explains that she was eating just 1200 calories a day of only “clean foods and of course no carbs.” But in the leaner, more recent picture, she eats 2000-2500 calories a day, 55 percent of them from carbs. “I enjoy pasta, bread, rice, ice cream, pizza and whatever else I feel like eating,” she writes. At 1200 calories a day, she only lifted 8-10 pound weights and took cardio classes. But the lack of food only damaged her metabolism. But she came out of it, and now can enjoy all food. “Being able to enjoy food and not feel guilty is the biggest gift of all that I have given myself.”

I have not performed any isolated abdominal exercises in 2 years. Not a plank, not a crunch. When you lift heavy enough performing compound moves you are already working your core. Genetically, I don't have very predominantly, well cut abs 😢. Some people tend to have deeper cuts than others. When I learned that I wasn't eating properly to support muscle growth, my abs, as well as the rest of my body, began to grow and lean out. While you do need to be lean enough to see your abs, you can't be in a deficit or a diet forever. There comes a time when you need to eat at maintenance or in excess to build or sustain muscle growth. When I started lifting heavy, getting my macros on point (eating to grow!) and being consistent for about 2 years I was able to finally see them. Lift (heavy) weights, eat right and KEEP AT IT- PATIENCE. Allow it to become a lifestyle, and the changes will follow. Need guidance? I would love to help you reach your goals! #fit #flexibledieting #iifym #iifymgirls #fitness #diet #exercise #abs #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #trainhard #weight #weights #weightlifting #fitnessfreak #instafit #gym #sexy #gymlife #healthy #fitnesstransformation #motivation #strong #lululemon #fitmom #fitmomover40

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Now that she maintains the healthy diet and lifestyle, she doesn’t obsess about toned abs anymore. Although, she’s got them! In a shot of her flat tummy, she confesses that she hasn’t “performed any isolated abdominal exercise in 2 years. Not a plank, not a crunch.” She explains that it wasn’t until she started heavy lifting and eating to maintain and sustain muscle growth that she began to see the abs she wanted.

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Davis is now a Certified Nutritionist and Personal Trainer that helps other women looking to follow a similar path. The way her program works is clients are given a “budget” where they have to track their macronutrients. And if the food fits within their marcros, they can eat it. She created Pancakes and Push-Ups to help people develop healthy relationships with food and provide them with daily motivations, tips and recipes.

“It’s never too late,” she says. “And I think weight lifting is even more important as we get older.”