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.”
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.”
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.”