Jill Helman - Carb Nite Success Story

Jill Helman

Age: 38, Mother, Aesthetician

I’m a sucker for success stories. I always wanted to be one and now I feel like I am.

I tried my fair share of “diets”.

I was never really “overweight” or “out-of-shape”, but I always held about an extra 10 lbs of fat. I’ve been active since Junior High and watched what I ate through my 20’s, but I never had the chiseled body I always dreamed of. I had tried my fair share of “diets” and had purchased far too many of those infomercial DVD workout plans, hoping to become one of those success stories that I saw on TV, but I never came close. Now, collecting dust on a shelf sits Zumba®, Brazilian Butt Lift®, Butt Bible, and Windsor Pilates® DVDs to name a few!

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Nothing worked for me.

For the last two or so years I thought about training to compete in a bikini competition. It looked like fun and I thought it would be a great goal to keep me motivated. I tested different diets and workout plans, but nothing worked for me. The last one I tried only lasted about five months and all I had to show for it was ONE pound lost! I ate very low fat, every meal was “clean” and I was on point. I followed the workout plans as well which had me in the gym for over two hours a day, but I was still getting nowhere. I was always hungry, tired, and irritable. It was taking a toll on my family and social life. Who wanted to hang out with me? I didn’t even want to hang out with myself! I didn’t like who I was being. Especially since I didn’t really have anything to show for it.

In order to change my body, I would need to change how I thought about food.

In the beginning of June, 2013 a client of mine, who had done a few bikini competitions, came over to my house. I told her that I was planning to compete and she asked to look at my diet. She said, “Jill, you need to eat more fat” and I of course gasped at the sound of that. What do you mean more fat?

Sample of Jill's Carb Nite meal
Typical Carb Nite during contest prep

That night I scoured the internet for “bikini competition diets eating fat” and that is when I found The Carb Nite Solution®. I was intrigued. I researched it all weekend and of course, it sounded too good to be true. It was hard to believe that eating a lot of fat and then gorging on carbs once a week was going to help me loose fat! But at that point I figured, what do I have to lose?   I opened my mind and knew that in order to change my body, I would need to change how I thought about food. So, I bravely did the opposite of the standard “diet” and ordered the book.   I remember the first time I went to the store to purchase my food for the first week – I just about had a heart attack as the cashier rang up my heavy whipping cream and butter! I kept saying to myself, “trust the process and stick to the NEW plan.”   My first meal was ultra low-carb pancakes and a side of bacon! I was hooked and started making everything in the book and freezing the food. Guess what? I felt AMAZING! No headaches, a ton of energy and I was actually happy! Within the first four weeks, my clothes started feeling loose. And to my surprise, my gym workouts actually improved. I did a pull-up for the first time! Wahoo!

I felt so much better and saw far more results than I had with past diets.

During that first month I became obsessed with everything Carb Nite – forums, podcasts, articles. Anything that mentioned Carb Nite I read! That’s when I came across a podcast with Alex Navarro and Sharon Polsky discussing their contest prep journeys. I knew I needed a coach, but because Carb Nite was newer at the time and very unconventional, I could not find a Coach or trainer that supported this way of eating. And I wasn’t willing to change what I was doing because I felt so much better and saw far more results than I had with past diets. After listening to that podcast again I knew I needed to contact Alex. We had our first consultation call and she agreed to take me on as a client. Luckily, I had some experience with doing Carb Nite on my own and had even done my fair share of Shockwave Protocol training, so all I needed was some tweaking.

Jill Helman Carb Nite Contest prep
Jill Helman Carb Nite Success Pre-Show  

I was blown away with my body transformation and loved seeing my abs!

I started working with Alex in July of 2013 and went from 23% body fat to 16-17%. In December of 2013 I started seriously training for my first bikini competition. The process was smooth and manageable and I stepped on stage for the first time on April 26th, 2014 at a WBFF (World Beauty Fitness & Fashion Inc.) show. I was blown away with my body transformation and loved seeing my abs! Now, as a 38 year old mom I’ve never felt nor looked better! I swear I have the body of or better than a fit and and healthy 20 year old!

The Carb Nite Solution® is my lifestyle now.

Even after the competition, when I was allowed to eat more, I was looking forward to getting back to my Carb Nite plan. It’s hard to imagine not eating this way and since the release of the Transforming Recipes Cookbook I now have so many delicious recipes to help fuel my ultra low-carb days. I cannot wait to see what else I can do with this body!

Stay Tuned!

If you have a similar story you’d like to share and would like to be featured on our website, please email your story along with photos and video links to transformations@fitlivingfoodies.com.

Alex Navarro has helped numerous clients just like Jill, step on that competition stage. If you’re interested in a consultation, whether it be contest prep or fat loss goals, please visit our Consultations page.

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Two former bikini/fitness competitors Alex Navarro and Mary Gines, switching from low-fat to a low-carb lifestyle using The Carb Nite Solution. They created FitLivingFoodies.com to share their love of food and fitness, to simplify this way of eating, and to prove that lifestyle is not only enjoyable, but beneficial for overall health and longevity.
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