So the diet season has started. Although I don't want to completely dissuade people from their attempt to get in shape, there is some guidance I can offer to ensure that you don't hurt yourself or just return back to the same shape and add another extra pounds as well. Here are some tips which I've used for nearly 10 years of training people.
1. Any attempt to lose weight or fat must start with removing as much processed sugar as possible from your diet. If, not, you'll stay in a predominantly sugar burning state and when you re-introduce sugar back into your diet (and you will as it's in everything) you'll just put the weight back on.
2. Don't cut out food groups unless you know what nutrients you are going to be missing. For example, my clients don't eat much cereals and instead they up their fibre from seeds, dark green vegetables and also up their B vits ad and iron by increasing their red meat (game meat).
3. Know what's hidden in your diet products. I don't advocate anything with the words 'diet' or 'slimming' on them. They're most likely full of garbage and sugar. See note 1.
4. See the next 30 days as a kick start and not the end of your health kick. Have a think about doing a 30 day challenge several times in the year. Plan in advance and put it in the diary.
5. If it makes you miserable, don't do it. There are lots of ways to lose weight and get into shape. Find one you enjoy and you will have more long-term success.
6. Ensure there is plenty of variety. Most people's idea of healthy cooking involves cutting down calories and cutting out fat. You need to learn how to cook healthy meals that you look forward to and enjoy eating. You also need to ensure that your family like to eat them too as it is a joint effort!
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Not one of my clients thinks the nutritional plan they follow is painful or dull. They go out to restaurants and eat what they want and don't just count calories. Counting calories can be a miserable way to live your life and there are better ways lose weight. I've been helping people lose weight for over 10 years and trust me, there is very little I don't know about this topic.
Do you want to look like a cover model? Or would you like to look like the latest former-fat-now-slim celebrity? You'll probably need to lose your friends, change jobs and probably ask your parents for different genes!! There is a right way to do this and a wrong way. Please don't make the same mistake thousands of people make which leaves them right back where they started and more frustrated than ever.
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