The Fitbiz Training Blog

Have You Ruined Your Metabolism?


Is it possible to actually slow down your metabolism by long-term dieting?

Can you make your body burn less calories?

Is starvation mode something which really happens?

Lets answer the starvation mode question straight away – no. It does not really happen. Your body does not get fatter because you are eating too little. Good. Let’s move on.

As for whether you can truly ruin your metabolism and make your body burn less calories, the answer is also no, you cannot truly ruin your metabolism. But, you can make it slower (or just appear slower) – and you can make […]

Two Quick, Easy & Delicious Lunch Recipes


Lunch can be a bit of a boring meal.

What can you make which is quick and easy, uses ingredients you’ve probably got in the house already, isn’t too filling but is appealing enough to satisfy you and keep you away from the biscuit tin all afternoon?

Here are two of my favourite quick, easy, tasty lunch recipes:

‘Tuna And Stuff’
To serve one you’ll need:
A tin of tuna, drained
A generous teaspoon each of sliced black olives and sun-dried tomatoes
A sprinkle of pumpkin seeds
Chopped fresh parsley
A tablespoon of olive oil
An […]

Is Coaching Better Than Going It Alone?


When you’re trying to get in shape, you have a few options.

You can go it alone.

You can get advice about what to do.

Or you can get advice about what to do AND be coached through it.

Which works best?

This week, a study was released which shows the benefit of working with a coach or trainer.

They took 52 firefighters and assigned them to one of three groups – a group which recieved exercise programming and combined it with coaching on how to do it properly; a group which received only the programming; and a control group […]

How To Sleep More Effectively


Did you know your sleep quality can be the difference between good results and great results?

Poor sleep seems to be very common these days, particularly in women.

If the ONLY thing I worked on with a client was improving their sleep, the results they would see from almost any approach they were taking to eating and exercise would increase hugely.

The importance of sleep is often very underestimated in terms of its importance for not just getting in shape and losing body fat, but also for keeping your health in good check.

With this in mind, here are some […]

Top Tips For Improving Mental Power


How wonderful would it be to always have the get up and go needed to get things done, and not to have to wait for the right moment to strike.

Improved clarity and focus is the difference between easily achieving what you want during the day, and either battling through trying to force yourself to get things done, or finding your to-do list growing ever longer by the day.

So here are my top tips for improving your mental power.

The first, obvious and expected, tip is to improve your diet. Cut the junk, don’t over or under […]

Is The Sugar Tax Going To Affect Your Waistline?


So this week saw the Sugar Tax come into effect.

Soft drinks manufacturers have to pay 18p per litre if their drinks contain more than 5g sugar per 100ml, and 24p per litre if the drink contains more than 8g sugar per 100ml.

The result of course is that companies making said drinks are reducing the sugar in their recipes, in order to avoid the tax. I’m all for this, of course its a positive thing.

I don’t think anyone can argue against the fact that we need to be eating less sugar. And I’m not anti […]

The Dreaded Evening Munchies


Oh the evening munchies.

Are they de-railing your otherwise pretty good diet and slowing, or even stopping, your quest for weight loss?

If so, it’s not just you!

But, how is it even possible to be so ravenously hungry an hour after dinner, when during the day you have no issue going between meals?

Is it just that being busy and distracted means you don’t notice you’re hungry?

I thought this an appropriate time to write about this – Easter usually provides an unwelcomely welcome influx of chocolate into the house, which usually beckons us around 8pm […]

What If Meal Timing Was The Solution To Weight Loss?


Isn’t it fascinating that our bodies stick to a pretty similar rhythm every day?

The same part of our body repairs itself at the same time every day. Our bodies are in a constant cycle of repair.

Its called circadian rhythm.

It dictates when we’ll feel tired at night and what time we’ll wake up in the morning.

What if tweaking your diet and lifestyle in line with your circadian rhythm, you could make it easier to stay in shape? What if without changing the types of food you’re eating, just the times you eat them […]

The 400-600-600 Calorie Plan


Einstein said: ‘Things should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler’

The health and nutrition community has got itself all very excited this week.

The announcement of the new 400-600-600 calorie advice plan has ruffled a few feathers.

Personally, I’m actually not particularly anti this new idea.

As a country, we need to lose weight. 2000-2500 calories a day for the average person who gets up, walks to the car, drives to work, sits at their desk all day, drives home, sits on the sofa then goes to bed is too much food. Even […]

How I Review A Client’s Food Diary


This week, I received a food diary from Camilla who was keen to take me up on my offer of a food diary review via the newsletter.

I’d like to do another one or two of these, so please do ask me if you would like yours to be reviewed.

This is what Camilla ate over two days:

Day One
Breakfast: porridge made with milk and water, topped with a little honey
Lunch: half carton of pre-prepared chicken and sweetcorn soup, and a small mango
Dinner: homemade chilli with rice and peas
Snack: 7pm corn cake with goats […]