Sometimes, a client will ask me if I will write them a meal plan – and I always say no.
Why is that?
Being given a meal plan seems to be a common thing, and it feels like it should give you a fast track to success – so why would I refuse?
Well, I would much rather arm you with the information you need in order to make better decisions, than simply tell you what to do. Developing this autonomy is crucial because part of the process of losing weight and improving your health needs to involve figuring out how to […]
When I suggest you improve your fitness, what image flashes through your mind?
I imagine it’s a hard and fast workout which leaves you gasping for breath and dripping with sweat on the floor.
It seems that these types of workouts have become what it means to be fit.
And if this is how you think you have to exercise if you want to lose weight and get fit, then I have excellent news for you – these kinds of workouts are not essential!
Often I find myself conveying the importance of resistance exercise, and this is because resistance exercise […]
Losing weight and getting fit is hard for a variety of reasons.
One of the reasons is that there is a cost to reaching your goal.
Choices have to be made, and while I don’t believe you have to deny yourself any fun, there will be times where you have to make the right decision and not the decision you’d like to make.
But, there is also a cost to NOT staying fit and lean.
I like to think of health and fitness as a bank balance. There’s no need to eat a perfect diet 100% of […]
Bigger and chain restaurants now have to list calorie counts on their menus.
Have you had experience of the new menu styles yet? What do you think to the idea?
For me, there are some positives and some negatives.
I think for those of us who aren’t Bridget Jones and don’t know calorie counts better than the alphabet, it might be quite eye opening to see the calories for some of our favourite meals out. Wagamama is a great example of this – how is it even possible for a plate of noodles to near 1000 calories a portion […]
When we’re aiming to lose weight and improve our health and fitness, there are few absolutes – but below, I’m going to share some good general targets to put in place to get yourself started.
You might find that you’re only falling short on a couple, or you might find that most of the areas could do with some work. Either way, brush up on the places which need attention and I think you’ll notice everything gets easier from there.
The reason we look at all these areas is because they all link together. For example, it […]
If there was a competition to see how much chocolate it is possible to eat over one weekend, I really think I’d be in the winners line up, if not in the actual number one position.
And honestly, I feel yuck having over indulged!
I know I’m not the only one who feels like this after a time of being taken off course, and I also know that it can be really difficult to pick yourself up. Right now would be an easy time to allow old habits to slip back in, and to allow months of hard […]
Us humans love to over complicate stuff. Particularly healthy eating it seems.
More and more often these days, I receive calls from people looking for help in working out how to apply the massive amount of information they’ve accumulated. These days, most of us have a fair amount of knowledge of what healthy eating looks like – and the reason we don’t make a start is often because we’ve been bamboozled with all the information available and aren’t sure how to bring it all together.
So, let’s cut through the information overload and look at this […]
While it’s true that you’ll burn more calories during a cardio workout than during a resistance training workout, there are several reasons that the resistance work is still far more important.
You see, the calories that you’re using for your cardio workout stop being used as soon as you finish your workout, just like you’d expect. But, when you’re doing a resistance workout, that doesn’t happen and instead our resistance workout gives our metabolism a boost which lasts for up to 72 hours after the workout!
The other issue with using cardio workouts to […]
In last weeks email I explained that you must be in a calorie deficit if you’re to lose weight, and I discussed several factors which influence both the energy we consume, and the energy our bodies use. These factors can explain why one person might lose weight on a certain diet, whereas someone else might not.
I said at the end of that email that you could make many of the factors work in your favour, so today, I wanted to give you some proper action points. If we can increase the energy our body needs to just stand […]
There’s an indisputable truth about weight loss:
If you’re to lose weight, you must use more energy (calories) than you eat.
This is one of those statements which sound beautifully simple, but when you look deeper, becomes a little more complex because there are a huge amount of factors which influence the energy we eat, and the energy our bodies use.
What you’re eating plays a part in your appetite. While it is certainly true that you can lose weight by only eating Mars bars, as long as you’re eating less calories than you […]