Free fitness, nutrition and lifestyle ADVICE
Why have I wrote only 7 points?
Well I don't want to over complicate the process too much as I'm sure if you are reading this then you probably feel a little overwhelmed with it all already. The 7 points written below however are guaranteed to get you on the right track.
1. RESTRICT OR BAN FOODS.
It is usually the first thing people go to do when deciding to begin their weight loss/fitness journey - Cut out the foods they love the most and put them on a temporary ban, the key word being temporary of course as you are extremely likely to give in to your ban (Lets remember, you are cutting out the foods you LOVE the MOST) which usually ends in periods of guilt, self loathing and binge eating patterns.
2. FOLLOWING FAD DIETS.
A diet is really just a short term fix. I always advise my clients that sustainable eating is key to success in your diet, anything unsustainable has no place to stay, get rid.
Although some diets do have their benefits and of course you will lose weight, but will you be doing more damage than good?
The most important thing to remember is that ALL diets have the same science behind them, they all use a calorie deficit - A calorie deficit being the only way to lose weight.
3. PROCESSED FOOD
Food processing means the process of turning fresh foods into food products. Additives such as salt and fat are there to make the food safe for consumption. Preservatives are also added to increase the food’s shelf life. When it comes to sticking to a healthy diet, though, the pros of these additives may not outweigh the cons.
Sometimes it’ll be easy to overlook these additives in the list of ingredients. Watch out for terms such a dextrose, maltose, trans fats, and hydrogenated oils.
Items loaded up with these ingredients can provide you with almost twice the daily recommended amount of sodium and sugar.
Don't ever underestimate the benefits of good, healthy, nutritious meals. The list is endless and with a little bit of learning, practice and doing, you can cook and prepare the tastiest of food.
No one in their right mind what want to completely cut out carbohydrates and although not deemed essential they do however play a major part in recovery, motivation and of course happiness - lets be honest, all the best food are in carb form!
Referring back to point #1, periods of restricting are usually followed by periods of binge eating patterns...especially when it comes to carbohydrates.
You need to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight and although low carb diets do have their place, they are not sustainable for long periods of time and should be used wisely.
5. FAT BURNERS AND OTHER WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENTS
Save your money and hope, there are no quick fixes unfortunately.
I mean I know we all want success as fast as possible but its just not realistic, big companies and fitness marketers try to tap into this and use peoples desperation to change and insecurities as ways to cash in on and make money.
Avoid at all costs.
6. STOP USING 'LACK OF TIME' AS AN EXCUSE
I'm sorry, but this has to stop. We have 24 hours in the day and you need roughly 30-60 minutes of that to fit in exercise 3 times per week minimum. That's 168 hours in one week - 3 hours (minimum) for training gives your 165 hours left to do the things you want, you've got this.
You don't find time, you make time.
7. TRY TO DO IT ALONE.
Weight loss can be a both difficult and stressful process, you're going to need support, guidance, advice and accountability - Now of course, I do believe in you and I know for a fact you can get to your end goal no matter how big or small, I'm just saying that having a coach with proven results to guide you through the process is a sensible idea and something you should definitely think about.
If you are ready to embark on your weight loss journey then you can follow the link on my page and contact me to get started.
I'll talk to you soon - Michael.