How many times do you say or have you heard “I didn’t have THAT much to eat or drink?” As a trainer its something I hear all the time and to be honest, something I also know I have said but it’s possibly one of the most common “white lies” clients tell their trainers and its the one thing that stops clients really getting to where they want and seeing real changes to their body. And I speak from experience!!
So, most of us at some point in our lives have thought “I need to lose a few pounds!” but what if you had more than a few pounds to lose? What if you felt ok, seemed to cope with the extra weight, how important is it to get down to a healthy BMI?
We are all conditioned to think, to believe, that being overweight is a really BAD thing but what if it wasnt? What if you were fit, healthy but had a high BMI? Do you still need to start counting calories and losing weight?
Recent research suggest that perhaps it is possible to be overweight but still healthy and that being overweight per se isn’t the evil that we have been taught to believe, the key it appears, is to be fit and healthy. Check out this article from the BBC and let me know what you think?
Yes I did say that! I don’t mean that we should adopt the less savoury behaviours we have all seen at the gym or the meatheads with appalling technique cluttering up the weights area but simply that if women embraced the attitude that men have to weights and training they would get the results – and the body – they really want.
So many of us have seen or heard the old story that lifting weights will make you big or bulky and most of us – god I hope its most of us by now! – know that its complete nonsense. To get the lean, toned, sexy body that most women crave women need to get off the cardio and get into weights but how do we encourage that? How do we break that mindset? Continue reading →
A few years back I was the ultimate couch potato, I went to work every day and came home, cooked dinner and sat on the sofa watching TV. My Sky+ box was used every day to record multiple programmes and I am sorry to say I even knew what was happening in Eastenders! I felt terrible; I was tired all the time, I could sleep for England, my asthma caused me problems and all in all I felt dreadful.
I was working with a lovely girl who enjoyed her wine, enjoyed cooking and eating amazing food and was in the first year of very happy married bliss but had put on about a stone – every day she said she was going to try a new diet or was going to take up dancing and every time we talked about it I felt guilty that my weight was so out of control. We talked about talking up pole dancing, about going to Weight Watchers, about trying the juice diet – you name it we debated whether it was worth trying.
As you know by now I am a huge fan of weights and generally lifting heavy – I love what it has done to my body and my newly found strength, tone, power and flexibility but so many women are so terrified of getting ‘bulky’ that they avoid weights in favour of cardio or very light Barbie weights.
The whole Girls Gone Strong movement is doing amazing things to re-educate both men and women and to train out some of the crazy stereotypes in the fitness industry, so I love the fact the Poliquin has chosen to address the same subject.
If you are interested in getting a better more toned body, if you want to lose fat, look amazing and achieve a sense of satisfaction then you really can’t afford to miss this article
I eat pretty well most of the time and am reasonably good at sticking to my good protein and good carbs diet but like most people I could happily lose a few extra pounds (well 4lb would be nice and whilst another 14lb would be great I’m not convinced I would look better that much thinner!). Anyway, whilst we all strive to be healthier and want to have foods that help us to lose weight, there is just so much out there that confuses; what do we eat? what is good for us? is protein good or bad? why do people think carbs are bad?
We all want to lose weight, and a large number of my clients want to lose it from one place in particular – their waists, stomach, midsection, abs, stomach – call it what you will it amounts to the same thing. It’s the area that weight always seems to settle and the older you get the harder it seems to shift!
So reading Charles Poliquin’s Blog yesterday he was focussing on the best ways to reduce or eliminate fat from this area in particular but, lets face it, if you are eating well and moving more the benefits are going to be felt (and seen) all over your body. With all of that in mind what then are the top tips to shape up?