Asking Questions

Asking Questions

Asking questions, and generally being curious is always a good thing. I detest the quote ‘curiosity killed the cat’. Frankly, a lack of curiosity would see us still living like cavemen!

With weight loss, asking yourself questions is important, but asking the right questions is vital if you’re going to really succeed long term.

I’ll give you an example:

Question 1 – Why am I so fat?

Question 2 – What can I do to lose fat?

If you spend most of your time asking yourself why you’re so fat, why am I so unfit, why can’t I fit into my old clothes etc. your focus is very negative, and as such, you actually reinforce the bad habits you currently have…

..If your focus is on being overweight…then you will always be overweight!

Shifting your focus from ‘Why am I’ to ‘What can I’ is such a simple but powerful weight loss tool.

When your focus is on weight loss, health and fitness; you’ll be amazed with the great ideas your brain comes up with

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4 Weeks In, & This Is Just The Start

4 Weeks In, & This Is Just The Start

This is my client Greg after (just under) 4 weeks with Sam’s Fit Foods, both of us are delighted, but only 1 of us surprised with his progress at this very early stage.

Although the physical difference is clear to see, it’s his change in mindset that has impressed me the most; and so early into his healthy weight loss plan, too.

Every day he’s been telling me how much better he feels in himself, how much more energetic he is and how much more motivation he has to keep going and succeeding.

This is my main focus, anyone can tell you how to lose a bit of weight, but developing the mind in a healthy way too, that’s the key to permanent weight loss!

Basically, with Sam’s Fit Foods there’s just as much focus on the mind, as well as the body!

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Gym Bullies

Gym Bullies

The gym can be a very intimidating place for some people, especially for people who believe they’re either far too big, or too small.

At first glance, this might seem strange. After all, the concept of a gym is to give people a place to go so they can transform their health. In its most simplistic form, it’s a place for people to become either smaller, or bigger.

But unfortunately, almost every gym I’ve been to (in England, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia & Sweden) has just a small number of people seemingly set on ruining it for those who really need it.

If you’re overweight and feeling slightly insecure about yourself, of course the idea of going to a place where people are going to point, laugh and ridicule you will not be one you’re even remotely willing to entertain.

If you can relate to this, I would like to offer you a few words of encouragement.

For every person that points or laughs, there will be so many more people that are both directly and indirectly motivated, encouraged and inspired because of what you’re doing.

Putting yourself in a position where you might face ridicule, but choosing to ignore it, get on with what you’re doing and keep progressing towards a healthy goal will also silence those who once laughed; and maybe open their eyes to how small-minded they have been.

Also, if you are the type of person that points and laughs at people in the gym for not looking a certain way, remember this…

YOU’RE A DICK!

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Health & Body Image

I’m a little late at jumping on the Katie Hopkins bandwagon, and frankly, I’m not really one for reality/day time T.V. (and nor should you – however that’s a topic for another day) but after stumbling across this video I thought it would be interesting to share my views on it, and invite you to do the same.

The general theme of this ‘interview’ seems to be a Fat vs Thin argument. Which is just wrong on so many levels. There are many gaps that I think need to looked at within our society in regards to how we look at body image and health.

I feel as though I could write a whole book on that subject alone, but to keep it very brief instead…obsessing over body image is not healthy! Exercising because you are giving-in to social pressure from TV, magazines, films, work colleagues, friends, family etc. and wanting to look a certain way because everyone else says you should, is a very unhealthy mindset to have.

Exercising because you want to, because you understand how it benefits you on the inside, as well as the mental stimulus you get (speak to anyone after a workout…they’re always happier) is very healthy.

The argument that sometimes follows this is ‘Well there’s nothing wrong with wanting to just look good’

Fair enough. To you people I would ask the following questions.

Why do you want to just ‘look’ good?

If the answer is ‘because I then ‘feel’ good’…
…ask yourself why?

Moving on, I find it somewhat ironic and rather disturbing that this (sort of) debate is hosted by 2 presenters that are only in the job because of how they look. So despite the fact they openly discuss the social and media pressures that are forced onto all of us every day in regards to looks, they’re guilty of doing it right there and then!

This video also touches on a subject I’m extremely passionate about which is how the young people of today are affected by our current outlook on health, body image and this fat vs thin nonsense. They look at the problems, but not the cause. I think a lot more needs to be done within educating young children about the effects of good and bad nutrition. I understand this is easier said than done though, having known people that have worked in primary schools teaching healthy eating and exercise, only to face severe backlash from furious parents due to their child now refusing to eat chips every night!

True to form of any day time T.V. show, there wasn’t enough depth and clarity on what should have been the most important issue within health and body image.

Mental health.

You can’t just intimidate someone to lose weight. Hardly anyone will respond well to that. I

t’s just bullying, really.

I think by giving someone the dedicated support via education, encouragement and commitment will result in that person developing the self discipline to get and stay healthy, as well genuinely happy on an intrinsic level.

What’s more I think these mental skills are then easily transferable, enabling that person to become successful in any Endeavour they so choose.

Start Your Day The Right Way…Don’t Eat Cereal

Start Your Day The Right Way...Don't Eat Cereal

If you want to lose weight, don’t eat cereal for breakfast! It really is that simple.

The benefits of cutting out cereal go way beyond fat loss, but unfortunately, due to a combination of clever marketing over the years and the fact that us humans can be very reluctant to accept new ideas, a lot of us are metaphorically shooting ourselves in the foot before we’ve walked out the front door.

If you’re reading this, it’s likely you want to shift some unwanted body fat. Eating cereal (even the ones that say they’re healthy, and have a lovely, but photoshopped, model on the box) will encourage the storage of fat…unless you are in a very insulin sensitive state already. This is because foods such as cereal (the same applies to toast, too) increase the amount of insulin and glucose in your blood stream. If you are currently wanting to lose weight, chances are your muscles are not sensitive to insulin yet; in short this means the insulin cannot take the glucose to your muscles and will be stored as fat instead.

Also, cereal and toast increase your serotonin levels. This actually makes you sleepy, and could be why you crave your 2nd cup of coffee before 10am. In fact, for some clients I have advised them to eat porridge about an hour before bed…and they say their sleep has improved because of it. However, this is dependent on your level of progression on a fitness and nutrition plan designed to increase insulin sensitivity, and therefore fat loss.

There are so many options we have available for breakfast that come with a plethora of physical and mental benefits. If you would like to know more on that and fat loss in general, feel free to contact me via the http://www.samsfitfoods.com site.