December – The Best Month To Join A Gym

December - The Best Month To Join A Gym

December is by far the best month to join a gym. It’s a time of year where most people shift all their attention to Christmas, their health and fitness takes a backseat.

If you’re smart and determined enough to succeed in regards to your health, join a gym now! Not only will you be breaking away from the masses and starting your New Year’s resolution a month early (which also makes it a lot more likely you’ll succeed, most people who start in Jan give up by March…not to be seen again until the following Jan) but also it’s a time of year where gyms and trainers cut prices and get rid of ‘joining fees’ (which is also a massive con, it does not cost £25 for a gym to set up a direct debit).

So, join a gym in December, get a head start on the masses and take advantage of discounted membership and personal training.


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

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!

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.

Weight Loss Psychology

Weight Loss Psychology

Your mind can either be your biggest strength or your most damaging weakness. We’ve all heard sayings like ‘If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right’ and despite how true statements like that are, they’ve been so overused by the wrong people they are starting to lose their rather powerful meaning.

If you’re going to embark on a healthy fat burning journey, you are going to have to change the way you think about yourself, food and exercise.

If you’re overweight, your self-identify is that of an overweight person; and if you consistently tell yourself and others about the fact you’re overweight then you will stay overweight.

Our results in life are determined by the actions we take, our actions are determined by our conscious thoughts and our conscious thoughts are controlled via our deep-rooted subconscious beliefs.

Being overweight is the result from of eating poorly and not exercising regularly (action). We act in this way due to our conscious thoughts, feelings and associations with food and exercise. We have these conscious thoughts, feelings and associations because we believe we are, and always will be, overweight. We can’t visualise ourselves leading a healthy lifestyle.

This belief system is likely to have come from parents (especially if they are overweight too) as well as magazines, newspapers, TV or even friends.

A typical example of this ‘overweight belief system’ in action would be – you’ve just joined a gym and started a healthy eating plan, it’s Friday and you have a gym session booked for after work, but a group of mates are going out for a meal. They persuade you to cancel and go with them instead (you’ll just eat something healthy instead, right?) but the following morning, however, you wake up with a hangover and a half-eaten kebab on the kitchen table.

What happened?

Well, you think you’re overweight, you identify yourself with being overweight and you speak about yourself as an overweight person. You just acted accordingly.

Unless you approach weight loss with such an immense level of conviction that you know it’s going to happen, you know that where you are now is not where you will be in 30, 60 and 90 days time – then you will struggle.

The best way to combat this is with your self image. Stop seeing yourself as overweight and start identifying yourself as someone who is becoming healthy – someone with an incredible weight loss story that could inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

Fat Free Foods

As a general rule, whenever I see ‘Fat Free’ or ‘Low Calorie’ on a food label I assume the exact opposite. A product that is ’99% Fat Free’, and has a lovely looking picture of a model plastered all over their advertising campaign (so we’ll now subconsciously associate their product with looking like a model) is going to be so full or sugar, sweeteners, salt and a wide variety of chemicals to make it taste nice, it’s going to promote fat storage.

Look at it this way:

Fat Free = Sugar
Sugar = Fat (unless you use the quick release energy it provides …quickly!)

This isn’t exactly ground-breaking news for some people, but the relentless persistence food companies have in selling us products they market as healthy, sometimes blatant, sometimes subtle, is shocking.

Here are just two examples I noticed food shopping this morning:

Onken Fat Free Strawberry Yogurt
Only 0.1% Fat
20g of sugar per serving

Alternative? – Eat real strawberries, simple!

Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Chocolate Spread
Tub is 300g, 45.5g of sugar for every 100g

Alternative? – If you really can’t fight off a chocolate craving go for an organic dark chocolate (70% +) ideally just before or after a workout.

Food labelling can give you a bit of a headache at times, and that’s when you have an idea what to look for! It can be far more complex than simply looking out for the sugar content to see if ‘healthy’ foods are actually as good for you as they claim. There’s the whole issue of sweeteners, colourings high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated fats to name but a few.

Your best bet, therefore, is to simplify the whole process. Another good rule to follow, the smaller the ingredients list the better!