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that sacrifice is usu-
ally yourself. I see it all
the time, clients that
spent their first 15 working years sacrificing
their health for their wealth then spend the
next 15 years sacrificing their wealth for their
health. It's never going to be easy getting
back on the fitness train, but there are some
tips that can help make that transition easier.
Firstly, you need to understand and accept
that you must give yourself priority; ab-
solutely nothing can change unless you do
this. This means, no more skipping meals be-
cause you can't leave your desk and no more
skipping exercise because you have that re-
port to complete. Set yourself some times to
eat and times to exercise and stick to it, no
matter what. Creating that 'me' time is es-
sential to your success.
Accept that you are going to have to eat
out of your comfort zone to become fit.
Nutrition is 80% of the results that you will
achieve. Understand that your eating
habits for all these years have contributed
to your current situation. It goes without
saying that this must change. Don't get
disheartened at the sight of vegetables
and grilled chicken, focus on the end result
and accept that nutrition and nourishment
must come first, taste second.
EXERCISE IS KEY
Many persons have a love-hate relationship
with exercise. They hate to exercise but love
the results. The trick is to find something that
you love. There are endless forms of exercise
that can be done either from the privacy of
your home or the great outdoors. Try some-
thing new, go on a hike, do a zumba class or
even join a beach workout. I have a preference
for doing cardio outdoors because I'm forced
to do longer durations. With a treadmill, I can
jump off anytime I'm fed up but if I walk for 30
minutes in one direction outdoors, I have to
turn around and walk for 30 minutes in the
opposite direction to get back home. I'm
forced to do the entire hour.
Lastly, find yourself a workout partner.
Knowing that you have like-minded company
makes it a lot more enjoyable. You can feed
off each other's workout energy, share
recipes, and feel a sense of bravery when try-
ing something new. You will experience a level
of accountability and maybe sometimes even
feel the competitive spirit. Whether it's with a
co-worker or spouse, having someone with
similar goals can make you more successful.
When it comes to fitness, always remem-
ber that you have only failed when you have
stopped trying. Understand that straying
from your plan isn't the end, pick your-
self up and get back on course. You
don't have to aim for perfection, just
Jody White is the owner of Slim-
down 360 and the Hardcore Trainer
of the GML Team.
s it true?! That's what Oprah Winfrey says, in
her new commercial on TV. As the new
spokesperson for Weight Watchers, Oprah is
calling out to all 'dieters' like herself and making a bold
statement that it is possible! So, "how can that be" you
say? Well, it's true because
when it comes to burning
fat, it's all about cre-
ating the deficit.
The deficit is about
calories than you
actually take in
each day or
with an ad-
take of about
1-1.5grams of pro-
tein per pound of
body weight is the place
to start when talking
about shedding body fat.
Many people have their own
methods in achieving this goal.
Some do it by slashing calories and
some opt for more exercise. You have to as-
sess what works best for you. Regardless of what
you choose, it is well documented in research that a calorie
deficit is necessary to lose weight. When it comes to the
deficit it is pretty simple - you either achieve it or you
don't! Some may have more difficulty creating the deficit
due to certain medical conditions, and may require a differ-
ent approach to making it happen, but for many it is possi-
ble. The key to success is through recognising what is
hindering you, because when it comes to a poor diet,
someone can actually eat their way out of a perceived
deficit! If you can properly balance your diet and physical
activity; any diet can lead to weight loss.
Here are some tips to help to create 'the deficit':
• 1. Drop the soft drinks! There are so many calories in
liquids. Pick up a nice cold bottle of water and chug it
down! Your body will be thankful!
• 2. Keep it real! Don't go on a crash diet! Massive caloric
deficits can create metabolic shutdowns, hunger is the
enemy, don't let it trap you!
• 3. Avoid added sugar, fat and salt. You need healthy fats
in your diet! But you must ensure they are in limited quan-
tities and not overdone. All in moderation, just be careful
of the hidden ingredients, even in so called 'diet' food.
• 4. Protein matters! But consider proper nutrition when
deciding what to eat. A colourful plate is a happy plate:)
Stick with the foods that have the most nutrition. The
main point is to control caloric intake by controlling
hunger, promoting health and performance, and main-
taining a good relationship with food.
Sharon Diaz, ISSA Personal Trainer,
Zumba Instructor Studio Z Ltd.
D a G
When a recent study com-
pared the metabolic effect of
green tea (in extract) with
that of a placebo, researchers
found that the green-tea
drinkers burned about 70 ad-
ditional calories in a 24-hour
period. If you can believe it,
those 70 calories a day add up
to a total of 7.3 pounds of fat a
year! It's not magic, it's sci-
ence: Researchers believe the
difference is caused by metab-
known as catechins, which are
found in green tea.
WATCH YOUR FLUIDS
Tip of the
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