Monday, 18 September 2017

When did how many steps per day become a thing?

There is a new question people who spend a lot of stuck staring at a computer screen for long hours, or seeing the inside of a car or another form of transport for a while ask each other...

A question that seeks to overcome the problem and make people feel good that they are doing something to balance this out...

A question that ensures them they are doing something that although they have to earn a living will at least have a good effect on health...

A question linked usually to a gadget that motivates us to try and balance it all out, gives us a number, something we can compare back to our previous attempts...

The question being (thought you were never going to get there, Ed)...

"How many steps have you done today?"...

Don't get me wrong, anything that gets us moving is great...

But when did this become a thing?...

There was a film from the 80s, "back to the future", in I think the third one, where in one of the scenes the time traveller is talking to cowboys in a bar in the Wild West era...

They are asking him with suspicion, with all the easy travel options he describes in the future, does anyone have to run anymore..

He replies "only for sport or recreation"...

They snigger thinking he's had one too many...

But not so long ago, in a normal day we would easily have covered 10,000 steps...

And walking is a great and natural form of exercise...

But for losing we still need to do exercise under some load to maintain or even quicken our metabolism...

Plus we are designed to move in so many different directions...

But simple walking will keep joints from stiffening and seizing and the heart relatively healthy...

The in person personalised exercise routines I conduct or the video exercise sessions designed for Busy business people, although can't be measured are worth many/many steps in one go, even a just over 20 minute session...

It's just a shame it's all come to this, but how ever you do it, certain number of steps, a quick exercise session to balance it all out...

Just do your best to fit it in...

Ed ( someone who joined in building his new house said he was doing easily 30,000 steps per day, maybe I should try that and report back, I reckon the answer would be- I'm incredibly healthy, but looking for somewhere to live since the house fell down) Stride.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Don't rely on TV to tell you how to lose weight...

As I got home back to the family last night, I caught one of those "diet" programmes (10 year old was already watching it)...

All these totally different plans; ready made meals, shakes, juices, no carbs...

If you are doing one already and you feel like it fits, like it was made for you, you could do it easily for the long term, then this is the only reason to stick with it...

But when all had been said and done, the different subjects had tried different ones, measuring how much weight they lost and how much it cost them per Lb a terrible and misleading way of testing IMHO...

The presenter announced in closing "remember the best way is to have a balance diet and be more active"...

If only he said that at the beginning, everyone could have spent 59.5 minutes doing something else!...

These things have a ending after a few weeks - what happens then?...

And if quick weight loss insures it's a recipe for gaining it back and more, again which is fine if the goal is to lose for a one time event, then fair enough...

But what if you want to be in control for the long term? Be able to wear the clothes you want to wear long term not short term? Be proud of holiday pictures? Your healthy lifestyle could mean you could even be around to see your great grandchildren!...

But it won't come from anything "faddy" ,balanced, blood sugar stabilising and doing the right exercise for the right people is here to stay...

The right exercise is always overlooked- preserving muscle...

The muscle that you have now is the stuff that keeps your metabolism stay at the big number it is, the higher the number the harder it is to over consume...

But to keep it, which is hard if you are trying to lose by even doing it the right way, you have to use it...

And use it in a way that also caters for the fact a Mums body has gone through the strains of pregnancy and or a Busy Professional sitting in cars on school runs and other journeys and possibly hunched over a computer...


Or if you just need a system to follow on your own to go that bit further then there's the 12 week programme, again let me know if you need more info...


It's time to get the results you want.

You can do this.

Ed

www.loseandshapeupexpert.com





Monday, 4 September 2017

How many things have you tried to lose weight?


The summer holidays are about to end...

If you have been a frustrated busy mum or busy professional looking to get back to losing and shaping, it's almost time...

Do you have a specific plan to get results?...

Or are you just resolving that this time you are just going to be better at being consistent and giving in to less temptations?...

I'm sure you have tried many things in the past and maybe some worked for the short term...

In the weight loss industry there are many groups preying on those whose inability to lose make them feel sad, frustrated, lost and or stressed and who are looking for an easy solution...

So they make bold claims to draw you in such as: "eat as much as you like, lose weight", "a flat stomach in just 1 minute" and even "control insulin levels, decrease blood sugar, speed metabolism, lower bad cholesterol, burn body fat and suppress appetite"...

The last one sounds good and if they were talking about a complete lifestyle solution then great but it's actually just a cinnamon supplement...

Results like that don't come from doing one thing...

It's a lifestyle thing and ultimately it has to fit in with you...

Some preparation may be involved, but I'm never going to tell a busy person to batch cook for the week and place your five meals for the day in neat little tuper wares...

You would quite rightly tell me where to go!

My specific advice for someone who is as busy as you is focus on portion size and use your hands to measure (previous mail)

Look at what you are eating and drinking now and think how could I could I take the next baby step to making it better...

The research that's happening with stabilising blood sugar we knew about how important it is for diabetes control and prevention, new research is linking it to Alzheimer's too, more proof of health benefits...

The problem is there is too much "Weight Loss fluff"...

To be transparent yes I am in this industry to provide for my family, but I will always seek for anyone I help to get them the result they desire...

It's why my products and services have money back guarantees, that cinnamon advert drew me in to be honest and I looked but they didn't guarantee anything.

You know what to do and if you need help, just ask in the comments and I will reply!

You can do this.

Ed (I think I know why the cinnamon company didn't employ me for their marketing - how about "Cinnamon Supplement, it is healthier than sugar, but won't change your life dramatically on its own, but will taste nice if you have a sweet tooth and like cinnamon" -fluff free!) Stride.

Monday, 28 August 2017

The best type of weight loss exercises...

One good thing about working in a gym is all the snazzy equipment I have access to...

The list is endless, quite recently a big piece of equipment arrived that took up a third of the gym, with a multitude of different fittings and stations...

I must admit, the first time it arrived I looked at it and thought "what are you supposed to do with that"...

Not to mention all the strength machines and cardio machines...

I notice a lot of people coming into the gym like to either use one or the other of the above...

The question is as a Busy Mum or Busy Professional wanting to lose and shape up do you need fancy equipment?

The short answer is no...

Exercising to lose and shape up means doing exercises that use and stimulate a list of muscle groups and the exercises keep the heart rate elevated through out...

It's likely because a Mum's body has been through pregnancy and if her lifestyle involves driving a car or other prolonged sitting, or a busy professional commuting and working in an office, hunched over a desk, then the muscles that support the body may need strengthening...

So unless the goal is to strengthen and increase muscle size, then the exercises at a fitness place don't need to involve more sitting down! 

When I designed my online programme the sessions were designed to be done anywhere with absolutely no equipment and short duration because Mums and Busy Professionals don't get much time to themselves and no one has said the sessions are to easy :) ...

Even at the gym the equipment I use the most with people I help tends to be Dumbbells, Kettle bells, suspension straps, medicine balls and good old body weight exercises...

I have even be adopting them for places with minimal space like people's homes and gardens...

So even with all the things occupying your mind if not being in the shape you want to be in is causing you to feel unhappy, frustrated and sluggish, enough that it keeps you awake and you are ready to take the step...


Have a look here: www.loseandshapeupexpert.com 

One way or another if you are ready we will get there.

You can do this.

Ed ( Exercise Ed? With all the activities we have fit in since the summer began, we are all moving into the spa until Christmas) Stride.

Monday, 21 August 2017

How to practice healthy eating for weight loss in the real world.

In the last post was a really useful tip about portion size...

Using your hands to measure, it was one of those tips, where I thought even though it's the middle of the summer season, this can be implemented straight away and well done if you took action...

Today I wanted to give you something similar...

The problem is we tend to think to get the results we want, we need to have the perfect lifestyle...

And with all that you have going on, that's not possible!...

A few times in the past, people have asked for meal plans...

As part of a premium personalised coaching programme I offer this...

But generic meal plans don't really work for the following reasons: 

We are all busy, we are not always prepared, children get sick, suddenly you have to work late, it's always someone's birthday or special occasion, sometimes you don't want a mid morning snack, we like eating different things; being prescribed something healthy you don't enjoy can make you decide against healthy eating...

So the very simple answer is just to focus on each meal you are already eating...

If your losing and shaping and even your health goals have reached a plateaux...

Then it's time to make a few small changes and adjustments to what you normally eat and enjoy, one step at a time...

Not just what you eat but how you eat it...

Is the evening meal usually gobbled down on the go or in front of the TV or is it savoured?...

So start with what you eat and drink now, what ever it is, what's the next step and then the next...

One step at a time...

You can do this.

Ed 

www.loseandshapeupexpert.com


Monday, 14 August 2017

Instead of Calorie Counting and Apps for Weight Loss, Try This...

Something that can stop you from taking action is how complicated losing and shaping can seem...

So many different methods, so little time for you, I completely understand if you are going to invest what little time you have and energy, you want to be sure it works...

Calorie counting sounds simple, burn more than you eat...

However I have spent time properly working it all out on occasions for those that I help and it takes A LOT of time...

Even then there are things to be aware of...

We trust the info written on food labels but it's an average figure not actual, our body's process calories differently as we have different genetics, different amounts of stomach bacteria have an effect, the metabolism goes up and down during different phases of the menstrual cycle...

Wouldn't it be nice if there was an easy to follow non complicated way? 

Well there is!...

And to show you that I want you to get results, keep reading...

Weight loss experts from all walks of life agree with this; portion size is VERY important to getting results...

What if nature has designed a personalised, easy way for you to be able to measure it?...

Well, it has...

They are on the end of your arms!...

Use your hands in the following way...

For protein rich foods (meat, eggs, cottage cheese, natural yogurt for example) have a palm sized amount each meal (2 for men)...

For vegetables (salads, broccoli, spinach, carrots, etc have a fist size portion (2 for men)...

For healthy fat rich products (butters, oils, nut butters, nuts and seeds; have a thumb sized portion (2 for men)...

For higher energy Carbohydrates; grains, starches, beans and fruits a cupped sized handful (2 for men)

And if you find losing very steady going, half the portions of high energy carbs and fat...

It does need to be any more complicated than that...

If you master portion size it will make a huge difference to your losing and shaping, in fact portion size is one of the subjects in my 12 week programme along with 11 other important and similarly easy to apply subjects...

If you understand the principle but know you would need a coach to apply it, then let me know.

You can do this.

Ed (In the next post, best exercises to increase the size of your hands so you can eat more) Stride.

Monday, 7 August 2017

When it comes to weight loss how do you know what delivers real results and what is a fad?

If I was starting from square one in an effort to lose and shape up...

I'll admit, looking around at what is on offer I wouldn't know where to start...

So many different "diets" different ways, different opinions...

With so many different ways to take action I can see why the outcome for you might be take no action...

Especially if time is short and there are so many other things vying for your attention...

I understand why so many are frustrated, unhappy and stuck...

Luckily for me, it being my area of expertise I can see what's going on...

I can see a quick fix a mile off and when we need a solution, why not go for the option that (promises) to provide the solution quickly...

Usually in the form of pills and gadgets, usually endorsed by good looking, in shape people, the question is: is that all they have done to get into the shape they are in, or are they doing something else themselves?...

If the gadget is designed to be folded away and forgotten, then the idea is to get as many people as possible to part with their money, rather than get them a result...

The word "diet" to me makes me think of restriction and a drastic lowering of calories, this brings a short term result, but as soon as you stop, you gain and quite possibly more...

Then when you have become so unhappy with this, you have to go back and repeat the process...

Now don't get me wrong, I am in the weight loss industry and I am in business, hopefully reading my messages you can see I come from the belief of "care and help others get what they want and you can get what you want" partnership...

For the results to be long term it is necessary not to have restriction...

Nothing should be off limits...

It's creating a lifestyle, where the habits are sustainable...

It's just that maybe to get started you need the help of an expert or a group led by an expert...

The blood sugar stabilisation plan works that if your blood sugar is steady of an average day, you burn fat...

It's then finding your favourite foods that help you do that and an effective exercise plan you can easily adhere to...

And I'm ready to help with that!...

In in my group lose and shape up, the first 3 sessions will be free and there will be a challenge to see who can lose the most over 3 sessions, whilst still for example enjoying a glass of wine each night...

Sign up to receive your free report by entering your details on the right (desktop only)...  

Ed (so miss fitness model, that supplement is what keeps you looking great? "Oh yes it's the Supplement and a little bit of intense exercise five times a week and eating bland healthy food all the time, but that was just for the filming of the advert and they paid me a fortune, soon as filming finished I had the most almighty blow out for days after") Stride.