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.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Is Perfectionism ruining your weight loss results?

In somethings I do I will admit to spending far too much time on the details rather than speed...

And I can and I have met so many people who take an "all or nothing approach" to everything...

A lot of the time that includes losing and shaping and their health...

And I get it Busy Mums Busy business people are on the go...

There isn't time to even think about it, yet alone time to think clearly and develop the perfect plan...

So no action is taken...

Or if a perfectionists plan is put into place is will look like; great results for the short term, followed by lapse, followed by great results followed for the short term followed by lapse and then give up...

I have been told of plans to radically change lifestyle habits (most common at new year and September when the children go back to school)...

Radical changes such as: From fast food and take always to chicken and broccoli...

A bottle of mummy petrol each night to teetotal (wouldn't like to be around that one)...

Chocolate and crisps to vegetable and dip...

Sporadic exercise to "I'm doing it every day"...

Big sporadic meals to I'm going to eat little and often every two hours...

I've never seen someone go from blood sugar peaks and troughs to stabilised over night...

You get my point. But perfect action means no action as nothing is perfect.

Those that I have seen (and helped) succeed didn't strive for perfect...

Most of the time, life gets in the way, so as someone knows how to get results, the perfect lifestyle isn't necessary, imperfect action will beat perfect action every time.

So give yourself permission or I give you permission to just do the best you can with what you have and the time you have.

You can do this.

Ed

www.loseandshapeupexpert.com












Monday, 24 July 2017

The Biggest Weight Loss Challenge.

If we want to look and feel our best, all of the science points to doing things and eating things that nature intended and designed us for...

Previously we had to exercise in some fashion to find food and the food would be natural...

In the present time, exercise is something we have to set aside time for and processed food is tempting us, every which way we look...

For Busy Mums Busy Professionals probably the biggest obstacle faced with regards to losing and shaping and improving health is having the time...

How do you fit everything in?..

In this day and age we are constantly in contact...

Many commitments...

Suddenly school holidays are upon us , leaving Busy Mums with next to no time for themselves until September...

If you are not happy with how you look and feel having to accept you can't change it for a few months and strategically covering up in the warm weather...

I know it seems easy for me working in a gym and it does save time...

But I don't always have an hour and once I week I stay and keep the little ones entertained during the summer...

For some reason when it comes to exercise, we all think we need the magic hour...

It's great if you can, but results can be got in less - quality over quantity and all that...

And food is still the important thing, the Mums I know are great at planning the children's meals, not so good at their own...

I'm not talking on one day cook off all the meals for the week, slightly unrealistic!...

More just doing minimal prep, that saves a little time, but if it keeps you on the path to losing and shaping will be invaluable.

It's why all the systems I have created to help people lose and shape are designed for someone on the go from dawn to dusk.

You can do this.

www.loseandshapeupexpert.com

Ed ( I was going to insert the wittiest anecdote you've ever read in here, but unfortunately I just didn't have the time) Stride.





Monday, 17 July 2017

Can you relate to my weight gain story?

I will admit having the experience of 20 years of helping people lose and shape up...

I can get complacent myself...

Don't get me wrong I am very focused on my healthy lifestyle (to the point it might slightly annoy those I live with)...

But I can think everything is under control...

So here I am in our resort on holiday putting on a pair of swimming shorts, which do up with Velcro..

I'm sure you know how Velcro works, attach one side to the other, right?...

Only for this to work you have to be able to get them in contact in the first place..

I'm in denial a year ago these fit fine!...

So I use my strength...

It works, they do up!...

But the next noise is the sound of Velcro separating very quickly...

What's worse is this is happening right at the start of the holiday, I haven't even visited the buffet yet!

Luckily everything else (including two other shorts fit) so you don't have to feel too sorry for me (what do you mean you don't??!!)...

But this is a wake up call, you see for me if you don't have much confidence, being in better shape than most is key and an inch gained around the waist is a big deal...

(Most personal trainers are like this, so don't feel intimated by them if you are at the gym :))...

I could do something drastic, I could blame my other half for being such a great cook and feeder...

I could wear black a lot...

I could suck in and keep really good posture (actually I'm trying that)...

But I just need to take my own advise, work harder to stabilise my blood sugar...

Which kinda means putting less energy in my body so it doesn't stick on the tummy making shorts hard to do up...

A few eating habit alterations a bit of patients and I will be back to how I was...

See despite knowing stuff I can gain unexpectedly, I'm not that inhuman after all...

I will let you know my progress...

If you are in the same position, why not do the same.

www.loseandshapeupexpert.com


Friday, 14 July 2017

Does weight loss work for regular people?

During a seminar or if I'm giving advice in a group of people...

If I try and relate something to that I do myself to give some kind of tip that can be applied...

I'm usually given a type of look, that if I was telepathic (I'm not, but I have learned to read these signals) would say "that's great for you tracksuit boy, but what about us normal people...

Then if someone I'm standing with or is part of the seminar gives their real life example, that is usually very similar to mine...

The person is suddenly "all ears"...


In trying to help and provide solutions to people, all the principles and programmes I teach are all followed religiously by me, apart from, ahem Saturday afternoon to Sunday night...

I think it's very fair to say that those that came to me looking for results were certainly in a place where they were dissatisfied with where they were and needed someone who would provide the right information, help them carry it out and hold them accountable...

You can read a few case studies of Mums I have helped at : www.loseandshapeupexpert.com
(Scroll down a little bit...)

So these Mums came to me motivated and ready to install a few new lifestyle solutions...

Wether one to one or in a 12 week group programme...

Maybe sometimes there was more to it than they first thought...

I wish Lose and Shaping up was down to just a few snazzy exercises to be honest...

Sometimes the fact they were in a group with like minded individuals with the same goal in mind kept them on track...

And decided they didn't just want short term results, they wanted to be in control, make it a habit forming lifestyle where they are in charge of being able to maintain results as long as they want.

But once momentum was generated, I could see this gave them a boost and this was when things started to happen and each week we would measure progress to stay on track...

And it's amazing to be there through someone's transformation and all the positives...

In terms of what they had in common, well it was certainly a clear and important objective...

Enough to seek out help and guidance...

Knowing they would need to be consistent, even during a bad week, just to do what they could...

Then obviously when progress starts getting made, that's when motivation increases and then...

Well read there stories for your self.

www.loseandshapeupexpert.com
(Scroll down a bit).


You can do this.

Ed ( From preachy, annoying track suit boy to "Ed your a genius" "and it's been an enjoyable journey" even, thats a transformation in itself, although I'm still a bit preachy apparently) Stride.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Do you consider yourself on a diet?

Here is a fun fact for you...

I know, bit of excitement on a Monday...

Apparently there are 27 million people in the UK at this point in time who would classify them selves as "on a diet"...

27 million people who are trying to Lose and Shape...

I bet a lot of the 27 million people are also Busy Mums, with loads of other commitments who are at this point, frustrated and stuck, lacking motivation and support and dissatisfied with how they look and feel and probably their health too...

Thats a lot of people for me to help...

But, I'm willing...

And maybe it starts with my posts, so feel to let people know about them...

Now above I wrote 27 million are trying to Lose and Shape up...

But for me to Lose and Shape up means a complete lifestyle...

A lot of systems focus on just healthy eating, which itself is hugely important and will yield the greatest return...

I would term this as the "Losing" aspect and thats great, thats what so many of you want - to be slimmer...

However, for a "losing" healthy eating plan to work long term it has to be followed, pretty much forever...

As if our metabolisms slow, so does the number of calories we need per day decrease, making it easier to store if we stop...

The shape aspect for me refers to exercise, and working in health clubs here and abroad for the last two decades I have been around a lot of exercisers, and had a lot of experience with exercise science...

Nothing shapes the body like exercise, especially resistance type exercises...

Not to mention if you are maintaining or increasing the healthy components of your body like muscle, bone density and water, you burn more calories per day even at rest...

But health clubs are great for providing the latest exercise machines and motivational classes, but lacking the eating habits side...

And you can have great shape, but if you haven't lost it will be hidden under body fat...

Its by combing the two that works best, to lose - have a realistic nutritional plan that fits in with your busy lifestyle...

And to shape - to have an effective exercise plan that is convenient enough to be followed a few times a week and designed with you in mind...

These are the elements to include for complete results.

You can do this.

PS: If you need the help of a complete plan, the developers are putting the finishing touches to mine! Keep reading the posts for details...

Ed ( 27 million people to help, maybe I could clone myself, not sure my other half would like that all though on the bright side, I would only have to do the bins every other day) Stride

www.loseandshapeupexpert.com

 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Weight Loss, too many options?

Sometimes I forget how huge the weight loss ...

From plans, gyms, group weight loss meet ups to pills and gadgets...

Some are based on science with an actual desire to provide the person buying with some actual value in the form of a result...

The problem becomes if there is so much information, which is the right way?

If you have ever been lost walking in the countryside and you are presented with five different paths, you take one and then quite quickly, when you don't start to feel you haven't got anywhere familiar, you start thinking you should have taken one of the other paths and turn back to repeat the process...

A bit like what happens to a lot of people on their quest to lose and shape up...

There are many genuinely effective plans out there...

Then there are those that to me just scream, "If I can somehow make you believe there really is a not much effort required quick fix, I can separate you from your hard earned money, yet provide you no result whatsoever"...

Or what you actually need to do is actually in the fine print, the gadget is 3% of the result and the rest is following in an included generic exercise programme and nutrition plan anyone could have knocked up...

I randomly happened to be watching The Graham Norton show last Friday night, the actor Mark Wahlberg was promoting his latest film (not sure if it was Daddy's Home 2 or another)...

Some of the other actors there had commented on the fact that as well as there gruelling exercise and nutrition schedule they are put through to get in shape for their role, they use muscle stimulators, like I mentioned the footballer Ronaldo wearing in a designed to rip you off advert, advertised as thats all we need to get in shape...

Mark Wahlberg saw this commercial and if there is a video clip of this at some point I will post it up, his reaction is priceless and he says what I say, but maybe a bit stronger :-)

The key to success though is following the right path, the right system and having the faith to stick to it...

For the system to work it must be mostly nutrition habits based, with some exercise thrown in, focus on getting you to eat natural non processed foods as much as possible, drinking more water, be realistic, for example rather than tell you you can't eat out - provide some actionable tips, it must fit in with your lifestyle so that you can follow and more importantly implement it to get results...

I myself have been working on a 12 week programme, especially for Busy Mums that contains the above (and the developers assure me, its days away)...

Before that have the faith to keep doing the things that you know will work.

You can do this.

Ed (Not saying my DIY is as bad as my cooking, but when my family and I went to the cinema to watch "Daddy's Home" my other half sat very quietly, then there was a scene where the dad and step dad had to do emergency DIY, the step dad had to reluctantly get his tool box and when the dad opened it, it contained a screw driver and a tampon, at this point in the very quiet cinema, my other half erupted into bellowing laughter) Stride.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Weight Loss Success, have you got one of these buttons?

Even if we follow a healthy lifestyle as much as the time as we can...

Eating healthy...

Keeping active...

There are some times we let our guard down and our lifestyle changes a bit...

On holiday...

The christmas period...

Birthdays...

Weekends...

If this is occasional and the rest of your lifestyle habits are good, you can usually return back to good shape and health, quite quickly...

However if you have lots of holidays per year or indulge quite heavily each weekend, that is going to make things somewhat harder...

My weekends are a time for me to relax my nutrition habits a little, although with a family holiday coming up I might have to be a bit more careful...

Although motivation wise I will be mostly playing sport with the little ones and getting time to read a few books, rather than strutting around the pool like some demented Peacock...

Indulgences are pretty inevitable, what is important is how quickly after a week end or a holiday, you can press the reset button...

Wether you know the event is coming or wether you have an unplanned indulgence...

In terms of your lifestyle goals, its about what you do next...

Sure, if its unplanned you can feel like you are going backwards, that it seems out of your control...

But its best not to dwell on it, you can't go back and undo things...

But what is in your control is that you certainly can make a concerted effort to reset and get into habits more aligned with getting the results you desire...

So as we head into the weekend if you plan to relax your nutrition some what or you get, what shall we call it - lead astray...

It becomes so important to get back to good habits as soon as you can...

Part of your success is your resilience. 

You can do this.

Ed (Apparently nine out of ten people will be having some kind of food or drink indulgence this week end and the tenth is just hoping no one finds out) Stride.


Monday, 12 June 2017

If you exercise, can you eat what you want?

There many of you that find food labels a bit confusing...

And they are...

It's a reason I have simplified food labels and lots of other things in my 12 week programme to make it easier to get results 

And I still get asked, what should I focus on "is it total calories?"...

"Is the total carbohydrate figure important or is it just the of which is sugar part of Carbs?"...

(The answer to the above is that all Carbs are all turned into energy/blood sugar just at different speeds)...

Supermarkets have simplified it with these helpful colour wheels, except these are based on out dated information...

Would it help if on the label it informed you of the amount of walking or jogging needed to burn off certain foods...

For instance a glass of wine (mummy petrol) or a sugary drink or bowl of cereal (the type with a cartoon on the packet) would take 26mins of walking or 13mins of jogging...

Or a medium mocha coffee or a standard chocolate bar would take 45 mins of walking or 25 mins of jogging...

Or a packet of sandwiches or a cinnamon roll or two slices of pizza would take 1hour and 20 mins of walking or 41 minutes of jogging...

Obviously doing this means equaling the consumption with the expenditure which means weight maintenance being the outcome...

And doesn't take into account body composition, metabolism or level of fitness...

But it could work?...

Possibly...

But it does illustrate the point that it's better to adopt a sensible eating plan...

Than to rely solely on exercise to expend calories.

Ed ( To get a head start maybe it would be a good idea to have all meals delivered and eaten whilst on a Treadmill, could be a bit messy though) Stride.

Monday, 5 June 2017

It's more than just achieving weight loss...

I remember first helping people two decades ago...

Back then is was designing exercise programmes and a bit of healthy eating advice...

But I remember knowing I had chosen the right career path, when people who had been following my programme for a bit started getting very pleased when they remeasured themselves on the weighing scales...

Knowing that I had helped them achieve this felt good...

But honestly at that time, I had no idea...

At times when was out of shape, especially when I didn't know I had an illness that effects metabolism, I would be exercising and trying to eat healthy and apply all the stuff I had learned, but found being out of shape effects your self esteem and leaves you frustrated and not in control which effects other areas of life...

But, once the illness was managed, things got better, so I didn't endure this for too long...

So I had no idea, what losing and shaping meant to someone who had endured being over weight for a period of time...

I didn't just help them to feel a little excited at seeing their weight drop a little each time...

I would not be exaggerating to say those that got good results, underwent a quality of life upgrade...

I would not say I am the most confident person by any means, but when you are in reasonable shape, its gives you a boost...

But to witness someone's entire demeanour change, to see them more confident and comfortable in their own skin...

To see them empowered, for instance before they would berate themselves for indulging, now they could enjoy it, knowing their metabolism was faster and they just needed to get back to good habits soon as they had done this before...

They were now in control...

They didn't just have more energy, one Mum said before she couldn't even be bothered to get something upstairs, now her whole productivity had increased, she felt inspired to tackle knew things, try new activities...

My wish is that all of you reading my mails will experience similar to the above and maybe even tell me about it and how I maybe helped, this is my mission...

If you just action the stuff from my posts, then great, if you need additional coaching and accountability, then different programmes will available very, very soon...

But thats why I advise not just focusing on being healthier or weight loss, but what other positive knock on effects would it have.

You can do this.

Ed (Slightly less weird and awkward when in shape) Stride.