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Have you tried every diet out there? Sure, they work pretty well at first, but as the weeks go by it gets harder and harder. And eventually, you fall back into old habits. But by reshaping your approach to losing weight, you'll find something that actually works. These are our expert tips on losing weight, and keeping it off for good. Let's break the yo-yo diet cycle together!
Stop the diets
The secret to sustaining weight loss and keeping it off is to shift your mindset. You have to accept that weight loss is a journey, not something that happens in a week. It takes time, experimentation, support and most of all perseverance. Going on a diet and using diet products will not give you those things.
There's been countless amounts of research that shows that people who lose weight on diets tend to gain the weight back over time. Dieting ends up being ineffective for achieving long term weight loss, and it can also cause harm to your physical and mental health.
The first and most important step towards losing that weight and keeping it off is to ditch the diets. Instead, start thinking about making permanent changes in your self-care, and size down your portions of food.
Shifting your focus
Diets don't work and often fail because the unhealthy habits that cause weight gain don't change. Losing weight and keeping it off means you have to adopt healthy behaviour in all areas of your life that can influence weight gain. This can be sleeping habits, stress management, physical activity and life satisfaction, which is a critical component of sustaining weight loss for people who are emotional eaters.
Think about going on a diet. No one goes on a diet with the intention of staying on that diet for the rest of their lives. Diets are considered short term, which is exactly what the problem is. Dieting is not a long-term solution. Being on a diet means you can lose 20, 30, 50 or even 100 pounds, but when you stop you will inevitably gain that weight back.
This isn't a fact that is meant to make you feel hopeless. It's meant to emphasise that sustaining weight loss can only be achieved when you shift your focus from dieting to self-care. Focusing on changing the unhealthy habits in your life and adopting new healthier habits will help you feel amazing.
Start by eating healthier
Sustaining that all important weight loss means finding a healthy lifestyle plan that is good for you physically and mentally. You should be able to stick to this plan happily for the rest of your life. A healthy lifestyle plan looks different for everyone, and it will take some experimentation to figure out your unique blueprint for wellness.
Everyone's plan is unique, but there are some basic guidelines that you can follow to lose weight and keep it off, including stocking up on fruits and veggies and avoiding those additives.
Work on changing your habits and behaviour
No diet is a one size fits all option. Figuring out the best healthy lifestyle plan that works for you will take motivation, support and experimentation. At The Warrior Programme we support our clients to change their mindset and keep that weight off when they lose it. Making these behavioural changes means you can maintain your weight loss for a lifetime.
Our Head Warrior, Amy Newton, has made a video exclusively for you on how you can sustain your weight loss over time, and everything you should be avoiding that won't deliver results. Click here to view it now.
Tell us some of your favourite ways of maintaining your weight loss. Share your tips below and on Facebook, and remember to use our hashtag #thewarriorprogramme.
Ah, protein. Something everyone has on their lips in the fitness world. There probably isn't a gym anywhere in the world that isn't selling some sort of protein supplement. We're obsessed with it! And we don't blame you. How can you not be? You're being sold the dream that protein can give you untold muscles and superb leanness.
You might think more must be better. Maybe you've been told more is better. More protein equals more progress. But are you right? The sheer amount of misinformation out there may be steering you wrong.
Do you believe that protein shakes are as important as your workouts? Are you knocking them back like no tomorrow, whilst neglecting the proper fat and carb intake you should be having?
It's something that a lot of us are following blindly, without questioning the methodology. Luckily, we've got some answers for you. And if you've tried Googling this before, you've probably seen there's a lot of information out there on this topic. Your recommended amount of protein will vary massively depending on who you're asking. It can be really overwhelming and confusing trying to cut through all the BS.
Today we're putting all that to the side, so you know exactly what you need to do. And if you want even more information protein, check out our Head Warrior, Amy Newton's, super informative video on what you should be doing with protein.
And unnecessary amount of protein will make no difference to your rate of muscle gain or fat loss, and can be detrimental in the long run. If a larger part than needed of your daily calorie allowance is taken up by protein, there's less room for carbs and fats which are both equally as important in your diet.
Carbs are our primary energy source and are needed for physical activity, brain function and the operation of our organs. Fats are the backup fuel source when there's no carbs available, and they also absorb and store vital nutrients.
So how much protein do you need to build muscle or lose fat?
Watch our Head Warrior, Amy Newton, in her new YouTube video to see all the ways you can calculate your correct protein intake. Click here to see it now.
The supplement industry is a big money business, and you will always find someone there who is saying you need to take supplements. Protein supplements are completely optional, and aren't essential to your overall success.
Sure, it is easier, quicker and perhaps even cheaper to slam down the protein shakes, but the truth is you can get your protein in from using other food sources. Using food sources also has the added benefit of keeping you fuller for longer, and are more satisfying as a meal. Drinking your calories will never be satisfying, and won't keep you full either.
Great sources of protein
There are loads of foods that are great for protein. Here's some examples.
Eating the correct amount of protein found in foods will be enough for you to hit your body goals without having too much trouble.
Does the thought of stepping foot inside the gym give you anxiety? Don't worry! The Warrior Programme is here to help you feel less self-conscious and to give you top tips on how to maintain motivation for working out.
How Can You Stick To Your Workout Routine?
Half the battle of getting into shape is getting your mind into shape too. As a personal trainer, these are my top tips.
Think about why you're doing it.
The bigger the reason why, the easier the how! What is your main motivator for getting healthy? If you're struggling to find the why, start by thinking about what results you want in the short-term. Dig deep and get specific with your goals. Why do you want to workout, and how is it going to help you?
Reinforce what you like about your body.
Part of what I do as a personal trainer is helping my clients change the way they see themselves. Focus on the positive, and the positivity will grow. You'll start to feel better inside. And when you feel good on the inside, you make good choices! It'll be a lot easier to go to the gym if you've indulged in a little self-love, and have given yourself a pep talk before leaving the house.
Figure out how exercise makes you feel.
Keep a diary and write down how you are feeling after every workout. Better yet, get a personal trainer and share your feelings with them. You'll look back on it and feel motivated and inspired all over again. It will also help raise your bodily awareness, and how exercise is benefiting your emotional and mental health.
What To Do If You're Feeling Intimidated Or Self-Conscious About Going To The Gym?
Exude external confidence. Smile and use good posture.
Showing body language that is confident affects us on a deeper level. The body will release hormones that match your facial and body positions. Looking the part never hurts. That's why I always encourage my clients to invest in the right shoes and outfit that makes them feel good (and even participate in a crazy leggings competition!). Never underestimate the power of a great outfit.
Stay away from the machines.
Fiddling with cable machines can be stressful and downright confusing. If you're not confident in it, don't mess with the equipment when you first get started. It can be really intimidating! Stick to the equipment you know your way around unless you have a trainer with you to walk you through all of the different machines.
Put your earphones in, but don't play any music so you can hear what's going on around you.
Music is great to get you pumped up, but if you're in a new surrounding, leave the music off. Put your headphones on, but listen to what's going on around you instead. It will help you to feel more in control and that really boosts confidence.
If this resonates with you, you can click the button below to book your free 'Stop Feeling Intimidated By The Gym & Start Getting Results' Consultation.
We will be showing you exactly what to do to tone up and get stronger and start feeling okay about going to the gym.
In short, it's a complete solution to your frustration at not knowing what to do in the gym to get the results you want, which makes you feel bad. We've done all the hard work, analysing, testing and working out what works to save you all of the hard work to become stronger, more toned and confident at the gym.
You will also get our exclusive e-book, that will help you with feeling more confident with your body, that you can just take and use to start getting stronger and toning up.
I mean, it's literally everything, nobody else get this unless they come to the session, so they're in the privileged few. It's not all sunshine and rainbows though - we will also be showing you where you might have gone wrong in the past, so you don't repeat the same mistakes.
So the long and short of it is...
Come to our complementary 'Stop Feeling Intimidated By The Gym And Start Getting Results' Consultation, learn how to get stronger and tone up, meet our amazing expert team, ask as many questions as you want and then leave and go and put it to work in your life.
What have you got to lose? (the answer is nothing!)
Get your ticket by clicking here.
Every single day, thousands of us head out to work where we sit for eight hours without even leaving our seats apart from to make a cuppa. We spend these work days sitting at a desk, staring at a screen, and sometimes even having to eat lunch in front of the computer thanks to super hectic schedules.
Encouraging fitness in the workplace can be really beneficial for employers. Exercise releases endorphins, which leads to better self-confidence, more energy and a lot less stress.
Employee that are fit and healthy are a lot less likely to take a sick day. This is because their immune systems are better equipped to fight off the common office viruses that inevitably make their way around. If there is a nasty bug going around the office, those with a healthier lifestyle are far less likely to catch it and fall ill.
Many businesses are now encouraging staff to get some exercise throughout the working day. This results in a lot less duvet days, and helps to boost team morale, concentration and lower stress levels.
We are officially in National Employee Wellness Month for the whole of June, so there's no better time to inspire your workplace to become a little more fit.
Now we're not saying follow in Google's footsteps and build an in-house gym for your employees. There are still lots of ways a business can help their people get up and moving again.
One way you can get started (and take advantage of this gorgeous weather we've been having) is to organise outdoor meetings. Why not get down to business in the great outdoors? Fresh air has been proven to be beneficial to concentration and gets those creative juices flowing. For a team meeting, go fo ra walk rather than sitting in a conference room. In a small group, walk and talk, get your heart pumping and the ideas flowing.
It might be time to rearrange the office. Encourage people to get up more from their desks and avoid long periods of sitting by putting the most used item further away. This could be the photocopier, the kettle or ever the phone chargers.
If your office is lacking fitspiration, why not seek out a Personal Trainer for some top tips on getting a business active? Having a specifically designed exercise programme for the office can grow your business even more, whilst still focusing on fitness.
The office diet may not exactly be the healthiest. Microwave meals, sugary snacks and pastries make people lethargic, affects concentration and contributes to weight gain. A Personal Trainer can create a healthy recipe exchange, encouraging your employees to snack on something a little healthier. It's a lot easier to eat well if everybody else is doing the same thing around you.
No matter how small the changes, all of them add up to a healthier workforce. If you're in the Bristol area, get in touch with me today to have The Warrior Programme work exclusively with your business for great healthy workspace advice.