What is weight anyway?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions in this industry and we want to try and help you work out why you are not losing weight. We need to focus on that word for a minute though. Weight. It is key that you understand the weight most of us want to lose is FAT. We can become obsessed with what the scales tell us rather than focusing on the other aspects to healthy eating and living. Weight loss can mean the loss of anything including water and muscle, so it’s important never to use the scales as your main source of measurement, in fact we would suggest using it once a month and get those tape measures and cameras out every couple of weeks. This is where you will see reduction in body fat, and an increase in muscle gain if eating and training correctly.
A lot of us battle with weight loss and this is mainly caused by “diets and the media”. We are drawn into this false world of perfection where even our phones can now give us a flawless appearance, with high cheekbones, white teeth and huge puppy dog eyes. The more of this we see, the worse we feel about our real selves, feeling dull, lifeless and not good enough. Comparing ourselves to the deception of outer appearances all around us has a huge impact on our state of mind and can be very harmful, especially to the younger generation. This makes us determined to try and help you believe that when you can be in control of a healthy lifestyle you can be completely at peace with who you are and be proud of how you look, because true beauty shines when the most important person finally sees it. That person of course, is you.
Unfortunately, the media strive with Weight Loss stories and this then becomes the place where all the fad diets swarm in and take over. With these diets, you will see results in a matter of days and then in a few weeks you see more “weight” loss but you are suddenly feeling unhappy, shouty and crave everything in your kitchen cupboards, so much so, most of us at this point fail and scoff as much as we can into our faces and then go cry in a corner somewhere, disgusted and angry at ourselves and the people around us! Then it starts again. You don’t blame the diet for you failing, you blame you!! This is wrong! You need to blame the diet. It will never work and the reason you binged on the crap in your cupboard was because your poor body was craving nutrients! Fun fact…. your body will crave sugar and complex carbs when it needs fuel fast. It’s the quickest way your body can run again, but it’s not sustainable so you will crash and then crave it all over again, and then crash and crave, crash…and crave….and you can see what is happening here. So yeah, not good at all. This is also the way you pop all that weight back on PLUS more. Silly isn’t it.
So, what do we need to do to successfully lose that fat?
Your goal should never be to “lose weight”. If you hate what you see in the mirror, then you are starting a goal surrounded by self-condemnation and that won’t work. The negativity will continue throughout your journey towards your goal, “I didn’t work out enough, I ate too much, I’m fat, I should have started sooner, I’m not good at this, I can’t do this” This won’t get you anywhere. You will be more successful getting the results you want if your goal is positive and realistic. So make your motivation something like “I want to run a half marathon, or climb a mountain or row 5,000 metres without stopping, I want to be able to run a 5k in 30 mins, or even to walk a long distance over a few days, or to be able to do 10 pull ups in a row” whatever it may be, but make sure you set yourself a deadline to reach your goal!
You want to make sure that you are sticking to your daily calorie requirement. You can work this out on our simple calorie calculator (it’s free don’t worry) on our website found here It uses factors such as your age, daily activity levels, gender, height and weight to calculate how many calories you burn therefore can intake per day. There are lots of apps out there to help you manage this, just google the best ones. A good one will also incorporate the calories you have lost in your training session, so will add that on to your total, so you can eat more! See this is sounding so much better than a stupid diet already right?!?
Make sure your meals are balanced and if you are training, up your protein! Protein is a great way to fill you up as well! Fun Fact – Protein isn’t always found in just meat, eggs and dairy products, it can also be found in Oats, beans, nuts (especially Almonds), and broccoli!!!!! If you balance your meals well, you are less likely to crave the crap!
Get a training programme in place. Try and get a mix of things in there making sure you enjoy most if not all of it. Do challenge yourself though, it can’t all be fun and easy going (If it was, we’d all look super fit and amazing no problem)! But you don’t want to get bored. If you do feel yourself becoming disinterested, quickly change it up because boredom can be demotivating which can ultimately lead to giving up.
MUSIC!!!! So important! Make sure you have an abundance of fantastic tunes! Again, change it up every month to keep it interesting. Top tip – pop out a Facebook post and ask your friends what their favourite workout tunes are…we assure you that will get a few recommendations as we all love to share a good song!
Drink lots of water. Not only is it a natural appetite suppressant, thirst can also be mistaken for hunger a lot of the time. Try drinking a pint of water 30 minutes before each meal and you will most likely eat less and feel more satisfied after you’ve eaten.
Last but not least, never compare yourself to others! As long as you are making progress, you are doing great! Healthy living should be fun so don’t be hard on yourself. If you give in to that craving of a huge slice of chocolate cake, don’t worry, you are human…we must enjoy life and take it with a pinch of salt sometimes. Slow down and watch your body changing into the body you wanted and enjoy feeling healthy and energised. Use this happiness as your motivation to keep going. Enjoy the training, the healthy eating and most importantly enjoy being you!
Let us know how you get on with this, we would love to hear your stories and what you think of our post 🙂