It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way You Do It!Now basically, we all have an idea of how to lose weight, get fit or build muscle, don’t we? So why do we find it so hard? Every single diet on the market no matter how fantastic it is will not work without one vital ingredient, WILL POWER! Unfortunately, that is not something we can purchase from the store, that I am afraid to say, is something that we have to supply ourselves, and without it, every single diet that you attempt will FAIL. There are some good diets around, and one diet that suits one person will not strictly suit another. So you may find that you and your best friend are going to start a diet together, your friend may be going great guns or losing pound after pound, but you, are not. It’s frustrating but it’s a fact of life that we are all made up differently.
Why You Need To Stop ”Dieting” And Eat A Healthy DietPersonally, I don’t recommend diets as such. I am a huge foodie and love the freedom to eat as much as my body requires in order to stay fit and healthy. Once you restrict your calories, your body will think that there is a food shortage, and it will go into starvation mode. Once in starvation mode, it will slow down your metabolism to conserve calories. This is why it’s sooo important to EAT! and do so properly to improve your metabolism. You see our bodies have been programmed from way back when there was not an abundance of food. We had to hunt our food so our meals were not regular. The metabolism regulated the usage of our calories so that in periods of food shortage, we did not waste away and starve. Now in this day and age, there is always food to hand, but our bodies are not aware of this. When you skip a meal your body will go on starvation alert and slow that metabolism right down, which means next time you eat, your body is going to hang right on to those calories and store as much of them as it can as fat.
So, How Do I Begin?So, what’s the solution? There has been tons of research and in my opinion, the way forward is this. To improve your metabolism and keep it ticking over at a regular pace you need to eat regular meals, regular small meals every 2.5 – 3 hours. Try to include protein in your meals (meat, preferably lean meat i.e. chicken, turkey, tuna) as protein doesn’t shoot your blood sugar right up as sugary foods would. Keep your daily calories to a guideline level, (check out your ideal consumption online somewhere). Good link below is the daily calories consumption page by the NHS which gives a good guideline https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/what-should-my-daily-intake-of-calories-be/ The next part is something that you may not particularly like, but, it’s the only way forward, you need to EXERCISE!! I’, sorry but nothing alone can give you your desired fitness goal, everything comes as a package. (If you’re struggling to get motivated and want to know where to start check out my previous posts on Motivation for exercise that actually works and How to choose the right exercise programme) You need cardio exercise 3-4 times a week for approx 30mins at a time, and very important, you need to do weight training, as the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn.Ladies don’t freak out. I am not saying that you need to look like Popeye or Arnie (Arnold Schlesinger), but you need muscle tone, and the more you have the more fat you will burn, even while you are sleeping!
💪🏾You Got This, Good Luck!👍🏾Ok so take as much of this in as possible to start our journey to improve your metabolism. Leave a comment below on what you’ve been doing currently or struggling with when it comes to your fitness goals. As you know, always welcome to email me and get in touch! Good Luck!