May 05 2017
Summer is approaching and our minds are turning to shedding a few pounds before the bikini or trunks comes out…if you’re thinking of wearing a speedo, please don’t 😉 For many of you that means visiting the gym and obliterating carbs from your diet. Now you’ve got the first part…
Summer is approaching and our minds are turning to shedding a few pounds before the bikini or trunks comes out…if you’re thinking of wearing a speedo, please don’t 😉
For many of you that means visiting the gym and obliterating carbs from your diet. Now you’ve got the first part kinda right, but the second isn’t going to help you much at all.
The cutting of carbs will help you lose weight in the short-run, but the weight you lose won’t be fat – it’s actually only water. I’ve known clients lose 7kg in 7 days, but when they eat carbs again they simply balloon! This is great if you want to look good on the plane, not so great if you want to be a walrus after your first cocktail by the pool!
When it comes to fat, the fat you eat is the fat you wear. Yes I know that the media portrays fat as good (well some of them), and carbs as bad, but newspapers aren’t bought because of their accuracy!
Good fat, bad fat, it’s basically all the same when looking to lose weight – it needs to be reduced. The only caveat to this is that we should all be consuming Omega 3 whether putting on, or taking off weight – general health being the primary reason. But even foods with Omega 3 in them need to be regulated, and portions controlled.
Sometimes I sit down with a client and they swear to me that they’re following our ‘balanced eating system’. One problem – they are not losing fat. Now a poor coach would simply think their client is lying as “there are no fat people in a famine’, but on further investigation it is a high probability they’re not regulating their consumption of fatty foods.
When is the last time many of you simply drizzled dressing on a salad? This kind of carelessness can quadruple its calorie content. How about managing the fat used to cook that juicy steak you ate out the other night, or have an idea of amount of butter added to that creamy sauce you love so much? I’m betting never, it tastes goooooood!
Reducing overt fatty additions to food (like cheese), and avoiding foods that are made by others is the key to trimming down. This needs to be the summer of #conciousconsumption