Losing weight is a 'simple' equation of eating fewer Calories than you are burning. Over the years there are have been many different diets, but the end result is that you have to eat fewer calories than you burn each day.
I started running to 'earn' extra calories to eat each day as I love my food. I did not realise that I would come to love this part of my life and when injured earlier this year I really missed it but an added bonus for me is being able to eat more and enjoy my food whilst maintaning a healthy weight.
Over the years there have been many diets each with their own special 'gimic' - my word not theirs. But the end result is the same
There is no magical way to lose weight. I really wish for many clients that I could wave a magic wand and get rid of the weight but our bodies do not work that way. So I work on counting calories and this is the basic unit and the one that matters. Nowadays 99% of foods in supermarkets are labelled so it is a chance to learn what you are eating as well.
As I type this I am thinking wow it sounds soooo simple, but I know personally how hard this can be. So this is why I offer the support. It is difficult. Keeping within the Calories burnt each day can hard. It takes a long time to burn off 1000 calories - and not long to eat 1000 calories. This is why many people need some support. The hardest part is admitting that we cannot do it alone, but surely worth taking that first step, getting the help rather than being trapped in a body that we don't like.
Our group in Fuengirola starts on the 13th September. Why go for it. I would say that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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Over the years I tried every diet in the book to lose weight - the F plan diet, Atkins diet, counted fat units, the Cambridge Diet, Herbalife and the list goes on. The reality is that the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than you are consuming. But 'going on a diet' suggests that this is temporary, and once the weight has gone, you go back to what you were eating before. This will never work as what you were eating before got you to where you were before, which leads to yo-yo ing, which I am a professional at. I have gained and lost the same 2 stone more times than I can count.
Learning to change my attitudes to food and exercise, breaking my food addiction and learning to deal with strong emotions in a different way than comfort eating, has led to the slimmer, healthier person that I am today. It was not easy as for humans changing habits is always difficult, but it was so worth it.
Passing on my experiences is so rewarding. Watching others discover their new inner healthy self is an amazing part of the work that I do.
I am now starting a group in Fuengirola so that others can start on their journey with the support of the group that are going through the same voyage. Contact me for more information.
Weight loss can be a long, slow journey. It can be easy to get carried away and start eating very little in order to try and speed up the process. However, our bodies are very clever and if they start not getting enough food they have a 'starvation mode'. They think that there is a famine coming and will hold onto fat with every ounce of energy they can muster. The result is that weight loss will slow down.
I encourage my clients to see weight loss as a journey, where not only do they lose weight, but also change habits for a healthier future. It is lifestyle changes, not a diet, so that the weight loss is sustainable in the long term.
So settle down and enjoy the journey. For me it was one of the most rewarding of my life - and nothing feels better than being able to confidently shop for size 10/12 clothes. I get a high from this every time.
For more information contact Kerry.
I often get told that I am 'lucky to be slim'.
NO I AM NOT.
I work very hard to maintain my figure and I am very proud of what I have achieved and continue to achieve.
I made changes in my life as I chose being slim. These include:
For more information about how you can start taking these steps to a slimmer healthier lifestyle contact Kerry.
I started running and exercising many years ago. My reason was simple – I lost weight quicker if I burnt off the calories. I had a daily allowance and if I did exercise I got ‘bonus’ calories. I ran because it burns off most calories per hour! It was not the best hour of my day, but it was not the worse and I always enjoyed the calories that I gained. I still had to count the calories but running and working out with my personal trainer certainly helped me lose the weight.
Once I got to maintenance I still enjoyed the extra calories that running gave me and so I continued and started entering some races. I am not fast and probably will never be challenging for the podium places but I do enjoy the banter on race day and I tend to run faster than when running on my own.
Then disaster struck - earlier this year I got fasciitis which is a foot injury of the tendon in the foot. I could not run for nearly 2 months!! I could do some training but no running. I knew that I generally enjoyed my running, but until this time I had not realised how much the endorphins that are released in running helped me deal with life’s every day ups and downs. I had read about how running and exercise in general does help but not really appreciated it, until it was taken away. It was a really tough couple of months.
When I started running again I found that I could deal with the everyday challenges of life much easier. I was surprised at the difference, and my attitude to my running has changed. It is now a joy that is an essential part of my life. So now I have 2 major benefits of running
Losing weight and going forward weight maintenance is about finding the changes that work for you. They do not have to be massive. Small changes can make a big difference. And I find the benefits to be massive.
If you are overweight and desperate to change contact me to see how I can help you start the journey that could completely change your life.
I am passionate about helping people lose and maintain a healthy weight. These articles are partly my own experience and partly from the research. Please feel free to add comments. I love a good debate