I try hard sometimes to bite my tongue but my brain-to-mouth filter doesn’t always work.
“Why would someone tell her that?!” I continued.
Rewind the conversation and I was chatting with our Trainer, Lyndsay about a new member who just jumped on board and experienced some questionable advice that I clearly disagreed with.
Said Advice, “To lose weight you should eat 900 calories per day.”
900 calories is nothing.
900 calories is dangerous.
900 calories is the start of poor brain function, screwing up your metabolic rate and is not sustainable long-term.
The poor woman who did follow this advice experienced extreme lethargy and poor workout performance and of course did not stick to it. She’s now frustrated and confused with “How the hell do I lose this weight?!”
Last week I wrote about listening to the “Experts” around you and now I’m going to challenge that and you.
Just because someone has a Title does not mean they are an Expert!
Listen to the advice you are given and if you are unsure – challenge it, question it and get a 2nd opinion.
Have they done it before?
How did it work for them?
Could there be a better, smarter way?
Who else could I ask about this?
- Eat small meals of unprocessed foods often (every 3-4hrs). Unprocessed means out of the ground, not out of a packet. Your metabolism (the rate at which you burn energy), is like a fire, and a fire that is fed regularly burns long and strong. A fire that is starved and then dumped on, struggles and can sometimes burnout. And you need a strong fire to burn through your fat stores efficiently.
- Do not cut out fat. Fat is not your enemy – overeating is. Unnecessary and unhealthy fats should be eliminated (trans-saturated) but healthy fats should remain. (Think nuts, avocados, eggs and meats.)
- WEIGHT TRAIN – lift heavy and I mean heavy. You should get sore – expect it and recover well with appropriate rest so that your next training session is still performed at a high intensity.
- You should feel hungry when you are aiming to “lose weight”. Learn to deal with it and get excited when your tummy rumbles – it means the plan is working! (Note – you should feel slight hunger, not dizziness or hunger that affects your normal brain function.)
- Keep your treats in! My personal philosophy is not to take away the things that you love as chances are you’ll over-do them when you do eat them which is counter-productive to your goals. So…keep them in, but reduce them. Remember food is not “bad” it’s the quantity that is consumed that is questionable.
5 simple tips that work.
Now get to work and check in with me in 3-4 weeks time.
P.S. And yes that means YOU as well!