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you are what you eat

Date Added: August 06, 2008 03:48:05 AM
Author: andy king
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A friend of mine came to me about six months ago, knowing that I was a personal trainer, and helped people lose weight, get fitter, or just to tone up, she was quite overweight, to put it another way she had more fat on her body than she should have over 40%,she was depressed about how she looked, how she could not get into clothes that a year earlier fitted her fine, she did not like going out any more and found it difficult to socialize, she asked for my help. I firmly believe you must be happy with yourself and the way you look. My friend hated the way she looked, and after much talking about her lifestyle, what she ate and when, also her goals. She started to notice that her weight had increased about a year ago, but thought nothing of it, month by month more weight went on to the point where she had to do something - then she came to me. Some people who are overweight or obese know why they are like they are, my friend was no different, she would eat what she wanted when she wanted, chocolate, cakes, chips, crisps, sweets, no exercise, and did not think about the consequences of her actions. (Does this sound familiar?) Now I am not going to sit here and tell you that changing your eating habits and lifestyle is easy, its really not! But if you come to a point and make a decision that YOU want to change FOR YOU and not for anything or anyone else, then you have made a positive step in the right direction to achieve you goals. So back to my friend, together we looked at changing some of her eating habits- full cream milk to semi skimmed, fruit instead of crisps and cakes, more fresh vegetables, also we changed the way she ate, breakfast just did not happen, and it really is the most important meal of the day, it will set you up properly, increase you metabolism, so you can burn those calories faster, eating regular meals and snacks are very important in the process of losing weight, breakfast, lunch, dinner, then between breakfast and lunch have a small snack like fruit or crisp bread and between lunch and dinner have another small snack, don't have large portions of any food at meal time - You know what I mean! If you are used to having large meals, then change the plate you eat from to a smaller one, it still looks like there's a lot on it, try chewing you food more, rather than gulping it down, place you knife and fork down while chewing, all this will help. By making just a few changes in when we eat and what we eat will help reduce your weight, this is the first part of the program. Many of you out there probably think about fitness like I think about football - cant do it, don't like it, just the thought of it brings me out in rashes! Nowadays I watch the odd England match, you could do the same! If you have not participated regularly in any physical activities, then you need to get checked out by your doctor first. Some ideas to get you in the mood: use the stairs at work rather than the lifts, that newspaper at breakfast? walk to the local shop - don't use the car !, walk the dog , get more active with your children and partner, then as the body adjusts to these new activities your muscles, heart and lungs will get used to more, and you can then work your way up to some regular easy walking - thirty minutes 3-5 times a week then build it up, start some form of strength exercises 2-3 times per week, all this will help to lose fat on the body, firm up those muscles, increase the size of you heart and lunges and their performance. Slow but sure and a gradual increase in you exercise will give you the results if you work at it, like I said earlier this is not easy, perhaps if you have a friend or partner that can support you, this will help- or get yourself a personal trainer! My friend has started to like herself more, she is now confident, and happier than she has been for a while, her fat percentage has dropped from over forty per cent (40%) to just under thirty (30%) .Her clothes fit better, she is less fatigued. Be good to your self, and look after your body, you only have one and its got to last a lifetime. If you need any questions answering on health or fitness please call me on 07768 437 409 or E-mail me at: andy@akhealthandfitness.co.uk My website is : www.akhealthandfitness.co.uk Be Well Andy King
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