Improved Health = Fat Loss

I’m currently on the beautiful island of Phuket in Thailand working on my health and nutrition project – The Real Food Plan with some of the UK’s finest health and fitness coaches and personal trainers.

In the health, fat loss and fitness world there is an absolute minefield of information about nutrition and diets.  It is confusing as a personal trainer and somebody who works with this stuff every day; I can only imagine how hard it must be for somebody who would like to lose weight to get information that they can use to help them with their goal.

The aim of The Real Food Plan is to clear up the confusion around nutrition and weight loss and provide an easy step by step guide on how to improve your health and lose your excess body fat in the process.  This will be an on-line programme and not limited to the Coventry and Warwickshire area like our really successful live programmes; in which the record fat loss has been 24lbs in only 4 weeks.

While researching The Real Food Plan, I have come across so much conflicting advice that it really would be a struggle to know how to get started and who to trust.  It’s not surprising that we have an obesity epidemic in the Western world.

There are diets that suggest you don’t eat carbs, others that tell you to eat only carbs, low fat, high fat, low protein, high protein, low calorie, high calorie, binge days with periods of abstinence, various forms of fasting, food combining, blood type, body type, ethnic type, metabolic type; the list is endless.

And that’s before we go on to the big brands who tell you to count sins, calories, points and any number of other factors without actually paying any attention to the quality of the foods that are being consumed.  The big brands are confused themselves and often change their advice completely as part of their marketing strategies to get new members.

Pretty much any nutrition plan will work initially; which is why you probably hear yourself or your friends saying that “X worked last time, so I’m going to do that again”.  However, if X worked last time, it didn’t really work if you are in a position to need to use it again.

The plan you use should be sustainable for the rest of your life and include strategies that help when you start to slip in to your old ways; it was the old way of eating that got you into the position where you needed to lose weight in the first place.

My beliefs and principles around nutrition are the same whether the goal is weight loss or performance.   The focus should be on the quality of the foods that you consume.   The plan should be based on improving the health of the person following the plan and easy to implement as a long term strategy.

The first step in achieving this is to remove the main culprits that have a negative effect on health for 28 days.  My personal training clients and achieve bootcamp members not only drop lots of body fat, they feel great, have boundless energy, their skin is good, they sleep well and have been educated which foods work for THEM and which are best avoided.

Where possible, we select organic foods to reduce the chance of pesticides and fertiliser chemical residues being consumed, both of which are very detrimental to human health.

Colorful fresh group of vegetables and fruitsThe aim is to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible; vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, meat and fish.  We help our members re-connect with their food source and allow time for the preparation and enjoyment of meals.

The easiest thing that you can change in your journey for improved health is the food that you consume but there seems to be a myth that fresh food is more expensive and takes too long.  There are time implications until your kitchen skills improve but that is part of the process.

Additional expense?  The people I have met that use the price of fresh organic food as a reason to still eat crap, are the same people who think nothing of spending £6.00 on a packet of cigarettes or £60.00 on a night out drinking.

Our health is our OWN responsibility and we can make an immediate and dramatic improvement to it by focusing on the foods and drinks we consume.  Try just 28 days of eating only wholesome and nutritious foods and following the principles of The Real Food Plan and let me know how you feel.

I will let you know how to access The Real Food Plan when the project is complete and will be uploading more information later this week about how the plan works.

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