Dropping the yo-yo (fitness and weight loss)

Is one of your goals in 2021 to get fitter or lose weight? If the answer is yes, read on.

Are you a person that is busy, has a family and is relatively time poor? If the answer is yes, read on.

If you look back at the last 5-10 years, do you feel like your fitness and weight has gone up and down like…..yo-yo?

One of the failures of the fitness industry is the chronically high promotion of high intensity training for these goals and this type of person. Just take a stroll down to your local gym and check out all the classes on offer. Majority of the classes are hyped up sessions aiming to “get you going”. It sounds like it makes sense right…the harder you go the shorter the time you need. The harder and more frequent you go the more results you will get……

Unfortunately for someone with this type of lifestyle (busy) and goals around fitness/weight loss, it couldn’t be further from what you need. How does the saying go……..”Throwing shit against the wall and hoping it sticks..”

If you have ever found yourself getting fit, losing “motivation” and going in a yo-yo fashion like this, most likely you have been following the traditional guidelines to weight loss and fitness improvements. “What are the traditional guidelines Nathan?”, glad you asked. Ever heard of “eat less, move more”?, “No pain, no gain”? These two should paint the picture.

The problem with these approaches is that it exacerbates the problem. Exercising/training at even a low intensity is providing your body with a stress. By continuously training at even a slightly higher intensity without the appropriate lifestyle will continue to have you going up and down like a yo-yo due to the chronically high level of stress hormones induced into the body. High intensity training will absolutely give you an initial high, with an inevitable energy low and hunger later on in the day (sounds kinda like the alcohol drug, initial high with a following of a energy low and hunger). So when you end up with an energy low and chronic hunger, how do “motivate” yourself to “eat less and move more”…. it just doesn’t happen.

Take this a “food for thought”.

mutualistic relationship is when two organisms of different species “work together,” each benefiting from the relationship.

Take the two below:

Food industry.
Fitness industry.

The perfect combination that sent me around me in circles.

It’s like a match made in heaven right?

Food industry: “It’s ok you can burn it off later, it’s only 100 calories”
Fitness industry: “Come on, burn off all those calories, you can work harder than that.”

The “everything in moderation” and “you can burn it off later” paradigm, had me overweight, unhealthy and down right unhappy for years.

It sounds perfect right, you can “have your cake, and eat it too”. If you have yo-yo dieted, experience daily fatigue and spent years trying to “move more, eat less” in an effort to lose weight and feel better…. I am standing strong that focusing only on calories and exercising more, is a great way to continue the merry-go-round.

How many years will you go to the gym, or walk out the door to exercise and yet still get no closer to your fitness and weight loss goals?

The quality of your food matters, you can not expect to eat junk food and be at your best.
The quality of your training matters, you can not expect to smash yourself chronically and be at your best.

But yet that’s what so many of us are doing!

More people need to know about this. Consider sharing this with a friend.

Little comment from one of our many online clients.

“I was introduced to you online through promotion of your services from my friend who has achieved phenomenal results!  I remember our first conversation and you said ‘ you would change my life’. I really didn’t believe what you were saying as I had flogged myself for years at training sessions and ate relatively well most days. I just thought I would give it a go and what did I have to lose. Ha ha I did not know it would be so easy to lose weight!!!

Training online with you has been a breeze, I love the professional approach you have and I understand when you really need me to do something however you have a fabulous way with words that never makes me feel I am being told to do this. You are a great guide and with all the programs you have created I feel you have really held my hand as well as your little messages of encouragement and check- ins along the way are a great support.  I have never worked with someone who really focusses and listens to what their client wants to achieve. It’s not just about fitness as you offer a complete lifestyle change. You certainly know what you are doing and I am so thankful for the calls, emails and messages.

You have completely changed my life!! I feel fitter than I ever have and I have a love for food that I never had before.

Keep up the awesome work coach! 

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