Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

Do you eat Breakfast?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Will I Lose Weight if I Skip Breakfast? breakfast

Some people think that skipping breakfast will help them lose weight. It won’t.

Studies show a direct link between breakfast and successful weight loss, and that compared to breakfast skippers, breakfast eaters generally:

•  Eat fewer calories throughout the day
•  Eat less saturated fat and cholesterol
•  Have better nutrition habits
•  Weigh less (women 4kgs/men 3kgs less)

 The key to successful weight loss.

The key to successful weight loss is burning more calories than we consume each day.

Our body burns calories 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. How quickly we burn those calories is called our metabolic rate.

Our individual metabolic rates change throughout the day and night, depending upon things like when we last ate and whether we are active or at rest.

Even though we burn calories while we are asleep, our metabolic rate slows dramatically during this time and we burn fewer calories per hour as a result.

(Now before you go planning to give up sleep to lose weight, which is definitely not the answer, let me tell you a better way).

The way to maximize the number of calories we burn each day is not to stay awake longer but to maximize our metabolic rate while we are awake.

This is where eating breakfast comes in.

Why breakfast is so important to losing weight?

One of the secrets to successful weight loss is to kick-start our metabolism as soon as possible after we wake. The best way to do that is to eat breakfast. In fact, nothing, including exercise, gets our metabolism going as fast again after eight hours of restful sleep as eating a healthy breakfast!

When we skip breakfast, not only does our metabolic rate stay low, so too does our blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar levels resulting from missing breakfast often leads us to feel lethargic.

Low blood sugar levels in the morning eventually make us feel extra hungry later, which sets us up for impulse snacking, or eating overly large portions of food at lunch and dinner.

When we eat breakfast, our body feels nourished and satisfied, making us far less likely to over eat during the rest of the day.

Common reasons for missing Breakfast

The most common reasons that people skip breakfast include:
No Time
Preferring to exercise in the morning instead
Not feeling hungry in the morning
Unable to stomach food first thing in the morning
Here’s what you can do if either one of these causes you to miss breakfast regularly:

“No time” is no excuse

Time is at a premium for most of us. Nevertheless, it pays to make time for what is undoubtedly the most important weight loss meal of the day.

If time is a real issue for you and you only have a few minutes for breakfast in the mornings, try to:
Eat something that doesn’t take any time to prepare, like a glass of pre-squeezed fruit juice, a couple of pieces of fresh fruit or a tub of low-fat yoghurt. Even last night’s left-over stir fry is a better option than eating nothing at all.
Prepare your breakfast the night before. Lay your cereal packet, dish, spoon or toast condiments on the breakfast bar so they are ready to go first thing in the morning.
Do two things at once. Try doing something within your morning routine, like ironing a blouse or shirt for example, while your toast is browning in the toaster. (Try not to do two things at once while you’re eating, you’ll eat too quickly and your digestion will be affected. If you have no choice, eat anyway, but try not to do this too often).
Have at least something to eat no matter how small and take the rest of your breakfast with you. For example, drink a breakfast smoothie and take your favourite breakfast cereal to work with you in a plastic container.
If you are in a rush to get somewhere, eat something as soon as you get there. If you’re meeting someone, meet them in a café or coffee shop. If you are always in a rush to get to work, leave a packet of breakfast cereal in your office kitchen or in a drawer of your desk.

Most people like to exercise in the morning for the same reason they should eat breakfast, to raise there metabolism and burn extra calories.

If you exercise in the morning on an empty stomach, your metabolism won’t reach the same heights it would if you ate something before-hand.

Don’t like to exercise on a full stomach? Ideally we shouldn’t really work out until an hour or two after our breakfast (or any other meal), but if you like exercising in the morning or it’s the only time you have, a glass of fruit juice or small piece of fruit beforehand will give your metabolism the spark it needs to maximize the calories burnt during your workout.

Remember, you don’t need to eat a three course meal to get your metabolism going in the morning, even something small like a banana or fruit smoothie will get it firing.

Do You Know Anyone Like This?

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Did you know that the vast majority of people in this day and age have excess abdominal fat? lounge

 The first thing that most people think of is that their extra abdominal fat is simply ugly, is covering up their abs from being visible, and makes them self conscious about showing off their body.

However, what most people don’t realize is that excess abdominal fat in particular, is not only ugly, but is also a dangerous risk factor to your health. Scientific research has clearly determined that although it is unhealthy in general to have excess body fat throughout your body, it is also particularly dangerous to have excess abdominal fat.

There are two types of fat that you have in your abdominal area. The first type that covers up your abs from being visible is called subcutaneous fat and lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles.

The second type of fat that you have in your abdominal area is called visceral fat, and that lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle and surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in giving certain men that “beer belly” appearance where their abdomen protrudes excessively but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it.

Both subcutaneous fat and visceral fat in the abdominal area are serious health risk factors, but science has shown that having excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. Both of them greatly increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer, and other degenerative diseases.

Part of the reason visceral fat is particularly dangerous is that it apparently releases more inflammatory molecules into your body on a consistent basis.

If you care about the quality of your life and your loved ones, reducing your abdominal fat should be one of your TOP priorities! There’s just no way around it. Besides, a side effect of finally getting rid of all of that excessive ugly abdominal fat is that your stomach will flatten out, and if you lose enough stomach fat, you will be able to visibly see those sexy six pack abs that everyone wants.

So what gets rid of extra abdominal fat? The first thing you must understand is that there is NO quick fix. There are NO pills or supplements of any sort that will help you lose your abdominal fat faster. Also, none of the gimmicky ab rockers, rollers, or ab belts will help get rid of abdominal fat either, they are all a crock of s@#*. You can’t spot reduce your stomach fat by using any of these worthless contraptions. It simply doesn’t work that way.

The only solution to consistently lose your abdominal fat and keep it off for good is to combine a properly designed exercise program that stimulates the necessary hormonal and metabolic response within your body and a nutritious diet full of unprocessed natural foods. Both your food intake as well as your training program are important if you are to get this right.

I’ve actually even seen a particular study that divided thousands of participants into a diet-only group and an exercise/diet group. While both groups in this study made good progress, the diet-only group lost significantly LESS abdominal fat than the diet & exercise combined group.

Now the important thing to realize is that just any old exercise program will not necessarily do the trick. The majority of people that attempt getting into a good exercise routine are NOT working out effectively enough to really stimulate the loss of stubborn abdominal fat. I see this everyday at the gym.

Most people will do your typical boring cardio routines, throw in a little outdated body-part style weight training, and finish up with some crunches and side bends, and think that they are doing something useful for reducing their abdominal fat. Then they become frustrated after weeks or months of no results and wonder where they went wrong.

Well, the good news is that I’ve spent over 15 years researching this topic, and applying it “in the trenches” with myself as well as thousands of my clients to see what works to really stimulate abdominal fat loss the best.

The entire solution… all of the nutritional strategies, as well and training sequences, exercise combinations, and more have all been compiled in my Succeed Boot Camp 12 week program.

The main point of this program is showing you the absolute most effective strategies for losing your stubborn abdominal fat, so you can get rid of that dangerous health risk, as well as get a flatter more defined midsection.

If you follow the guidelines in our program, you WILL lose your belly fat that has been plaguing you for years. This is not guesswork… it is a proven system that works time and time again for all of my clients that actually apply the information I teach. If you apply it, the results will come. It’s really that simple.

The only reason most people fail in their fitness goals is that they have good intentions at first to adopt a new lifestyle, yet after a few weeks or months, they abandon their good intentions and slip right back into their old bad habits that gave them the excess body fat in the first place.

We want to help you succeed in finally getting rid of that extra abdominal fat that is not only UGLY, but also DANGEROUS, but you to be prepared to do the work it takes!!

So if you are up for it, or want to prolong your life, then why not head to a Succeed Boot Camp session for a FREE trial and start on the journey to change TODAY….

Click here to email us for a Boot Camp in Canberra near YOU!!!

Weight Loss Secrets Part IV

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Hey all, here is the last installment of my Weight Loss Secrets for you…

Fitness tip 13 – Be around like-minded people. Be around people that are going to give you the support you need. Research shows that people who have the support from friends and family stuck to their goals and those without support failed time and again. If you’re around overweight people that are not dieting what do you thinks going to happen? That may seem a bit tough but how many millionaires do you see hanging around with people who are penniless. Surround yourself with what you want to become!

Fitness tip 14Be prepared. The majority of us are so busy with everyday life that we don’t have time to cook nutritious rich foods everyday. Preparing your meals a week in advance is the key to good food choice. Take time out to write a weekly shopping list, shop, and cook up a stack of nutrient dense food on the Sunday night or whenever you have the most time, put them in the freezer so that you don’t get caught short later in the week.

Fitness tip 15 – Eat slower, smaller portions. Research shows that if you eat slowly you’ll eat less. There is a signal that goes off in the brain after about 20 minutes of eating that tells you you’re full. Be sure to chew your food completely and take breaks in between bites. Reduce the size of your portions, even if your eating quality food, too much of a good thing can make you put on weight, remember weight loss tip 6, you need to create a calorie deficit. Eating more than you need will cause you to store fat.

Fitness tip 16 –  Be Positive. You are what you think you are, visualize yourself walking round looking and feeling exactly how you would like to and then take the necessary action. Every time you look in the mirror visualize what you want to look like and ask yourself what you’re going to do today to become that person. Things may not always go your way, losing weight can be tough, if you think it’s too hard you’ve already lost the battle, stay positive and focused and you’ll succeed.

Reading this report will mean nothing to you if you don’t take action and begin to implement some changes into your everyday life, without taking action you’ll be stuck in a vicious circle of fad diets and magic pills only to find yourself back where you started, frustrated and confused. It’s up to you to make things happen and to take control of your own health, don’t you think you’re worth it?

Take action TODAY! What are you going to do today to become who you want to be?

Scott Williams

Succeed Personal Training

Weight Loss Secrets Part III

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Hope you are all having a great day? Here is part III of my Weight Loss Secrets….

Fitness tip 9 – Interval Training. Interval training is the number 1 cardiovascular exercise for weight loss. It includes high intensity exercise (for10-60 seconds) broken up with periods of low intensity exercise. The good thing with interval training is that you burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. So there’s no need to spend hrs pounding away on a treadmill, you can be done in 20-25 mins and that’s including your warm up and cool down! This form of training will keep your metabolism elevated for up to 24 hrs after you’ve finished training, through E.P.O.C (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), so you’ll be burning calories even while you’re sleeping.

Fitness tip 10 – Include a cheat day once every 10 days! Keep your body guessing and have a cheat day once a week. This will stop your body from hitting a plateau and stop your metabolism from slowing down. A cheat day is a good time to eat the foods you’ve been craving throughout the week. No-one can eat perfectly 100% of the time without cracking, so hold off any foods that aren’t in your nutrition plan until this day. Having a cheat day will allow you to be good for the other day’s, (just don’t go too mad)!

Fitness tip 11 – Eat whole foods. Whole foods have formed the basis of the human diet for millions of years. In the last hundred or so years we have been subjected to countless foods that are totally foreign to us. Much of what we call food today (McDonalds, potato chips, sugar coated cereals, French fries) are highly processed and have no nutritional value, these foods will be stored as fat by your body. You are what you eat, if you eat wholesome foods that are full of nutrients, your body has all the raw materials it needs to keep you nourished and maintain a weight that is ideal for you. Whole foods are foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains all of which are full of vitality. There is more and more research and people heading back to the old style of eating like our ancestors (caveman style). If you can catch it, pick it, or grow it, you can eat it!  CB066438

Fitness tip 12 – Write your goals down. On a piece of paper write down your goals, set yourself a timeframe and look at it everyday. Make sure their realistic enough for you to achieve but tough enough to make you work hard for them. Every time you reach your goals, set new goals and timeframes, this will help you stay motivated and maintain your results. Having goals gives you a path to follow and something to strive for.

Scott Williams

Weight Loss Secrets Part II

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Hey everybody, here is part II of the weight loss secrets revealed for you. Hope you enjoy the read…

Fitness tip 5 – Eat more fiber. A diet that is high in fiber will aid in fat loss whether you’re eating less calories or not. Fiber assists weight loss by releasing sugar into the bloodstream slowly. High levels of sugar in the bloodstream cause an insulin spike which will slow fat burning. Good sources of fiber are found in whole grains, lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid refined and overcooked foods.

Fitness tip 6 – Calorie deficit. Through proper diet and regular exercise create a calorie deficit. This simply means burning more calories than you’re consuming. Keep a journal and get a calorie counter if you need to. How are you supposed to know how many calories you’re putting into your body if you’re not keeping track of what you’re eating and drinking? By creating a calorie deficit you’ll be using energy from your energy stores (body fat). The trick is not to create a calorie deficit that’s too high or your body will think its starving and will begin too slow your metabolism down, your focus should be on losing fat, not necessarily weight. A too high calorie deficit can also cause a reduction in lean muscle mass making it harder for you to lose weight.

Fitness tip 7 – Weight training with a Personal Trainer. Muscle is the only tissue that is metabolically expensive. Therefore increasing muscle mass will elevate your metabolism at rest, you’ll burn more calories sitting behind your desk and whilst you’re asleep, you will also burn a considerable more amount of energy whilst you’re exercising through greater energy demand from the increase in lean muscle. Perform exercises that will give you the biggest return, compound exercises such as deadlifts, squats, pushing and pulling exercises and use a variety of combination lifts and circuits. Use drop sets and superset’s and keep the rest period in between exercises to a minimum. female-model

Fitness tip 8 – Consume more protein. Eating protein will keep you fuller for longer, meaning you’ll consume less overall calories in a day. Eating protein also makes your digestive system work twice as hard as eating carbohydrates and fat, so by eating more protein you’ll be burning more calories through digestion (this is known as the thermic effect). One of the biggest mistakes people make when dieting is that they lose muscle as well as fat, which will in turn slow down their metabolism. By eating plenty of protein and following a suitable weights program this will ensure you maintain your muscle tissue. If you have trouble consuming adequate amounts of protein, try supplementing with a ‘whole food based’ protein drink.

Scott Williams

P.S. Keep an eye out the New Idea as I have started writing and contributing in the new health and fitness section as the resident fitness professional on a regular basis!!

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Weight Loss Secrets Part I

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Welcome to Part I of a small series of Weight Loss Secrets

Introduction If you’re like the majority of people that are trying to lose weight, tone up and get fit, you’ve probably read countless weight loss books and tried all the fad diets. As you probably know by now those fad diets don’t work, do they? And if you are one of the lucky ones to lose some weight while on the diet, how long do you manage to keep it off? As long as you stay on the diet right? As soon as you come off the diet you’ll put it all back on, and then some.

And then there’s the fat loss supplement industry, how many miracle pills have you popped? How many weight loss shakes have you already drank? When you fail on these as most people do you feel it’s your fault, right? In reality it’s not your fault. The weight loss industry is making a fortune at your expense by feeding you rubbish and misleading you, they know how much you want to change the way you look and feel.

The truth is the majority of people just don’t know how to eat properly. We all know we should eat 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables everyday but how many people do? 95% of Australians are undernourished and you are possibly one of them.

When you think of someone being undernourished you immediately see images of people starving in Africa, but in reality if your overweight you’re actually undernourished. Because you keep putting the wrong foods into your body, you’re body keeps sending you signal’s that you’re still hungry. If you ate foods that are high in nutritional content your body will stop craving the vital nutrients it needs, and you’ll be closer to your perfect weight!

This report is normally worth $29.99 because the information contained inside is truly powerful if applied correctly and consistently. As a gift I’m giving it to you for free. It’s the accumulation of years of Personal Training experience, reading all the latest information the fitness industry has to offer, testing out and applying what really does work!

Now, you may be asking yourself why I am giving away all of these fat loss secrets for free. It’s because I’m a firm believer of you reap what you sow and hopefully this will go towards helping you reach some of your fitness and weight loss goals.

Below I have listed some guidelines that will help kick start your weight loss regimen and put you on the road to living a healthier life. Obviously these are just are a few of the many things that you can do to help you lose weight, but if you apply and make these changes to your daily lifestyle, you can be free from the hype and on your way to a new you.

Fitness tip 1 — Eat low GI load foods. Eat foods that are low on the GI load (I will explain this in a later post). Put Simply, The Glycemic Load of a food tells you whether the carbohydrate in the food is fast or slow releasing. Eating foods that have a high GI rating causes your insulin levels to rise, it’s a known scientific fact that your body has trouble burning fat when your insulin levels are elevated. Foods that are low GI will give you longer lasting energy whereas high GI foods will give you a short burst of energy, leaving you feeling hungry shortly afterwards. Avoid simple sugars which are found in sweets, soft drinks, cakes, bread, bagels, white pasta/rice and juices. Limit alcohol consumption. Instead get the majority of your carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, beans and brown rice.

Fitness tip 2 – Healthy Fats. Make sure you eat plenty of seeds, nuts, avocado’s and fish and be sure to take an omega 3 supplement. Not all fats are bad for you, the right kind of fats are essential for optimal health and help reduce the risk cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and a host of other illnesses. Foods that are high in saturated fat, which are found in animal based foods and Trans fats which are in processed foods should be kept to minimum. Totally eliminate fatty meats from your diet (bacon, sausages etc). If you do eat meat, make sure it’s a lean cut.

Fitness tip 3 – Drink plenty of water. Two thirds of the human body consists of water, which makes it our most vital nutrient. Water is necessary for the transportation of essential vitamins and minerals as well as carbohydrates. If your water intake is low you lose the ability to transport nutrients through your body and substances such as urea, uric acid, ammonia and other nasty matter begin to accumulate, leaving you feeling lethargic. If you don’t drink enough water your body will actually store more water because it’s not sure how long it will have to wait for you to drink again. So by drinking more water it’s actually possible to lose 1-2 kg of bodyweight of stored fluid. Drinking a glass of water before your meal can also help control your appetite and stop you from overeating.

Fitness tip 4 – Eat 5-6 meals times a day. Eating at regular intervals will keep your metabolism burning strong throughout the day. You’re also less likely to binge eat, will have stable energy levels and will burn more calories through increased meal consumption (digestion burns calories). If you have trouble eating 5-6 meals a day, try adding a meal replacement to your diet, make sure its ‘whole food based’ so it has genuine nutritional value.

Stay tuned for more soon…

Remember, keep it clean!

Scott Williams

Women Over 40 – Fitness Secrets Part I

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

A blog post for all those women over 40 who still want to look good

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A blog post for all those women over 40 who still want to look good.

Are you over 40? Feeling like it is too late? What’s a woman to do?

 Sadly there isn’t a ‘magic formula’, but there is hope.

While it isn’t possible to ‘spot reduce’, which means to lose fat from specific target areas, (unless you resort to surgical procedures) you can do exercises that will help tighten those TROUBLE SPOTS.  Then, if you lose body fat, your problem areas will also be affected, giving you the look that you desire.

I find that many women in their forties experience weight gain around their stomach and backsides, specifically; their tummies and behinds, resulting in a thicker waist and wider hips.

Here are a few ‘SECRETS’ that you can employ to tap into the fountain of youth.  I promise, you can feel better than you did in your thirties, look your best, and have energy to spare.

GET OFF THE TREADMILL!

Yes, that is right.  If all you do on a treadmill (or any cardio machine) is long, slow, monotonous sessions, stop it!
Your body (and maybe a few pieces of equipment) is all you need.

The key and the way forward is that you must replace your long slow cardio sessions with short high intensity interval training sessions.

PUSH YOUR WEIGHT AROUND!

To lose body fat, every woman MUST add some resistance training to their workout regime.

Your GOAL is to add some muscle to your body.  Muscle is an active, calorie burning tissue that helps keep your metabolism going strong. The main reason why many over 40’s are gaining weight while eating the same quantity of food is that they’ve lost some lean muscle mass generally due to a more sedentary lifestyle.

It’s a fallacy that our metabolism will slow down as we age, thus leading to that inevitable ‘middle age spread’ as we gain fat.

By adding muscle building exercises 3-4 times a week, you will hold onto the muscle that you had in your twenties and thirties.  In fact, if you work hard, you can even build a little extra.

This doesn’t mean that you need to join a gym or buy expensive equipment. No, don’t worry you are not going to get muscles all over your body. The female body simply isn’t capable of that unless you train very specifically with that goal in mind.

 Using basic things like your body weight as resistance is often more than enough weight, and you will achieve a beautifully feminine body shape.

Here is a list of BENEFITS that you’ll get from a combination of weights & cardio:

  • You will burn more fat doing a combination of both
  • You will change the shape of your body quicker
  • You will boost your metabolism by retaining or building more muscle
  • You will increase strength, becoming more functional
  • You will build strong bones which will combat osteoporosis
  • You will improve joint stability and reduce the risk of injury

 This can be accomplished with a few simple exercise programs. Look up your local Boot Camp or get a trainer with plenty of experience to write you a program or go online and get an online Personal Trainer and program written for yourself if you wish?? We can help you out here, simply email my office and we will get you hooked up: admin@succeed.com.au or stay tuned for the NEW ‘Succeed Body Overhaul Program’ that will be on sale real soon….

Scott Williams

CEO, Succeed Personal Training

Can Healthy Foods be bad for you?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

It is as easy as, if it’s not available, it’s not a temptation.

Even “healthy” foods can be a problem for many people?  There are certain foods-and it’s an individual thing-that once you start eating them, it’s very hard to stop.

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For me, it’s pasta. I’ll cook the whole wheat variety and sit down to a “healthy” meal, but unless I specifically portion out the amount I’m going to eat, I can easily end up having two or more serves.

You see, if I’m not careful, a healthy serve of “healthy” pasta can easily turn into a massive calorie overload sent straight to my waistline.

These foods-those “Salt and Vinegar Chips” -are what I refer to as “trigger foods” and if you’re going to consume them, you need to do so with a little bit of caution.

Here are just a couple of tips to help you with your trigger tips:

1. Only consume trigger foods as an “individual” meal, not with the family. This allows you to cook (or reheat) and individual portion, and not be tempted by a huge serving bowl in front of you.

2. If you are cooking one of your trigger foods as a family meal, measure out a single portion and place the rest in the fridge. Tell your dining friends “I’m not having seconds; hold me to it.”  A little accountability goes a long way.

3. Always measure out a specific portion and then store the rest.

Do you have a “healthy” trigger food? Let me know in the comments section below!

I’ll bet you anything it’s a carbohydrate of some sort 😉

Scott

Are Carbohydrates Making you FAT!!!

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

fat-personIn short, yes they are… In my opinion anyway. This is why I have devised a complete nutrition and training program that I have been running as a guinea pig trial with 15 clients for the last few weeks.

 

Just wanted to give you a quick update on how everyone is going thus far with my training & nutrition trial.

To give you a rundown every single person that has stuck to it has lost at least 2kg in the last two weeks. I think that is a fantastic effort guys well done.

Some of the more notables are:

Narelle – 1.8kg (only been going ONE week)

Jules – lost 2.8kg in two weeks

Craig – lost 2.6kg in two weeks (with AC/DC concert in the middle)

A.J – lost 3.6kg (still to be weighted this week)

Myself –  88.2 NOW 85kg (lost 3.2kg in two weeks)

Here is a bit of insight into why this meal plan is working so well:

Humans are genetically conditioned to store fat. It’s part of the survival mechanism to see us through times of famine. The problem now is that we rarely experience famine. As a result, we store fat and never burn it off.

Most of our excess weight comes from the highly processed carbohydrates found in baked goods, breads and other sweet snacks that we all love so much. Simple equation, you eat too much of these you store body fat.  Eat too many of these foods and your body starts to change the way it processes food.  The insulin you need to convert carbs to energy becomes less effective and instead of burning the food you’re eating, you start to store more and more fat.

The goal of my eating plan is to get your insulin level back under control, which is done by cutting carbs in your meal plan. Not all the carbs, just the ones your body uses the fastest. This means saying goodbye to a list of foods you generally eat all the time: potatoes, most fruit, bread, pastries, rice & some cereals.

Now don’t think you have to give these foods up forever, just for a few weeks here and there. Just long enough to lose some weight and recondition your body to use insulin more effectively.

Things you should be looking for are: salads, zucchini, tomato, peas, beans, broccoli, asparagus, cucumbers, lean meat cuts, turkey, chicken, fish, eggs, raw peanut butter and seafood.

All of these foods are have a less effect on blood sugar, and hence they break down slower in your body.  As the weeks progress you then start to incorporate other carbs back into the diet.

I have found it has given me much more energy on a daily basis, and I am creeping closer to viewing  the six pack that has been hiding underneath all those years….

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Scott Williams

Australian Fitness Expert 

My Number 1 Nutrition Tip

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Today’s post is going to be short, sweet about my Number 1 tip for your body.

In saying that, it may be one of the most valuable piece of dietary advice that I EVER give you.

I am human like you, and last night around 10:00 PM while watching 40 year old virgin, my appetite decied that it was hungry and the cravings began to creep in.

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Within a matter of minutes, without even thinking about it, I found myself in the kitchen looking through the fridge and pantry looking for something to end my food cravings (yes, I’m human and I deal with cravings, too).

After scoping out what was available, I ultimately ended up eating a hand full of almonds and some cottage cheese with vanilla protein mixed in to it(if you missed my recommendations for late night snacks, I will post something up soon, so stay tuned).

As most of you know my weakness is ice cream. Do you know what stopped me from having a bowl of ice cream (cause I certainly would have), or a piece or two of chocolate?eating-ice-cream

Besides the fact the fact that each serve of ice cream has around 295 calories (equivilent to around 30 mins of a spin class or a body pump class):

Simple.  I don’t keep these foods in my house!!

Do you want to end your struggle with late night snacking (with the wrong foods) and increase your chances of nutrition adherence ten-fold?  Then here it is, the best diet tip I could ever give you:

Keep your house free of the “off limit” foods.

Simply put, if it’s not in the house, it’s not a temptation, and usually at 10pm at night you won’t bother going to the shops (I hope).

Do you find that having “off-limits” foods lying around is messing with your nutritional intake? 

What is your favourite treat that usually brings you undone?

Respond in the comments section below!

Scott Williams

Australian Fitness Expert