This happens to be a common question I get asked about!!! ‘I had the kids and over the years, and I have struggled to shift the weight” !!
It can be quite frustrating for a lot of people. This is clearly one of the unfortunate realities of getting older that, as we get on in life, it is much harder to keep the weight off.
At one stage, one could get away with weekend overeating and binges at 20 or 30. After that, it seems as if every bite finds a place on the body as one progresses into the next few decades of life.
The fact is we need less energy (calories) to survive at 50 than we did at 30’s or even 40’s and this decreases as we get older !!
So the big reason is down to our Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is influenced by our lean body mass, sex, age, hormones, etc. and how much energy is needed by the body to function, based on the fuel we give it. Ultimately, as we get older, our metabolism slows down, which is impacted by our BMR. This does not mean we cannot influence it to a degree.
Gone are the days when adults actively hunted and walked for miles, searching for food to put on the table. Today, more and more adults live sedentary lifestyles and would only need to click a button to get food, use of ‘Drive Thrus’ etc. Therefore, standard calorie intakes would need to be reduced. One major solution is to take in food and drink that are highly nutritious and less calorific, including foods that will increase lean muscle tissue. In addition, carry out exercises that will impact on strengthening muscles and a person’s BMR more effectively. There are other ways to boost one’s metabolism effectively.
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I love February, as it brings with it some hope for a brighter Spring. The days get slightly longer and we always look forward to Fitcamp with our amazing crew….We are so fortunate to have such a great bunch of people to hang out with at Fitcamp Kettering ! We are proud to add that we enjoy developing a healthy and active journey for everyone who joins our Fitcamp in Kettering…one that is not just a fitness group, but a supportive environment where we learn about nutrition and also have fun along the way!
Our theme for February is all about love.
Let’s spread the word…share the love and invite a friend to join us and you can claim your free Session. Please quote ‘LOVE’
“Surround yourself with people that inspire and encourage positive change in your life. Build a team in which you can work together to support each other and build better lives.”
― Avina Celeste
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They used to have a bad rap, but they are back in the popular superfood status. Turns out, their bad reputation was something of a misunderstanding. There’s actually a whole lot in that little 70-calorie package that’s really stellar for health. So if you’ve been avoiding eggs, here are five reasons to bring them back:
1. They’re one of the cheapest protein sources around.
Yes, even if you buy organic eggs. An egg costs less than 50p (organic closer to 30 or 40 p) and gives you six grams of high-quality protein. This means it has all the amino acids you have to get from food, in the same way that meat does. Protein is also thought to be the most satisfying of all nutrients. And remember that about half the protein is in the yolk, not just the whites.
2. They curb mid-morning cravings.
An egg snack can help remove cravings and keep you fuller for longer. Research suggests people who had eggs have lower levels of hunger hormones, and ate less for lunch (and, in fact, the whole day!) than those who had other carb snack or a cereal for breakfast
3. They do not clog the arteries
For several years, eggs were accused of raising your cholesterol and upping the risk for heart disease. It’s now understood that cholesterol from foods like eggs and shellfish is not the danger it was thought to be.
4. They are good for the eyes
Eggs are rich something called lutein, a yellow pigment that’s concentrated in the retina of the eye. Lutein helps protect eyes from macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss. It also guards against damage of everyday “blue light” that comes from smartphones, tablets, and computers. Though research on blue light is still slim, some worry that it may contribute to cancer risk, obesity, and eye disease. The egg’s lutein is found in the yolk– another reason to eat the whole thing, not just the white.
5. They help you maintain muscle mass.
From about the age of 30, we start losing muscle mass by as much as five percent a decade. Muscle loss can make you feel weak, reduce your stamina, and eventually increase your risk of debilitating falls when you’re older. Exercise, particularly strength training, will help you preserve some of that muscle, but getting enough protein is key too. Eggs contain high-quality protein that repairs muscles after exercise and helps rebuilds them. I usually recommend an egg meal after training.
This was my second wave of #thesixpackrevolution and it started in January. I was committed to sticking to plan. This time I felt much stronger and was ready to face the burpees!!
I knew it would not be easy though because there was a birthday and a couple of celebrations to add to the mix. Imagine being on holiday and being a total teetotaler! I was also in Italy where I would normally succumb to at least one or two delicious pasta dishes and melt in your mouth pizzas! Indeed I was told that Naples makes one of the best pizzas and I would be mad not to try them!
That beautiful holiday was one of my biggest temptations ever. We nevertheless enjoyed it unscathed! It helped that the accommodation was self catering and indeed, it was part of the masterplan, so that I could prepare my delicious, quick and healthy snacks. Eggs, chicken, fish, cottage cheese, olives and vegetables were easy to obtain from a supermarket nearby.
After all this was my lifestyle and I was determined not to let anything ruin my challenge. Breakfast and lunch were sorted as I had my Herbalife with me – Life saver!
Dinners were easier than I thought. The highlight of my day was to search for restaurants that made simple grilled chicken or fish and side veg. No desert for me but then I knew I would have meal number 6 back at the apartment. My husband as usual was very supportive and did not offer me wine or prossecco!
The workouts were fun and easy to do too! I remember doing the abs, daily squats and press ups and Spartan bodyweight challenge twice in our apartment in Sorrento and once at the gym in our Naples hotel.
So anyway after holidays, we came home and was faced with more celebrations when our daughter arrived home after a long trip! But again I put my lean team mentality cap back on and managed it. Meal prepping and freezer stocking up meant no room for temptations. On the night when we went out, I picked a delicious Thai seabass steamed dish with ginger and veg.
So all in all, I would say the most challenging wave for me but it was thrilling at the same time. There were not going to be any excuses. I was determined to go around and hop over the obstacles, as Scotty would say.
I love Spring… The lighter days and Springtime is one of the most invigorating times of the year and when I feel the body can be ‘reborn’ or renewed quite well if we start early. It is a great opportunity to get your much needed tips on lighter meals and banish that bumpy look on the skin – cellulite!!
Ladies, we all know it exists. Even if you try your hardest to ignore it and pretend it will go away, as the years go by they get worse if we don’t act now. You catch yourself in a brightly lit reflection from the sun or in a mirror and you know that those bumps are still lurking. We know they are such a pain.
This Summer, we definitely want to get a plan, get into action and work on banishing the cellulite as soon as possible.
So why not get in touch for your very own programme which combines the right meals, with specific tips and meal plan ideas, the right form of exercise etc for you.
I love to give my clients ideas and tips on how to make those healthy and tasty choices right from breakfast. They will contain meals full of the right ingredients that will fill you up and energise you to get into the grove and you can even join in the exercise for all levels of fitness. You only need to ask. So we will not only help you lose weight, gain energy and feel healthier but also fight that stubborn cellulite!
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