Jamaica Gleaner - - HEALTH&FIT­NESS -

me­tab­o­lism slows down and this, in turn, helps in weight gain.


Diet plans of­ten re­move cer­tain im­por­tant food prod­ucts which are ac­tu­ally nec­es­sary for us in or­der to re­main chem­i­cally bal­anced. My ad­vice: don’t be ex­treme with your diet, ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion.

Ex­er­cise-en­abled eat­ing

A big diet pit­fall is to mo­ti­vate your­self to go to the gym and then give your­self carte-blanche to eat what­ever you want af­ter­wards. Af­ter all, you just put in a great work­out, you ran, jumped, pushed, pressed, and sweat out of ev­ery pore. AVOID the mis­take of think­ing that the time you in­vest in the gym gives you a pass to slack off in other ar­eas. Your diet is just as im­por­tant as your ex­er­cise pro­gramme. It’s the com­plete pack­age.

Grad­u­ally los­ing fo­cus

So you have made a pact with your­self – you are go­ing to do this. This time around, it is dif­fer­ent. But then a few weeks in, what hap­pens? You get tired and lose sight of the goal and why you started in the first place. Sud­denly you stop count­ing calo­ries and find ex­cuses to skip the gym, and there are jus­ti­fi­ca­tions to eat that serv­ing of fries. Be very cau­tious about this type of think­ing. It is very easy to fall asleep at the wheel of your weight-loss goals. Try to do what­ever it takes to re­new your fo­cus on your weight-loss goals each day. Set new goals to keep fo­cused.

Bad in­for­ma­tion

There is so much bad weight-loss in­for­ma­tion out there that some peo­ple are just doomed, no fault of their own. Let’s cut to the core of what weight loss is all about once and for all: burn­ing more calo­ries than you take in. That’s it! That’s what weight loss boils down to.

Mak­ing short-term change

Some peo­ple think that mak­ing a pact with your­self to be­have for a few weeks is suf­fi­cient to reach one’s ideal weight-loss goal. Then they are sur­prised, con­fused, and upset a month later when they’re right back where they started. Weight loss re­quires a per­ma­nent life­style change. Un­til you re­alise this and ac­cept this, you may be like a ham­ster run­ning in a wheel. You will ba­si­cally use a lot of en­ergy and never re­ally get any­where.

Set­ting un­re­al­is­tic goals

In or­der to suc­ceed, we must set our­selves up for suc­cess. Many peo­ple who want to lose weight want to lose it right away. That can be good mo­ti­va­tion but also coun­ter­pro­duc­tive. Want­ing to lose weight quickly is an un­re­al­is­tic ap­proach to suc­cess. You want to lose 50 pounds as fast as pos­si­ble – that’s great. But what hap­pens when you re­alise it’s go­ing to take a lot longer than just a few weeks to achieve this? You get de­mo­ti­vated. Hav­ing re­al­is­tic goals isn’t fun. It’s much more fun to have pie-in-thesky goals like “I want to look good in a bikini in one week”. This is why so many fad di­ets ex­ist. Ul­ti­mately, this ap­proach does not lead to suc­cess.

Do­ing it alone

Let’s face it, we need a lit­tle help some­times. As a trainer, I some­times strug­gle through the same flux of mo­ti­va­tion and feel­ings of un­ful­filled fruit­less ef­forts as the av­er­age gym goer. And it is for this rea­son that I cap­i­talise on the tremen­dous ben­e­fits of work­ing with a per­sonal trainer.

Free­man ad­vises per­sons seek­ing to lose weight to get a per­sonal trainer. Per­sonal train­ing is not just for stars and ath­letes. Ev­ery sin­gle per­son can ben­e­fit from work­ing with a trainer. They help you to de­velop your own per­son­alised goals along with re­al­is­tic and achiev­able goals. Train­ers are ed­u­cated on the most ef­fec­tive ways to help you to get to your fit­ness goals by de­vel­op­ing rou­tines that make sense for you.

They cre­ate fresh new per­spec­tives and ideas on health, nu­tri­tion, and health in­for­ma­tion. You get solid, con­sis­tent, non­judge­men­tal sup­port, proper tech­nique and form, in­jury pre­ven­tion, and help to max­imise your work­out time.

“In a nut­shell, think long term, fig­ure out your diet strat­egy, work on your fit­ness, do not ex­pect to lose 10 pounds in a week, track your suc­cess and make it a life­style,” Free­man en­cour­aged. For fit­ness ad­vice and tips: Tricia Free­man Per­sonal Trainer (876) 364-3737 tri­ci­afree­tom@ya­

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