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JACOB'S 12 WEEK TRANSFORMATION

JACOB'S 12 WEEK TRANSFORMATION

I was upfront with Jacob from the start about why we didn’t usually offer “transformation” packages. The nature of time pressured personal training transformations lend themselves to rapid unsustainable weight loss and no real understanding of what happened, why it worked or where to go once the 12 weeks are up. It’s kind of like an expensive version of a 12 week juice diet

Managing Weight Loss Adherence and Healthy Nutrition

Managing Weight Loss Adherence and Healthy Nutrition

Missing birthday parties and meals out with friends because it’s not Paleo is not fun or healthy. Nor is struggling with obesity. As is often the case, the solution lies somewhere in the middle, our job is to find where this is for our client.

THE WAR ON SUGAR / THE TRUTH ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS

THE WAR ON SUGAR / THE TRUTH ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS

IF YOU CONSUME LESS CALORIES THAN YOU EXPEND CONSISTENTLY FOR A NUMBER OF WEEKS YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT, REGARDLESS OF WHERE THESE CALORIES ARE COMING FROM OR HOW THEY ARE EXPENDED.

WHY DO WE GET FAT?

WHY DO WE GET FAT?

We are the same energy thrifty, industrious, hunter gatherers we have always been, but now we live in a different world, with different rules. 

Energy Balance and Weight Management

Energy Balance and Weight Management

A common explanation as to why we gain or lose weight involves phrases such as: 'energy in vs. energy out', 'move more eat less' or 'calories consumed vs. calories burnt.' But what are we really talking about, and how much of this is under our control?

NEW YEAR NEW ME?

NEW YEAR NEW ME?

We’ve all heard the cliche of the broken resolution within days, weeks or months of it’s start point. So what is the secret to sticking to a goal?

DIETING: A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

DIETING: A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

The language of our society likes to separate conscious eating from unconscious eating. There is this strange notion that if you are thinking about your food choice; you are doing something out of the ordinary, called dieting. 

Practical Weight Loss Advice

Practical Weight Loss Advice

I tend to write a lot about the science of weight loss and debunking myths and false claims. However, this piece is merely my findings from working with clients, and the types of weight loss strategies that I see working on a daily basis.

DON'T BE A FOODIST

DON'T BE A FOODIST

Foodist (noun): a person who believes certain foods are superior to others based on outdated stereotypes. E.g: 'sugar is bad for you', 'avocados are good fats', 'pizza makes you fat'.

NEAT! ‘BURNING FAT’ DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD WORK.

NEAT! ‘BURNING FAT’ DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD WORK.

A lot of emphasis is placed on ‘feeling the burn’, ‘getting your sweat on’ and ‘smashing a workout’ in the quest to lose body fat. There is even a lot written about the best kind of specific exercises to ‘burn body fat’. But how important is all of this to health and weight loss?

HEALTHY SNACKING: ARE NUTS ALL THEY’RE CRACKED UP TO BE?

HEALTHY SNACKING: ARE NUTS ALL THEY’RE CRACKED UP TO BE?

When it comes to weight loss, common advice is to swap out unhealthy snacks like chocolate and crisps for healthier alternatives like nuts and seeds. However, despite their health benefits, are nuts helping or hindering your weight loss?

SCIENCE BASED: IS ALL EVIDENCE CREATED EQUAL?

SCIENCE BASED: IS ALL EVIDENCE CREATED EQUAL?

At best out dated, and at worst deliberately misleading, there is plenty of misinformation within the fitness industry. To stand apart from this, many trainers and ‘internet gurus’ are now firmly in the camp of ‘evidence based’ or ‘scientifically based’ information, making their claims solely on the basis of peer-reviewed studies, RCT’s and meta-analysis, published in academic journals.

How then, even within the ‘scientific community’ are there still such polarising views when it comes to health, fitness and weight loss?