Health & Fitness

Ditch the fad diets 

Health and fitness expert Katie Bulmer-Cooke gives her top tips for losing weight sensibly

It seems that these days everyone is chasing the ‘magic’ solution to weight loss, and how to make it happen at a super-sonic speed. Whether it’s a diet or a new exercise plan, it seems that the search continues for the elusive secret.

Sorry to disappoint you but the reality is that there is no secret or magic solution. Instead there are five simple things you need to do better to lose weight.

1. Care about yourself 

You have to put yourself first and prioritise your health and fitness. If you don’t, it will end up being pushed to the bottom of the list.

2. Be realistic 

Stop trying to lose a stone in a week! Set yourself a challenging yet achievable goal. Your starting point will dictate how quickly you drop pounds or inches (whichever you decide to track). Be sensible in your approach to achieving your ultimate goal.

3. Take your sleep seriously 

Sleep plays a huge part in the body’s ability to recover and greatly impacts mood and motivation, so if you want to stay focused, recover well between workouts and keep that fire in your belly for hitting the gym, it’s time to catch an extra 40 winks. Be sure to get to sleep at a decent time, aim for seven to eight hours of good-quality sleep a night and stop playing on your phone or answering emails when you should be in snoozeville.

4. Be consistent 

Everything you do should be consistent, from nutrition and exercise to sleep and reducing stress. Ditch the fad diets and the ideology of ‘eating clean’ 100 per cent of the time (you’ll inevitably fall off the wagon!). Instead, focus on making good choices most of the time over an extended period, rather than ditching several food groups for shorter periods.

5. Get moving 

Whether it’s going for a walk on lunch break, choosing public transport over driving to work or taking the stairs instead of the lift, it’s important to move more. Yes, getting those solid gym sessions in is also important, but being active between those sessions is too.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke 
UK Personal Trainer of the Year 2012 & UK Fitness Professional of the Year 2013.
Entrepreneur/Consultant/Speaker Bookings: michael@usb-uk.com
www.katiebulmer.com

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