DITCH THE SCALES, GET THE BODY YOU WANT & WEAR THE CLOTHES YOU LOVE

You’ve probably guessed based on the blog title what I want to focus on today? However, I want to make it really clear from the outset I am not anti scales nor am I pro them. However, I do believe you need to have a very guarded view of them. Otherwise, they literally will ‘weigh you down’ (pun pun).

The 3 take home messages I want you to really get are:

  1. It’s not about weight loss but fat loss – huge difference

2. Muscle weighs more than fat. 5lb of fat takes up a lot more space than 5lb of muscle like the photo below illustrates so scales can be very misleading

3. There are numerous ways you can measure your progress beyond scales

Moving on, can you relate to the following?

You hop on the scales every morning and get disheartened with a number, and it sets your mood for the day. At this point, many of you will throw in the towel and give up completely, not realising that the scale could be giving an inaccurate representation of what’s really going on. The whole process can be slow, negative and damaging.

Let’s start with some questions:

  • Do you weigh at the same time each day? If not, bear in mind your weight fluctuates throughout the day due to water and food intake.
  • Have you poo’d or not poo’d?
  • Have you pee’d or not pee’d?
  • If you’re a female, is your monthly cycle due?
  • Do regular scales distinguish between muscle, water, and fat? Of course not! Take your average professional rugby player. He would be declared obese which of course is ludicrous. The fact of the matter is this guy will have lots of solid muscle which as we know weighs more than fat. So, of course, he’s going to be heavy on the scales. This is a perfect example of how the scale can misrepresent the facts.

Do you see where I am coming from? There are a lot of variables at play so unless you are tightly monitoring these and comparing like with like your measurement could be inaccurate, and send you down a rabbit hole.

You also cannot look at the number on scales in isolation to other key factors such as lifestyle, overall health, girth measurements, hip to waist ratio, clothes size etc.

So my question is …

How else can we measure our progress towards our goals? I don’t think any of us would disagree that it’s important to track progress. It motivates and keeps you going especially when you see you’re getting results right?!

So here’s my recommended list of how we can measure progress …

Clothes

I think jeans are a great one because we all wear them. Why don’t you set yourself a challenge to go from a size x to a size x in your jeans? Another good measure is your belt and the number of holes you use. Clearly, you want it to be going down!

Scales

As I said at the beginning I am not opposed to weighing yourself, just not every day. I only weigh my clients every 3 to 4 weeks and instead use many other parameters that I’m listing here.

I would suggest hopping on the scales first thing in the morning after you wake up and use the bathroom, and then weigh yourself naked. This will give you the most accurate representation of your true weight. Also, stick to the same scales.

Photos

A picture paints a thousand words and does not lie. Take pre and post photos and weekly throughout your journey. Take a front, back, and side angle. Make sure the lighting is good so you can see how you are progressing. It helps you see where you hold weight, where you hold water, are there any muscular imbalances that need addressing, where’s weak and strong etc

Body Measurements

I am a big fan of taking body measurements of my ladies especially around the tummy where we store excess toxins in fat. Areas to consider measuring include hips, thighs, waist, arm and chest.

Feelings

I don’t want to sound airy fairy but you need to connect and wire up your mind, body, and soul. Check in and ask yourself simply ‘how do I feel physically?’ All too often we dis-connect and look for external verification of how we are progressing towards our health and fitness goals when maybe at least part of the answer lies within. Do you feel healthier? fitter? more energised? lighter? tighter? Stronger? If the answer is yes, this is progress so keep going.

Body Fat Percentage

Lastly, you can measure your body fat percentage i.e. the ratio of fat mass to fat-free mass, also known as lean mass or muscle. Just like the scales, consider it as part of the overall picture, and don’t obsess.

I track my ladies fat % to make sure it’s going down, and that muscle % is going up. The more muscle you have the more metabolic you’ll be and so you’ll burn more calories. I also measure visceral fat on organs which is a real indicator of how fatty and toxic your liver is.

Miscellaneous Measurements

Other ways you can monitor progress is to assess your sleep quality, PMT and menopausal symptoms, energy levels, quality of hair skin and nails, and your bowel health. You could also perform some simple fitness tests.

So you see progress is not just reflected on the scales but in many other ways. If you feel great and the other gauges of success are heading in the right direction – you’re doing brilliantly so keep going.

Next time you’re beating yourself up for not losing lbs on the scales I want you to stop, and give yourself a break. Instead, think of all the other wonderful ways you’ve improved and moved towards your goal.

Love Gaynor x

THE SUPER POWERS OF TURMERIC

There’s a real buzz and trend around Turmeric right now.

A herb from the Ginger family, Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that’s been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.

Most of us know of ground Turmeric common in Indian cuisine but did you know you can also buy it fresh? Fresh Turmeric is a knobby, orange root kinda similar looking to fresh ginger. And just like ginger you need to peel the skin off before grating or slicing for cooking.

The benefits of turmeric include …

  • Supports healthy inflammation
  • Protects from free radical damage
  • Improves circulation
  • Protects the liver

Remember the colour of your dish will change so a small amount will go a long way. As it cooks the flavour gets stronger so go easy – we don’t want to much zing!

Here are 8 simple ways to use turmeric …

  • Add a dash to guacamole
  • Add a pinch to hummus
  • Rub into meats before grilling
  • Stir some into yoghurt
  • Blend into a smoothie for a bit of a kick and golden colour
  • Add to stir fried veggies along with ginger and garlic
  • Make into a warm, golden, almond drink (recipe below)
  • Brew your own turmeric and ginger tea (recipe below)

Golden Almond Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp agave or honey
  • ½ tsp turmeric (freshly grated or ground)
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

Method

  • Add the almond milk to the milkpan
  • Stir in the turmeric, honey or agave syrup, coconut oil and pepper
  • Place the pan over a low heat, but make sure it doesn’t boil
  • Add the cinnamon stick
  • When heated through, transfer to a mug and enjoy

Turmeric & Ginger Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp freshly grated turmeric
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp agave or honey

Method

  • Pour a mug or 2 of boiling water into a milkpan (1 mug of water per person)
  • Add 1 tsp each of freshly grated ginger and turmeric for every mug of water
  • Bring to a simmer and warm for 5-7 mins
  • Take off the heat and pop a sieve over a mug and strain the tea through
  • Serve with lemon and honey or agave syrup to taste

So are you familiar with turmeric? Got a recipe to share? As always, I’d love to hear from you.

Love Gaynor x

CARROT ORANGE KALE LEMON & GINGER JUICE

We’re officially in Spring now. Don’t you just love this time of year with daffodils, bluebells, little lambs, and a sense of newness?

I also believe the change of the seasons is a great time to have a detox/cleanse. In honour of this and also since it’s been a while since I posted a scrumptious recipe … today is the day.

This carrot, orange, kale, lemon and ginger juice won’t disappoint.

If you’ve been feeling tired and rundown this juice will hit the spot and will definitely help. The lemon gives each sip a tangy kick. The ginger adds a spicy heated note, the kale a savoury touch, and the carrot/orange brings that nice sweetness we all love.

And don’t worry the kale does not dominate! pure veggie juices can be a tadge too bitter, especially first thing in the morning so I always add a little fruit for sweetness.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oranges
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 big handfuls kale
  • ½ lemon
  • 1-inch ginger

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Slice oranges in half, remove skin and inner white layers
  • Wash & peel carrots
  • Wash kale
  • Remove lemon skin and inner white layers
  • Peel ginger
  • Put everything through the juicer
  • Serve up and enjoy

This recipe is perfect all year round but as I mentioned earlier it’s ideal for a detox/cleanse such as MY B-FIT 21 DAY WEIGHT LOSS PLAN. This plan is designed to eliminate toxins from the body over a 3 week period. The benefits of this are more energy, better sleep, less bloating and fat loss.

You’re GUARANTEED to lose 8-14 lbs or a dress size in the 21 days which is an amazing result of detoxing your body not to mention all the other health benefits.

So come on board. What have you got to loose other than nasty toxins and excess body fat?!!!

My clients and I detox regularly, and the results are astounding! Plus it’s all done for you with meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists all provided.

Interested?

Give me a tinkle or drop me a text on 07748298728 and we’ll go from there.

Love Gaynor x

15 SIGNS YOU NEED TO DETOX

You probably know already I’m a massive advocator of detoxing 3-4 times per year for many health reasons.

We get hit by toxins everywhere. Think about it … pesticides, cosmetics, toiletries, pollution, food and even our water. The list goes on and on.

You might not know this but excess toxins are stored in body fat so if we detox and shift the toxins we’ll lose fat.

Remember this crucial point …

IT’S NOT ABOUT “WEIGHT” LOSS BUT “FAT” & “INCH” LOSS

There’s a huge difference!!!

So how do you know if you need a detox?

Well, the good news is your body is super smart and gives you tell tale signs. If you experience any of the following, it’ likely time for a detox:

  • Tiredness
  • Bloated
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Mental fog
  • Moodiness
  • Cravings
  • Fluid retention
  • Bad breath
  • Gall bladder issues
  • Bad skin
  • Weight loss resistance
  • Indigestion
  • Body odour

I’m here to tell you detoxing is not a luxury but imperative to our health and wellbeing. So here are 6 easy tips to get you started and help you reduce toxicity from today!

TIP 1 – CONSUME A DAILY GLASS OF FRESH WATER & LEMON

This will not only hydrate you but encourages the body to flush out toxins. Also, make sure you check out my blog on 7 BENEFITS OF DRINKING LEMON & HOT WATER HERE.

TIP 2 – STAY HYDRATED

Drink at least 2 to 3 litres of fresh water per day, including herbal teas. Some people think this will make them more bloated, but the opposite is true – it helps the body flush out toxins and reduce bloat.

TIP 3 – CLEANSE 3-4 TIMES PER YEAR

MY B-FIT 21 DAY WEIGHT LOSS PLAN has been designed to eliminate toxins from the body over a 3 week period. The benefits of this are more energy, better sleep, less bloating and the best one fat loss.

You’re GUARANTEED to lose 8-14 lbs or a dress size in the 21 days which is an amazing result of detoxing your body not to mention all the other health benefits.

My clients and I detox regularly, and the results are astounding! Plus it’s all done for you with meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists all provided.

Tip 4 – ELIMINATE ALCOHOL & PROCESSED FOODS

Cutting out alcohol and processed foods during a detox works wonders for fat loss. Alcohol and processed foods are full of additives and toxins. Believe me, you’ll be glad you ditched them. Give it a go, and see the difference to the belly bloat.

TIP 5 – CUT COFFEE

Cutting out caffeine will enable your hormones to get back to normal and for your body to work effectively. We are not supposed to run off coffee and if you need it to get up in the morning, something is wrong. Giving up coffee can be hard for the first couple of days, but the benefits are well worth it plus you’ll find that you sleep better.

TIP 6 – GO ORGANIC

Pesticides and other nasties feature so heavily in our food chain that it’s no wonder our bodies are fighting against toxins. Reduce your exposure to toxins in food by eating whole, fresh organic foods. This will massively benefit your health, reduce toxins in your body and so help fat loss.

Also make sure you consume plenty of fibrous green vegetables every day to ensure you get enough vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients into your diet and also to support the detoxification process.

Did you like this post and find it helpful? I hope so.

If you’d like to know more about the amazing benefits of detoxing your body for health, wellbeing and fat loss get in touch with me on 07748 298728.

Love Gaynor x