Category Archives: Health

UNDEREATING & TOO MUCH CARDIO SLOWS DOWN FAT LOSS

Have you ever been guilty of under eating, and doing excessive cardio to lose weight? Be honest!

If I had a pound for every time I hear these scenarios I would be one rich Gaynor.

I can see the temptation BUT in the long term it will slow down your fat loss and have a negative impact on your overall body composition.

Here’s why…

Slower Metabolism 

Your metabolism is affected by the amount of calories you consume each day, it adapts to this and responds accordingly.

If you drastically drop your calories for too long you will lose weight, but you will be causing your metabolism to slow down too quickly.

You will eventually hit a plateau and struggle to progress. You see by this point there are fewer calories left in your diet to remove and let’s face it there’s only so much cardio you can do. In other words, you’ve maxed out your options too soon.

The best way to lose fat is slow and steady by gradually feeding and allowing your body to utilise fat stores whilst feeding it correctly to protect your metabolic rate. Believe me, you do not want to mess up your metabolism from doing things extreme. Not only is it unhealthy but it also messes up your hormones which can be very tricky to correct.

Less Lean Muscle  

Another common knock on effect of under eating is a loss of lean muscle. Muscle will be catabolised very quickly if you’re not consuming enough calories and amino acids from quality food sources.

A loss of muscle stalls your metabolism and affects the look of your physique. Nice lean muscle gives tone, definition and curves ladies so do not be afraid of it.

Also, muscle is metabolically active tissue, therefore, the less you have the fewer calories you burn. The more you have the more calories you burn.

Poor Performance 

The less muscle you have the poorer your performance will be when exercising. You’ll be weaker as you’re trying to run your body on a low tank of fuel.

The knock-on effect of poor performance is you’ll struggle to stimulate the muscle properly to burn off calories and every workout will become harder. It’s a vicious circle.

All of these negatives can be avoided and managed, just by eating sensibly, ensuring you’re not under eating and allowing gradual positive changes to take place.

Like with many things patience is key. You will get there I promise.

Love Gaynor x

GREEN TEA – A FAT BURNING PHENOMENON

Want to lose body fat? Want to lose it naturally and easily?

If so, keep reading cos today we’re talking Green Tea and how it’s considered one of the healthiest beverages on the planet and proven to help you lose body fat.

The secret lies in a compound in Green Tea called Polyphenols which helps you get lean. Hence, it’s become so popular as a drink.

As you know, there’s tons of health fads out there. Most are total nonsense, but Green Tea is one of the good guys and gets the thumbs up from me.

It’s been enjoyed for its taste and medicinal powers for 5000 years originating from China. It’s made from fresh leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and comes in various forms such as dried leaves, decaffeinated, capsules, and liquid preparations.

Health Benefits

The secret behind the benefits lies in the powerful antioxidants it contains. Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the same plant but what makes green tea healthier is the way it’s processed. Green Tea is steamed as opposed to fermented. This prevents the valuable compounds from being oxidized resulting in the highest concentration of powerful antioxidant polyphenols, keeping the caffeine content low and tannins (that inhibits absorption of nutrients) non-existent. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals and may help prevent health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and premature aging.

Green Tea also contains alkaloids such as caffeine that provide a stimulant effect which means you can skyrocket your 24-hour energy expenditure to create the perfect environment for maximum fat burning.

Other benefits of green tea are it reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and prevents abnormal clots, it boosts immunity, treats cardio vascular, inflammatory and liver diseases as well as diabetes, stress, arthritis, skin damage and infection.

Harmful Effects

The only possible negative is the caffeine content. And as you know drinking excessive caffeine for prolonged periods can cause insomnia, nausea, irritability, palpitations, urination, headaches and loss of appetite.

However, green tea contains a quarter the caffeine of coffee, and you would have to be drinking a ton of it to cause these side effects.

Here’s some tasty green tea recipes for you to try …

Mint Green Tea

  • 1 tsp green tea
  • 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 200 ml boiling water

Place the green tea and the mint in a warmed teapot. Add the boiling water, cover and leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Serve hot or chilled.

Heart Chai

  • 1 tsp green tea
  • 1 tsp black cumin seeds
  • 1 cm piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp lemon balm
  • Small pinch of cayenne
  • 300m ml rice, oat, hemp or your fav nut milk
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)

Place all the ingredients, except the honey in a small saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Strain into a large cup, add the honey if desired, and serve.

One final important point …

Don’t over steep green tea otherwise it will taste bitter and astringent. Not nice ☹

Thanks as always for all your love and support. And as usual hit me up with any burning Q’s you have. I’m here to help.

Love Gaynor x

CUCUMBER MINT INFUSED WATER

How can water taste this good? Drinking enough water every day can be challenging right? I mean let’s be honest, water can get really boring. But with recipes like cucumber mint infused water, you’ll be chugging water back like a true pro.

As a gauge aim for half your bodyweight in ounces per day e.g. if you weighed 150 lbs divide this by 2 = 75 ozs of water.

The health benefits of cucumber include vitamins C, A, K, and B5, as well as manganese, potassium, and magnesium, endowing health benefits that fight inflammation and infection while helping to produce energy and support bone and heart strength.

Cucumbers are made up primarily of water and so you’ll find this recipe extra hydrating and refreshing.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large organic cucumber
  • 1 cup organic mint leaves
  • 1 gallon of water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Chop up your cucumber into small cubes, add to blender
  • Add the mint
  • Pour 4 cups water into the blender from your gallon
  • Blend on high for a couple minutes
  • Strain using the strainer into a large jug
  • Add strained liquid to rest of the gallon of water
  • Chill and enjoy

LEARN HOW AMELIA REDUCED HER TUMMY FAT

Another amazing success story has just landed into B-Fit HQ.

Amelia is nothing short of inspirational, and I have to say I shed a tear or two reading her story. It reminded me why I do what I do.

So read for yourself below and take strength and encouragement that you can achieve this too.

If you’re in a similar space to where Amelia was at the beginning get in touch with me on 07748298728 or email me here …

GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM

Love Gaynor x

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Evening Gaynor

I know it’s late but I’ve just sat down and read this week’s blog.

They are always really inspirational and I’m not saying this note will be but what I do know is that if I didn’t start the SMALL GROUP PT and do the 21 DAY FAT LOSS PLAN I wouldn’t be feeling as positive as I am today.

14 months ago I looked at some photos of me that family members had taken and I felt totally deflated. I didn’t recognise myself. I looked bloated and unhealthy and I knew that I needed to make a change.

After taking the plunge I started the SMALL GROUP PT and loved it. All the ladies were friendly and I enjoyed the sessions even though they were tough. The nutritional advice was great and after the initial shock to the system, I found it fairly easy to follow. Although I made the most changes to my diet my family also reaped the benefits. I feel fitter and lost pounds and inches and even entered into a 5k. I loved it.

I then went on to do the 21 FAT LOSS PLAN which gave me the extra boost I needed. The reduction in my tummy fat was the biggest difference after doing this. Family and friends all commented and some even signed up. I felt great in a dress I bought for my brother’s wedding which was a nice change.

I have continued with the principles and next Saturday I am doing Total Warrior in Leeds, a 12k 30 obstacles race. I am doing it for charity which is a great feeling. I have to say I feel fitter and stronger than I have in years and whilst I still can’t say I love the way I look I feel much happier than I did when I started and I will be wearing bikinis rather than costumes on this year’s holiday!

I know I see you fairly regularly but wanted to say had it not been for you I doubt I would have felt capable of any of this. I hope that this gives anyone of a “certain age” the push they need to make that change and start your sessions.

Amelia

TRY THIS FREE FAT BLASTING BODYWEIGHT WORKOUT

I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to go to the gym to get fit.

There’s a gazillion ways to trim down and get toned that don’t involve sweaty intimidating gyms. Not to mention the time you waste getting there/back, and the expensive membership fees.

I don’t normally share free workouts in my blogs simply because I don’t know everyone’s specific goals, health, injuries, imbalances, and mechanics … which is why at B-Fit we do an in-depth assessment of each client before we start.

But on this occasion, I’m going to break the rules and share one of my most popular B-Fit fat blaster bodyweight workouts, and just in time for Summer too.

The great thing about this workout is you can do it anywhere – home, hotel room, garage, beach, and at the park.

In a nutshell – anywhere.

So give this thigh shrinking, fat burning workout a go and be sure to let me know how you get on ok?!

It’s suitable for anyone but especially if you’re looking to lose weight, drop inches and get toned whilst also strengthening your heart/lungs and giving yourself a nice dose of happy endorphins 😊

Let’s jump straight in.

WORKOUT GUIDELINES

  • Warm up before you start
  • Complete circuit 4-5 times per week, a minimum 3
  • Complete with or without weights
  • Go straight from one exercise onto the next
  • Rest 30-60 secs after entire circuit
  • Reduce/increase rest according to fitness levels
  • Repeat entire circuit 3-4 times

WORKOUT

Click the links below to see a video demo of each exercise.

As I said be sure to let me know how you get on, and if you’ve any questions ping me an email to GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM

Also …

If you need extra help or something tailored specifically for you then book a FREE B-FIT SESSION. Simply give me a tinkle on 07748298728 for a confidential no obligation chat.

Another option is a FREE trial of my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE this Thursday 22nd June at 7pm in St Stephen’s church hall, Hightown.

If you’re up for some fat burning fun and games with yours truly + some lovely women then come along.

Exercise should be fun, time efficient and get results. Combined with the right food, and a good night’s sleep you’ll be well on your way to feeling fit and fabulous.

Thank you, as always, for reading and allowing me to be a part of your world.

Until next time, have a super week.

Love Gaynor x

THE HEALTHY SALT SERIES – DEAD SEA – PART 2

Guys I hoped you enjoyed part 1 of my healthy salt series on Himalayan Salt. If you missed it, you can catch up HERE.

Today, as promised, I’m covering Dead Sea Salt, which as the name suggests is from the Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea borders Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. It’s a salt lake 400 meters below sea level, which is the lowest point on dry land.

It’s renowned for it’s therapeutic and medicinal qualities due to it’s mineral rich, salty waters and mud. Also, because it’s hypersaline you can float in it.

What Is Dead Sea Salt?

Salts from the Dead Sea go back thousands of years to the Roman Empire and biblical times. It was so well regarded for its healing qualities that people went on pilgrimages to it to boost their wellbeing.

Dead Sea Salt is typically made by picking the salt from the sea, and then washing and drying it off to evaporate the water off. Granules are sieved and then separated according to size.

So what’s all the hype? Is it that much better than standard sea salt?

Yes and here’s why …

Dead Sea water is 29% salt compared to 4% salt in other seas. The dense salt levels are what causes it to be hypersaline so allowing you to float.

Also, only 12% of Dead Sea Salt is sodium chloride versus 85% in normal sea water making it much better for your health.

Dead Sea Salt is also incredibly high in magnesium and other minerals (potassium, calcium chloride, and bromides). This makes it a great choice to add to food as it’s low in sodium and yet you can increase your magnesium intake at the same time.

Benefits

  • Moisturises and smoothes the skin
  • Reduces skin inflammation, dryness, and itchiness
  • Relieves skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and sunburn
  • Ease arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches, and pains
  • Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties

What To Look For

  • 100% unrefined
  • 100% natural

Uses

  • Cooking, baking, and seasoning (if using coarse Dead Sea Salt use a grinder)
  • In the bath to ease muscle aches, and treat skins conditions (use fine Dead Sea Salt)
  • In beauty products such as body scrubs and bath salts

Bath Guidelines

  • Dissolve 250 grams salt in a hot bath approx 36-40 degrees
  • Soak and relax for 20 mins

Storage

  • Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place as over time the salt can absorb moisture

As you can see, there’s many benefits to Dead Sea Salt. Have I convinced you yet? Give it a try and let me know what you think? It’s such an easy switch and like Himalayan Salt doesn’t cost the earth.

In the next episode on the healthy salt series, I’m going to be introducing you to the final salt in our series – Epsom Salt.

Love Gaynor x

THE HEALTHY SALT SERIES – HIMALAYAN – PART 1

Just like fats, not all salts are created equal. There are good salts, and there are bad salts. Salts that can heal us, and salts that can literally kill us. This 3 part healthy salt guide is designed to shed a little light on this subject. My goal is to encourage you to ditch the processed table salt and opt for the healthier alternatives.

Salt over the years has gotten such bad press as the bad guy, and that we need to reduce our intake or we’ll be 4 foot under.

But it’s also vital we remember that it’s crucial to the chemical and electrolyte balance in our body. Without this, we would struggle to transmit electrical nerve impulses. These pulses allow us to perform ‘bioelectrical’ functions such as movement, thinking, heart beat, feeling, and seeing.

Mess this up and things can go a bit pear shaped 🙁

There’s a huge misconception that salt is just salt. But that’s not the case at all. There are many different kinds of salt.

I’m more concerned about the type of salt you consume than the quantity. For clarity, it’s specifically processed table salt (97% sodium chloride) that’s not good for us.

There are better salts available than table that deliver not just sodium but other rich and diverse minerals. That’s what I want to explore in this series and specifically Himalayan, Dead Sea, and Epsom salts.

First up, is Himalayan Salt … no surprise it’s from the Himalaya’s!

What Is Himalayan Salt?

These dusky pink granules don’t just look pretty – they’re also incredibly medicinal.

As well as containing sodium chloride (85%), Himalayan salt is jam packed with 84 trace minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sulphate and iron. It’s the iron that gives the beautiful pinkness.

Since Himalayan salt contains less sodium chloride than table salt, it’s a great way to reduce our overall consumption and minimise any potential health risks.

Benefits

  • Helps prevent cramping
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Hydrates skin and organs
  • Strengthens bones
  • Improves vascular health
  • Supports a healthier respiratory system
  • Promotes good pH balance and very alkaline
  • Promotes healthy sleep
  • Increases libido
  • Eliminates heavy metals from the body
  • Improves cardiovascular health

What To Look For

  • 100% unrefined
  • 100% natural

Uses

  • Cooking, baking, and seasoning (if using coarse Himalayan salt use a grinder)
  • In the bath to ease muscle aches, and treat skins conditions (use fine Himalayan salt)
  • Salt lamps to purify the air
  • Salt candles holders to purify the air and they give off the most beautiful warm glow
  • In beauty products such as body scrubs, soaps, and face masks

Bath Guidelines

  • Dissolve salt in a hot bath approx 36-40 degrees
  • For sore muscles and joints use 500 grams to 1 kg in a regular sized bath
  • For general wellbeing use 250 to 500 grams in a regular sized bath
  • Soak and relax for 20 mins

Storage

  • Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place as over time the salt can absorb moisture

As you can see, there’s many benefits to Himalayan salt. Have I convinced you yet? Give it a try and let me know what you think? It’s such an easy switch and doesn’t cost the earth.

In the next episode on the healthy salt series, I’m going to be introducing you to Dead Sea Salt.

Back soon with the next instalment.

Love Gaynor x

8 TIPS FOR FAT LOSS

Does this scenario sound familiar?

You commit to a healthy lifestyle. You get all organised, are super positive and raring to go. But before you know it, you’ve reverted to your old habits – the diet slips and the gym attendance falls behind.

The good news?

There is a better way. Swap this all or nothing mentality for my top 8 tips for fat loss. Trust me they work!

If you follow 5-7 of these tips you’ll be well on your way to hitting your target goal. Follow ’em all and your results will be off the scale!

Here goes …

1. Avoid Faddy Diets

Faddy diets are a pet peeve of mine.

They don’t work, aren’t sustainable, and mess up your health and hormones.

Fat loss shouldn’t just be about getting into smaller jeans or looking good in a bikini, it’s about looking and feeling healthier for life.

It may sound cliche, but there are no shortcuts to losing weight – a balanced diet and regular exercise will achieve far more than a week on the latest craze.

2. Smaller Portions

At mealtimes, try putting your food on a smaller plate. Studies show that we’ll finish off the plate in front of us whatever it’s size – and we’ll feel full afterwards.

3. Mix Up Exercise

If you find exercise a chore to stick to try mixing it up. The key is choosing a form of exercise you enjoy such as a run outdoors, swimming, bodyweight exercises, a dance class and so on. The choices are endless!

Whatever you choose, just make sure it cranks up your heart rate so you burn calories in real time and also up to 24 hours afterwards.

4. Go Lean

Choose leaner cuts of meat and replace creamy sauces with vegetable alternatives. It’ll still taste great whilst absorbing less fat.

5. Buddy Up

Why not get a friend to train and get healthy with you? You can both motivate and help each other. Also, my B-FIT SMALL GROUP PT COURSE is perfect for extra support from a lovely group of like-minded ladies.

6. Crank Up Your Music

I’m a big believer in the power of music to help you push harder whilst exercising. So load up your playlist with your fav upbeat tracks.

7. Take Baby Steps

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is achieving long lasting changes in your health and fitness. So be patient. Losing weight doesn’t mean cutting out life’s pleasures altogether and being extreme.

Simple swaps make a huge difference and add up over time. For example, instead of ice cream, have a coyo coconut yoghurt. You’ll barely notice the difference. And when food tastes good, it doesn’t even feel like you’re dieting.

8. Detox & Purge Your Pantry

Clear out your cupboards of all junk food and replace with healthier choices. Controlling your environment as best you can is key to achieving your goals.

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