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7 WAYS TO BREAK THROUGH A FAT LOSS PLATEAU

Have you ever experienced a time when you’ve steadily been losing weight/inches and then it just comes to a stand still?! If this rings a bell then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate. These 7 tactics are a good starting point to help you break through the plateau.

Keep An “Honest” Food Diary

This is a proven technique for weight loss. When an “honest” food diary is kept it forces you to keep an accurate account of what food you eat including portion sizes and all the other little indulgences you have here and there that could very well be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

Get More Sleep

There’s clear scientific links between sleep deprivation and weight gain. It messes up your hormones resulting in an increased appetite, cravings, poor workouts and a decrease in overall energy expenditure. So make sure you get your Zzzzz

Eat More Frequently

And no that was not a typo! Though counterintuitive, increasing the frequency of meals can kickstart weight loss. Skipping meals can lower your metabolism and cause your body to hold onto calories by storing them as fat. Whereas, eating small, but frequent healthy meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism firing. Your blood sugar levels will also be more stable and so you’re less likely to raid the pantry cupboards.

Change Your Workout Routine

If long bouts of steady state cardio and/or doing the same old routine aren’t producing the goods then it’s time for a change as your body isn’t responding. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), is a form of cardio that involves alternating sets of intense exertion with brief recovery and has been shown to burn more fat in a fraction of the time than traditional cardio. The whole idea is to shock and re-boot your system to get it losing weight again.

Increase Protein Intake

Consuming protein has been shown to lead to more fat loss. Healthy protein sources combined with resistance training significantly improves overall body composition.

De-Stress

Stress increases the body’s production of the hormone cortisol, which has been linked to both weight gain and increased appetite. Other side effects of too much stress include poor sleep and digestive problems, both of which will derail your body’s ability to burn fat.

Timeout

If you’re doing everything correctly, and have been doing it for a long time and you’re not losing any weight despite all your hard efforts there’s a possibility your body has shutdown. If you’ve over dieted/over trained your body will be tired, stressed and will fight back. Timeout could be exactly what’s needed to re-set your system.

THE NO GYM REQUIRED WORKOUT

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

When it comes to exercise there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Still not convinced?

Well, keep reading because I’m going to show you how.

For me, you’ve the best resource right on your doorstep – your body.

It’s free, with you 24/7 and very versatile.

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

In today’s world time is precious, and the stressors of work, family, and everyday life often make a workout the last priority.

Sound familiar?

The tips I’m about to share for working out with or without a gym can easily help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals and they’re so achievable!

Many of my B-Fit clients have done these and so can you my friend.

Give these exercises a go and be sure to let me know how you get on ok?

Bodyweight Training

The benefits of strength training are well known. If you don’t have access to free weights or machines, you can use the best machine of all – yourself.

Using your own body weight for strength and conditioning offers plenty of versatile exercise options, and can be done anywhere – home, hotel room, garage, beach, and at the park.

Here’s some of my personal favourites:

  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Pushups
  • Planks
  • Burpees
  • Mountain Climbers

Very often bodyweight exercises are put into a circuit by doing a set of each exercise without stopping until you’ve completed one set of every exercise, which equals one circuit.

In fact, a few weeks ago I shared a great Fat Blasting Bodyweight Circuit Workout HERE. Make sure you check it out 😊

STORE CUPBOARD EXERCISES

I know it sounds a bit weird but you can turn household items into calorie-torching, body-sculpting tools.

Those large water bottles, cans of beans, and bags of rice in your store cupboard aren’t just for cooking. If you don’t have access to dumbbells or machines, these will do the job.

You can do bicep curls, shoulder presses, and tricep kick backs with them as well as many more fantastic exercises.

Other ideas include a gallon jug of water. You can even grab a couple bags of sand from a local DIY store. These are all great to squat, lunge and do step ups with.

Chairs and towels and other household items can help shake up your routine by supporting your body weight and adding movements that engage your core, and improve your balance.

Other Opportunities To Move

Take the stairs, park furthest away from the door, and take a walk around the block during your lunch hour are all very easy ways to squeeze in more exercise.

We all know that exercise is a key factor in weight loss so let’s make it happen.

If you need help getting motivated and/or don’t know where to start give me a call on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential chat.

I’m here to help.

Love Gaynor x

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

4 EXERCISES TO BANISH ARM FLAB

Batwing arms. Arm jiggle. Arm flab.

Whatever you want to call it, if I got a pound for every time I got asked how to tone the back of the arms I’d be one rich woman!

If you are tired of waving your arms in the air and seeing your underarms jiggle in all directions your in the right place.

When it comes to toned arms it’s a combination of a healthy diet and doing cardio & strength training.

Today, I’m just going to focus on the exercise side of things. It isn’t just about your rep ranges, sets, intensity, and programming. It’s about choosing the right exercises to maximise muscle tone and condition.

First a mini anatomy lesson.

There are 3 main heads of the triceps (hence the word tri) and you have to focus on all 3 in order to tighten and tone your arms to their full potential. The triceps account for over two-thirds of your overall upper arm so don’t neglect them.

The outer head and medial head of the triceps are often targeted with the same exercise, however, the long head is the area which needs more targeted focus. This is also the part of the triceps which sets your arms apart, giving them that overall tone, diamond shape, and fullness from all angles.

Here’s the exercises that will do just that:

Incline Dumbbell Skull Crushers 

This is a perfect exercise to stimulate your long head tricep. You’ll also gain an extra stretch at the bottom with the isometric contraction, and the slight incline on the bench will allow you to gain a fuller range of motion. Focus on using a pause at the bottom of each rep to really maximise that stretch on the long head.

  • Lie on a bench with a slight incline
  • Holding two dumbbells directly above your shoulders
  • Arms fully extended and form a 90-degree angle from your torso
  • Palms of your hands should be facing forward, elbows tucked in
  • Inhale, slowly lower the dumbbells until they are near your ears
  • Always keep your upper arms stationary, elbows tucked in
  • Exhale, use your triceps to return the weight to the start position

Close Push Ups

If you are new to this exercise and do not have the strength to perform it, you can either bend your legs at the knees to take off resistance or perform the exercise against the wall instead of the floor.

  • Kneel on the floor
  • Place your hands on the floor closer than shoulder width
  • Extend your legs straight behind you and get into a plank position
  • You are holding your torso up at arm’s length
  • Lower yourself until chest almost touches the floor as you inhale
  • Using triceps, press body back up to the start position and exhale
  • Squeeze your chest at the top

Dumbbell Kick Backs

  • Hold a dumbbell in each hand and palms facing torso
  • Keep your back straight, slight bend in the knees
  • Bend forward at the waist
  • Your torso should be almost parallel to the floor
  • Upper arms should be close to your torso and parallel to the floor
  • Forearms pointed towards the floor as you hold the weights
  • There should be 90-degrees between your forearm and upper arm (start position)
  • While keeping your upper arms stationary, exhale and use your triceps to lift the weights until the arm is fully extended
  • Always focus on moving the forearm
  • Pause at the top contraction, inhale and slowly lower the dumbbells back down

A couple of variations for you …

This exercise can be executed one arm at a time. Also, if you like the one arm variety, you can use a cable with a low pulley handle instead of a dumbbell for better peak contraction. In this case, the palms should be facing up (supinated grip) as opposed to the torso (neutral grip).

Weighted Narrow Grip Bench Dips 

Weighted narrow grip dips are a great overall tricep exercise. With this exercise really focus on driving through your triceps rather than your shoulders.

  • Place a bench behind your back and another one in front of you
  • With the benches perpendicular to your body, hold on to one bench on its edge with the hands close to your body
  • Your arms should be fully extended
  • Legs will be extended forward on top of the other bench parallel to the floor while your torso is to be perpendicular to the floor
  • Have your partner place the weight on your lap
  • Lower your body as you inhale by bending at the elbows until you lower yourself far enough to where there is an angle slightly smaller than 90 degrees between the upper arm and the forearm
  • Keep the elbows as close as possible throughout the movement
  • Forearms should always be pointing down
  • Using your triceps push your torso up again while exhaling and squeeze at the top

Have a play with these exercises, and be sure to let me know how you get on.

Any Q’s shoot me an email to gaynor@b-fit.uk.com. Until next time have a super week.

Gaynor x

Jo drops two dress sizes and 14 cm off her tummy!

Jo Austin recently finished her B-Fit Platinum Personal Training and Nutrition Package, and now she feels totally fit and fabulous!

jo-before-after

Here is what she has to say about her B-Fit journey!

I have been training with Gaynor for four months. For me it was a huge step!

I was overweight, unhealthy, lacking in confidence and recovering from anxiety issues. But now I have dropped two dress sizes and lost 14 cm off my tummy!

I am one and half stone lighter, more toned, eating healthy and nutritious food and enjoying exercising.

One of the best things for me is that I now feel strong- it’s such an empowering feeling.

I go out more, my confidence has returned, and my outlook on life has changed. I have learned so much from Gaynor- it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.

If you to know more about my B-Fit programmes, call or text me on 07748 298728 or email gaynor@b-fit.uk.com for a FREE confidential chat, or to arrange a FREE one-to-one confidential B-Fit session with me.

10 Years Younger – Could This Be You?

Is your inner dialogue set on repeat? Do you tell yourself that this is the year you will lose a stone, get fit, tone up, drop a dress size and be more energetic… only to fall back into old, bad habits?

For many, it is all to common to make and break these resolutions year after year. But you can stop this cycle!

Are you ready to take action?

I am looking for one amazing lady to fill a space on my Gold 10 Years Younger Personal Training, Nutrition and Weight Loss package. If you tick any of these boxes, it could be you!

  • Over 40
  • Overweight
  • Sick of feeling rubbish
  • Fed up of faddy diets
  • Are ready to take action NOW!

Do you want to feel 10 years younger, fit and fabulous without faddy diets or spending hours bored in a gym?

If this sounds like you then email me at gaynor@b-fit.uk.com and say ‘It’s Me’, and add your telephone number. We will then talk and possibly book you in for a free session/informal chat with me.

This lady did it! And you can too.

chris

The thing is, my clients are all intelligent, successful women – successful in their jobs, careers and family. What they all have in common is that they need the right knowledge and support to get the results they want.

It’s very common for people on fitness regimes to throw in the towel just before they start to get results!

But what makes people feel good is already there, and I can help bring it out.

In 2015 one of my lovely clients, Chris Smith, found this out. Chris wasn’t happy with the way she looked or felt. Nothing was working, and she was unsure of what to do next. She just wanted to get her sparkle back and feel great for her son’s wedding!

Chris booked my Gold Personal Training, Nutrition and Weight Loss coaching package. She made a leap into the unknown and needed lots of hand-holding along the way.

And it was an absolute joy to watch Chris gradually blossom!

Little by little, Chris began to get her sparkle back! Not only physically, but emotionally as well. Chris grew stronger every day. And now, 11 months on, she is one strong and perfectly formed lady – in every way!

Watch the video for Chris’ story!

This is what Chris had to say about her B-Fit journey …

“Gaynor was quite simply my saviour! For most of the last 10 years I had been unhappy with my weight and body size and despite my attempts at diets and exercise, I had not been able to change anything. I was approaching 60, and my son’s wedding was in 6 month’s time when I received a flyer through the door and on recognising one of Gaynor’s happy customers on the flyer I phoned Gaynor to make an appointment. From Day 1 Gaynor impressed me with her drive, professionalism, knowledge and practical approach and I immediately felt as though she would be able to help me look amazing for my son’s wedding. Over the months, I always felt supported and encouraged and always felt in safe hands, and the results started to show. I lost a total of 60 cms (17 cms off my abdomen!) and went down 2 dress sizes and lost 1.5 stones. I could now fit into all my clothes and was able to go out and buy modern new clothes 2 sizes smaller! The delight of walking into a changing room and picking up a size 14 and knowing that I would fit into it was incredible. I had gone back to the person that I always felt that I was inside, and my confidence has returned. I feel fitter and more agile than I have done for many years and as a result, I feel years younger. I cannot thank you enough Gaynor.”

You too could blossom and benefit from the right knowledge and support. Forget years of broken resolutions, instead you can choose to gain self-confidence, energy and be fit and fabulous by the middle of 2016!

For more success stories like Chris’ click here.

If this sounds like you then take action NOW!

Email me at gaynor@b-fit.uk.com and just say ‘It’s me’ and add your telephone number! We will talk and possibly book you in for a free session/informal chat with me. Alternatively you can call me on 07748 298728.

Just think – no more feeling rubbish! Instead you can boost your self-confidence, energy, tone and sexiness! Get your sparkle back and feel fit and fabulous in 2016!