Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A brief chat about Fat with The M From GM-Fitness Cardiff.

Good Afternoon All.
GM-Fitness Cardiff here, Its The M chatting away today.
I want you to Have a little think. Then ask yourself the following..

When you think of healthy eating do you naturally think “uh I hate dieting” or conger up images of salads and rye bread? If the answer is yes then you are probably some one who has tried a variety of yo yo diets that are neither sensible nor a permanent solution to weight loss. Correct?

If you are one of the thousands of people who have tried some  form of fad diets such as Atkins or weight watcher, then you would have seen fast results, that are short lived and restrictive.
Again Correct?

Have you ever wondered why when you stop dieting the pounds seem to come back with vengeance,

Well  your body is a fine tuned machine that has evolved through millions of years and during this period we have developed a wonderful way of preserving and converting carbohydrates into fuel in times of food shortage or thiamine, this energy source know as adipose or to you and I “FAT”! 

Fat Facts

 Did You Know?

Fat is a necessary component in the human body, without it we would soon die,

Did you also know you have two forms of body fat –  White and Brown

A small amount of this is used to protect vital organs and to help maintain insulation in the from of heat.

Fat also plays a vital roll in the formation of hormones and in the formation of cholesterol – Good HDL and Bad LDL,

I Often Hear, Well on A daily basis I hear the words I am not loosing Fat/ Weight.
You have to ask yourself the following questions

Is My Diet Balanced?
Do I control My portion sizes?
When Eating do You think of the now and not the future?
Are you aware there are 24 hours in a day! How much of that time are you active for?
Sleep Do you get enough good quality sleep?  This recovery time is really important for growth, change and repair.
Stress Levels / Do you keep this under control?

There could be several Different reasons you may not be loosing fat/ Adipose tissue.

The answers here must come from within, Or speak to team GM-Fitness Cardiff for more advice.

I personally like to use a visual approach towards fat loss/ physical change. Or from time to time waist to hip measurements, Again taking this every 4-8 weeks.
The scales can be your worst enemy and who actually gives a toss to what you actually weigh. I currently guys and girls weigh in at 10 stone this is my heaviest weight ever, And to be honest this is the best I have personally looked as of date. So banish the bloody scales and start using the visual approach, Even taking monthly selfies is a great way to monitor physical change.

Lets leave the scales to your weigh in days with GM-Fitness Cardiff.

One last thing before I leave it there.

Fact Of the day
 Next time you reach for that tasty treat there are 3,500kcls in one pound of fat! That’s around an hour of intense cardio everyday for a week.

Speak again soon.

Stay Fit Stay Focused..

Monday, 17 February 2014

Change Must Come from Within.

Control Or Destiny
Afternoon All. We are back that's right, A very Big Hello from Us at GM-Fitness Cardiff.
Right Lets Discuss the following, And along the way don't forget to question yourself on what is being written.

Society is driven by followers leaders and those who sit on the fence.

What makes a leader a leader and a follower follow, is it written within our D.N.A or are we a product of our own making.

We are exposed to images and ideas that shape our thoughts and beliefs, one persons perception of beautify, morality or ethics maybe entirely different from yours.

Culture, lifestyle and the media , play a key role in moulding our lives, influencing  us on a conscious and subconscious level.

The food we eat to the drinks we choose, we as a species follow trend and habitual patterns.

The same is true when it comes to our relationships with food and life style, emotional eaters use food as a comfort system , this is a taught behaviour and usually not something that has suddenly manifested in  a short period of time, however as it is a learnt behaviour it can be unlearned.

Parents who show love by rewarding their children with unhealthy snacks and treats are leading the way to an un-healthy association with foods that taste great but have little nutritional value and an addictive nature that may lead to problems in adult hood. 
Stress, boredom or emotional trauma can also bring out the desire to binge.  


Trying to break a lifelong habit regardless of what that may be, can be as challenging as quitting any addiction, it's a comfort blanket that has suddenly been snatched away from you.
In order to succeed you must first try to analyse the what , why and the how.
What are my triggers, why do I choose what I do, and how does it make me feel before and after.

Once you have the answer to these questions you can set yourself small challenges, mini achievable goals, think about how you are going to achieve your goals, perhaps enlist a friend or partner to help support you during the first few weeks to help support each other in achieving success.
The most common story we as personal trainers hear is that people do not like healthy food, that they do not have time, that they are  a fussy eater e.c.t.
Statements of an unwillingness to change their thought patterns  regarding food choices , this is usually linked to the negative relationship with the "reward system" or association they have with less healthy food.

The truth is that no food can be completely categorised as good or bad if moderation and self control are observed.

The belief that healthy food is somehow redundant in flavour taste or texture is the first stumbling block for the comfort eaters, the endorphin rush and feel good factor from having their fix is as addictive as any drug and as we are bombarded with ever increasing food and drink adverts triggers can often be hard to avoid.
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Monday, 10 February 2014

Self Doubt Wont Do You Any Favours.

Good Morning From GM-Fitness Personal Training Cardiff.

Lets Talk Self Doubt Shell we.

Why Does it exist?

Of all things to have happen when you start anything new, Self doubt can be your number one enemy.

Take a clean eating lifestyle this often enough is thought of as total dread! Why is that you may wonder.

Well firstly  it is all about stepping out of your comfort zone that everyone lives in. And saying/ shouting out from the top of your voice I am ready to start something new.

Bad eating habits have often started from a very young age, what you need to do is ask yourself why this has happened, What triggered this in my life? Why if I do, do I turn to food if  I am feeling emotional.

The Advice I can offer to you is start to write a diary, Of the way you feel, for over a period of time this maybe 1 month or  possibly  it may take you up to a year to work out why self doubt is your worst enemy.

Because exercise my friends does work, We and lots of others are living proof that eating Right and keeping active daily has a fantastic outcome along the way.

As you all know, If you do know me personally I do not promote Fad diets I am totally all for eating everything in moderation and learning what works for you.

It is No good just GM-Fitness Cardiff having belief in you. If you do not believe in yourself!

I my friends can give as much positive encouragement to you, Till I am truly blue in the face, Banging my head against the wall screaming at the top of my voice come on you can do this.

But truth be told all this energy is totally wasted if you do not believe in yourself or want to believe that eating right works.  

There maybe obstacles along the way, actually hell of course there will be obstacles along the way. But this is life guys and it isn't going to be an easy ride, But I tell you one thing GM-Fitness Cardiff will offer you support encouragement and god dam some bad ass training advice.

So today. Answer the above questions and figure out what is holding you back.

GM-Fitness Cardiff Fitness Love. Peace all.