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Lose weight by understanding why you eat not just what you eat

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Monday, 28 October 2013
in Wellbeing

Trying to get pregnant, avoid/reverse diabetes, reduce the risk of heart disease and you're usually told to lose weight.

Even though you know it makes sense and you being told by everyone, getting into shape can be so difficult.  Even for those couples struggling to conceive the prospect of a baby sometimes doesn't unlock the key to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. So why is it so difficult?

First, we live in a society where food is available 24/7 and it’s literally as cheap as chips! 

Secondly, If you are overweight it’s likely you have a difficult relationship with food and haven't been eating well for some time, so all the willpower in the world might just not be enough.  

By understanding WHY we eat rather than just focusing on what we eat could lead to long term change.  

·         Keep a food and mood, be clear on what you’ve eaten and what might lead to your choices  Seeing your thoughts on paper can help gain better perspective on things.  

·       Are you really hungry? Ask yourself, what is the food for, what is the food going to do?  It might give you instant gratification but is likely to leave you feeling guilty and upset as you’ve just done what you’ve told yourself not to.  The feeling that caused you to raid the fridge will still be there!

·         In our society these days it seems we can’t meet friends and family without food and drink being involved and this could be where you’re eating and nourishment is going of track.  Think about doing  other things where the focus isn't just eating and drinking. Go to the cinema, meeting for a walk try walking for health for some inspiration and get fit too. Or visiting a gallery or place of interest in your area.  You could plan to meet outside meal times or suggest you will eat at home before meeting at a friends’ house.  

·         Stop eating to relieve boredom.  Lots of my clients complain of eating when they are bored, so list down all the things you say you never have time for – writing to a friend, planning a holiday or trip, pampering yourself, calling your friend, reading a book, listening to music or do a puzzle.  Any time you feel bored or vulnerable to eating pick something from the list to do instead. 

To crack the weight issues our society has we need to look at not just what we are eating but why we are eating as a double pronged approach.

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Comfort Eating

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
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on Saturday, 03 August 2013
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It seems to me that in modern society the relationship with food has become a complex one with more and more people no longer enjoying food as a normal source of pleasure and nutrition. 

Many people have ‘disordered eating patterns’ or recognise themselves as emotional eaters which could fall into the category ‘Eating Disorder – not otherwise specified’.

ED-NOS covers those eating behaviours that are not clinical recognised Eating Disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating, but include situations where the patient may do some of the following things:

-          Consume food and then exercise extensively or obsessively to burn off the calories they have eaten. 

-          Obsesses about the nutritional content of food so as to remove groups of food from their diet because they are too high in fat or carbohydrates for instances.   

-          Restrict or miss meals so that they can over consume later with either food or alcohol or both and so compensating for the extra calorie intake.

These eating patterns can lead to health issues that are not outwardly apparent as the clients will look fit and healthy and yet they could be doing harmful damage internally to their bodies.

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Top Tips To Start Exercising

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on Wednesday, 26 June 2013
in Motivation & Goal Setting

 

Top Tips to Start Exercising from

 Liesl Millar – Personal Trainer & Owner of JEM Fitness 


Find something you think you will enjoy, from dancing to gardening, table tennis to Pilates, if you feel you have to do it, then you are already creating a barrier and probably won't start.

·       Don’t join a gym (well not until you have at least been exercising regularly for 6 months, otherwise you are likely to waste your money as you are likely to stop going after a few weeks)

·         Pick exercises that kill two birds with one stone e.g.

o   Walk to the local shop instead of driving

o   Walk or jog to work (to avoid being a social outcast at work – ensure there are shower facilities at work) 

o   For mums – take your baby for a walk in the pushchair and walk at a brisk pace

o   At work – walk up the stairs, don’t take the lift

·    Get a friend to join you.  Exercising with a friend, also works well as you have a sort of commitment not only to yourself but your friend, because if you don’t exercise you are also letting them down. 

·    Get changed ready for exercise, even if you decide you are not going to exercise.  This works a treat for me, if I have decided I am not going to exercise (usually because I feel tired from work); I get changed anyway into my running gear.  After about 10 minutes I usually just go and do what I had originally planned to do, as I get in the mood for exercise. 

 

 

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Just eat less and exercise more! If only it were that simple.

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Tuesday, 25 June 2013
in Motivation & Goal Setting

‘Just eat well and exercise more!’ This seems to be standard response from lots of health professionals, the media, your slim friends and not so slim friends if you say you want to lose weight.

So what stops some overweight people exercising?  My clients and members of my gym who’ve recently lost over a stone or more, told me what stopped them in the past?

Body Confidence – overweight people often feel uncomfortable, embarrassed and frustrated in everyday clothes just going about their daily routine and going somewhere new can be a challenge at anytime.  Imagine their fear of stepping into a gym or new Zumba class, it is often a step too far.

Where do I start? – overwhelmed and inundated with information, many people who don’t exercise simply don’t know where to start and what to do for the easiest route into exercise.

Exercise hurts! – Many of my clients are already suffering some pain because of their extra weight so the thought of more pain doing exercise is an instant barrier.

Low return – It takes a lot of very hard work over a period of weeks if not months to see a change in weight or body shape just by exercising if you are overweight.  Motivation can soon dwindle if results aren’t quick.

The Media – Pictures of young, slim, fit, beautiful people and words like, Body Attack, crunches, pumping and high impact create images of a place where the overweight just won’t feel at home or fit in.

And finally, those mirrors! – One lady said on her first adventure into a class she was confronted with the, not so positive refection of herself stood beside a slim gym junkie, which did nothing for her confidence or motivation to return.

 

So next time you are thinking of saying you just need to eat less and exercise more to your friend, stop and think!  

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So, I ate a few chips...not the whole bowl!

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Wednesday, 13 February 2013
in Client Stories

Week 4

I’m abstinent - but lapsed on Tuesday when confronted by a bowl of chips at the pub quiz - yes in the pub and no alcohol but chips are another thing altogether!

I get the whole Cognitive Behaviour Therapy stuff and know that my thoughts (or voices in my head) mean I eat when I don’t want to, but capturing the moment when ‘sensible’ voice is drowned out by ‘not sensible’ voice is an art form, but I’ll save that for another blog!!

So, I ate a few chips (not the whole bowl)! The world didn’t end.  What I chose to do now is what matters. I could have called myself all the names under the sun and made myself feel wretched and a failure. In such a negative mood, I would have started telling myself ‘I can’t do this’ and stuffed even more food in my face as a comfort. Instead, I listened to ‘sensible’ voice, and told myself ‘a few chips is a few extra calories to burn off but sticking with the Programme is a far better choice than being miserable long term because I’m heavier than I want to be.’

Abstinence is a state of mind; I’m not hungry and I know the LighterLife foodpacks give me all the nutrition I need and very few of those nasty calorie thingies!

Happy to report that the crème egg is still in my handbag ……….. J

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The key to permanent weight loss is persistance!

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Wednesday, 13 February 2013
in Client Stories

Jo’s (my counsellor) finally figured out how to upload a blog and some time ago I recklessly agreed to ‘help’ ….. so here we go.

Bit about me:  just turned 50, previously lost 10 and a half stone with LighterLife, but I battle to keep my weight under control. After a serious fit of ‘sod it’ late last year, plus medication that didn’t quite agree with me I find myself carrying more than 3 stone of unwanted blubber. Time for action!

So, here I am in week three of abstinence, marvelling at a previously unknown ability to stick to my New Year’s resolution.  Weight loss 9lbs. Target is to stay abstinent for 14 weeks, which should equate to at least three stone, maybe more if I do more exercise (correction: do any exercise!)

Feeling particularly chuffed because I’ve managed to get through ‘danger week’ without giving in to the usual PMs carb cravings. That included resisting nibbles at a team meeting and the lure of my ‘good egg’ award which is, and will remain, in my handbag. I could eat it, but I don’t want to.

I have that ‘clean, detoxed’ feeling you get when you’re in abstinence and my PMS woes were minimal, bloating only. BONUS!

I’ll check in again next week and try to let you know how (and what) I’m thinking.

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