"Good tips lose weight"

The adage "Good tips lose weight, bad tips gain weight" is one fitness professional must adhere to in order to follow their ethical code.  We must follow the Government's NICE guidelines laid out here

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My name is Peter Holland co-creator of Zen 02. I am a trainer & weight loss coach, qualified at Level 4 QFC.

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Here's the 'Little Things' video transcript in case you prefer to read rather than watch:

Little things can have big consequences.  Some ideas change the balance in your head . . .

Enough to bring the walls tumbling down.

Why is it that some ideas hit the spot and others don't?

Well, it's called micro-learning.

Some people want to change but they try to take on too much.

We need to build in baby steps, otherwise we crash and burn and are back to square one.

Then, the small things start to add up and gradually, you start to discover a new version of you.

It's you; version 2.0.

How do I keep this tipping point?  I think I've worked it out.  Everything is explained in my 3G's System. 

1.  Grasp it!

2.  Get Ready!

3. Go!

End of video transcript.

A little more detail about my 3 G's system

Grasp it!

Let's explain:

Knowledge is power.  In this case, the power to change.

Everyone is different.  People need individually tailored guidance.  Each person has a gap in their knowledge, no matter how well informed.

Some people know a lot about weight loss.  They just can't put it into practice.

Others don't know much and are raring to go once they get one or two lightbulb moments.

There are some common misconceptions.  These are traps, often sprung by the mass media looking to sensationalise.

Or by snake oil salesmen looking for a quick buck.  This is why I say "Good tips lose weight, bad tips gain weight" .  

  • Beware the fad diet perpetrator,
  • Be sceptical about angled articles from junk journos. 

So 'Grasp It!' is about knowing what you need to know and what you need to safely ignore.

You need to know about your own split personality.

Split Personality

ALL humans are designed to have two different and separately operating minds (according to Prof Steven Peters - a leading psychiatrist.).

Often these conflict.  Seems like a design fault? But no, we need both parts to do what they do.

Grasping this concept and knowing when the conflict hurts you is key.

Example of the two minds conflict: 

Your taste buds (affiliated to the emotional sector) want what they want, and want it NOW!  They have no wellbeing worries in the slightest.  Your poor old gut  and inner workings have no say unless you get the other mind to talk some sense; like a worried parent.  What's the key to winning this conflict?  Knowing exactly how habit change works. 

So you need to know just enough about the science of your own body.

The Science of Your Own Body

Knowing just the right amount of biology and number crunching about you, won't be confusing or bad.

Let's go 'Goldilocks'.  Not too hot on science, not too cold.

Once you understand some basic numbers and scientific principals, you can start to use some simple but ever so effective tools in your favour.

Studies show that for most, this makes one heck of a difference to your long term weight management success. Although some articles refute this, I disagree with them: see the evidence for yourself. 

Example of necessary science:

BMI, caloric balance, Schofield formula:  The triad of  terrors are not too bad.  It's my job to unwrap these gifts to your body.

get ready!

Let's explain:

Like I said, some people have 'the knowledge', but they refuse to drive the taxi.

Nothing can help these people, not even me.  There's a lot of them out there.

Are you one of them?  I was.

Just for the record, we're classified by psychologists as being in the 'pre-contemplation phase'.  

If you don't like being classified, may I suggest doing something about it, because eventually, you may get on the wrong side of health risks you are taking.

My own take on this is a bit simpler - people, including myself, get into the 'comfort zone'. 

If you can force yourself out of this cosy little corner, you'll not only look much more like you want to look, you vain thing you, but you'll be on the right side of your doctor's appointments.

Sorry for the tough love, but I want to help those in the contemplation and action stages as the comfort zone kings and queens are untouchable.

Example of  'Get Ready!'

"Get Ready!" , in part, means setting realistic goals that are actually doable.  Not living in a fantasy world of where you would love to be at some mystical time in the future. 

SMART goals are measurable and, let's be honest, really fun to actually achieve and tick off one by one.

Go!

Let's explain:

The 'Go!' part of my programme is about taking your diary, and making appointments with yourself and allocating time to your fitness and wellbeing programme.

Not forgetting you need to write a programme in the first place.

The key is not build those baby blocks and not go all guns blazing making resolutions destined to fail at the first, second or third hurdle.

Example of  'Go!'

Either yourself, or , preferably, with a specialist and qualified weight loss trainer like myself, make a steady, achievable12 week programme  in terms of looking at food and exercise in combination, based on your 'Get Ready' workings out.  When that 12 weeks is up, make another 12 week plan.  And so on.

Important to remember that going back to old ways for a little bit does not constitute abandonment of the plan.  Just get back on the horse and keep riding.

Good tips lose weight

"Good tips lose weight, bad tips gain weight"

Let's just explain what I mean by this exactly.

Good tips lose weight:  

  • Follow advice backed up by science. 
  • The latest science does change, but has to stand up to rigorous examination prior to general acceptance by Governments and the scientific community.
  • When there is a consensus in the scientific community, the info gets published by the Government.
  • Just because a daily rag publishes the results of a new scientific trial in sensationalist headlines, doesn't make the results valid.
  • Trials can have certain biases written into them that skew results.  That's why there needs to be  a general consensus.
    Bad tips lose weight never (in the long run):
    Look out for:
  • People who gain from selling fad diets.
  • Newspapers who want to sell more papers, make headlines and get scoops.
  • People who don't understand the importance and gravity of the Government's NICE guidelines (or bother to read them).
  • Well meaning people who aren't really qualified in the field of weight management and metabolic diseases.
  • Snake oil salesmen (and organisations) who offer you quick weight loss solutions.  It never works out long term.

To summarise

Good tips lose weight:, bad tips lose weight never in the long run.

Make those little things the building blocks for the bigger, cumulative gains.

Habits can change, but they need time and accumulated, conscious practice before they set in.

Comments from the tribe....

"I've changed shape"

"I can balance now!"

"Finally, I can touch my toes"

"I can run upstairs"

"I don't get out of breath anymore"

"I sleep so much better"

"I don't shout at the kids so much"

"I knew I had to do something - this is it!"

"Finally, I'm exercising regularly and really enjoying it"

"I really look forward to my next class"

"I am so grateful of all the friendship and support"

"I wish I'd have found it sooner"

"I like helping new people feel welcome"

Legal Disclaimer: The results and effectiveness of our exercise programmes and weight loss advice may vary from person.  The factors involved in achieving long term benefits and changes include the quality of exercise choices, the number of weekly minutes of exercise completed, the adherence to a planned, healthy nutritionally balanced diet, the level of alcohol and fizzy drink consumption and overall medical health.