The key to successful long-term weight loss

On a mission of weight loss, the majority of us have tried a diet of some sort at one point or another – we may have lasted hours, days or maybe a couple of weeks at best. Predictably, we can’t maintain the diet and we fall off the wagon with limbs flailing – probably into a large vat of gin or melted chocolate for those more that way inclined! We then hate and slate ourselves for being weak or alternatively concoct a multitude of made up stories as to why it didn’t work… (more…)

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Rav’s Success Story!

In January this year, I realised that I needed help to get “my old self back” – I’d well and truly fallen off the “wellbeing wagon” – the usual suspects – takeaways, convenience meals, snacks, way too much wine and with excessive working to top it off – I felt as though I had lost control of me!! 

Over the years, I’ve been pretty self motivated to eat well and exercise – I’ve never been into fad diets, but more so healthy living based on the 80/20 rule. But this time, I’d gained way too much weight, felt unhealthy, groggy and needed help to get back on track!  (more…)

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TOP TIPS for gaining and maintaining muscle!

The majority of people that work out will, at one time or another, have said that they want to “tone up” but what does this actually mean? Toning up requires two things: gaining muscle and losing body fat.
In order to have a toned physique, you must create an environment that will support muscle building. This is not as simple as just lifting big heavy weights and drinking protein shakes with some raw eggs on the side.

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A little clarity on food labels and what they really mean!

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Core Blimey! It’s Christmas!

Are you starting to feel a bit less firm around the middle due to a few too many wines since the beginning of December? Free Spirit Trainer Martin has put together an awesome combination of moves to have you feeling tighter and lighter in no time at all 🙂 Don’t cheat on your reps now! Else Santa will not come!

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5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Losing Weight

5 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight

The science behind losing weight comes from a simple equation:

Energy Used > Energy Consumed = Weight Loss

By burning more calories than you’re consuming your body is forced to use your fat stores as an energy source. Whilst it seems very simple on paper, it is a very delicate balance (hence why so many people struggle to lose weight) and it is achieving that perfect balance that leads to successful long-term weight loss. Below are 5 reasons why you may not be losing weight:

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Remember that the tortoise won the race!

So you have probably promised yourself that you are going to drink green tea every hour on the hour whilst simultaneously jogging on the spot all day, every day. And then you aren’t going to eat chocolate EVER again…because let’s face it: it is the devil.

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Bloggers of cyber perfection and why we need to “keep it real”

Instagram, Twitter, tumblr and Pinterest (other social networking sites are available) all boast millions of food bloggers, fitness lovers and perfect life fanatics, but what effect is this having on you? I agree that some are insightful, inspiring and even educational but still… (more…)

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