Weight Loss Secrets Revealed {Shhhhh…}

I believe that all of us have things in life we do beyond blogging – I’m not saying much time is contributed to those things, just that we possess the knowledge and ability.  Here is my ‘secret’ life outside blogging:  I am currently a Yoga instructor at two area gyms, I am certified to teach almost every type of class, I have led weight loss challenge teams, and I have read the Personal Trainers Manual in order to take the test to become a certified trainer (then realizing after cost of test and hourly pay rate this was not a lucrative choice).  I have also trained with a personal trainer for nearly a year and a half.  My time spent in the gym, quest for knowledge, and work experience have taught me several things.

Disclosure:  These are only my opinions and observations of things.  They are not based on research.  I am not a Dr. or a Personal Trainer.  Consult your Dr. before following any of my advice.  This is only based upon the average population, and does not take into consideration those with special needs or conditions.

 

Here is my top 10 weight loss secrets your trainer, nutritionist, Dr., or friend won’t tell you:

10.  You are smart enough to know there is not a ‘magic pill.’  But, did you know that there is also not a ‘magic procedure?’  Yep, that’s right.  All of you who were counting on a little lypo or nip and tuck as a last resort… sorry Charlie.  Gonna have to do it the old-fashioned way.  I don’t know how many people I have seen get lypo, or tummy tucks  – and 9 times outta 10 do you know where they end up a year later?  Yep, heavier than they were before undergoing the knife.  Ouch!  What a waste of money and time.  If you do not learn to achieve the results with your daily habits, how are you going to maintain this weight loss?  Plus, I believe a lot of it’s a psychological factor too.  Like getting hazed to join a fraternity.  You go through all the work, and when you get what you want you cherish it.  If you just sign some paperwork, and don’t spend months working to reach your goal you haven’t really invested that much of yourself into achieving it.

9.  Work smarter, not harder.  Tired of sweating your rear off day after day without results?  There are better ways!  What are they?  Well, if I told you that you wouldn’t need me anymore, right?  Sign up via Google Connect (yes, totally free – won’t cost you a penny!) and I’ll send out some of these tips seven days from now.

8.  Fad diets?  Yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard of them and know they do not work.  But, when you label them as detoxing they seem so healthy!  I know a lot of people really believe these are good for you.  Seriously think about it.  You complete the detox.  And, a detox is not usually something you can maintain as a healthy habit.  Once you go back to eating like you did before any weight you lost will immediately return.  And, if there are a few pounds that don’t return immediately – don’t worry, they’ll be back.  Just give them time.  Don’t diet, don’t detox, and don’t take pills to lose weight.  Make lifestyle changes for long-lasting results.

7.  Just because something is labeled a ‘bad’ food, doesn’t mean you can’t eat it.  Eat it.  The more foods you place on the ‘can’t have list,’ the more you want them.  Allow yourself to have what you want when you want.  This will do two things: one, it will satisfy the craving and prevent you from gorging on everything else to fill the void.  And, two – now you cannot cheat.  If you know you can have it if you want it, it’s not such a big deal.  The pedestal has been removed, and it’s not as desirable.  Repeat after me:  “everything is ok in moderation.”  Now, continue to say that until you actually believe it.  (Be honest with yourself.)  :)

6. Services provided by nutritionists – ask questions before signing up for a service.  I once paid to see the gyms nutritionist, and was greatly disappointed.  Come to find out I wasn’t the only one.  I obtained no more knowledge than if I would have hopped onto my computer and pulled up the US food pyramid and guide.  Which is exactly where her printouts were from.  I had health class in high school, and a course in nutrition in college – I didn’t learn a thing.  If you are fairly savvy in health and food knowledge, ask about the specific topic you are interested in before signing up for the service.  There are a lot of gyms that do not have the nutritionist on hand, and you will sign up at the front desk for the service.  Ask for an e-mail to contact that person regarding a couple of questions about what they can provide for you.  You do not need to pay money to hear how many servings of fruits and veggies you are supposed to have.

5. If your nutritionist tries to sell you something – be very leery!  Odds are the gym doesn’t know about this, and it should be brought to the gyms attention.  In an ideal world, with proper nutrition you shouldn’t really need any supplements.  Vitamins, sure.  Supplements – eh – I’d stay away from them.  If your nutritionist tries to sell you shakes or supplements – I would not purchase either, and find another nutritionist.  This is most likely a side job the nutritionist is making money on, utilizing clients referred by the gym.  Not cool.  Because it is endorsed by a nutritionist, it creates the illusion that this item is healthy – which leads us to…

4.  Be very cautious if considering supplements.  Did you know that they are not regulated by US FDA?  If they are, the guidelines are REALLY lax.  Ever wonder why so many of the “effective” diet pills get immediately pulled off the market?  They weren’t regulated to be placed on it.  It was only after problems persistently occurred that the government stepped in.

3. I am not going to say that Personal Trainers are a good thing or a bad thing.  They can be either – just like people in every other profession.  Here’s something you need to be aware of: Make sure your trainer is on board and helping you to reach your goals – not theirs.  I can’t tell you how many times I have seen women pay for training to lose weight.  The trainer helps them get in shape.  These are NOT necessarily the same thing.  Be clear what your goals are.  If you don’t feel like your goal is taken seriously, find a different trainer.

2. Lifting weights actually can bulk you up.  I guarantee a Dr., gym friend, or trainer will never EVER tell you this.  EVER.  I can personally attest to adding an inch and a quarter to my legs within a week of lifting heavy weights with my legs.  That’s not to say there aren’t techniques to lifting weights and not bulking up.  Light weight, lots of reps.  There very well may be some women that do not bulk up with weights.  But, everyone’s body is different.  And, some bodies do bulk up.

1.  Working out is only 10% of the equation.  Eating is 80%, genetics 10%.  Just because you eat a bunch of junk, don’t think you can go to the gym and simply ‘work it off.’  Doesn’t work that way… well, at least not after 18 for women.

Like what you read?  Here is what’s coming: Spa{ahhh} Sundaze.  Yes, another linky party….  But, with a bit of a twist.  Often times doing all these projects leaves my body feeling like it’s been hit by a Mac truck the next day.  With my Yoga background {along with a few other things}, I know a thing or {fifty} two {+} about relaxing and minimizing some of those aches and pains.

Each week, I will do a post providing you with the knowledge and tools of ways to help your body.  BUT, regarding the post AND LINK UPS – this doesn’t have to be fitness or yoga related!!!  I want to know what you do to take care of yourself.  How you relax, or help your body feel better.  This can be body or soul.  Healthy recipes, tips, candles you’ve created, aromatherapy you’ve made, something warm and snuggly you knitted, hot soothing drink, smoothie recipe, body scrub, mani’s and pedi’s, a book that uplifted your spirits – I don’t care.  Just as long as you somehow connect it to taking care of yourself – if only for a nanosecond.

If there is a topic you would like for me to post on regarding fitness, weight loss, yoga, or health – I’ll gladly share with you what I know.

Sincerely,

Carrie

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