Can you think yourself slimmer?

Can you think yourself slimmer?What do you think?

Can you think yourself slimmer?

Can the way we think effect the way we look?

I was given the opportunity to try Slimpod, a weight loss program which doesn’t call for a diet, extensive exercise, puts no food restrictions on you and actually lets you eat what you want and when you want it… so how does it work?

That is a good question!

How does listening to a Slimpod for just over 11 minutes a day helps you lose weight?

I am sure there is much great science behind it, all I know is, it works! Believe me or not, those 11 minutes a day listening to Slimpod are well spent. Within days you will notice a difference in your own behaviours and really start to act unlike “you”…

I love chocolate and cake, I could bake a cake and eat half of it in the evening simply because I could and there was always the option of baking a new one the next day… however since I started my journey with Slimpod, in the last 6 weeks I have had one nuttela cookie and I had one chocolate pudding (that was actually last night)…

Do I miss chocolate and cake?

Well… no, I don’t miss them as no one took them away from me, I simply do not fancy them.

Slimpod helped me to achieve the right mind-set towards food. I eat healthier food, create better balanced meals and I do not crave junk food… And you know what the best part is? I do not need any will power to achieve it… it just happens… I’m not sure how but it does.

My relationship with food is so much better these days. I actually enjoy food shopping, it gives me pleasure to pick food, to cook it and to eat it once it is ready but it has stopped being an obsession. I don’t focus so much on my choices… it kind of happens when I see something healthy a green light comes on in my head… when I see junk food my body stays indifferent.

I have to admit I didn’t have much faith in this program before I started it. I couldn’t believe that listening to a track can affect my behaviour and bring about any positive changes. Well, I was proven wrong.

In the last 6 weeks I have lost 5kg.This might not be a giant achievement for some but this weight loss was effortless… all I had to do it listen to my Slimpod. I am extremely happy I’ve tried it. In addition to my Slimpod I’ve received a great handbook and 21 days of email support but this isn’t all – you can join the Facebook community for Slimpod users and you will have free unlimited support in case you need it (I’ve spent over an hour on the phone once getting to the root of my problems).

Currently Thinking Slimmer offers three different versions of Slimpod, three habit-breakers (sweets, chocolate or alcohol), two wellbeing pods (confidence booster and relaxer) and a Fitpod, designed to make fitness fun and easy.

If you need help in any of this areas, I would highly recommend getting a “pod” and listening to it.

It works, I’ve tried it.

Tempted?

5 Top Tips on How To Pick & Stick to The Diet

5 Top Tips on How to Pick and Stick to the Dietwhat is dietWe all have diets, for better or worse but we do all have them.

The type of diet I want to talk about is the diet designed to lose weight, get fit and healthy; the type of diet most of us have thought about, talked about or event attempted to implement at some point; the type of diet which gives us headaches and sleepless nights as we aren’t able to follow through and keep to its requirements…

During the last 10 years I have put a lot of weight on which I struggle to shake off. I have to admit, I have thought about different diets, and yes I event attempted some but with no great success until now… so what changed? Well, I think I realised a few very important things and I would love to share my discovery with you in form of my Top Five Tips on how to pick and keep a diet.

Be Ready!

This is the key. You have to be ready. You have to decide that enough is enough and you have to desire the change.

So many of us start our diet for the wrong reasons and thus we simply can’t follow through with them. You have to be ready!

Unfortunately I don’t have a recipe as to how one becomes ready for a change. For me it happened in late spring after I received a set of pictures from the shoot we had done for one of the newspapers. It really hit me, “OMFG am I really so fat!.”

Until that moment I knew I am “bigger” but seeing myself in the mirror each day didn’t bother me so much… until I saw myself through someone else eyes… I didn’t like that view.

I was ready!

Visual your goals and know your weak points

Knowing what you want to achieve is extremely important. You have to have a clear vision as to what you want and why you want it, as well as an understanding of what is standing in the way to your goal. You need to face the fact and analyse your life and get to the bottom of your problem – are you an emotional eater, are you just overeating or are you simply having an unhealthy or unbalanced diet? Knowing where the problem lies is necessary, otherwise you can’t target it, which means you can’t fix it.

It’s harder than it seems to actually admit to our weak spots. For me it is cake. I love baking and I especially love eating cake but having half a loaf tin cake in an evening whilst watching TV isn’t really the best idea is it?

Pick what’s right for you and ask for help

Don’t follow after the masses. The fact that celebrity A is using diet B really doesn’t mean it will be good for you. Once you know where your problem lies and what are your weak points, you will be much more able to pick the diet which strikes at the heart of it.

There is no shame in asking for help. Even if you are super strong willed, you can’t do it by yourself. Talk to people, join or start a Facebook group, read about and learn how others have tackled any given problem.

Currently I am having double support; I am using:

  • XLS-Medical Max Strength which is a fat binder. Additionally a weekly consultation with a dietician to chat about my progress
  • Slimpod from Thinking Slimmer, which is designed to help deal with my sugar intake with the support of a Facebook group.

I have to admit at first it wasn’t easy to talk and write about my problems and concerns but it gets easier and it helps to know that you are not alone in your struggles.

Be kind to yourself and learn to trade

Setting rules and following them to the letter isn’t easy. I know it, you know it, we all know it. I hate rules and as long as I know that I can’t have something then inevitably it ends up that all I can think about is exactly that something and so I want it more than ever now… Well depending what type of diet you choose for yourself you may well have to learn to live with some restrictions in your life or learn how to trade. Think about it as a type of swapping game – trade a piece of cake for a longer walk; have a glass of beer or wine if this is what you fancy but then later on go and play with the kids in the garden… You have to learn how to allow yourself some of your guilty pleasures but you have to remember that everything has a price… learn to pay for your moments of indulgence with some other small sacrifice. Ying and Yang.

Think long term

Let’s be honest with ourselves, most “diets” simply don’t work, especially the “magic diet” types. Yes, they might help you shed a few pounds but not forever… once you stop and go back to your old habits the weight will creep back most likely with some additional lbs. This is why it is so important to think long term. Don’t think about a “diet” as a short term fix… think about it as a new beginning, as a start to a new you and a new chapter in your life’ think about it as a long term commitment which hopefully will be transformed over time into a new healthy lifestyle.

That’s it from me.

This is my guide and the stages I went through in my process of getting to the point in my life where I am now… I am ready for a change, I know what I want and with help of others I will achieve it. I am learning to deal with my personal “trading game” to find the right balance in swopping goodies for hard work afterword’s and I believe over time this new routine, which I am developing now, will stick and then stay forever.

Happy dieting everyone!

Giveaway – #win 1 of 10 formoline L112

Formoline L112

It is becoming a little bit of a tradition – this will be the third time I have for you a giveaway for formoline L112 – Germany’s No.1 Slimming Supplement.

Same as the last two times, there will be 10 winners and each winner will receive one box of formoline L112.

If you are new to formoline L112, here is some basic information about it…

formoline L112 contains a naturally sourced fibre that binds to dietary fats passing through the digestive tract, significantly reducing the calories that your body absorbs. The bound fat and fibre are excreted in the normal way.

formoline L112 works specifically on fats (not sugar-based foods or carbohydrates) and so is most effective when calories are derived from a diet rich in processed foods that contain large amounts of saturated and trans fats.

Results show a possible weight loss of 7kg over a 4-week period.

formoline L112 can be used as part of a systematic weight loss programme or as an occasional use product when it isn’t possible to count calories, such as when on holiday or when dining with friends, and will help you to manage your overall intake of fat and fat-derived calories.

It also promotes a feeling of fullness, so users may naturally consume fewer calories. It does not act on the body’s metabolism and is very well tolerated. It is suitable for people with diabetes as there is no carbohydrate exchange value and it can help to lower cholesterol intake.

If you want to lose weight you have to remember that there are no magic pills. Slimming supplements like formoline L112 can help you to achieve your goal but they aren’t going to do the hard work for you.

As stated above formoline L112 works on fat, so if you are having a virtually fat free diet, they aren’t going to help.

I personally would recommend formoline L112 as a supplement when needed – I treat it a little bit like a guilt killer… I have a very rich and fatty meal or a pile of chocolate and then pop a few pills to counter act what I just ate… it seems to be working for me 😉

Anyway if you are in need of dropping a few pounds this might be just the thing for you.

In order to stand a chance of winning one of my 10 formoline L112 boxes please follow me on Twitter and RT:

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Beat the Late-Night Carbohydrate Blues

Beat the Late-Night Carbohydrate Blues

It’s 2am, you’ve got to be up in four and a half hours and you can’t sleep. You’ve been tossing and turning since midnight, running through conversation threads, future shopping expeditions and just how stupid the ending of Dexter was, trying to distract yourself from the pain in your stomach. It’s not working. And denying yourself is torture. You get up, put your slippers on in the dark, backwards (you don’t change them, why would you? It’s 2am, who cares? ) and go to the kitchen for your late night medication: lashings of cheese on buttered toast.

If you, like many people, suffer from the Late Night Carbohydrate Blues (the ‘official’ medical title) don’t worry, you are not alone. It is estimated that around 75 per cent of overweight people, and many perfectly slim looking folks, suffer from carbohydrate addiction (according to Drs Richard and Rachael Hellers, at least). Indeed, this has seen the development of scientifically proven carbohydrate blockers to help reduce the calories absorbed by carb and starch-rich foods like (deep breath): bread, bagels, buns, baked potatoes, pasta, pastries, pizza, pies, cake, cookies and chocolate.

Of course there are plenty of complex carbs that should be eaten as part of a balanced diet. Wholegrain foods, seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables are all great, but it’s rarely the desire to eat an apple that keeps you awake at 2am.

Here’s a stat about carb addiction that might send a shiver down your strung-out spine: according to a 2011 study, 94 per cent of rats who were allowed to choose mutually exclusively between sugar water and cocaine choose sugar.

So how do you knock carb addiction on the head forever? The simple answer is to just stop eating simple carbohydrates and, if your will power holds, you’ll be singing the blues no longer. Of course, having a slightly more detailed plan than that is probably advisable: the following steps could give you the tools you need to kick that carb addiction for good.

Steps like…

Eat the right breakfast

Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism in the morning and provides vital nutrients such as fibre, vitamins and iron. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight than those who skip breakfast. Avoid sugary cereals, white bread and sugary muffins that will cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. Instead, choose complex carbohydrates that release energy slowly such as porridge oats, low-sugar muesli and wholegrain or granary bread. Add mushrooms and tomatoes to granary toast for an even healthier start to the day!

Don’t forget about protein

Protein is pretty damn important. One of the biggest reasons people overeat is because of a lack of protein in their diet. Eating protein makes us feel full. So try and include, fresh fish, legumes, nuts, eggs or grains in some part of every meal. Your stomach (and hips) will thank you.

Eat the right foods often

Eat little and often. You’ve probably heard this quite a bit, but it’s the essence of a good diet. Three big meals a day is not the way to go. Aim to eat every 4 hours to keep your energy levels up and prevent snacking on unhelpful foods. Long gaps between meals can lead to you reaching for high-sugar and high-fat foods. Include plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates (as opposed to those pernicious simple ones) and you are on to a winner.

Make a plan

This one’s a little more open but it’s equally important. Don’t just jump headfirst into a new diet without having any kind of plan whatsoever. You’ll fail. Big time. Map out the foods you are going to eat beforehand and make sure they are available to you. The worst thing you can do is get hit by a food craving at 11.02am and the only sustenance available to you is the snack machine in the canteen. Buy your food in advance and make sure it’s good food. Do this and it will make it so much easier for to keep to your plan.

Post by Kevin Forde

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About the author:
Kevin Forde writes about things, some of which are funny, some which are serious and some which are unintentionally neither.
This has led him to write about all sorts of things, from sports and fitness-related topics to music and film. He currently works as a Content Strategist for ZenithOptimedia.

Sources:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0000698
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/aging/senior-health-lifestyle/low-carb-diets-seniors2.htm

7 tips on how to walk yourself happy

7 tips on how to walk yourself happy

We all have some fitness goals, or at least I would hope we all have them, if you don’t you know deep down inside you should. For me it is to walk more. I love to walk, not because I have to or because my dogs need me too… I want to walk more for myself; to increase my fitness level, to lose some weight, to improve my health and well being and what’s more to help me relax.

Walking is not difficult and it doesn’t require a lot of special preparation. All you need is some comfortable clothing, a pair of good shoes, some basic knowledge on what to do and what not to do, time and willingness. It might seem like a lot but it really is not!

Walking has a lot of benefits. It is free, it doesn’t require any special accessories, it is not weather depending, it can be achieved in any terrain and it doesn’t have an age limit. It is something we do naturally so why not walk yourself happy?

I have a few tips for new comers who want to start their journey into walking as a mean of improving their well being.

1. Get some good shoes and the correct clothing

This doesn’t mean breaking you bank balance. You probably do not need anything else than that which you most likely already own. All you really need is a pair of good comfortable trainers / walking / running shoes and some comfortable clothing. You do not have to walk in a fancy branded tracksuit, you do not need the latest model shoes, but you do need something which will fit you well and something which will be really comfortable (no pants too loose which will drop down every few steps or too short t-shirt which will come up every 2 minutes).

2. Warm up

It should only be necessary to warm up for about 5 minutes before the serious walking, in time when you start to increase the speed and distance on your walks then you can dedicate a little more time to increasing flexibility. Try to do some of the following:
Forward leg kicks – use a pole or tree for balance and swing your right leg in front of you and then behind you, swapping to your legs after 10 kicks.
Ankle turns – Stand on one leg and rotate the ankle of the raised leg, do ten circles in each direction and then change legs.
Toe point – stand on one leg and point the toe on the raised leg, then flax it. Repeat 10 times then swap legs.
Arm swings – stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with your arms straight out beside you parallel to the ground. Keep your lower body immobile and swing your arms from side to side through a full range so that you end up looking over each shoulder.
Arm circles – hold your arms straight out to your side, parallel to the ground. Make small circles going backwards, gradually getting larger and larger. Then change direction.

3. Posture

In order to minimize any muscle pain we all should try to keep a close attention to our posture whilst walking, making sure we are getting it right – keep your shoulders back and relaxed and hold your head up, with your eyes looking forward. It’s also a good idea to hold your tummy in and tighten your buttocks.

4. Speed and distance

This is the beauty of walking – there is no speed and distance set in stone. You can walk 5 minutes or you can walk for 45 minutes, it is all up to you. What is important is to just start walking at a speed that suits you, nice and easy. Then everyday you should either increase your speed or the distance travelled a little. Remember if you want to speed up – increase number of the steps you take, not the length of your stride. A good practise is to change the speed at which you walk – make a few minutes of a really fast march and then just walk for the next few and if you are feeling up for it repeat it again. Try and go out walking every day and, if the pace feels ok for you then add 5 minutes to your walk every time, until you’ve covering the distance you’re happy with. If you’re walking to lose some weight, then aim for 45-60 minutes of brisk walking at least 5 days a week.

5. Cool down

It is worth to finish our whole walking session with a little cool down. Just a few stretches to relax legs muscle and relax our back should do the trick. This will help prevent any unnecessary muscle pains. Repeating the warm up exercises from above will aid this process.

6. Eat /drink right

In the 2 hours after you exercise, your muscles are doing most of their replenishing and will need refuelling – the optimum meal post-workout should include a mixture of protein and carbohydrate. Also do not forget about water, staying well hydrated is very important especially if you are off for a long walk on a hot sunny or even warm day.

7. Keep a diary

Keeping good notes on the time and distance covered will help you with future planning of your training sessions. Getting a reliable pedometer might be a good idea. We should be aiming for the goal of 10,000 steps a day; apparently this can be counted as an active lifestyle 🙂

So my aim for the spring / summer is to walk more. I would love for you to join me in this challenge.

Let’s walk ourselves happy!

Who is with me?

* This post was written in collaboration with Expert Panel from SportsShoes. I received an incentive in the form of running kit to help me achieve my fitness goal.