For a long time now, I’ve wanted to help people get into shape and lose weight. It is estimated that 64% of Britains are classed as overweight or obese. I’ve known a lot of people with weight problems in my life and in my experience most of them are not lazy people with junk food cravings. A lot of these people are healthy and active, regular gym users who don’t stuff themselves full of garbage at every opportunity.
So what’s the problem here?
To me it occurs that there is a mismatch between what information we are given and what we want to achieve.
The eatwell plate, which you will see plastered up on posters in any GP surgery in the UK, is a system designed for preventing disease and maintaining health in the majority of the population. It is not a diet plan designed to get you shredded bro… (Which is why you find it in GP Surgeries and not in Gyms).
In fact when I am advising clients on eating to lose weight, I advise that they turn around and run as far away from the eatwell plate as fast as they can. A diet that is based so heavily around carbohydrates is only going to encourage fat storage in the majority of individuals (The people who thrive on diets like this are, naturally thin individuals – the stat of 64% of Britains overweight or obese tells me the majority do not thrive on this diet..)
And this is the thing…
People are unsure what works, they don’t know which tool to us for the job. There is a lot of confusion amongst people as to how to get in shape and get fit and stay there, I know this because I spent 26 years falling victim to the wrong information.
So, I created Gymplicity
I want to show people how simple it can be to lose weight, build muscle and maintain the kind of physique that you’ve always wanted.
I will be posting frequently about Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle and sometimes bizarre and strange things that will make no sense to anyone but me, but as long as I’m laughing who cares right? On top of this I will be offering various Coaching services and exercise programmes and diet plans for specific goals
And that is what I want you to take away from this post – the above example of the Eatwell plate is a perfect example of people taking a system which has been designed for one purpose, and using it for another one altogether.
Do me a favour right now… think of what it is you want to achieve in terms of your physique, what is your prime goal (i.e I want to lose weight, I want to build muscle).
If you want to lose weight – Avoid sugar, bread, pasta, rice, fruit and white potatoes. Eat 4-6 meals a day consisting of a source of lean meat or fish and a cup or two of veggies / salad along side a small portion (As in no more than 2 thumb sized) of fat, nuts, oils. Train with weights 3 times per week and go for a 20 minute walk every day – Simple.
If you want to build muscle – Train with weights 3-4 times per week (3 times if you really struggle to put size on as your body needs time to heal and grow) Eat as per the above, but after you’ve been to the gym eat 2 pieces of fruit after you train and have a protein shake, then when you get home (within 1-2 hrs of your workout) eat a meal with around 50-100g carbs (Pasta, Bread, Rice etc) in – Simple!
For the next 4 weeks, dedicate yourself to this goal only, don’t try to Build muscle and lose fat at the same time, just do the one and you will see changes – keep it simple and use the right system for your goals!
If you’d like a more in depth look at your goals, diet and exercise take a look here..