One of the most common questions I get asked at Fit Camp is ‘why aren’t I losing weight? I’m doing Fit Camp and it’s not coming off’.
I always feel my heart drop a bit when I hear this as I do think we’ve been lead to believe that all you need to do to shift some pounds is move a bit more. If only it were true. If it were, there wouldn’t be a lot of people obsessed with stepping on the scales each day and allowing it to determine how good their day will be.
It has been shown in many research papers that exercise alone will not kick start fast and steady weight loss. I can vouch for this. Last year I decided to set myself a goal of running 5km each day for 100 days. This took me approximately 30 minutes a day and, according to my Endomondo tracker, I burned between 500-600 calories each time.
I didn’t lose 1lb of weight for 50 days. I know because I wanted to see what the effect would be so I did weigh myself each day. I ran every day. 30 minutes of moderate, heart rate increasing, sweaty exercise and didn’t lose ONE POUND!
Now if you are doing exercise three times a week, to get 50 sessions in is going to take you over 16 weeks. That’s a lot of sessions and about 4 months before you start to notice any difference on the scales. That can be pretty disheartening.
To get great results you really do have to address your food intake. And I don’t mean quantity, although that can influence results. But you have to address the quality and types of foods you eat. Of course there are other factors like intolerances, allergies, hormone balance, stress levels etc, but until you can say you have cleaned up your diet, and kept to it, it will be hard to know what is causing the problem.
If you eat processed foods you’ll have a less than optimum opportunity to lose fat and stay healthy and slim.
If you eat a lot of sugar or drink more alcohol than you should you will find it hard to get into the shape you want.
If you are obsessed by calories, fat grams and the traffic light system on labelling then you have made eating and being healthy and in shape a much harder job than nature ever intended.
The rules really are quite simple and it comes down to 4 letters — JERF.
Just Eat Real Food.
Employ these simple rules.
- No processed foods.
- No processed fats.
- Limited sugar.
- Limited alcohol.
And swap in these changes.
- Eat foods in their natural state.
- Use animal fats, olive oil and coconut oil.
- Eat green leaves, coloured veg and salads.
- Choose some fruit.
- Drink water.
Once you can master the art of JERF you’ll realise how much easier it is to manage your weight, reduce cravings, improve your immunity and get away with 3 workout sessions a week to keep you in shape, keep you energised and full of good moods that mean you’ll want to keep eating that way because it feels so crappy not to.