Monthly Archives: February 2016

Lose Weight Here Book Review Part 4 of 4: Your Willpower Battery

(from the Lose Weight Here book…)

It has been shown that willpower is like a battery, it can be drained and it can be recharged.  MOST people have such small willpower batteries and they are so drained that they are ill equipped to make even a single change without failing.  How do you switch from a drained resource called willpower to the fully charged one called skillpower?  Well you’ll have to read the book to find out more about that but today I will explain what makes up the willpower battery…

Your willpower battery is made up of 3 small batteries:

  • mental battery
  • physical battery
  • emotional battery

Each of these has their own reserves and together they determine the size and charge of your willpower battery. All three must be charged and in balance to make sure your willpower lasts.

For example, take your classic stressed out, over worked, sleep deprived businessperson. At some point he or she made a choice whether consciously or unconsciously to keep the mental battery charged at the expense of the physical and emotional batteries.  Because of that, this person ended up overweight and unhealthy-with broken friendships and family relationships as well.  Can you relate?

The Mental Battery

This battery is easily drained and as a result, when it’s depleted, it will drain your willpower battery as well. Each battery can steal energy from the other and this one will frequently tap the physical and emotional batteries to charge up.  When this happens it can result in choosing quick energy source devoid of high quality nutrients, such as sugar based foods and stimulants (COFFEE!)  It can also mean less desire to exercise since movement requires mental energy investment in the beginning before it gives back and charges you up. Stress sucks a lot of energy from the mental battery too. So does self editing or planning.  Those who engage in the most internal dialogue and constantly worry about their lives are draining their mental batteries and their willpower the quickest. The same goes for planning and constantly thinking about all the things you must do. The more you try to change about yourself and your life at one time, and the more to-dos you have on your list, the less likely you are to do anything at all.  All or nothing almost always becomes nothing.

A few steps to try to make sure your mental battery is strong

  • Focus on changing one aspect of your life at a time (I am a strong believer of this!)
  • Write down the tasks you need to do rather than holding them in your head. Try to limit this list to the three most important items. Don’t attempt to add anything to your to-do list unless you have removed at least two other things first.
  • Get adequate sleep, move regularly, and engage in plenty of rest and recovery activities. This will reset your mental focus and charge your mental battery. (I am also a huge supporter of the need for more sleep!)
  • Practice mindful meditation, one of the best skills to add to your arsenal. So the first item on the list of three important items? LEARN HOW TO MEDITATE (Or do more yoga)

The Physical Battery

This is the most important of the three. Illness in  the body will sap mental and emotional energy and drain willpower faster than anything else.  This is the major reason people desire vitality and health; on some level they know and understand than when their physical battery is functioning optimally, everything else is substantially easier to manage. This is why achieving optimal body composition and burning off the fat that weigh you down and eat away at your health and vitality is so important. But it’s more than just being thin but also fit and strong.  Having a big, strong and robust physical battery can power your emotional and mental batteries during times of stress and hardship. Just make sure that you don’t diet too hard as their can lead to long term penalties for your body and it will say your mental battery.  Be more intuitive in your approach, this is better for your willpower battery.

The Emotional Battery

This is the hardest to manage as it is strongly influenced by others.  Did you know that obesity is contagious? But so is leanness!  You tend to be about the same size as the five to ten people you hang around with most.  That is why having a strong emotional support system that not only supports but also engages in your efforts to get and stay healthy with you is critical. Research has shown that there are other actions that will bolster your emotional battery.

Give more-Without the expectation of getting something in return as this is a setup for draining your emotional battery.  Get in the habit of doing kind, compassionate things without expectation.  Tip big, pay for the next person in line’s coffee, volunteer once a week, whatever you chose, do it sporadically as this will keep your battery charge instead of doing it everyday and feeling drained.

Practice gratitude-At the end of each of day, list 3 things for which you are grateful.  Most importantly, when everything seems to be going wrong, think about what you have to be grateful for at that moment.  There is always something and this will help keep your emotional battery charged.

Pamper yourself-Stop making the mistake of attaching your needs to others.  Then we end up sad, resentful or angry when the person does not act on it in the way we seek.  Whenever you have negative feelings toward a person, or positive feelings of admiration, consider that person a mirror into your own higher self. What you will find is that what you love or hate about them-and the needs you are hoping they will fulfill-are the things that you love or hate about or need for yourself.  Spend time with yourself to understand what it is you need to be giving, saying and doing for yourself.  Take a long weekend away by yourself, hang out at a spa, eat some delicious food and treat yourself to a mini vacation.  There are many ways to fit this into your budget and schedule, so try to find a way!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this excerpt from the “Lose Weight Here” book.  If you want to read more, go ahead order the book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  I would be happy to help answer any of your questions about this book OR any other questions you may have related to nutrition, working out, how to make more time for yourself or simply want help getting started on your path towards a healthier lifestyle.

I looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully meeting you 🙂

Les

Lose Weight Here Book Review Part 3 of 4: Become a detective NOT a dieter!

One concept/idea that is repeated over and over again in this book is this…learn to become a detective NOT a dieter!  We are all made differently so unfortunately there is no one way of eating that works for everyone.  The process of losing weight is individual, it has it’s ups and downs, peaks and valleys with mega happy moments of weight loss followed by very frustrating failures.  It takes practice, patience and experimentation.

If you’re reading this and are a chronic dieter, the book will ask you to say the following…. I WILL NO LONGER APPROACH MY BODY CHANGE/FAT LOSS GOALS WITH THE MIND-SET OF A DIETER.  The principles discussed in this book help you to learn to understand your body better and what it needs to live optimally.

So how do they recommend that you change your mind set? Stop looking for a specific recipe for success, meal plan or one size fits all approach. You must learn to master the skill of observation and letting clues guide you towards the solution. Good detectives see things more clearly and fully.  Dieters see things in only black and white, detectives see all shades of gray.

First of all, the authors provide examples of and explain the need to put aside all preconceived notions about rules of exercise and food…

  • carbs are the devil
  • you must always eat breakfast
  • you should only eat certain foods at certain times
  • eating less and exercising more is the route to weight loss

These type of diet biases will be your worst enemy if you want to stop dieting and see lasting change. There is only one diet rule–>DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!

As a detective you must search for the perfect mix of foods that will make you feel great, easily help you lose weight and improve your blood work and vital stats.  If eating Sour Patch kids  and drinking chocolate milk all day makes you feel healthy and full of energy then that is what your body needs.  You might be like, ‘ok sure but where do I start?  How the heck am I supposed to know what works for me?’  The author provides us with some essential tools and it’s up to you whether you use them or not.

  • Keep hunger-energy-cravings in check-your body provides feedback in the form of sensations and they fluctuate based on what you eat and how you live. At the end of each week, make a note of each on a scale of 1-10 (10 meaning very high and 1 being low level.  Hunger should be 5 or less, energy should be 6 or higher and craving should be less than 5.  Make a mental note of them and once you have this assessment you can investigate what may have had a positive or negative influence and take steps to adjust your approach.  This is the critical tool to creating a plan that works best for you.

  • Assess your progress my measuring yourself  (chest/waist/hips) instead of weighing yourself.  Your weight tells you very little about the type of weight you have gained or lost.  You might be losing fat but you could be losing muscle.  You also want to make sure you are changing your shape in the right proportions.  Women should aim to achieve an hour glass shape while men a V shape. If not seeing change, make adjustments with your food NOT exercise-doing more exercise to burn extra fat does not work in the long run and will almost always cause weight gain rebound because it always throws your hunger-energy-cravings out of check. Stubborn fat is burned in the kitchen and we get fit in the gym!

  • The fat blast formula-the process of analyzing hunger-energy-cravings and your shape change results.  Use AIM (assess, investigate, modify) as there are various outcomes from this process (see book pages 51-54)

There is a ton of information that I have left out BUT if you read this book it will provide you with a great starting point as it comes with in depth plans.  They are purposely flexible and designed specifically to avoid the dieting trap of rigid rules and defined guidelines.  What I like the most about this plan is that you are encouraged to take responsibility for altering the approach to suit your metabolism, psychology and personal preferences. Being mindful and present are necessary behaviours you’ll need to practice in order to be successful with this approach.

I have started using the approach with quite a few of my clients who have been eating well and exercising consistently but can’t seem to lose stubborn fat, weight and inches and have constant cravings, low energy etc and guess what?  EVERY SINGLE ONE of them has LOST INCHES, REDUCED THEIR BODY FAT and WEIGHT and most importantly after only 1-2 weeks of following the program they FEEL BETTER, SLEEP MORE, and HAVE LESS CRAVINGS!  They all tell me that they finally feel like they have discovered a way of eating that works for them and that will be able to continue following for the rest of their lives. I’ll will be sharing their success stories with you in upcoming blog posts…

I would love to help guide you through the process of improving your health and nutrition so if you’re someone who has trouble losing inches and stubborn fat and feel overwhelmed with all the conflicting information regarding weight loss that’s out there, contact me to set up your free consultation.  I look forward to helping you by simplifying the process.  Don’t wait any longer, now is the best time to begin your journey the right way and you’ll soon be on your way to becoming a healthier, happier individual who will be achieving sustainable and lasting results 🙂 Oh yeah, and it will be fun since you’ll have me to hold you accountable and help you to stay on track (and cheering you on) the whole time!

Email les@getfitwithles.com or call me 613-601-7037 and we can get started right away!

Les 🙂

Lose Weight Here Book Review: Part 2 of 4 Green Yellow and Red Foods

In the last post I summarized one of the last chapters about doing what works best for you or eating based on your activity level and what foods you know work well for you. In today’s post I will share with you the author’s fat loss foods chart.

Some of you may already know the differences between protein foods, fat based foods and foods that are mostly starch but if you don’t this should help you know the differences.  For example, beans have protein in them but are considered a starch. Nuts are not considered protein sources, they’re mostly fat. Proteins are foods that are more protein than anything else (the same goes for fat and starch rich foods).

According to the authors in this book, green foods are rich in protein, fiber and water and are the best at stabilizing hunger, energy and cravings for the majority of people. They contain the fewest calories yet fill us up quickly making us less likely to eat more of the wrong foods later. They can be eaten in unlimited quantities by most people because they are so satiating and so low in calories

GREEN (eat unlimited)
Protein: chicken, turkey, wild fowl, game meats, most fish, bison, lean ground beef, shellfish, lean cuts of pork, egg whites and protein powders
Non starchy high fiber veggies: kale, collards, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce, salad greens, tomato, jicama, asparagus, green beans, cucumber, celery, peppers, carrots, radish, zucchini, squashes, pumpkin
High-water, low-sugar fruits: berries, apples, pears, citrus fruits

Yellow foods list includes foods that have a varied impact from person to person.  For some these foods balance hunger-energy-cravings and aid fat loss.  For others the very same foods will not balance hunger energy cravings and may lead to fat gain.  It is with these foods that people will have to do most of their detective work.
YELLOW (eat to tolerance)
Fatty meats: lamb, fatty cuts of beef, fatty cuts of pork, fatty fish like salmon
Vegetable fats: avocado, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, peanuts
Lower-fiber, high sugar fruits: banana, melons, cherries, pineapples, mango, kiwi
Starchy low fiber veggies: potatoes, corn, peas, sweet potatoes
Wet starches: potatoes, corn, peas, sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa, oats, cream of rice, beans and legumes
Dairy foods: milk, yogurt, butter, cheese
Whole eggs

Foods listed as red foods have a negative impact on hunger-energy-cravings either decreasing fullness at the meal or making overeating at that meal or future meals more likely. These foods have the MOST potential to cause fat gain. These foods have high calorie density (small portion of it has a lot of calories in it).  For example it is easy to overeat a bowl of pasta or ice cream.  These foods can also disrupt blood sugar levels in susceptible people, leading to snacking and binging on less desirable foods later.
RED (eat rarely if ever)
Dry starches: pasta, bread, crackers, pretzels, chips, rice cakes, cereals
Junk foods: cookies, cakes, candy, sweets, soda etc

 

Most people are getting most of their calories from wheat and dairy.  So if you are one of these people, see what happens when you eliminate these foods or dramatically reduce them.  Make more of an effort to eat high protein and high fiber foods.  You might find that it will help to improve your metabolism and improve you ability to lose weight.  But remember, WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT, so you must figure out what works best for you.  The fat loss game is a process and it takes time. It is so important that you find out what works best for you.  I always tell people to keep it simple and I think that this book does a great job of showing people how eating this way can make your life a lot easier.

Want more help?  Contact me les@getfitwithles.com and I’ll work with you to figure out what works best for you 🙂

 

Les