Should You Diet Or Exercise To Lose Body Fat?

The age old question and something I addressed just last week in my newsletter, where I said it is NOT 70% diet and 30% exercise.  Or 80/20 or even 50/50

The best results are obtained and maintained by taking your diet AND your exercise (training)as  seriously as each other.  It’s 100/100 if you want long term, sustainable results.

I can tell you one thing though from my 10 years of doing this with 100’s of clients – those that are the most successful train regularly.  

When you join FitterFaster, I stress that most people like you are best to NOT try to tackle everything at once – adding training, sleeping more, eating less snacks, adding more vegetables, drinking more water, giving up sugary coffees, adding breakfast, stopping alcohol and on and on.

There are 2 things that I mostly ask you to concentrate on and they are: adding a regular training routine and replacing current drinking habits with water.

For those already drinking plenty of water and that are well hydrated (I test for this) we’ll add an omega 3 supplement.

And that’s all we do for the first couple of weeks.  You will get results just doing this.  And you know what else, most clean up their diets in at least a few ways – resulting in even better results.

I know that when I train regularly, I eat better.  I snack less, I choose better quality foods and I don’t eat as much.

This is all anecdotal evidence, however  a new study done about 4 weeks ago decided to check this out by determining if exercising lead to better eating habits.  And guess what – it did!  (the study link is below)

Even though participants were told NOT to change their eating habits, they did anyway.

Most cut down on their consumption of fatty or fried foods and soft drinks and replaced them with more lean meats, fruits and vegetables, without being told to do so.

Some previous studies have put this down to the ‘high’ you get from training and the increase in dopamine levels (so you’re not looking for that high via food) and others have shown that by simply starting to look and feel better through exercise, they loved how their bodies were starting to change and that got them hooked on doing more to increase results.

With my experience, I believe it’s the second effect that results in the biggest changes to habits other than adding exercise.  That is:

Adding effective and regular training  to your routine leads to better sleep, leading to better hormone levels, leading to feeling better, to eating better and just feeling a whole lot better about yourself.

I’ve even seen people be able to decrease of stop medications treating depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and others (please don’t do this without your medical practitioner)

So this is why starting a good training program is the FIRST thing you should do.

Skip the expensive supplements or the crash diets.  They will only give your short term results (if any) and the biggest loss is often from your wallet. YOU DON’T NEED THEM

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Here’s that link to the study too:  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41366-018-0299-3

3 MORE PAINLESS WAYS TO LOSE FAT AND BE HEALTHIER

I”m in Maccas right now writing this post.  I have about 30 min before school pick up to edit and finish.

So here I am with my black coffee – trying so hard not to order toasted banana bread with is (one of) my downfalls.  I haven’t had it in a long time, so I’m facing the window where I can’t see it

I love a good list, in fact most of my day/week is planned out with lists and tick sheets of some kind.  From my training sessions, to my home life, to my families schedule to what we are eating.  So in honour of that, here’s another short one

3 More Ways To Lose Fat in 2019

I’ve kind of labelled 2019 the year of change for me.  I”m going back to all the habits I changed in the beginning when I went from an overweight, tired mum of 4 to a fit and energetic mum of 5 in her 50’s

Here are 3 things you can do that will get you better results without too much effort (well some require effort, but not too much). These are 3 of the things I changed first with my nutrition.

BLACK COFFEE OR TEA

This is a no brainer for me.  And I’ve had many clients make the change and actually enjoying and coming to prefer  black beverages over creamy, sweet ones.

It’s not uncommon for me to see food journals where there are an additional 300-900 calories per day due to creamy or sweetened or flavoured teas and coffees at early consults or when someone is feeling stuck for results.

While having it black is an acquired taste, it will have huge payoffs for you.

If you really think you can’t stand it, here’s the way I generally suggest people ‘cross over’ to the darker side of hot drinks:

  • If you take sugar, get rid of that first.  Give yourself a time limit – like one week and reduce it incrementally daily.  If you have 2 sugars, drop 1/3 of a teaspoon each day for a week.  You can do this – if you can’t it is because your’e addicted, yes addicted and it is an addiction that is costing you your waistline and your health.  Set the time limit and be strict with yourself.  As with all changes, it becomes easier as you progress, so don’t give in and go back – or you’ll be starting again every time.
  • Once you’re off the sugar, it’s time to get rid of any flavours.  So while you may enjoy the creaminess of your hot drinks, get rid of flavours and stick with plain milk (for a start).  Give yourself like 2 days to do this.  Once the plain sugar is gone, the flavoured kind (yes, that’s what it is) needs to go too. If you have any of those flavoured coffee drinks at home including those such as Jarrah or any of the sachet kinds, they have to go. Give them away if you think it’s too much of a waste.
  • Once you’re down to just milk, you can give that the boot too.  Did you know that a latte, cappuccino or flat white is a whole cup full of milk.  Yep, all those extra calories coming to you in a form designed to fatten up a baby cow and grow it to over a tonne as quickly as possible.  Minus the good nutrients which have been processed right out of it before you get to drink it.  I actually enjoy my coffee with just a splash of plain, full-cream milk nowadays (although I’m having black right now) and my tea is always black.  If that’s too big of jump for you, start by asking the waitress to use only half milk and half water.  Yes, they can do that and they will.  Once you’re used to that, the jump to just a splash will be much easier

You may be thinking that this first point won’t make much of a difference – but believe me it will.  Even if you only have a milk laden and/or sweetened cuppa a few times per week, that’s still enough to make a difference.

As well as reducing calories and the nasties in milk, sugar and flavours, you’ll also be breaking your addiction to these sweet concoctions, making breaking other sweet habits easier also.

SWAP MARINADES AND SAUCES FOR HERBS AND SPICES

There used to be so many rules about which herbs and spices went with which foods.  Fish and dill, lamb and rosemary etc.  While these are still great combos, the rules have definitely relaxed and you can pretty much mix any herbs or spices with any dish.  There are few exceptions.

Once you stop eating sauces, dressings and marinades (which by the way are often very high in sugar and chemical additives) you start to develop your taste for natural foods again.  Herbs and spices take on new flavours and you actually start to find your old favs too sweet or too strong and overpowering.

Commercially made sauces, dressings, marinades and other condiments are made with ‘eat more’ in mind.  If they don’t pass the ‘addiction’ test during manufacturing, they are taken back to the drawing board till they do.

Honestly, once you break this addiction, you will enjoy real food a whole lot more. As with your hot drinks, you’ll not only reduce the nasties that are holding you back straight away, but you’ll also be breaking that sugar addiction and the addiction to strong artificial flavours.

BE A BIT MORE BORING

They say that variety is the spice of life.  But when your’e trying to eat to lose fat, the fewer choices you have to make, the easier it will be.

I pretty much have the same thing for breakfast every day.  I also mostly have the same snacks each day.  And I absolutely have left overs for lunch most days because its there, I don’t have to make decisions and it is a lot less food preparation.

Find your favourite things and then stick with them.  Perhaps rotating every few days or eating the same things on the same days each week.  For variety, mix up your main evening meal (or lunch if it’s your main meal) and make left overs so it is one less choice tomorrow.

We all have.a limited amount of will power and if you waste yours on making too many decisions about food each day, you’ll have none left to put towards doing your workout or resisting your mum’s best ever slice when she drops around.

In a few days I’ll be sending out my next newsletter Food and Fitness Matters, and in it I’ll have the next 5 tips to help you make all those small changes that add up to big results.

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Reducing stress to reduce body fat through your diet

At first glance you may think that your diet (what you’re eating) doesn’t have anything to do with your stress levels.  And that your stress levels have nothing to do with your body fat percentage.

But stress, diet and body fat are all related

I’ve written before about the chronic stress levels that many of us suffer in modern life.  The hormone cortisol is probably something you’ve heard about before.

It naturally rises and falls each 24 hours and also acutely rises in response to anything perceived as stress; a near accident, a fright, running late, deadlines etc.  It is then supposed to lower again back to normal levels.

We need cortisol to repair cells, increase mental alertness and energy, improve mood and increase blood sugar ( in readiness to deal with that stressful situation).  However, when stressors are constant, as they usually are these days, our cortisol levels become higher over time and remain elevated.

The following are some of the symptoms of constantly higher cortisol levels that you may be passing off as something else:

  • Frequent colds or other infections
  • Signs of premature ageing – wrinkles, hair and memory loss etc
  • Weight gain – yes, higher stress levels cause weight gain
  • Insomnia – again increasing weight gain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Irregularities with menstrual cycles

As you can see, higher cortisol levels make you fat, old and sick.

If you ignore symptoms, you can continue on to complete exhaustion, mental and physical.

Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression,, low energy,  regular dizziness (especially when getting up), unexplained pain in muscles are all signs you may have gone to the next level of stress.

So how can diet help?

There are 3 main things to consider

GET ENOUGH NUTRIENTS

If you’re not eating a variety of nutritious foods daily, you will increase your stress levels leading to the above symptoms including gaining lots of body fat.  You are simply not giving your body the things it needs to deal with your level of stress – even if its not really high at the moment.

While all nutrients are important, some are especially important to adrenal health.  They are Vitamin C, Magnesium, Omega 3 and the B vitamins.

You could supplement, but studies show that our bodies cannot absorb and use single nutrients in the same way as they can when getting them from real food.  It could be because its not just that nutrient itself that helps, but that they work in combination with other nutrients commonly found together.

If you consume lots of veggies (especially green leafy ones and mushrooms), a mix of fruits (especially berries), nuts (especially almonds, brazils and walnuts) eggs and a variety of meats and seafood in smaller quantities (beef, lamb, fish – including oily ones such as salmon, shellfish and offal – I you like it,  you will get all the nutrients you need to support healthy hormone function including your adrenals and those stress hormones.

INCREASE HEALTHY FATS

This one is a bit tricky because too much fat will itself increase fat gain.  But you do need to include healthy fats daily.  The best are from oily fish so that you get Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet regularly.

I also suggest taking a regular dose of fish oil capsules as well to help with this as lots of our fish are farmed or depleted in the Omega 3 fatty acids and reducing your use of vegetable oils to improve your ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fats.

STABILISE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR

This can be achieved by making sure that each time you eat (3-5 times daily) you include lots of vegetables, a small portion of protein (in the forms listed above in the nutrient section) and including healthy fats a couple of times per day (avocado, olive oil, fish etc)

Limiting cereal or grain foods will really help with stabilising your blood sugar levels as will avoiding the obvious culprits such as sweets, baked foods, soft drinks (and other flavoured drinks) chocolates, biscuits etc.

Not surprisingly, the same dietary changes that will help to improve your stress levels will also help you to lose excess weight as well.

This is due to a lower calorie intake, a better functioning body and the actual decrease in cortisol as well.

One final thing that can’t be ignored and can really help is to add exercise to your daily routine.

Exercise helps to decrease cortisol levels if done correctly.  Those with high levels may initially need to start with just walking and other low intensity exercise because adding too much or too high intensity can become a stressor itself and work against what you’re trying to achieve.

If however you are eating well, getting enough sleep and working on reducing other lifestyle factors that are increasing stress, exercise is a must as part of the solution to lower stress levels AND reduce body fat.

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Recover From Injury and Hard Training Fast

I know lots of you use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen either on a regular or just occasional basis. Guess, what? You should stop!

These drugs prevent your body from repairing injuries effectively as well as cause damage to your stomach lining and affect your blood pressure.

Recent studies show that all exercise can cause slight intestinal injury but combining that with NSAIDs increases the damage considerably. And it does so with just one dose – not only with long term use.

They also increase gut lining damage meaning you’re drastically increasing your risk of autoimmune diseases and damaging your immune system function in the short and long term.

The studies showed that not only was all this damage occurring, but muscle damage was NOT CHANGED. Yep, the use of these drugs was not even doing what you think it is supposed to do and in fact was causing more muscle damage because pain from the injury was masked and the participants were pushing through injuries because of that.

So next time you decide to rub on some gel or pop a few pills, think twice.

You will be making your injury worse long term and causing all the other problems above as well. Doing so at any time is bad enough but using the drugs to get through a workout is a bad idea.  If it is too sore to train, DO NOT mask the pain with drugs and train anyway.

 

Just stop using them. There are many other natural alternatives you could try:

PHYSICAL THERAPY – to try to actually repair or prevent the injury; acupunture, chiropractic, physio, cold laser, massage, cupping, bowen, the list goes on and all are available either in town or close by.

 

DELOADING – yep, good old rest. If you’re injured, this should be your first step!! You may still be able to attend your training sessions, but may be able to modify to rest the injured area. Talk to me about this. Do not keep training an injured joint or muscle.

CRYOTHERAPY – cold showers, ice, exposure to cold. Ice packs should be used more often directly following a training session. They can even be used as a preventative if your knees, ankles or other joints a starting to feel a bit achy etc.

 

VIBRATION PLATFORMS – this is something I’ve just started to research and I must say it looks very promising. Some injuries shouldn’t be treated with this method or at least they should be well on the way to healing before you try it. I’m actually going to buy one of those infomercial platforms and try this myself. Unless someone has one I can borrow or purchase 🙂

COMPRESSION – If an injury has occurred, RICE is the first method of treatment. We all know about the ice and rest, but for some reason always forget Compression and Elevation, 2 of the best ways to reduce excessive inflammation and swelling, therefore reducing pain and allowing faster recovery.   While inflammation itself is actually helping with healing, excessive inflammation can go the other way. RICE is the best way to control this WITHOUT DRUGS

 

FOAM ROLLING/MASSAGE STICK/BALLS – self-massage is awesome. It’s quick and its free. I would love if we all foam rolled post training rather than stretching as stretching can actually make muscles tighter if damaged or ‘knotted up’. Unfortunately, it is not cost effective for me to supply 20 or 30 foam rollers, but if you are injured or really sore, please either pop into the gym when we stretch and use one of the foam rollers I do have, or bring your own and use it while we stretch. At the very least, all of us should spend around 10 minutes a few times per week on the roller (or using a massage stick or ball or similar) for injury prevention and improvement of results.

COLD LASER – mentioned in the first point but a seriously effective treatment for injuries and inflammation. Great for tendonitis, arthritis and acute or chronic pain. Graeme Hooper does cold laser therapy in Maryborough and is an excellent physical therapist. I do not get any kickbacks from recommending him, but do tell him I sent you.

FAR INFRARED – I won’t go into details because you can google this but another excellent proven treatment for recovery. It can increase white blood cell count and enhance immunity as well as increase blood flow and heat tissues in injured or recovering muscles. Julie and Bree Noonan have recently installed a Detox Box and this is a Far Infrared treatment. You can also buy hand-held wand type devices or lamps which are actually Near Infrared devices but have the same benefits in a localised area. They do not have the same relaxation benefits due to the small area treated at the one time but are also still effective. Again, I don’t get anything from recommending the Detox Box, but let them know I sent you also.

ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION – You can buy EMS devices quite cheaply now and in fact, I have one that I’ve used on injuries for Lauren and Harry with great success. You can use these to help speed soft tissue recovery for injuries and also, to decrease general muscles soreness if it is really bad. (Great for Rookies in particular) They can also be used to slow down the strength loss if say you have injured your ankle and cannot work your legs. Daily use on your quads and hamstrings will help to slow the strength decrease till you can train again. This could be useful particularly if you have games coming up and want to decrease your time to get back to best fitness again once you’re are able to resume training again. Make sure you read the instructions for placement of the pads or you won’t get the benefits. For muscle soreness, you can use ice at the same time to increase recovery.

 

INVERSION – you know that contraptions you used to see around to hang upside down in. They’re great for lower body swelling and inflammation. Heavy or swollen legs and feet after a big training session (or just a big day on your feet) will feel awesome after just 5-10 mins in the upside down position. To get similar benefits, without the contraption, I recommend at the end of every day, lay on the floor with your feet up on a chair or the edge of the couch or bed for 5-10 mins. I do this regularly and I’m sure it helps with varicose and spider veins too.

SLEEP – if only people would take me seriously on this one. A minimum of 7 hours per night, preferably 8.  Aim for 52 hours plus per week (perhaps including a few naps if needed)   Sleep is so important that all of the rest of these ideas are pretty useless if sleep is inadequate.

GET DIRECT SUN EXPOSURE EVERY DAY – another big one.  Just 10-20 minutes per day of unprotected sun exposure is all it takes.  Longer in winter and less in summer.  Adequate Vitamin D is essential to prevention and recovery of injuries.    Supplements do not have the same effect

 

NUTRITION AND SUPPLEMENTATION – should have been first on the list really.  Here are some basic guidelines that everyone can follow, injury or not

-Take fish oils.  I’ve written about this heaps of times so won’t go into details.  But get a good quality one that contains a minimum of 300mg of EPA and DHA combined.   Take 6-10 per day

-Eat nutrient dense foods.  I’ve also written about this heaps of times, but for examples: whole free-range eggs, grass-fed meats, free-range chicken, fruits and vegetables/salads (fresh or frozen), plain greek or natural yoghurt, keffir, kombucha, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, spices and herbs

-Get rid of inflammatory foods such as grains (including corn), dried fruits, honey, soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks, alcohol, sugar of any kind, seed oils and fats, vegetable oils and fats and pretty much all processed foods.

-Take digestive enzymes short term

-Take probiotics long term.  This is  the one I use:  Proviotic Blend

-Drink lots of filtered water and limit tea and coffee (you don’t need to cut it out altogether, but do limit the amount you consume)

-Take a multi-mineral (can also have multi-vitamins too)  I use an electrolyte powder in some of my water.  This is the one I use:  Electrolyte Blend 

-Try glucosamine and chondroitin.   I recommend a Bulk Nutrients supplement called Joint Support which many of my clients swear by.  You can order it here.  Joints Complex

-Supplement with magnesium and use Epsom salts in a bath or foot soak often.  Topical magnesium is also excellent, in fact, better than taken orally.  Look for oil spray or a lotion.  here is an example:  Magnesium Spray  Use daily to help with injury recovery and also prevention. May also help if you cramp a lot.  You can also take the Electrolyte Blend mentioned above as well to ensure adequate magnesium intake.

-Eat enough.  If you’re one of those people who skip meals all the time and say they’re too busy to eat properly, expect injuries and bad health to catch up with you.  You are NOT ‘being good’ when you eat barely anything.  You are in actual fact starving your body of vital nutrients (likewise if you eat crap food all the time) and you will suffer the consequences even if you haven’t noticed it yet.

-Get adequate Vitamin C.  If you’re eating a large variety of fresh vegetables and salads, you probably have this covered in your daily diet.  If however you are injured, you could try a Vitamin C supplement short term.  Vitamin C helps limit free radical damage and also boosts the growth of cells that produce cartilage and connective tissues.  Try to find a whole-food Vitamin C supplement rather than a synthetic one.  Here’s a good one to try; whole food Vitamin C supplement

There are lots of other ways to improve your recovery and you won’t possibly do all of the above all the time.

If you practice eating whole foods, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated with water and taking basic supplements like fish oils, probiotics and an electrolyte supplement if you train and sweat a lot, you’ll have most bases covered.  Then make sure you warm up properly before training and take time to foam roll and stretch afterward, you’ll have the best chance of not getting injured in the first place.  All of these are my minimum.

If an injury does occur, test the other options on yourself fitting what works best for you into your daily routine.  I practice most of the above on a semi-regular basis even though I do not have any injuries.  Maybe that’s why??

At FitterFaster we vary every clients  program weekly.  Mixing between cardio and resistance based sets within workouts and a 4 week cycle of changes to programming from high reps to lower means we target different muscle and body systems as well as all muscle fibres.  Rounding our programs like this with a focus on core strength and stability minimises the possibility of injury both at training and in their every-day lives.

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4 Signs You Need A Fitness or Nutrition Coach

To achieve great health, fitness and a lean, energetic body, you’re going to have to make some changes.
Changes to your routine, changes to your activity and changes to what you’re eating and drinking will be necessary.

So you set about doing just that. Someone tells you about an awesome program or you googled one and get started.

One day it can feel like everything is awesome. The next, not so. You feel crap, you eat crap and nothing seems to go right.

Not to mention the confusing information that is fed to you daily. Eat this, don’t eat this. Do this, stop doing that. How are you supposed to stay on track when it keeps changing.
Below I’ve listed some signs that its time to get some help. This could mean someone to help you with your nutrition, with your fitness or with everything.

YOU’RE NOT GETTING RESULTS

This might seem obvious, but I’ve lost count of the number of new clients who tell me they’ve tried ‘everything’.
The problem is often that you don’t give something long enough to work. Or that the program or product is too hard to follow, use or stick with.

A good fitness and/or nutrition coach can guide you and give you what I like to call ‘the minimum effective dose’. This means, change only what you need to change to see results. Then reassess over time and tweak or alter as necessary.

What YOU will need to do first could be different to the next person. Following one online program after another is not working for you – so stop doing it.

YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO BUT YOU’RE NOT DOING IT

I should have put this first. Many of you reading this may know exactly what to do already. But are you doing it? Or at least, are you doing it consistently enough to see results?

Sometimes you need a coach to help you put all that knowledge into action. To help prescribe a set of actions and a step by step approach that you can actually put in place and stick with.

YOU DON’T FEEL MOTIVATED

If you’ve been reading my stuff for any time, you’ll know that I don’t believe in waiting for motivation.

I know that you need to take action even when you don’t feel motivated. But on your own, this can be really hard.

You are much more likely to take that action if you’ve enlisted the help of a coach. When you believe in your plan and someone is holding you accountable, it will make all the difference.

Motivation will come as you start to see results. More often than not, this is how it works.

YOU’RE STUCK

This ties in with the first point – no results. But sometimes it was working, until it wasn’t.

Hitting a plateau is actually very common and can be part of the process.

A coach can help you get past a stall in results and if necessary change what you’re doing.
When you stop getting results on your own, it is easy to blame the program and search around for another. You’ll then swap over to that one until the same thing happens.

This can end up with fluctuating weight loss and fitness results, injury or just plain giving up.

WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?

I have 3 solutions that can solve all the problems above;

1/ My 28 day JumpStart To A New You Program. This is an all inclusive fitness program that will jumpstart results no matter what your current fitness level.

Beginners and advanced fitness trainees will see improvements with a better looking AND feeling body. $79 includes everything

Full details can be found by clicking here or by filling out your details below. I am not taking new fitness clients between 6th and 15th January, so contact me asap if you’d like to get started with the JumpStart Program

2/ The 14 day Ditch The Junk online nutrition challenge. DTJ commences on January 7th and is run fully online. You’ll learn exactly what to eat for long term results without starving or spending hours preparing food. $29 includes the menu and recipes as well as all the information you need for success. Registrations close on 4th January. Full details can be found by clicking here.

3/ Or why not combine both programs. For a total of $99 I’ll include both programs. Registrations for the combo package close on 2nd January.

To take up the combo offer, please email me jo@fitterfaster.net.au before 2nd January

 

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Are you really Addicted to Food?

Do you think you may be addicted to certain foods?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you crave certain foods even when you’re not actually hungry?
  • Do you find that when you eat these foods, you often eat way more than you intended?
  • Do you hide your consumption of these foods from others? Even sometimes?
  • Despite knowing about the negative consequences of eating these foods (declined health, increase in body fat etc) you still consume them regularly?
  • Have you tried to stop eating these foods a couple of times or more without success?

If you can answer yes to 3 or more of these questions, you most likely have an addiction to those foods. IF not, you have a serious problem that is not going away any time soon.

Unprocessed foods are unlikely to be associated with addictive eating.  The types of foods we are talking about are processed and contain higher amounts of sugar, fat and/or salt.  

Because you are actually addicted to these foods, it will most likely mean that simply ‘cutting back’ on them for is not enough.  

Methods similar to those used to quit smoking, alcohol or drug abuse will most likely be required.  That is, totally stopping the consumption of the foods that affect you and bring out addictive eating behaviours.

This is because that an addiction to certain foods is EXACTLY THE SAME as an addiction to any of those things.  

The exact same chemical processes cause the addiction – no matter why you started in the first place.

eat them anymore is the only way you’ll succeed long term.

Because of this, I’ve always been a big believer in totally cutting out junk foods as the best way to take back control of addictive eating for most people.  

 This is easier for some and not so for others of course, but it really is the best way I have found from experience over the past 10 years.

Alternate behaviours, food choices and actions are usually required rather than a simple instruction such as ‘stop eating chocolate’  as well as support and accountability.  

Breaking any addiction is really tough on your own.

Finding ways to start new habits, rather than just telling yourself you’re not going to

You’ve probably been told that ‘everything in moderation’ is the key to long term success. But for food addicts, this could be really bad advice.

Like an alcoholic can most likely never drink again (or risk immediate re-addiction) it is also most likely going to be the same for you.

So what’s the best way to tackle this?

1/ For one, stop thinking about dieting. Adding real hunger on top of trying to stop eating addictive foods will never result in success.

You need to follow a really filling, satisfying nutrition plan while cutting down on foods you’re addicted to.

This is the exact premise of all of my nutrition programs – and almost by accident, people lose weigh anyway.

2/ Think about what foods you are going to replace your old choices with. Actually make a list and make sure you have those foods available and prepared at all times.

3/ Set a date and make the decision that you won’t touch those foods again. Not a single time, not ever. This can be the toughest of all, but once you have decided, you can start taking action and start recovering.

4/ Accept that you’ll have relapses and quit the guilt. However, after 2-3 attempts on your own, if you’re not succeeding, seek help. A quick google search will find you loads of resources and organisations that specialise in food addiction.

5/ Keep a list of your trigger foods so that you can be totally aware of what you’re going to avoid. These foods are different for all food addicts. It may be chocolate, lollies or cheesecake. It could be crackers, cheese or ice cream. Or it could be (and most likely is) a combo of addictive foods.

6/ Let go of your need to ‘please’ others because they insist you eat the foods because:

  • they made them (using your kids as an excuse is common)
  • someone purchased them for you
  • it’s a special occasion

Your food addiction is not about them. Your kids, mum, neighbour or workmates will still love/like you even if you don’t eat their foods. Let’s face it. These excuses were just that – you were justifying to yourself why you needed to eat them.

Many clients have successfully broken their addiction to certain foods with support from the entire FitterFaster crew.

Programs like my Ditch The Junk Challenge can help you to start the process – no confessions required.

Find out more about Ditch The Junk by clicking HERE

If you have more questions about food addiction (or the Ditch The Junk) please email me any time jo@fitterfaster.net.au