The New Year of the New Skinny

Yet another year down and boy didn’t 2014 go fast. I had a fantastic year, with family, business and personal goals achieved.

If you’re a regular reader of my blogs and posts, you’ll know that there is nothing I hate more than people wait for a New Year or a new week or a new month or till after ‘X’ to think about making changes to their health, fitness and/or lifestyle. But seeing that a new year has just begun, I’m all for starting NOW.

I’ve already posted some of my personal health and fitness goals for the first 3 months of 2015 in the FitterFaster Private Client group. They include having a regular appointment at the masseur and chiro, drinking a minimum of 3 litres of water every day for the next 90 days(well 89 now), taking a maximum of 6 days off training (my fitness and lifestyle support this, yours may not!), and running 300km as well as doing more other fitness training such as my own FitForce and PeakFit sessions.

Another goal I have is to slightly change the focus of FitterFaster. I’ve been heading this way for some time now, but I really want to focus on improving my clients’ overall lifestyle and health as well as their body composition.

Those already in attendance or who have taken part in any of my programs know that this is a huge factor in all my packages/programs already, but I want to ‘put it out there’ so to speak a lot more.

I want to focus on overall fitness, improved health and wellbeing, all the while showing people how achieving these factors will results in a healthy weight as well.

There are too many programs that focus on the short term weight loss factor. Their intention is only ever losing X amount of weight as quickly as possible. I want to show people how improving your lifestyle habits will results not just in fat loss, but in improved wellbeing – more energy, better sleep, less disease, less illness and just overall a better quality life.

So I want everyone, especially my clients to stop judging their every success on the number of the scales.

Instead, start to focus on how your fitness, strength and endurance are improving.

Focus on how much better your skin looks and how much more energy you have.

Notice how you are not bloated anymore and how your ‘gut’ has really settled down.

Feel how your clothes fit and look better and how those headaches and other aches and pains are disappearing.

Healthy is the new Skinny.

NO, I’m not promoting being overweight and being happy with that (although that is also a choice YOU could make if you wanted to) but instead, I’m promoting taking the route to a better body that includes healthy habits and food choices so you can enjoy that better looking and feeling body to its full potential.

How To Get Fat

What could you do on a daily or weekly basis to gain body fat? It’s pretty simple really and most of these things can be done without even thinking about them:

  •  Drink your calories. This is an easy one. Never choose water and instead, drink soft drinks, cordials, fruit juices and even load up on diet drinks. The only way to drink your water if you want to gain body fat, is to choose flavoured varieties.
  • Skip meals on a regular basis. This is just about guaranteed to get your eating way too much and also will aid you to make bad food choices because you’re so hungry later. Also causes drops in blood sugar which are great for increasing cravings.
  • Go to bed too late, watch telly in bed or develop any other bad sleeping habit. This will cause havoc with your hormones, increase cravings and also cause you to over eat due to a lack of energy and focus. Whatever you do, don’t get more than 6 hours of sleep per night, or, if you must, make sure you get at least 9 or more hours as getting too much sleep can also cause you to overeat. Watching TV at night is also a great way to waste time that could otherwise be spent sleeping.
  • Snack or choose foods for meals according to whatever is most convenient and easy to get. Do not under any circumstances try to be organised or prepared. Just grab the easiest thing available especially if it can be ordered and delivered or you can order and pick up within 10 minutes or so. Take away food is great for piling on the kilos. Ditto for being organsied during the day with food when away from the home. Do not under any circumstances preprepare snacks and take them with you. Just be sure to grab whatever is available.
  • Do not undertake physical activity unless it involves taking it easy, having long rests and not overexerting yourself. Best not to do anything though just to be sure.
  • If you do anything physical, make sure you undo any benefits it might have had by consuming energy drinks and bars. In case you accidentally burn any calories while exercising, make sure you replace them with calorie laden flavoured drinks and snacks. Energy drinks are especially good at undoing benefits of training.
  • Drink alcohol as often as possible. Even a once per week binge will ensure that fat stores are laid in your body and remain there.
  • Have a cheat meal or day every week. If you can’t force yourself eat whatever you want for an entire day, even just one cheat meal per week will undo a lot of what you’ve achieved during the week if you forgot to make bad food choices on a daily basis.
  • Don’t think about what you’re eating and drinking and most definitely don’t record it. Choose solely on availability and taste. Do not think about nutrient content, protein content, calories, fats, chemical additives etc. Just shove it in in as larger quantities as possible.
  • Eat as much as possible of ‘diet’ products. Anything labelled ‘non fat, low fat, diet, skinny, lite, light etc’ is great in large quantities. You know you can eat extra of this to put on extra body fat at any time.
  • Be sure to hang around the tea or lunch room at work especially when its someone’s birthday or the boss shouts morning tea. Other great places to hang are at kids birthday parties, right next to the food table or at the buffet when out. And always make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand on your desk at work. Especially lollies, choccys and other nibbly food that’s impossible to eat just one of.
  • When you’re feeling bad about something, make sure you have on hand an assortment of rubbish foods to medicate yourself with. These are guaranteed to make you feel worse (and guilty) so that any thoughts of making good choices are thrown totally out the window in favour of eating even more crap.