Author: Leanne Spencer

Why maintaining weight loss is so hard

We’ve all heard about people who manage to lose weight, but how often do they maintain the new weight? Dieting is easy initially because you’re full of enthusiasm and can draw on willpower for the energy required in the first few weeks. Willpower is a finite commodity though and isn’t enough on its own. Willpower is also an energy-intensive resource, and needs to be fed. If you are relying on willpower alone to get you through the first few weeks, you need to feed that power by sleeping fully, keeping the mind busy with constructive pursuits and staying active. Early promise… Initially, we tend to see results because often the body dumps a load of water, rewarding us with a few pounds off the scales. Despite the fact that it’s fat, not water, that we want to lose, it’s motivating to see that dial go down on the scales. Usually with a bit of effort more weight can be lost, but after a while, it all starts to feel like hard work. Sound familiar? The …

How sleep affects weight loss

This is one of the most popular questions about sleep that is asked on Google, which is interesting as I think it’s an under-appreciated aspect of weight loss. The fact is, sleep plays a major role in fat loss (and in muscle gain as well). Sleep is a critical factor for almost every aspect of our health. So how can a lack of sleep affect weight loss? There are three major implications to a lack of quality sleep – and they’re all linked to hormones. Ghrelin Ghrelin is a hormone that regulates our appetite – its nickname is the hunger hormone. Ghrelin tells our brain that we’re hungry, and when it’s working well, we can rely on it to steer us towards food when we need it. It’s like following your intuition – you’ll know what to eat and when to eat. When you’re sleep deprived, there can be too much ghrelin in your system, causing feelings of hunger. This makes you far more likely to overeat and gain weight. Leptin Leptin is a hormone …

The 7 secrets of a successful health transformation

Why is it that some people manage to transform their health and others don’t? Here’s what you need to consider if you want to reach a successful outcome. You are fully invested Successful people know that to succeed, you need to invest, and I don’t just mean in time and money. A client who has what it takes to transform their health will be fully invested emotionally, physically and intellectually and very focused on their desired outcome. You have patience Implementing lasting and sustainable changes is a slow game. Think a marathon not a 100m sprint. You need to be patient, and focused. Appreciating that things take time is essential to the outcome, and you won’t be in a rush. You trust the program Holding on to preconceived ideas and limiting beliefs damages the chances of success. Trust in the person you’ve hired to help you. Believe in the power of two people focused on a common goal with an unswerving desire to make it happen. Allow yourself to be guided. You make it personal …

Why the one-size-fits-all approach to dieting won’t help you lose weight

Ask 20 people to eat the same diet for 10 weeks and you’ll get 20 different results, despite everyone being under the same controlled conditions. This shouldn’t really be surprising. If we put 20 people in an environment where they are all taught to play a musical instrument, we wouldn’t expect all of them to be playing at the same level, even after the same amount of tuition. We’re all different, biologically, physically, emotionally and genetically. One size does not fit all Why do we still sign up to diets that follow the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach? Wouldn’t it make more sense to personalise what we do, in terms of both diet and exercise? Here are other factors that you should be thinking of when personalising your diet. The over-simplification of ‘eat less and move more’ We are still recovering from the brainwashing we received in the 1970s about fat being the source of all our weight problems, leaving us thinking it’s the macronutrient to be avoided. What scientists are now discovering about why some of us …

What does it feel like to be fit?

Firstly, I’m referring to fitness in a physical sense, so your strength and cardiovascular performance. To achieve a good level of physical fitness, you must also pay attention to your sleep, mental health, energy, body composition and digestion – what we call the Six Signals®. So, what does it feel like to be fit? Have more energy Being physically fit provides you with more energy to get things done. Rather than drain your energy, a workout at the start of the day can set you up for a more energetic and productive day, as well as giving you all the benefits of increased blood flow, potential EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption – i.e. increased calorie burn post-workout), increased heart rate and the flow of ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. Have more resilience Our lifestyles demand that we are physically fit for the rigours of modern life. The demands made on us in terms of our availability, combined with the pressures to be ‘always on’ mean that it can be easy to become …