As i always say, another beautiful morning in Queensland. Whenever my family call from country Victoria and they ask me what the weather has been like (we tend to talk a lot about the weather back home) i always tell them its another day in paradise.
Some great questions this week. A lot of them have a very similar tone and the expected tone of this time of the year.
Can you guess what? Its weight loss.
Summer is around the corner, its the social season of the year and this is when most people want to be looking their best. Unfortunately this time of year can be a time of a little embarrassment.
My goal of helping 100,000 always gets a tremendous boost in the months leading up to summer. I find that my numbers rise which of coarse makes me excited.
So on that note and with a BIG smile on my face lets look at the questions from this weeks 60 Sec with James.
“To lose body fat, do you reckon it’s better to eat carbs or stick with vegies fruit and meat!?” – Darcy
When you say carbs i presume you’re talking about refined carbs like bread, pasta’s and rices because the natural source of carbs is actually veggies. So my answer Darcy is stick to eating lean meats and veg and keep your fruit intake minimal. Fruit is obviously a natural food but it does contain fructose which is a sugar and it will spike your insulin levels which make susceptible to weight loss.
“Hi James. What are some healthy pre dinner snacks?” – Karen
Hi karen. I presume you’re talking about mid-afternoon snacks as this is a popular question. What i recommend is a handful of raw nuts or a protein shake. The nut choice is yours just make sure they’re not salted or covered in seasoning and that you have no more than 15 – 20.
“I’m on 2 different medications and I am unable to come off without side affects of weight gain, I’m a bigger girl, 87kg, bmi should be 75kg. I exercise regularly, eat healthy and portion right. What more can I do to shake this weight?” – Mel
I’m going to go ahead and presume that you have spoke to your Dr about your options. Now what i recommend
is finding someone to go over your current diet. You’ll be surprised about some of the changes you can make that will make a difference in the mirror.
For your exercise routine avoid any forms of long cardio but opt for high intensity interval training (HIIT) and a weight based circuit training.
The aim here is to increase the rate your metabolism operates so you can burn more calories at rest. Change your workout every 4 weeks and aim to exercise 4 – 5 times per week. Ideally speak to a local professional that can point your clearly in the right direction and keep you on track.
“I eat every 2 hours (fruits or small servings of carbs & proteins) i work out (mainly heavy cardio) and still i feel lazy (my metabolism is not going up) and I am not loosing fat from my body. Pls help.” – Rishi
Cut out fruits from your diet, continue with eating small amounts of carbs and proteins, i presume the carbs are veggies not refined carbs and quit doing long cardio.
Opt for lifting heavy weights with minimal rest. Train 4 – 5 times per week. The more lean muscle you have in your body the higher your resting metabolism will be and the more body fat you will burn.
“How do you lose weight?” – Jason
What a direct question i love it! Jason abs are made in the kitchen. So firstly avoid refined carbs immediately. Eat more veg and lean meats. Reduce your intake of sugary and alcoholic drinks and drink more water. Visit your local gym and speak to a trainer about what exercise is best for you.
Jason have a quick read of What Can Make You Gain Weight
Let me leave you with a quote
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith
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To a beautiful weekend,
P.S – If you enjoyed this weeks QnA then you can the most recent titled 70/30 here
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