It’s a satisfying feeling to be part of a team that has such a positive impact on people’s lives. I graduated from Health and Sports Science in 2004 as an Exercise Physiologist. It’s my job at Ignite to do whatever I can to ensure our clients are using Ignite and getting the great results that everyone wants.
Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym”. It’s an oldie but a goodie, and very true.
The fact is that nutrition has a far greater impact on fat loss than exercise.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s still plenty of excellent reasons to get to the gym and/or play sport and stay active in general (athleticism and fitness, flexibility, strength and muscle development, mental health and a host of hidden health markers such as blood pressure, lipid profiles, bone mineral density etc. which are all favourably influenced by our exercise habits).
However, if fat loss is your goal, nothing will have a greater impact on your waistline than what you’re eating and drinking on a daily basis. Your habits.
Now I know what you’re thinking. “I eat pretty well” …………. I hear this often (it often precedes a big list of all the delicious healthy foods a person regularly eats…. which I love to hear about and is always very insightful!!) however there’s two questions that spring to mind that I like to explore when I hear this one:
1) Are you at your end point / goal and in maintenance mode.
2) Are you currently moving towards your goal.
If you answered yes to either question, there’s really no pressing reason to make wholesale changes to your nutrition, at least from a fat loss perspective (some changes may still be warranted for gut issues, inflammatory issues or simply the need for more variety).
If you answered no to these questions it’s worth exploring changes you can make to your nutrition so you can start getting the results you want and deserve.
In July and August this year I led a group of 16 Ignite clients through our 6th, 4 week, Good to Great program where we guide participants through a process to identify 3-5 changes in the areas of nutrition, sleep and stress reduction with the aim of establishing new habits to move participants towards their goals.
The results of the participants over the 4 weeks (names withheld to protect the innocent) are pictured and many of these participants have subsequently seen further positive shifts in the month since the program concluded.
A key part of the program is finding changes tweaks that will assist in your daily habits, rather than simply a 4 week detox. For instance great results can be achieved from eliminating alcohol or not eating out for a month however these will often creep back in over time….. however changing a few daily habits such as breakfast and properly hydrating, for many people can yield dramatic results as the daily nature of this improvement compounds as the weeks tick by and can be effortless to maintain over time.
Our next Good to Great Program will kick start in mid October so I want to plant the seed in your mind if you answered ‘no’ to either of those 2 questions in this post, that this is an opportunity to ensure you’re getting the results you’re after!
* There’ll be more information closer to the time but if you have any questions or would like to register your interest don’t hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org