Take control of your lifestyle in order to drive yourself to look your personal best!
Weight loss doesn’t need to be a challenge and if you plan your course of action out correctly (just like in formula one mapping that course out), you’ll know what to expect and you’ll be able to handle your journey.
Many experts disagree on many different aspects of weight loss resulting in people getting confused. In the majority of these cases people end up being worse off than when they started, both financial and health wise.
The first important and critical aspect to know is that weight loss and fat loss are different!
Weight loss can be defined as “a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon, and other connective tissue.”
Where as fat loss is “lowering your body fat, in other words the amount of fat your body carries.”
For health reasons (and there are lots of them) I would always recommend fat loss rather than weight loss. I also believe it’s important to measure/assess what you are doing, rather than guessing. Invest in scales than measure your body fat % so you know you are burning fat rather than your muscle, tendons and connective tissue.
The next two steps in your fat loss reduction is MOVE, EAT & DRINK WATER. Moving can be strength training (bodyweight, yoga & weights), aerobic (both steady state and HIIT). You need to work with a good personal trainer who understands how your body will adapt and not just pull the latest 8-week body transformation regime from any of the health magazines and present this to you.
This is the same for you eating plan as well. The plan will be made for you and will be tailored for your goals. Ensure that you have your amount of protein, fats and carbohydrates along with at least 2.5 litres of water!
Research also clearly shows that if you move/exercise and eat healthy you will have better results. Supplements can be helpful but don’t spend hundreds on them! Focus more time educating yourself on your diet.
Fat loss can be quicker for some than others so please be wary of miracle plans offering quick fixes, as the ultimate goal of fat loss is to improve health and quick fixes do not do this. They can actually damage your hormonal system and offset the bodies delicate balance of systems that work together to keep you functioning.
Ever wondered how actors like Tom Hanks, Russell Crowe and Chris Hemsworth under take their amazing body transformations for their new movie roles?
Simply by doing all of the above and not by buying a health magazine and following a bog standard plan from that! One size does not fit all.
Celebrities do have a luxury that we don’t with time, money and access to world-class trainers but it’s not undoable to make small changes to improve your health and build on that further.
It is worth spending to be assessed at the beginning of your journey rather than wasting money trying to do bit by bit. I’d also recommend doing a food intolerance test to help expel the foods that are hampering your health, this small quick test can make a massive difference.
It is important to remember that even though I’ve stated fat loss and weight loss are different, Chris Hemsworth would have lost muscle during his body transformation. You can clearly see Chris’ body shapes are different in both films. He would have maintained his shape by undertaking strength training as well as cardiovascular training during this stage of his body transformation.
The reason being is that each body type that he has will enable different skills to thrive and the body of THOR is not the body that a formula one racing driver requires and having the THOR body can actually hinder a drivers performance.
The endurance and fitness levels of formula one racing drivers are phenomenal from both a physical and mental aspect. Driver can perform up to 20 hours a week of endurance training and muscle training in order to perform at optimal level!
Chris Hemsworth shredded over 14kg of muscle to play the role of racing driver, James Hunt. To celebrate the release of ‘Rush’, Sky Store are offering an all-expenses-paid trip to the Silverstone Grand Prix and are throwing in exclusive pit lane access!
In conclusion, Fat loss rather than weight loss for maximum health benefits. Have an exercise and diet plan that is suited to you not everyone else. Ensure that you drink plenty of water and work with a great PT who has proven results and wants to improve your health, not just your body shape!
Thanks for reading,