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Friday, July 27th, 2018

AHHH so sick annoyed by my persistent belly fat!

So, unfortunately as we age, our metabolism starts to slow down, our muscle mass loss is quicker and we lose our waists.  For women, our waistlines thicken and lose our shape and for the boys, that cuddly beer belly starts to shine through.

Can we do something about this.  Yes of course, but again, as we age, our exercise and activity needs change.  It’s not all about diet, there’s a lot of activity that needs to take place.  We can’t just diet and think that’s going to fix it.  Yes it will to a degree, but for the plus 35s (yes sorry it does start then! unless you are genetically blessed, and we all know at least one of those friends!), you need to work at it and change some habits.

What causes the pesky belly fat to hang around?  Well stress (cortisol hangs onto the fat) it’s a serious cause of belly fat resistance so we need to reduce that, eating too much for our activity level (if you are sitting down all day, you don’t need to eat so much), lack of sleep or interrupted sleep try to get some good shut eye which could mean changing a few evening rituals, lack of activity, too much alcohol, too many lattes and overindulging in the dairy altogether, eating processed or packaged foods or another serious cause is, “I just can’t be bothered syndrome” which collectively is, I can’t, I don’t feel like it, its too dark, I have a sore toe, I’m too tired and I don’t have time. All of which takes a bit of time to actually change in our mind to allow us to exercise.

The To Do List

Unfortunately we aren’t all made the same way so not all workouts and advice suits everyone, if you can adhere to a book or an app, then great, but if you can’t you need some motivation, like a Personal Trainer at least once a week to knock on your door and get you moving for at least 30 mins, will keep you on track. This way you can at least receive a more personalised program tailored to you.

But, in general, here are some things you could try:

You need to combine muscle growth with cardiovascular exercise to get the best results.  Constant moderate exercise and doing the same thing day in and out will not help entirely.  So you need to mix it up.

  • At least once a day, at lunchtime if you work in an office, in the morning before work or after work, you need to have a moderate walk for 15-20 mins.
  • Office workers, make sure you get up out of your chair once every 30 mins and have a walk around.
  • Try to not have more than one milk based coffee in one day, if you do make it medium at most and try to stick to tea and water mostly. Add a lemon or a strawberry, or even cucumber is nice in your water bottle if you fancy something a bit more interesting.
  • Try to control stressful periods with taking yourself out of the stressful situation and into something different for at least 10 minutes when you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Put some thought into what you are grabbing for lunch if you are out ‘n’ about, more clean food protein and salad is the best option, try to stay away from chinese, mexican, roasts with gravies and chips etc, you know the drill.  A salad sandwich, home made salad, or leftovers is the best option.  If you have to eat out, try Japanese, a salad bar (just avoid too much processed meats), or the roast with the veggies and no chips and gravy.  There are plenty of more healthy option cafes around these days so choose one of those if you can.
  • Your workouts need to be frequent and different, if you can’t sign up to a class/gym or a personal trainer, try adding a bit of a jog to your walk, walk for 2 mins, jog for 30 seconds, walk for 1 min, jog for 1 min, then run up a hill, then back to walking.  The body fat responds to the random activities well and the change of intensities.
  • Building muscle is soooooo very important to add into your days.  Fairly easy to do, there are plenty of resources but try some basics first that don’t need any equipment: squats, lunges, push ups, crunches, tricep dips, burpees, etc.  Contact me for a free basics program.
  • I’m a massive advocate for exercising outdoors because it just makes you feel so much better all round, so here are some more things you can do… Get on your bike and ride, go outside for a beach walk, most beaches have stairs or at least some dunes to run up and down, the sand changes the intensity and builds great leg muscles, the local parks have equipment and benches use them to step up on, push ups and tricep dips, go for a hike on the weekend, or more adventurous, try actual hill climbing or join a group to take you out rock climbing.

 

But seriously, even if you are just sick of the fat for vanities sake and want a hot bod,  you really need to consider making some changes if you have belly fat.  This visceral fat is dangerous to your health, its stored around your abdominal wall and organs and associated with increased risks of type 2 diabetes, hormonal fluctuations, heart disease, various cancers and Alzheimers disease.  It’s a scary health issue not just a vanity issue especially if you are ‘mid-life’ shall we say!

Addressing it as soon as you can see it is the best time to get on top of it. Then you can look super hot and be super healthy too.

If you need help with this, I’m here to help you navigate making changes to your lifestyle, even if it’s just a couple of visits to get you on track or a check-in once a week to get you moving.

I have been personal trainer and nutrition coach since 2007 and I love to help people make the changes needed to be not just body healthy but emotionally happy too, they generally go hand in hand.  So wherever you are, if you are reading this and just don’t know where to start, contact me for a chat to see what we can put in place for you! You can also follow me on instagram @create_health_fitness.

Angie

 

Monday, January 28th, 2013

10 Quick Tips!

  1. Don’t let yourself get hungry, mostly we starve ourselves of foods but this just engages the fasting mechanism. Fix it – eat, but nutritious, low GI foods, grainy breads, fruits, veggies, yoghurt and nuts, seed mix etc. Don’t deprive yourself of food, just stay away from the bad stuff. Sugar is the enemy, white carbs, crisps, rice cakes and the like. Eat low GI foods to ensure a slow release of insulin to control your blood sugar levels.  Useful information can be found here http://www.glycemicindex.com/;
  2. Remember to eat breakfast.  Be careful of commercial breakfast cereals as they can be very high in sugar (high is +15g per 100g). Opt for a grainy bread, eggs and spinach, Toast and peanut butter, oats, etc. If you can’t eat straight away, try to leave some low GI bread at the office and have your brekkie there (of course, be early to work!);
  3. Make it a mindset and a planned effort to lose 10% of your body weight, this will give you substantial cardiovascular health benefits. A well planned diet and exercise program works wonders but you need to make an effort to do it, the more you plan your meals, the better your health and body weight will be.
  4. Eat a diet low in saturated and transfats – your body does not require saturated or transfat to function. Leave it behind.
  5. Make sure you exercise everyday and include substantial weight bearing exercise. Take a local class, commit to some personal training sessions or buy some DVDs and weights.  Exercise should be built into your life every-day, as a routine task.
  6. Eat protein with every meal, but keep it to a small portion, you only require 1g/1kg of protein (if you are 65kg then you require only 65g of protein per day), doesn’t sound much does it? Remember that any nutrient you consume in excess gets stored as fat, this includes protein. So unless you are body building or an athlete, try to stay close to that amount of protein per day.
  7. Base your meals around small amounts of protein, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
  8. Avoid anything with an artificial sweetener in it, it is known to change your appetite, give you false hunger.
  9. Your diet should contain, 20-25% good fats, 20-30% protein, 50-60% carbs. (non-white carbs)
  10. Be active everyday, think about food as fuel, consider a long term commitment to your health and weight plan.

Things to remember:

At least 50% of the Australian population are overweight or obese.

23% of Australian children are overweight or obese

$1.2 Billion Dollars are spent each year in the Australian Medical System due to weight related conditions.

 

For more information or a personalised meal plan and training program, please contact us.

Angie Hazell is a Certified Nutrition Coach and Personal Trainer.  Angie and her team provide services in the areas in and around Subiaco, Wembley, Mt Hawthorn, Mt Lawley, Joondanna and Balcatta.

 

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

When comparing what type of nuts you might want to snack on, take a look at this chart.

The Green is Monounsaturated Fat

The Red is Polyunsaturated Fat

The Blue is Saturated Fat

Well I think we all know that avoiding as much saturated fat as we can is a good thing as it is found to raise blood cholesterol levels and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Try to avoid these and have only moderation.

What you want most of are the Red and Green fats:

  • Monounsaturated fats are particularly helpful in lower LDL cholesterol and helping to prevent cardiovascular disease.
  • Polyunsaturated fats are needed for growth, cell structure and for maintaining a healthy immune system.

Almonds are not only low in saturated fat but have a higher protein content so add about 10 almonds into your mid morning or afternoon snack to stave off the hunger demons.

Sunflower seeds are another great nutritional snack, very low in saturated fats.

For a good mid-morning snack, put 1/2 cup of some WA made yoghurt (only WA made please!) and mix in 1/2 a chopped apple, about 5-10 almonds, some walnuts or pecans and as many sunflower seeds as you like to make a crunchy, hunger busting snack!

Enjoy!

p.s. look out for our new year 12-week FIT YOU educational programs starting in January 2014 ……

 

 

 

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

OK so I am a personal trainer, but even personal trainers can gain a little weight right?  Yes that’s me, i’m normal, I do eat nutritious food and am vegetarian but my work hours, late nights and stress have all contributed to this weight gain, lack of sleep and general feeling of being unwell all while trying to keep up and provide a good service to my clients.

Quick action is needed now or I won’t be able to continue cope with my Personal Training, running the business, my legal office work, my study load and my poor family does suffer I have to say, and perhaps others too!   Does this sound familiar to anyone?! oh and I’m getting older. YEY!

Enter, The Isagenix Programme

So Isagenix is about top quality nutrition, stress management and anti-ageing, brilliant, exactly what I need.

Well it’s week 1 of my Isagenix programme and I have to say I am really surprised. I am notoriously sceptical of these programmes but I really am pleasantly surprised.  The first thing that I noticed was fluid loss, the second thing which has really, really made a huge difference this week is sleep, and quality of sleep.  It is AMAZING.  I get up at 5am every morning and I don’t finish work until 8.30pm at least 3 nights per week. I have to say, I’m tired, usually, BUT this week I can’t believe how much better I feel. I actually feel awake and well, better than I have felt in ages.  My skin is better, and my eyes are clearer, already, in one week!

The rest I can show you in pictures.

I started on Tuesday with a health check at Chemmart in Mt Hawthorn, they were awesomely nice there, I generally do measurements and BMI for my own clients but they also do cholesterol and glucose tests right there, which I can’t do, which is so it’s so easy! I don’t get any kickbacks from Chemart by the way.  But it’s a great initiative. Had I done my own checks I may have just tried to deny my weight and BMI!

See the photos for my starting results. Apart from having already low cholesterol and on the money BP due to my own exercise and diet programme, my BMI was obviously not good, scary and my waist, definitely not where I usually am. Horrified actually for a trainer to have this waist measurement. I’ve obviously been in denial!

I am 170cms tall

On Tuesday My Waist was – 86cms (Bad)

My weight 72kg

Now see my results, bear in mind I started my programme on Tuesday!

I have an Isagenix 1/2 shake and a zucchini slice for brekkie (eggs and zucchini baked in the oven)

– An isagenix bar for lunch

– some nuts and fruits for snacks or 1/2 Shake with berries

– and then a nutritious and portion controlled dinner.

Not too hard is it?

Amazed actually, I’m beginning to think that this programme is really amazingly good!

The science behind these products has come from years and years of testing, with nobel prize winning scientists, they are obviously doing something right!

I have already come down 1.5 cms from my waist, lost 3kg since Tuesday and I measured this on Friday morning.   You can see the evidence from the pictures.  I’ve also been on crutches all week due to an ankle injury but hopping around on those is incidental exercise at its best!

I think the bit that I’m most excited about is that I have more energy and I can sleep. Sleep really does retain weight and fluid around your middle.

I’m off to hit the books again, as I have an assessment due for my Advanced Coaching, I’m hoping for an equally great post for next week!

If you are on any medication or have health conditions it’s best to get your doctor’s approval first before embarking on any change of lifestyle.

If you want more info on this system please see www.createhealthandfitness.isagenix.com or feel free to ask me any questions.

 

Blog post by Angie Hazell, personal trainer Perth and surrounding suburbs of Mount Lawley, North Perth, Mount Hawthorn, Subiaco. Personal Training, Small Group Training and Couples Fitness Training.