Target by Bill Frymire
New years resolutions rethink:
Successful goal setting
Every week I see people in clinic with goals. Some may not know they have goals, others have definite goals but they may be the wrong ones for that moment. I often spend a lot of time with people focusing on their aspirations and plans and sorting through what they want to achieve, the motivations for these aims and how they fit into the big health and lifestyle picture.
A goal is the picture you have in your head of where you want to be. Taking them from merely thoughts and notions and making them reality means first defining them in a few ways, giving them the qualities they require to be of use to you. This means asking a few questions and giving your goals some important characteristics; transforming them from just hope and dreams on a piece of paper into a lynchpin of long term success:
Are they pointless?
Giving up crisps and cakes for January may be a healthy gesture, but what in the great scheme of things is this going to accomplish other than a) making you want crisps and cakes a LOT more and b) using up all that willpower that could be better spent.
If however, it changes a behaviour long term i.e. eating a lot less snacks foods then it has been beneficial but ask yourself, is it really going to achieve this?
Are they the right ones?
Food pyramids can be a useful tool for both advising people on what they should eat and also to represent what people actually ARE eating. Here’s some from around the world…
This is the bog standard food pyramid (source USDA).
I’m sure most of you are familiar with this. It’s the old USDA food pyramid giving the weightings of the foods to be consumed in the day based upon number of portions.
However it was felt that is needed to be redrawn to emphasize variety in food as well as throwing some emphasis on exercise as part of the picture. All very commendable but as far as I am concerned it’s neither use nor ornament.
Because you usually get this:
The new USDA ‘Food Triangley Thingamebob’
But to make any sense out of it at all you need the notes: Read more..
Dodgy diet and fatuous fitness advice busted.
"January, sick and tired, you've been hanging on me You make me sad with your eyes You're telling me lies"
Last night I was having dinner with a mate of mine, he was telling me about the great advice his wife received from a colleague at work, it was this: any time you eat something naughty (a doughnut, in this case) just have a glass of water after and it cancels all the badness out.
Great. That’s me out of a job then. Nutrition problems solved.
Or maybe not.
This got me thinking about all the bad advice you get and further to my 10 fat loss tips post yesterday, here’s 10 tips I have found around the web that you would be a fool to follow…..
1. Drink 5 liters or more of water each day – this helps flush your body of fat.
WHAT THE F…?! Read more..
My 10 top tips for fat loss
It’s that time of year again. Oh yes, New Year’s resolutions.
Too much turkey? Feeling guilty about all that Christmas cheer/beer? Feeling the need for renewal and refocusing of goals?
It seems everyone is looking at how to shift a few pounds and make themselves feel a little better after the over indulgence of the holidays. And of course around now there’s a plethora of ‘top tips’ floating around the web giving you suggestions for ways to loose fat, but often they’re not much more useful than ‘cut the carbs’. So what counts? Let’s get to the bottom of the top tips.
Here’s the point: focus on WHYs and HOWs, not WHATs
Your health, fitness and body shape is the expression of your behaviours and actions and what they do to your body over the months and years. You have to change WHY you’re doing things, not just WHAT you’re doing otherwise you’ll fail in the end. Many ‘top tips’ don’t recognise this.
So in my years as a nutritionist, what do I think are the 10 ten tips? As I say it’s about actions, behaviours and habits.
1. Figure out why you’ve been slacking on the health and fitness front.
2. Write down goals and a defined plan and tell people about them. Read more..