This week’s main clinic points to learn from
1.If you exercise regularly and eat healthily all the time you are unlikely to see much benefit if you are also drinking alcohol regularly. This week I have had several clients who consistently drink throughout the week and so they are not losing weight, their body isn’t recovering very well after exercise and they don’t sleep well either. No, they are not ‘alcoholics’ but the problem is that alcohol has essentially become this acceptable drug to have in the home. If you only change one thing to your diet (regardless of what shape you are in) then let it be cutting down your alcohol to a maximum of 14 units a week. Try limiting yourself (be realistic) or keep drinking to the weekends only. This casual intake of a few glasses of wine every night really does have to stop. Equally though please do not take this as a pass to start binge drinking at the weekends as this is simply too much for your body to process at once.
2.Please use supplements wisely. I am not a massive fan of any nutritional supplements as for the best part you can actually just get what you need from food. However, this week I have seen on several occasions that people are going for ‘protein’ cookies/shakes/sweets as a healthy snack when actually they were getting enough protein from their diets and so these supplements simply provided extra calories.
3.How active are you actually? I have noticed that many people will go to the gym/classes or go for a run a few times a week. This really is great! Yet, how active are they in the day? Not very! If you are going to increase your exercise levels then you need to first look a little closer at your daily routine – walk to work / park further from your work/ go for a walk at lunch/ use the stairs / invest in a stand up desk. It is simple activities like these that will result in a healthier digestive system, reduced stress levels and help with weight loss if needed.
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