Secondly, our nutritional approach uses a method that has been shown to be much more user friendly than counting calories (calories on food packaging can be out by up to 25%!) and doesn’t rely on weighing every morsel of food that passes your lips. Our nutritional approach is about achieving optimal health while gradually increasing the quantity of food you are allowed while supporting muscle growth and fat loss. This is important as the industry ‘standard’ approach is to restrict/decrease food as time goes on which leads to muscle breakdown and a lower metabolism – both of which are disastrous as far as fat loss is concerned.
The biggest mistake the fitness industry makes when it comes to female fat loss is prescribing too much cardiovascular exercise which can actually reduce fat burning capacity! At Embody we take a different, and much more scientific, approach to female fat loss by structuring programmes so that metabolism is increased in the days following each session and, long term, metabolism is greater even at rest!
However, if your life is chaotic it can be really difficult to focus successfully on the plan. People who work extremely long hours; never do grocery shopping; hardly cook or prepare food at home; travel every week for business; spend most of their meals out socialising or at work events…..these situations make it really hard to do the plan well (although I have had clients in very demanding jobs who have made it work)
Phase 2: Get in the zone: lasts for 14 days and is the strictest part of the programme. Some people can get detox and withdrawal symptoms (headaches, cravings, etc). I have other people who can feel hungry while they go through this adjustment phase. It is best to avoid exercise during this phase. At the end of this phase energy is increased and the weight loss results are usually very motivating.
Phase 3: Relax: at this point you will receive a more extended food list allowing you to broaden your meal choices. This is the time when a weekly 'treat' meal is added in. Adding exercise at this point is extremely beneficial. This is when most people really start to see a difference in how they look and feel. Hunger and craving diminish and you will notice how a small amount of food will leave you feeling satisfied. Energy levels rise, skin looks glowing and all round wellbeing improves.
I have helped numerous clients succeed in significant weight loss journeys that involve losses of over 20-30 kg in body fat over the space of 1-2 years or more. I actually find such longer term journeys more rewarding as they allow me to teach my clients about the impact of nutrition and lifestyle habits on their physiology. This not only helps them, but also helps those closest to them as well.