Make yourself the star of transformation Tuesday

Here we go again, it’s Transformation Tuesday on the gram!

Those pictures always get loads of likes and comments, hailing both the trainer and the awesome individual who nailed it. In this blog, I’m going to show you how, with a few small changes to your life, it can be you taking the credit on Transformation Tuesday.

Seven steps to the body you want

Here are my seven steps to that Transformation Tuesday pic you always wanted to post. Follow these and you’ll be well on your way!

1. Find your “why?”

Why do you want to change your body? Be honest. You’ve got to have a good reason because you can’t go at this half-arsed and you definitely can’t do it because a partner wants you to or because you feel like you have to prove something to the world.

This is your body, you live with it, so only your opinion matters. I can promise you that no one cares about your body as much as you do.

2. Hold yourself to account

If you struggle to hold yourself accountable, consider hiring a trainer (do your research first). If you can’t stretch to a trainer then it’s vital that you set up a programme for yourself that you can’t back out of.

Go out and tell all your friends what you’re about to do. That way, you’ll be motivated to prove you can live up to your promises and they’ll be there to encourage you. Consider asking some of them to come with you to classes and gym visits.

3. Diet is everything

People in this country eat way too much food. You can train in the gym until the cows come home, but you won’t get real results unless you stop shovelling food down your throat. Typically, a weight loss programme should aim for no more than 500 calories per meal, and three meals a day should see you through.

If you go over that, be sure to bring the amount back down the following day. Perhaps a 7-day calorie allowance would be more useful for you?

You can, of course, track your calorie intake using something like My Fitness Pal, but it’s important that you use it correctly by weighing your food. Have you ever weighed the recommended 30g of cheese? Try it, I dare you – you might be shocked!

See my blog on food labels to make sure you understand them correctly, and work hard to get the right balance of carbs, fats and proteins as they’re all essential macronutrients

4. Enjoy your exercise

Some people seem to love it, others hate it. But exercise is crucial unless you want to look and feel like a bag of crisps.

If your exercise feels like a chore, then it’s time to try something different. Find a class you like – try them all if you have to! For example, I believe my bootcamp classes are inclusive, fun, intense and rewarding, especially if you go with your friends and push each other on.

Set yourself targets like a 5km or 10km race. It might seem daunting now, but you’ll be proud and amazed when you get there.

5. Water, water everywhere

Let me be brutally frank with you: you’ll need to piss your fat away. Your body is a bit like a cactus – if it doesn’t have a regular flow of water in and out, it’ll hold onto whatever it’s got and make you bigger and heavier. For every 25kg of bodyweight, you should be downing a litre of water a day.

So if you weigh 75kg, that’s three litres you need, my friend. There’s no way round this.

6. Track your progress

Pictures, clothes, scales, tape measures… use whatever you can to prove how you’re getting on. Some people say you shouldn’t weigh yourself, but I think that depends on how heavy you are. If you’re really into the plus sizes, then I would say scales work really well.

Although measuring yourself and taking photos would still always be my first ports of call.

7. Be patient

What’s the single biggest gripe I have when people are trying to lose weight? Consistency. Or a lack of it, at least. You won’t get results overnight. Anything or anyone promising you this is a liar or a danger to your health.

It’s going to take weeks, months and maybe even a year. If you’re serious about achieving a real transformation, you’ve got to be in this for the long haul.

Commit yourself and don’t train like a granny (unless you are a granny, in which case great work, stick with it!), push your body and get that heart rate up. It makes a huge difference between success and failure.

So those are my seven steps to making yourself the star of Transformation Tuesday. If you’re up for the challenge, then I wish you all the best of luck. And if you need an extra shot of motivation or some friendly advice then don’t be afraid to get in touch with me. I’m here to help – this is what I do every day!

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