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We know and you probably know that dieting doesn’t work, it’s well proven.

We also know that temporary exercise regimes don’t work, at least in the long term.

The human body adapts to energy imbalance

It will adapt to increase levels of physical activity, jut like it will adapt to a restrictive diet. It is a natural protection against famine.

So, when you return to your usual ways, the weight returns — plus a little bit more too.

So what does work?

It’s simple: a change in lifestyle, a permanent change in lifestyle.

It might be simple, but it sure isn’t easy.

Humans are resistant to change. Yes, we enjoy and rise to a challenge. But making changes to our existing lifestyle are hard.

We are hard-wired to keep ourselves alive and unconsciously we repel things that alter our current state.

This hard-wiring is called homeostasis and its purpose is to keep us living. It refers to our biological control systems.

The controls for homeostasis govern our body temperature, blood oxygen levels, sleep patterns, blood glucose concentration, water concentration in our blood, heart rate — the list goes on.

But it’s not just these automatic biological controls that are affected. Homeostasis also governs our behaviour and consequently, who we are.

Like it or not, our bodies view rapid change in behaviour as dangerous, and we’ll do all we can to avoid it — without us even knowing.

In his book ‘Mastery’, George Leonard states ‘We’re continually bombarded with the promises of immediate gratification, instant success, and fast, temporary relief, all of which lead in exactly the wrong direction’.

So, what does all this mean?

It means that making the necessary changes we must make to move to a healthier lifestyle is complex and not understood by many people (including those who should know better).

If it were easy, you would not be reading this and according to the World Health Organisation, 2.8 million* people would not be dying each year from diseases caused by being overweight.

But it’s not just the threat of an early death that keeps people trying to lose weight.

No, we all like to look good and feel great — and why not?

We live on planet where people are desperately keen to lose weight, and yet, the vast majority are completely ineffective in their efforts.

According to a BBC News report, one in four adults of the UK population is dieting most of the time; that equates to around 13 million people.

The trouble is there’s one big elephant in the room that dooms nearly every effort of effective weight management.

Just about every diet, exercise plan, or weight management plan focuses on the wrong thing — losing weight.

That’s right, losing weight is the last thing we should be thinking of.

It sounds crazy, but it’s true. It’s like treating depression by focusing on being sad, desperate, dysfunctional, or generally helpless.

How is that going to make you feel?

Constantly thinking of losing weight produces so many negative feelings that it’s almost guaranteed to fail.

How come?

Mostly, people who want to lose weight are somewhat unhappy about their body. Some would go as far as saying that they hate their body the way it is.

Hate it? How well would you look after something you hate?

How much do we value the things we hate?

Now, think for a moment instead about how well you look after the things that you love?

We need to flip this whole thing on it’s head. Love your body, and it will love you back.

Love your body and you’ll care for it. You’ll give it decent nutrition. You’ll keep it healthy, you’ll exercise it.

Having a great body lets us do great things. Run through the woods, perhaps with the kids, walk up (or even run up) mountains, swim across lakes or in the sea.

What about wearing great clothes (or no clothes) and feeling fantastic?

Running Trim says ‘no’ to thoughts about losing weight, or thoughts about losing anything — how negative is that?

No, Running Trim is about more.

  • More energy
  • More strength
  • More vitality
  • More pleasure
  • More satisfaction
  • More rewards
  • More life

What else does the World Health Organisation say?

‘An increased consumption of highly calorific foods, without an equal increase in physical activity, leads to an unhealthy increase in weight. Decreased levels of physical activity will also result in an energy imbalance and lead to weight gain.’

So it’s clear what we should be doing. And to be honest, most people already know that.

But it’s not that easy to increase physical activity, for some it’s very hard. So we need a helping hand.

We need a reason to be more active, and we also need some guidance about how to be more active.

What if we could find a way to enjoy being more active, one that rewards us with great health, joy and satisfaction, we would probably have the key to effective, long-term weight management.

Some people do it naturally. Step out of the door, go for a run or cycle ride, feel great afterwards, enjoy a great meal, and look forward to doing it all again.

Sounds natural, and of course it is.

How do we know this is the right path to follow?

Because we’ve studied what works. We’ve seen that the most effective way to lose and manage weight is to make lasting, sustainable changes to lifestyle. A lifestyle that includes physical activity and healthy eating.

It’s not about making do on less, rather it is having, doing and being more; isn’t that refreshing?

It is more than refreshing — it is proven to work and is unmistakably the most effective way to manage weight; long term.

An organisation called The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) is the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance and it gives us some great insight into how people successfully manage their weight.

What their research tells us (and other research too), is that it’s about lifestyle and embracing the changes that we need to make to tip the energy imbalance towards weight loss. But — and this is vital — doing it in a sustainable way so that there is no desire or inclination to return to the lifestyle that produced the weight issue.

The great thing about running is that once you become a runner, you are more inclined to eat well too.

Where do you start though?

Some start by simply running. They encounter all kinds of obstacles along the way, injury, illness and dare I say it. even weight gain.

But, lets be honest, if you were going to go down this route, you probably would have done so by now, without any help.

Maybe, like most people, you’ll flourish with a little friendly guidance.

As running coaches, we are able to offer you the knowledge, expertise, guidance and support to set you off in the right direction and keep you on the right path.

But, of course, like any new endeavour, it is up to you to step on to that path.

You will either do it and discover what you are capable of, or you won’t.

Running Trim uncovers some of the mysteries of weight loss such as:

  • How to never yo-yo diet again
  • Some simple maths that’s really useful to know
  • How to motivate yourself every day, every week
  • Why running speed is so important
  • Why you must eat at particular times
  • The best time to eat to burn more calories
  • Why putting weight on is often a good thing
  • When losing weight is bad
  • One item in the bathroom to be wary of
  • A trusted weight measure to be taken with a pinch of salt
  • Does crash dieting really work? The surprising answer
  • The magic ingredient in take-away food
  • Do this and you’ll probably be injured and unable to run
  • The running advertisements you must ignore
  • When to be alarmed that you are losing weight
  • Fast food, friend or foe?
  • Why running in company can be a bad thing
  • One simple thing you can do to keep your programme on track
  • The danger signs you should never ignore
  • The dangers of some well-used running product
  • Why running at the same speed is not effective
  • What you need to know about supplements
  • Warning signs you should know

You’ll find Running Trim on Amazon, just click the link below and start on your own journey to a new healthier lifestyle.


Change holds the key, without it we stay the same

The road you are currently on has brought you here, and if you’ve read this far, you are probably seeking a new direction. There has to be some change in your lifestyle to bring about the changes you want to see in your body and possibly health.

Read Running Trim and learn how to make those changes

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