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10 Fatloss Myths That Never Go Away

For decades these myths have made their
way into fat loss folklore

Becoming the gospel truth without ever really being

when the truth is that they’re a load of baloney and
might be holding you back from achieving your own
body transformation if you’re believing them.

But fear not,

As ever, your friendly neighbour hood trainer is on
hand to share them with you so that you don’t follow
something based on hearsay as appose to what works;

1. Fruit makes you fat

2. Carbs make you fat

3. Cardio is the best way to lose fat

4. Ab exercises burn fat from your stomach

5. Weights make you ‘bulky’


6. You can’t drink alcohol if you want to lose fat

7. Calories aren’t important, hormones are

8. Everything you eat must be organic

9. You have to lose fat fast

10. You can’t eat out when trying to lose fat

To be fair,

I could have probably wrote 100
of these and might even do that when i have the time!

So whatever you’re doing today, take these on board,
do the opposite and play the long game for sustainable
fat loss without confusion.


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5 Ways To Build Muscle So You Lose Fat

Ok, i’m going to cut to the chase here my friend.

if you want to lose body fat and have a lean and toned
body you HAVE to build muscle.

Fo’ sure.

Because here is the thing,

Muscle is ACTIVE tissue that you’re body has to ‘service’
and just by adding a few more pounds of muscle to your body
than you have now will accelerate your ability to lose fat


Because of where we ‘burn’ fat.

And that my friends is in something called a mitochondria,
which funnily enough is found in the highest amounts in
muscle cells!

and the best way to build muscle? Lift weights!

But not just any old way.

It’s not like you’re going to be able to jump on a leg curl
and chest press machine at your gym tomorrow and the wake up
the next day lean and toned.


*Results like these aren’t easy and only come with the right guidance

In fact,

Some ways of building muscle work better than others so we’re
going to quickly overview these here so that you have the ‘insider
knowledge’ that you need to change your shape and enhance your results.

I’ve found that these ways will work just as well for beginners
looking to lose a lot of fat as it does long term gym goers looking
to refine and tweak.


1. Wholebody Training

Hitting every major muscle group a couple of
times per week allows for increased muscular stimulation and potential
fat break down should nutrition be on point.


2. Push, Pull, Legs, Wholebody

This allows us to hit major muscle groups
with more VOLUME than whole body to get those internal mechanism firing.


3. Upper / Lower Split Training

This goes one further and allows us to

really home in on adding tone and definition whilst losing fat.


4. Traditional Split Training

Should you be able to exercise 5 – 6 times

per week and actually be able to recover this *could* work for you but there
is usually plenty of progress in the previous three before here


5. Failure Methods

Dropsets, strip sets, extended sets, partials all push
the body to the point at which muscle cell mechanics are being told, you need
to improve!

Again quite advanced and not necessary for beginners but would
work well with advanced clients.

So there you have it.

A little more framework and a little more guidance.

The trick is knowing how to set these up for serious, head turning results.

Speak Soon,


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Is Fruit Bad For Losing Weight?

‘Fructose causes diabetes’

‘Fruit sugar is just as bad as real sugar’

‘Fructose has cocaine like effects on the brain’

‘Fruit causes weight gain’

All pretty outlandish statements that i’ve heard and
seen over the years.

So is eating fruit really that bad?

and does it cause you to gain weight?

Well if it does,

Then the humble fruit bat is in serious trouble.

and by now they should be some sort of obesity epidemic
in bat caves around the freaking world on the above logic.

Ha, i joke.

But seriously, fruit is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat and by and large is relatively low calorie.

Here is just a small list (there are more) of the beneficial stuff we get from fruits;

  • Fibre
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Folic Acid
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin A
  • Magnesium

(With exception being dried fruits that are usually covered in oils and are high calorie)


So saying that fruit on the whole is one of the biggest issues when it comes to losing fat is kind of ridiculous if you ask me,

It’s got TOO complicated and there are too many voices


Basically, what i see is that we live in FEAR of eating certain foods when actually for most people, they are perfectly fine.



The gist of post is is this;

Fruit doesn’t make you fat and it’s perfectly fine to eat.

Yours in Health,


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Five Things EVERY Gym Program Should Have…

Walk around most commercial gyms in the U.K. today
and what you see is a lot of people putting in the effort
in on resistance machines, free weights, functional equipment,
cardio and the like

But not having much direction as to how any of this stuff is
going to help them lose weight, tone up and get fitter.

Not to mention improve joint health, overall strength and overall

But besides that, many of you drop out of the gym mainly because you’re
not seeing the one thing you’re there for RESULTS.

it’s hard enough not being happy with your body and NOT losing weight
to also not know what to do in the gym too.

don't know gym

But once again, i’m here and i’ve got your back (as always)

So today i am going to share with you the FIVE THINGS that every
exercise program that you do at the gym should include if you’re
going to the gym anywhere between one and four times per week;

and no, it’s not step aerobics 😉

1. A Push Movement (Horizontal or Vertical)

Here we’re talking chest press, shoulder press, press ups,
dumbbell press.

2. A Pull Movement (Horiztonal or Vertical)

Here we are talking rows, pulldowns, upright rows, single
arm rows.

3. A Hip Dominant Movement

Here we are thinking deadlifts, glute ham raises, hip bridges.

4. A Knee Dominant Movement.

Here we are thinking squats, leg press and split squats.

5. A Carry, A Brace Or A Conditioning Movement.

Here we are thinking farmers walks, a plank or a sled push
for rounds.

So this may look like this.

A. Seated Rows.

B. Split Squats

C. Chest Press

D. Trap Bar Deadlift

E. Planks

F. Conditioning Rounds

Now again, this is a nice little intro as to what should be included
in your exercise programs and we can always progress this workout
into more advanced routines like super sets, tri sets and giant sets
as we get more confident and see more changes to our bodies.


If we manage to include all of these in our workouts then we’re
more likely to have better posture, lose fat faster and look better

AND, we’re less likely to walk around the gym wondering what the hell
we should be doing to have an effective workout that produces better

Oh, and we’re more likely to stay in shape.

(which means more energy, more attractiveness and usually a better love
life 😉 )

Try changing up your gym program a little, include these and let me know how you get on!

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Low Carb Or Low Fat For Fat Loss?

It is the age old question that every person
has on their mind when they’re trying to lose weight

Do i cut carbohydrates from my diet?


Do i cut fat from my diet?

to which has followed a HUGE surge in popular diets
all claiming to have the miracle cure to your body
fat woes

Hey, the hunter gatherers didn’t eat carbs you know,

they hunted like real men!

and everyone knows that fat, well makes you fat.

The clue’s in the name dumbass!


and here is the interesting thing, the guys in the labs coats have
shown in numerous studies that both low carb and low fat diets work
just as well as each other as long as total CALORIES are lower.



All this time you’ve been zero carb and zero fat and no one told you, you didn’t
have to?

Pass me a freaking bagel and a slice of cheesecake!



Hold on,

before you do amigo, because here is the clincher…

Whilst we don’t have to follow a low carb or low fat diet in the way you’ve been told,

We do have to eat less of BOTH OF THEM in order to the muffin from your top
and the thunder from your thighs

Why? because as a general rule of thumb we eat TOO MANY of both which
leads to us eating more calories than we thought we were and impairing
our bodies ability to break down FAT.

Too many carbs = impaired fat oxidation (breakdown of fat)

Too many fats = impaired fat oxidation (breakdown of fat)

and finally

Too many calories = impaired fat oxidation (breakdown of fat)

Meaning we get FATTER as a result.

==== What You Can Do Instead ====

My solution to helping our clients (and you) lose fat and tone up
is one that’s so simple it can fit with most peoples lifestyles;

we keep both fats and carbs in our clients diets, but give them
clear and concise guidelines for HOW MUCH of each that they’ll eat
depending on THEIR body, activity levels, job type and body fat.

Like typically, a portion size for carbs may be a fist sized amount

and a portion size for fats would be a tablespoon.

But BOTH should be included in your diet for fat loss, not avoided completely.

Does that sound simpler and easier to follow?

Thought so….

Now go and find what works for you!

Speak Soon,


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Why Most Diets and Dieters Fail…..

Let’s be honest,

Not being able to eat your favourite foods sucks (i hate that word but it seems appropriate here)

and eventually you’re going to end up face down in a tub of Ben and Jerrys, watching re runs of Bridget Jones Diary.

So what can you do instead?

Take a look at this vid below….

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Why Exercise Is Pointless For Losing Weight

It’s been said.

and it is (partially) true.

Exercise is pointless if your overall goal is to lose weight and body fat

and i’m afraid to say that no matter how many Zumba classes you do per week, HIIT classes and weightlifting sessions you’ll STILL notice that you weigh the same come the weeks end if your food intake matches what you’re expending.

Ain’t that a kick in the crotch?

And here is another,

For some people, it seems NO MATTER what type of exercise they do, they still struggle to shift weight and lose fat

But Why?

Now, for the purpose of the this article i am going to assume that you the reader are at the lower end of the spectrum in terms of the number of calories you actually burn from exercise.

Because we’re not athletes, right?

So here is the reality about those gym sessions

It’s been shown that relative beginners or those starting from a sedentary
position to only burn between 5 and 10 calories per minute during exercise.

<<< yes, it really is THAT low

(whereas trained individuals or athletes would potentially burn more calories per minute)

and whilst we could compare individual exercises such as an intense weights session vs a low impact cardio session, for the rest of this article lets say that we fall into the spectrum of between 5 – 10 calories per minute.

But, as fat loss researcher, Lyle Mcdonald points out, it takes more like 3800kcal to be either ‘burned via exercise / movement’ or to be restricted from the diet in order to lose just but for now 1lb of fat.

That’s a hell of a lot of exercise!


Say you go to the gym three times per week for an hour to lift weights, do a class or some cardio
you could probably safely say that come the end of the week from the exercise you’ve burnt anywhere
between 600 – 1800kcal depending on the time you ACTUALLY SPEND EXERCISING

If you take your phone and spend a lot of your gym time flicking through facebook or checking work emails you can assume that you’ll end your workout at the lower end of the calorie burn per minute.

and the speed of which you’re making significant improvements in your body is going to be slow at best.


Pretty disappointing.

So if you really are burning so few calories from exercise, there has to be more at
play here….

And this is where FOOD comes in.

You know that you have to eat less to lose fat, right?

Well, there is a little more to it than that.

The whole reason you go to the gym is to MOBILISE FAT, right?

and if we manage to do this properly, it means that we’re creating a calorie deficit in our diet (i.e. eating less) and via exercise

it would lead to a change in our body shape and levels of fatness quicker than if….

  • You’re not eating right, or don’t even know where to start.
  • You’re eating too many calories
  • And too many carbs
  • and too many fats
  • Eating too little / much protein
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Inconsistently going to the gym
  • You’re struggling to stick to your diet

So you have to know what you need to be eating in order to create that calorie deficit that’s going to facilitate the change in your body.

Plus it’s easier to eat 500kcal less per day than it is to spend the hours per needed from exercise to achieve the same outcome.

Food intakes and calorie consumption will literally make or break your results even if you are consistently going to the gym and working hard.



It’s just not as effective at controlling calories as much as you tightening the proverbial belt on what goes into your mouth!

( Hey, we’ve all got fast cake hands if we’re left to our own devices )

And maybe the type of exercise you’re doing right now maybe isn’t as effective either if you’re not lifting weights and performing specific cardio routines alongside your lifting days.

And more importantly,

It’s going to take longer than you think and requires more commitment that you initially thought to REALLY see the results you want to see.

and that’s ok.

Give yourself the time needed to achieve amazing results.

Yours in Health,



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What’s The Best Exercise To Lose Weight?

Is a question that over the years i’ve been asked a LOT as you’d imagine.

So i’m going to share with you a few secrets that i’ve learnt over the past 10 years of helping people shred fat for fun.

Because i’ve found and many other have too, that certain programs work better for certain types of body shapes, body fat levels and current training experience. 

So if you’re looking for hard and fast rules as to which program i’d have you follow, it would be this;

If you’re over 20% body fat and just seem to store fat on your legs, abdomen, butt and arms
then a wholebody approach to fat loss is going to be best and bring you the most bang for
your buck.

(You could follow a split training routine too, but would have to ensure more cardiovascular work is included too alongside a calorie deficit)

If you’re under 20% and need more fine tuning than an overhaul then a split training style
will be the best for you to shape up further.

Over 20% Body Fat

  • Wholebody training working your chest, back, shoulders, hamstrings, quads, glutes all in one session.
  • Train across a broad rep range 5 – 25 reps for sets.
  • Frequency: 3 – 4 times per week.
  • You could use single sets, supersets for opposing muscle groups.
  • Supersets for upper / lower muscle groups.
  • Tri sets.
  • Giant sets (4 or more exercises in a row).
  • The available permutations are literally endless.

This type of approach would allow you to stimulate muscle groups more frequently and could be completed in a way that would challenge the energy systems too which would improve cardiovascular conditioning alongside improving muscle strength and ‘tone’.

Not to mention the ‘metabolic’ elements of peripheral heart action supersets, tri sets and giant sets would create a larger calorie expenditure than say a direct arms session, this could potentially help lose body fat faster whilst concurrently gaining fitness.

Under 20% Body Fat

  • Push, Pull, Legs
  • Upper / Lower Splits
  • Traditional bodybuilding splits
  • Training across a broad rep range 5 – 25 reps for sets.
  • 3 – 6 times per week.
  • Usually i don’t go much beyond 4 lifting sessions per week with clients as you have much more mileage in the tank before needing split training sessions or you may not have the time to lift 6 times per week.

As your body fat is lower and it’s highly likely that you fall into more of ‘experienced’ gym goer category, split training would be a better option as it would allow you to increase the volume of work performed by specific muscle groups and potentially gain more muscle tissue if that were your goal. 

This style of training does require more commitment as if you’re following a split and happen to miss a session, you would need to play catch up in order to ensure that you don’t created an imbalanced approach to physical development but most definitely is effective if you’re looking to progress on from a more ‘general’ approach to training.

So what will produce the fastest results for you completely DEPENDS on your starting body fat, health and condition.

Here’s an example of a wholebody superset;

ExerciseSets RestTempoSession 1 Session 2 Session 3  Session 4
A1. Machine Chest Press4x60s4010    
A2. Leg Curls4x 3110    

Could you superset the two exercises?

ExerciseSetsTempoSession 1Session 2Session 3Session 4
A.    Incline Barbell Press4x3010    
B1. High To Low Cable Flies3x3110    
B2. DB Flat Press3x3110    

Could you implement this portion of a Chest workout?

A.    Lying Leg Curls3x3010
B.     Split Squats3x 4010
C.    Leg Press (Drop Set)4x3110
D.    1.5 Hack Squats4x2010
E.     Leg Extensions (last set fail)3x3011

How about this lower workout?

Different body shapes, experience and ability will always dictate where you start and which exercise program and nutritional plan you would follow.

The trick is to know where you need to start and hopefully this article will have pointed you in the right direction toward the results you really want!

Yours in Health,


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10 Reasons You NEED To Lift Weights

There are so many different exercise options available to us these days, so it’s no wonder you don’t know where to begin or what is going to work BEST for producing the type of results that you want.

So what you end up doing is either going on the treadmill for half an hour, doing some half assed exercise on equipment you’ve not even been shown to use properly

Or worse, you end up just not going to the gym

So today i’m going to make a case for you using weight training as your major form of exercise.

And i’ll tell you why;

1. Increase Strength

Who doesn’t like being able to do daily tasks with ease and lift things you didn’t think you could?


Weight training allows us to strengthen muscle fibres and create new muscle tissue as you become more accustomed to regular weight training.

Oh and it means you can carry more shopping bags 😉

2. Look Toned

Oh….You don’t want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger from lifting weights?

Believe me, it’s not gonna happen, so you don’t need to worry about that,


Lifting weights a few times per week as part of a structured weight training plan will help you add lean muscle tissue, develop shape

and definition to the areas you currently want to change and give you the tone you’re looking for.

3. Look After Your Bones

Lifting weights and other weight bearing exercise has been shown to increase or maintain bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis therefore reducing the risk of related fractures.

Bigger Compound (Multi Joint) exercises such as squats and bench press can be especially beneficial and weight training even helps strengthen connective tissue too, reducing your risk of injury.

4. Beat Boredom

We’ve all been there, plodding away on the treadmill checking the clock what seems like every 10 minutes but its only budged

1 minute!

It can be tedious right?

Well…. with weight training that isn’t the case, each session can be varied as the exercises you can do are virtually endless and i’m yet to find someone who find getting stronger, sexier and more toned boring.


5. Reduce Stress

If there was ever an assassin to your health and waistline, it’s definitely stress!

Our lives today are hectic, that’s for sure.

We all have stress and we’d all like to reduce it, especially given that the impact of stress hormones being chronically elevated and associated  physiological changes are becoming more and more well documented.

Exercise is a stressor too if we do too much of it.

But it can also help us control stress if we find that sweet spot of just the right amount.

Exercise helps our brains release endorphins which are the “feel good” chemicals we produce.

So not only does it feel good releasing stress on the weights during the session, but you will walk away from the gym feeling happier and relaxed knowing you’ve done something more beneficial that grabbing a chocolate bar to deal with stress.

6. Improve Your Posture

In today’s world a lot of us are working jobs which mean typically we’re hunched over or in poor postural positions. Whether we are sat at a desk all day, driving all day or working on a building site the likelihood is our postures not great!

And could be causing niggling pain and injury.

What lifting weights in a structured manner allows us to do is strengthen weakened muscles and improve flexibility in muscles that have become tight over time.

So not only will you stand tall but you’ll be in less pain and more functional too!

7. Burn Fat Faster

As I mentioned earlier you will add lean muscle tissue by sticking to a structured training plan.

This is important because adding lean muscle tissue allows us to house more ‘energy factories’ called mitochondria which is where we burn fuel. Part of this fuel CAN be fat that we’ve broken down from your fat stores.

Pretty cool, huh?

8. Improved Heart Health and Lower Blood Pressure

Research has shown us that lifting weights also improves another type of muscle.

Cardiac muscle aka your heart.

Lifting weights has been shown to help decrease blood pressure scores and make the heart more of an efficient muscle. Cardiovascular training can also help us do this further when combined with lifting tin!

9. Be Bettter At Other Exercise and Sport

Whether you aim to be physically stronger on the football pitch,

run a faster time in your next race or hit your driver further,

weight training can help improve performance  across the board by improving structural balance and strength and reducing your body fat percentage.

10. Improve Self Confidence

Probably an unknown side effect to lifting weights is it’s ability to help improve self confidence and esteem.

As you see the improvements you’re making by lifting more weight, completing more reps, getting a more toned tush, typically how you view yourself starts to change and your confidence starts to rise.

Suddenly you see yourself and hold yourself differently.

So there you have it,

Lifting weights is more than just deadlifts and bicep curls,

And can have a HUGE impact on your life as your start to benefit from lifting regularly.

So PLEASE include weight training in your gym routine, everybody should be doing it if they want results

Yours in Health


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