“Cold showers can aid weight loss in an unexpected way” – Medical Daily
How to win losing weight
Yep, that’s a pretty catchy headline, if I do say so myself.
So how do you win losing weight?
I’ll get to that, but first read how I got to that (I’m on fire with these nonsensical phrases today!)
So I have been back in the gym for just over a four months.
I took two months off earlier this year because I had niggling injuries and became exhausted from lifting heavy weights and not getting quality sleep or nutrition..
My body needed a rest.
Your body will tell when it’s time to have a break but like many I didn’t listen at first.
I was feeling sore and tired around August but ignored the signals my body was giving me.
Had I listened, chances are I wouldn’t have needed to take two months off, and can safely say I wouldn’t have fallen ill.
But I have learned from this experience and am now more attune to what my body is telling me.
Besides, I see this as a positive experience rather than a negative one: it is has motivated me to review my training routine, diet and recovery and, along with my other goals, provided the spark for this blog post and the opportunity to help people kick ass!
Below is my current workout routine:
Tuesday – 10000 steps
Wednesday – Rest
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – 10000 steps
I started out using light weights, 10 kilos, with a 30 second rest period between sets. I continued that until the end of April.
In May I increased the weight to 15 kilos and drop the rest period to 15 seconds.
I am now using 20 kilo weights and having 10 second rest periods between sets.
I will keep this weight but play around with the rest periods for the rest of 2016.
I am still experimenting with my diet but one thing I am doing consistently is drinking green juice and eating until full…except on reward days where I eat heaps of junk food
…as much as I can consume, anyway.
1. Green Juice
Fitness gurus and nutritionist say drinking green juice is one of the best ways to ‘strip fat,’ increase energy levels and boost your immune system, so I have been putting that to test for the last six months.
I would say the results so far have been good for regaining my health and very good for increasing energy levels and boosting my immune system – I find myself being able to do more and I overcame a recent chest infection in a matter of days, as opposed to weeks, which it used to take me.
2. Re-frame Your Thinking
The other things I’m doing, and by far the most important, are scheduling monthly deloads and re-framing and re-shaping the way I think about my training.
For example, rather than say ‘weight loss’ I instead use the phrase ‘regain optimum health’ or ‘ideal weight.’
This comes from Tony Robbins mindset training where you focus on what you will gain as opposed to what you will lose.
The reason many people struggle with their ‘weight loss’ journey from what I can gather is because of that very reason – they focus too much on the negative term ‘loss,’ or what they will lose rather than gain.
I know this is why I had fluctuated with my weight for so long.
“If you think it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s a possibility; if you schedule it, it’s real.” – Tony Robbins.
Another reason I am making awesome gains is because I have written what I will gain and regain and scheduled each stage of my journey:
- I started at 120 kilos In January.
- By June 30 I am 110 kilos
- By September 30 I am 105 kilos
- By December 31 I am 100 kilos
I have also described in detail:
- How amazing I look and feel
- How people around me are celebrating my success
- How people I don’t know are paying me compliments
- How I can do more and feel youthful and vibrant
3. Cold Showers
Medical Daily lists the benefits of a having cold shower and how it aids in gaining/regaining optimum health thus:
“Cold showers can aid weight loss in an unexpected way. The human body contains two types of fat tissue,white fat and brown fat. White fat is accumulated when we consume more calories than our body needs to function, and we don’t burn these calories for energy. This body fat piles up at our waist, lower back, neck, and thighs, and is the one we all struggle to eliminate. Brown fat is the good fat, which generates heat to keep our bodies warm, and is activated when exposed to extreme cold, according to the Joslin Diabetes Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. Thus, cold showers can promote brown fat activity.”
In addition, a 2009 study found that exposure to extreme cold temperatures activated brown fat in 23 and 24 participants by a 15-fold increase, meaning someone could lose up to nine pounds in a year if they kept this practice up.
So there you have it. Step out of your comfort zone, mix things up, and re-frame the way you think and approach your weight and lifestyle goals and you’ll always win losing weight!
.As always thanks for reading.