Lots of people are looking for a way to lose weight after the holidays. I was one of you, until about four years ago—and I know how difficult it is to feel tired, uncomfortable and unfit. It’s so easy to put fat on, and it’s self-perpetuating. It’s easier to do nothing, stop exercising and eat unhealthily—rather than make a substantial change.
Sometimes it takes reaching “rock bottom”, a health scare or seeing someone else transform to make you re-evaluate your lifestyle. That happened to me.
I Was Getting Fatter Every Year
I had two children in a year, which was amazing – but a huge challenge and I had literally no time for myself. My health suffered and I ate really poorly—literally living on chocolate spread sandwiches and other easy processed food. I binged on sweets and chocolate almost every day, feeling out of control of my cravings. Over a couple of years I gained weight, topping out at 195 lb (13 stone 13 lbs). I was disgusted with myself.
I hit my low when I ordered a pair of 16 (US size 14) trousers online, and they were too small. My legs rubbed together when I walked, I had a photo taken for my passport and my face looked like a moon. I knew I had to act.
I started attending aerobic classes twice a week, and tried juicing. I did start to lose weight slowly, but it was hard going, and I felt really hungry and unstable on the juices. I also didn’t realise at the time, that aerobics classes and jogging stimulate hunger, which was self-defeating. I looked for a better way…
How I Lost Weight
I stumbled onto the Primal 21-day Total Body Transformation, and thought I would try it—although the “Primal” thing seemed a big change to my eating habits, which was challenging at first.
I felt pretty awful and had some really bad headaches the first week, detoxing all the sugar out of my system. The food was completely different from what I’d been used to eating.
After a few weeks I started to feel outstanding. More energy, more connected to my body, and the weight started to fall off without getting hungry at all. I began lifting weights, and walking all the time.
We are fortunate living in Surrey (UK) – there are lots of forests and countryside on our doorstep. I would just find myself breaking into a sprint in the rain and feeling crazy and free— grinning like a loon.
My husband and I decided to completely revaluate our lives. I’d taken a degree in Biochemistry and we both had a strong interest in nutrition and fitness. He gave up his corporate job and we set up Gymnacity, a personal training and nutrition company – I was his first personal training client!
I lost four stone over two years, and have maintained my weight at around 140lb. My fat loss is much greater than the scale shows, as the strength training helped me to gain back the muscle I’d lost from extreme dieting.
Most people are surprised that such a small woman can swing a 24 kg (53 lbs) kettlebell for a minute, handstand for a minute, and use 65 kg (145 lbs) for hip thrusts.
My Health Improved
In addition, my health significantly improved. I have a condition called endometriosis, which for me caused crippling period pain a couple of days of the month. I had no idea that sugar and refined carbs cause systemic inflammation – cutting these out meant I generally got by each month without taking any painkillers.
My hay fever has vanished. I also very rarely get sick, despite two children bringing bugs home from school. I don’t crave sugar anymore and feel in control of my relationship with food.
I Became A Primal Health Coach To Help Others Lose Weight And Improve Their Health
I find it hard not to preach to my friends about the Primal lifestyle – but I want to pay it forward. So I studied Nutrition and Weight Management, and became a certified Primal Health Coach. I wanted to help people who were like me – busy, stressed, overweight, with nagging health issues, just feeling “blah” all the time.
I turn 40 next year, and am in better shape now than I’ve ever been in my life. Adopting the Primal lifestyle has made such a difference in my health, outlook and wellbeing that I am really thankful – and will try to help other people achieve the same.
How To Lose Weight The Primal Way
- What you eat can really impact your fat loss as well as your health. You can alter your gene expression and impact your body today
- Stopping eating grains and sugar gets you off the carb rollercoaster and can get your cravings under control in a couple of weeks
- Not all exercise is equal:
- Strength training is fantastic for reshaping your body, and strengthening your bones before and after menopause—reducing your risk of osteoporosis
- Walking and sprinting/HIIT achieve far better results than aerobics or jogging, with less damage to your body, and lower levels of hunger
You can build a strong, lean, healthy body with as little pain, suffering, and sacrifice as possible. Discover how you can make lifestyle changes resulting in effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy.
Having a Primal Health Coach means that you get the right advice, emotional support and a cheerleader in one! An expert, who can help walk you through a program that has helped thousands, is non-judgemental, can help overcome your barriers and celebrate your victories. You can achieve your health and wellness goals.
To find other coaches outside Surrey and Internationally, you can find a coach here.
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