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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 12th February 2023

Sunday 12th February 2023

Hi, Let's get this straight - transforming your body won't be easy, but it will be definitely worth it. Body transformations may vary depending on the goal a person is trying to achieve: it can be weight related (if you want to lose or gain some kilos), muscle mass related (if you want to gain muscle mass) or health related - get fitter, faster or stronger. Professional personal trainers know some tips and tricks, how to make this process smoother for their clients, so definitely consider getting some help. It would be so much easier if someone would define what body transformation actually is. Actually, there is no straightforward answer to that! As each person is different, the concept of body transformation also…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 5th February 2023

Sunday 5th February 2023

Hi, The advice I give in my newsletters is not for everyone. It's not intended for those who really have their nutrition dialled in, such as competitive bodybuilders and other athletes who benefit from fairly dramatic changes in their nutrition, such as 'off season' and 'pre-contest' and so on. These articles are not intended for those with medical issues who may be on a specific diet to treat or manage a specific medical condition. These newsletter articles are intended for the average person who wants to get off the Yo-Yo diet merry-go-round once and for all. As that's probably 99% of the population, it will cover millions of people. People should also not be scared off by my "you have to eat this…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 29th January 2023

Sunday 29th January 2023

Hi, The big picture realities of permanent weight loss and how you can look at a weight loss program and decide for yourself if it's for you based on what has been covered in the last few newsletters: • Permanent weight loss is not about finding a quick fix diet, but making a commitment to life style changes that include nutrition and exercise • Any weight loss program you choose must pass the "Can I eat that way for the rest of my life?" test, • The weight loss program you choose should ultimately teach you how to eat and be self reliant so you can make informed long term choices about your nutrition. • The weight loss program you choose should not leave you…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 22nd January 2023

Sunday 22nd January 2023

Hi, There is a sucker born every minute. Seriously. Some people out there are, like, super gullible. So why don't you see this type of honest information about the realities of long term weight loss more often? Let's be honest here, telling the truth is not the best way to sell bars, shakes, books, supplements, and programs. If - by some miracle - everyone who read these newsletters actually followed it, and sent it on to millions of other people who actually followed it, the makers of said products would be in financial trouble quickly. However, they also know that "there's a sucker born every minute," so I doubt they will be kept up at night worrying about the effects that…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 15th January 2023

Sunday 15th January 2023

Hi, Psychology plays a major role in determining if people are successful with long term weight loss. If it's not addressed as part of the overall plan, it can be the factor that makes or breaks your success. This, however, is not an area most nutrition programs can adequately tackle and should not be expected to. However, the better programs do generally attempt to help with motivation, goal setting, and support. 1). Do you have a tendency to evaluate self-worth in terms of weight and shape? 2). Do you have a lack of vigilance with regard to weight control 3). Do you have a dichotomous (black-and-white) thinking style 4). Do you have the tendency to use eating to regulate mood. If you answered yes to…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 8th January 2023

Sunday 8th January 2023

Hi, Many diet programs out there don't address the psychological aspect of why people fail to be successful with long term weight loss. However, quite a few studies exist that have looked at just that. In many respects, the psychological aspect is the most important for long term weight loss, and probably the most underappreciated component. Studies that compare the psychological characteristics of people who have successfully kept the weight off to people who have regained the weight, see clear differences between these two groups. For example, one study that looked at 28 obese women who had lost weight but regained the weight that they had lost, compared to 28 formerly obese women who had lost weight and maintained their weight for…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 1st January 2023

Sunday 1st January 2023

Hi, Here we go, the first Woodlands newsletter of 2023. First off, I'd like to start by wishing all of our members - past, present and future - a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Next, let me repeat the Christmas Opening times: 23rd (Friday): 7.30am-7pm Christmas Eve (Saturday): 8am-12 noon Xmas Day (Sunday): Closed Boxing Day (Monday): Closed 27th (Tuesday): 8.30am-2pm 28th (Wednesday): 8.30am-2pm 29th (Thursday): 8.30am-2pm 30th (Friday): 8.30am-2pm New Years Eve (Saturday): 8am-12 noon New Years Day (Sunday): Closed 2nd (Monday): 8.30am-2pm 3rd (Tuesday): Back to normal. There will be a group PT session at 9.30am on each day that we're open. If anybody would like a 12.30pm Group PT session, please let me know. Right, now let's get back to more weight loss chat. Because it's January and a percentage of people will…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 25th December 2022

Sunday 25th December 2022

Hi, First off, I'd like to start by wishing all of our members - past, present and future - a very Happy Christmas. Next, let me repeat the Christmas Opening times: 23rd (Friday): 7.30am-7pm Christmas Eve (Saturday): 8am-12 noon Xmas Day (Sunday): Closed Boxing Day (Monday): Closed 27th (Tuesday): 8.30am-2pm 28th (Wednesday): 8.30am-2pm 29th (Thursday): 8.30am-2pm 30th (Friday): 8.30am-2pm New Years Eve (Saturday): 8am-12 noon New Years Day (Sunday): Closed 2nd (Monday): 8.30am-2pm 3rd (Tuesday): Back to normal. There will be a group PT session at 9.30am on each day that we're open. If anybody would like a 12.30pm Group PT session, please let me know. Right, now let's get back to more weight loss chat. Which - considering it's Christmas Day - seems unhelpful. Perhaps read this on the 27th Dec, perhaps with a pint of…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 17th December 2022

Saturday 17th December 2022

Hi, First off, let's start with the Christmas Opening times: 23rd (Friday): 7.30am-7pm Christmas Eve (Saturday): 8am-12 noon Xmas Day (Sunday): Closed Boxing Day (Monday): Closed 27th (Tuesday): 8.30am-2pm 28th (Wednesday): 8.30am-2pm 29th (Thursday): 8.30am-2pm 30th (Friday): 8.30am-2pm New Years Eve (Saturday): 8am-12 noon New Years Day (Sunday): Closed 2nd (Monday): 8.30am-2pm 3rd (Tuesday): Back to normal. There will be a group PT session at 9.30am on each day that we're open. Right, now let's get back to more weight loss chat. What is the missing link for long term weight loss? When choosing a nutrition program for long term weight loss, you actually need to involve nutrition. It's not just all about calories. But the missing link for long term weight loss for many people is exercise. Too many of you focus on dieting. Exercise is the…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 11th December 2022

Sunday 11th December 2022

Hi, First off, let's start with the Christmas Opening times: 23rd (Friday): 7.30am-7pm Christmas Eve (Saturday): 8am-12 noon Xmas Day (Sunday): Closed Boxing Day (Monday): Closed 27th (Tuesday): 8.30am-2pm 28th (Wednesday): 8.30am-2pm 29th (Thursday): 8.30am-2pm 30th (Friday): 8.30am-2pm New Years Eve (Saturday): 8am-12 noon New Years Day (Sunday): Closed 2nd (Monday): 8.30am-2pm 3rd (Tuesday): Back to normal. There will be a group PT session at 9.30am on each day that we're open. Right, now let's get back to more weight loss chat. What is the missing link for long term weight loss? When choosing a nutrition program for long term weight loss, you actually need to involve nutrition. It's not just all about calories. But the missing link for long term weight loss for many people is exercise. Too many of you focus on dieting. Exercise is the…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 4th December 2022

Sunday 4th December 2022

Hi, Diet plans that offer weight loss by drinking their product for several meals followed by a "sensible dinner;" diets that allow you to eat their special cookies for most meals along with their pre-planned menu; or diets that attempt to have you eating their bars, drink, or pre-made meals, are of the diet A variety covered in last week's newsletter. If you didn't read that particular newsletter, then Diet A is one of those diet plans that supply you with their foods, as well as their special drink or bars to eat, and they tell you exactly when to eat them. These Diet A type meal plans are easy to follow but they are destined for failure in the medium-long term.…

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The Woodlands newsletter: Sunday 27th November 2022

Sunday 27th November 2022

Hi, A well known Chinese Proverb is "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This expression fits perfectly with the next essential step in how to decide what eating plan you should follow to lose weight permanently. Will the diet plan you are considering teach you how to eat long term - or does it spoon-feed you information? Will the diet rely on special bars, shakes, supplements or pre-made foods they supply? Let's a diet A vs. diet B comparison. Diet A is going to supply you with their foods, as well as their special drink or bars to eat, and tell you exactly when to…

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