Win 4 Personal Trainer sessions - York, UK

Personal Trainer, York for diet, weight loss and exercise advice.
Weight Loss and fitness training
To celebrate the fact this site can now handle on-line bookings, we've decided to offer one lucky person (male or female) in York a prize of 4 weight loss/exercise sessions (normally £75 - £100) with a qualified personal trainer.

To enter into the prize draw, simply click here and choose a date and time for your first session and book it in or send us an email using our Contact Form on the right -->

We'll let the lucky winner know via email and arrange the rest of the dates with you.


So try it - you've got nothing to lose!

By entering this competition you hereby agree to the following Terms and conditions:

  • You must live within 3 miles of the centre of York (a small petrol charge may apply if you live slightly further out).
  • You agree to work with a Personal Trainer to discuss Weight Loss and Fitness.
  • You do not have a medical reason which would stop you from partaking in the above.
  • You understand that I do not subscribe to fad diets and 'magic' weight-loss techniques, just solid, well tested and healthy methods.

Does too much body fat make you age quicker?

I watched an interesting program on UK television last night called, How To Stay Young. 

They reported that an excess of body fat could cause your body to age faster than normal. A hormone called Adiponectin helps maintain our fat levels, prevent type 2 diabetes and also slows down the ageing of our cells. In obese patients, Adiponectin levels were much lower than when compared to a patient with a BMI within the 'normal' range.

So, if you want to slow down the ageing process:

Reduce your fat levels with a sustainable diet and exercise regime.

Adiponectin Ageing Diet Exercise
Exercising to stay young
As well as improving your overall physical and mental health, your Adiponectin levels will increase and your cells will age slower - allowing better recovery which should lead to increased growth - a double whammy!

*Another interesting part of the programme is how highly a weight lifting/resistance training regime is recommended for people of advancing years. Couple that with a healthy, high-protein diet you can hope to stick around long enough to bore your Grandkids with tales of 'when you were a lad'.

If you'd like to watch the program on UK 'catch up' TV, click on the link How to slow down the ageing process

If you are interested in taking the online test to calculate your body age, use the questionnaire at World Fitness Level

*Article on explaining Adiponectin experiments in more detail >

Skip Breakfast? But it's the most important meal of the day!

Since the dawn of time (or at the least the 1950s) we've had it drilled into us that 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day'. We hear horror stories that if we miss it we'll have a mid-morning blood sugar crash, our metabolisms will slow down so much that we will put ON weight, or that our first born will quit university and become youtube vloggers!  However, if you are trying to eat in a calorie deficit to lose weight, breakfast makes up around 400 calories (for me) that you may be able to cut out or at least cut down.

REMEMBER, you only need to eat 500 calories a day less than your TDEE* to lose a pound (lb) a week
Healthy breakfast of wholemeal toast and protein filled eggs

Anyway, fear not, I've tested the theory for you and found that:

  • I didn't crash and burn and have to be airlifted to the hospital by 10AM
  • I wasn't ravenous all the rest of the day and made bad food choices. 
  • The later I started eating, the later I became hungry.
Do you know why none of the bad stuff happened? 

Because my lifestyle, like many of you out there, is classed as 'sedentary'. My weekday morning doesn't consist of canoeing down rapids to work where I chop logs for 8 hours and wrestle the occasional bear. No, I drive my 4 door family car to the office where I sit and shine the seat for 8 hours. So, when trying to lose weight, I just shave breakfast off the menu until I hit my target (not coffee obviously - I'm not completely loco). 

So, if you are aiming for a bit of fat loss but finding it hard to meet your calorie deficit targets, try to cut down gradually on breakfast and see if you can safely reduce it or remove it completely (temporarily). When you eventually do get hungry in the morning, try to eat some protein and/or slow release carbohydrates (eggs on wholemeal toast or Protein Weetabix)

Lastly, because I have to say it, always consult your Doctor before starting a diet...

*TDEE - Total Daily Energy Expenditure. Simply the amount of calories you need to maintain your body's natural functions (BMR) plus the calories needed to fuel your normal day.