How I Lost 11 Pounds In 4 Weeks!
September 14th, 2011 at 7:24 pm
Over the last eighteen months or so I found myself getting less healthy in terms of diet and exercise. I didn’t have the energy I once did. I was about a stone heavier than I should have been and most shockingly for me, I had the beginnings of middle-age spread!
The final straw came when a saw a photo of me stretched out on the couch, stomach sagging and a bag of crisps in my hand. Enough was enough.
Only a few minutes walk from my house was a gym, located above a garage. It was worth checking out. Inside, I was impressed by its cleanliness and layout, and also the friendliness and professionalism of the trainers.
I signed up there and then. Previously an Educo branded gym, the Exeber gym in Glasnevin was not your standard gym. There wasn’t a cardio machine in sight.
The formula for losing weight and getting fitter is simple – you burn more calories than you consume.
The Exeber gym’s philosophy is that muscle burns calories, fat doesn’t, so the work you do in the gym is all based on building muscle. Building muscle means getting toned and defined, not to the point of looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger. What I love about this concept is that if I go to the gym in the morning my body continues to burn calories throughout the day. Equally terrific is the fact that each gym session is only 30 minutes in duration. The sessions may be short but you certainly build up a sweat, it is a cardio workout at the same time.
The other key element is diet. I have to say that in the first week this was the tough bit for me. I wasn’t starving myself by any means, in fact I was probably eating more, I simply wasn’t eating any carbohydrates. So no bread, pasta, rice, potatoes. Virtually no sugars as well, so that excluded fruit, as fruit is full of sugar, albeit natural ones.
A typical day’s diet was eggs and bacon for breakfast (no toast.) Lunch would be a big green salad with nuts, fish, cucumber, etc. Dinner would be some form of protein, with green vegetables and/ or more salad. I also took some energy and nutrient supplements and a protein shake. After five or six days the new diet became routine and the cravings for sweet things ceased. As they told me at the gym my body was moving from burning sugars to burning fat. I reframed the stomach rumbles to mean my body was now eating the fat off my waist!
After two weeks I had my weight and measurements taken again. It was fantastic to know I was making progress. In fact after a week I could see the difference myself in the mirror and the belt buckle had to be tightened. After two weeks I had lost 8 lbs of fat and 2.5 inches off my waist. I was making progress and that just spurred me on.
The diet becomes a little more relaxed after two weeks, but what I found was I was no longer craving some of the sweeter things any more. I looked forward to a healthy salad for lunch. It was almost like my body knew what was good for it.
Why it worked for me
There are a few key factors that allowed me to achieve the results I have achieved in such a short period of time. These are the same reasons why I will continue to attend the gym and maintain the results I’ve worked hard to achieve.
• Exeber Gym is small
It is not like most other gyms which can be intimidating to walk into. There is a friendly almost family-like atmosphere and you are made to feel very welcome.
• By appointment only
This is one of the key benefits for me. At the beginning of the week I get the gym appointments into my diary. If you are like me, you will keep appointments. There were certainly many days when I would not have gone to the gym only for the fact I had an appointment in the diary and I would have to ring up to cancel.
• The gym sessions are short, just 30 minutes.
In terms of a time investment, we can all find thirty minutes out of our day for our own health and fitness.
• It is 1-2-1 Personal Coaching.
Jessie, Declan or Stephen take you through your programme. I don’t even hold my gym workout card. One of the coaches takes me from exercise to exercise and even sets the weight and resistance levels for me. What’s particularly great is that they provide just the right amount of encouragement and tough love.
• It becomes a habit
I try to get to the gym 5 days a week. This is doable when it is just 30 minutes a day. I’ve now got into the habit of going early in the morning. I feel great afterwards, I’m set up for the day ahead and I’m burning calories for the next twelve hours.
One month after I joined I had another assessment. 4 inches off my waist, 11lbs of fat gone, 5 lbs of muscle added. I was amazed.
Joining Exeber has been one of my best decisions. I’ve been a member of a number of gyms for almost ten years, but this is the first time I’ve really seen tangible results. The fact that I’ve changed my body shape and upped my energy levels in such a short period of time has exceeded all my expectations.
It may be more expensive than other gyms, but then Exeber is not like other gyms.
If you want to find out more visit www.exeberfitness.ie
They can be contact at 01 8041917
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