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March 2019

6 effective hacks to Break Through a Weight Loss Plateau

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Trying to reach your target weight can be tough – especially if you hit the dreaded Plateau. We tend to lose weight quite quickly at the start, but unfortunately, after some time, we find ourselves in front of a wall – and it’s a big one.

Plateau can be discouraging and make you want to just throw in the towel. However, there are a number of little hacks, which can help break down that wall and allow you to keep running towards your goal weight loss!  

 

Change up your routine.

Quick question – how long has your workout routine been the same for? If it’s anything longer than 4 weeks, then, it needs changing.

When you shake up your workout, it will help to wake up your muscles and give you a new lease of life. When it comes to burning fat, look at circuits and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Both are known to burn body fat effectively.

One thing to remember – don’t try too much too soon. The last thing you want is to get injured.

 

Increase water  

When your body becomes dehydrated – even if it’s only a small amount – you may find your body craving food. The reason for this is that both dehydration and hunger have similar symptoms – easy to confuse the two. We recommend drinking around 2.5 – 3 litres of water a day.

 

Eat more protein.

A little bit of science for you – protein burns the most calories of food intake. The more protein you eat, the more you burn. Protein also contains amino acids and studies have suggested that they help well with burning fat.

 

Try Intermittent Fasting

I’m sure many of you have heard the term Intermittent fasting. It’s become quite popular over the last year or so. If you haven’t heard of it – it involves going for long periods of time without eating, typically between 16–48 hours.

Intermittent fasting helps to boost fat loss within your body as well as other health benefits. It also helps to put your body in shock – another big quality for overcoming plateau.

 

Sleep

One of the most vital parts to help us get healthy and lose body fat comes in the form of sleep. Yes, we know – sounds crazy right?! But sleep is where your body recovers. Regularly having poor sleep can increase your stress hormones and elevate body fat, especially around the stomach.

 

Don’t Let The Scales Fool You

When trying to lose weight, you may find yourself hopping on the scales A LOT. It can actually become a bit of an addiction. However, it’s important to remember that, the scales aren’t always a great measuring tool.

Losing fat isn’t all about getting to the lowest number of the scales. We want to look toned, too. To do this we need to add muscle and muscle weighs much more than fat. So, if you don’t see much change in the numbers on the scales one week, don’t see it as a bad thing. You may have still lost fat, but gained muscle.

The best solution here is to use pictures. Take one every week or two and measure your progress. They will help to keep you motivated, too.

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If you’re looking for some professional help to boost your fat loss, then book in for a FREE consultation with one of our expert team members today!

Martial Arts for Kids: The benefits of getting into it young

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It seems to be everywhere we look – from Conor McGregor everywhere we look, to computer games and movies. It’s safe to say that martial arts is now more popular than ever!

Though there are many different styles around the world, one that’s remained a big favourite is the art of Taekwondo. Formed in Korea, during the early 50s, Taekwondo is arguably one of the most stylish forms of martial arts – with cool-looking kicks and smooth transitions. But, the beauty of Taekwondo is that everybody can enjoy the martial art – including children!

At MYGYM Bristol, we’ve been teaching Taekwondo to countless amount of people from all shapes and sizes – and that includes youngsters, too.

So, what are the benefits of Taekwondo for children? Let us tell you…

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Physical Activity

It’s sad to say, but childhood obesity is a growing problem in the UK. Just like with obese adults, obese children often struggle with the desire to exercise and sometimes just don’t know how. Enrolling in the MYGYM Taekwondo classes will help to give your child a structured activity every week, helping them to stay fit and healthy, as well as giving them an enjoyable activity every week.

 

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Boost Self-Esteem

Feeling amazing about yourself is one of the greatest joys in life, right? Well, boosting self-esteem in children is vital for them to develop into their best life. When your child reaches new goals, you will see their confidence grow. They will be more happy in life – something we all want to see in our kids.

We’ve seen many children come to our classes, who simply have low self-esteem or none at all. Within weeks, both our instructors and the parents have noticed huge differences. They become more confident and you can actually see it on their face – they’re happy! It’s a great thing to see.

 

They will become more social

Another common struggle in children is with socialisation. This can come in many forms, whether your child is shy, has trouble keeping hands to himself, or just finds it hard communicating in general. Everyone benefits from being involved in a martial arts class, both young and old.

During our Taekwondo classes, we also run partner drills and light sparring, which helps children communicate and also observe. Before you know it your child will be able to stand in front of a group of people and communicate their message clearly.

 

Self-Discipline

Obeying what is right – that’s the definition of self-discipline. Something we think we can all agree on is that it’s just know how it used to be. The culture of youngsters, today, allows them to receive instant gratification – from simply watching a certain movie on Sky/Virgin, to playing their favourite music. It can be done pretty much instantly.

Students at MYGYM’s Taekwondo learn to discipline themselves toward achieving each new belt rank.  Belt ranks are not given, they are earned through hard work and self-discipline.

 

It’s so fun!

And finally, the best benefit of the MYGYM Taekwondo training is that we simply have fun!

Our students love coming to class and being with their peers because they are always participating. Each child moves at his or her own pace. Plus, we also feature in competitions and events that children can aim towards.

When you are thinking about giving your child a new activity, we would definitely recommend Taekwondo. Feel free to try a taster session with us – click here to get started.