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4 reasons why you should eat

I feel ridiculous writing this post.
It should be excruciatingly obvious.
But it's not.
Everywhere I look I am seeing messages about not-eating.
"don't eat these things" "don't eat very much" "don't eat at this time"
And frankly, it's not very healthy. Physically or mentally.
So what I'm going to talk about today is why it is important to focus on eating, rather than not-eating, when working towards your health-improving goals. And yes, even, no, especially, when one of those goals is fat loss.
Fuel for your activities So food is fuel for your body. It provides the energy you need to function. Your body uses carbohydrates and fat as fuel. It can use protein, but only when under quite a lot of pressure. Your brain can only fuel itself on glucose (carbohydrate) and you can only metabolise fat in the presence of carbohydrate ("fat burns in a carbohydrate flame").
When your body runs low on fuel, you feel tired, sluggish, an…

Doing what you love is good for you.

In my Free Living Fitness manifesto I said

Fitness should be the result of living your own full and joyful life

This principle is for me, the most important of all, it is the anchor of the who FLF concept.
Why?

My role is to help people improve their health: To help people make their bodies stronger, more efficient, more comfortable and longer lasting! There's a lot of ways to get to that place but in my opinion, the best, most sustainable route to good health is doing something you love.
Because for any positive change to become a habit, it has to be something that you keep coming back to. The rewards have to be greater than the cost. Fitness in itself should be a great reward. You get to be healthier, avoid disease, improve your quality of life and extend your life expectancy. But how many times have you heard someone say something like....
"I'd rather have this cake and deal with the diabetes later" "I don't want to live an extra few years if it's no f…

Tips for sustainable fat loss

I want to introduce you to a series I am going to be rolling out over on my Facebook page.

I'm always seeing gimmicky ideas about what people should or shouldn't be doing to "lose weight". But most of the time, they just make me cringe. Why?

Well...
Many of them simply don't work.
Others are completely incompatible with the average lifestyle.
They are often unsustainable and hard to stay motivated with.
Those that promise fast weight loss don't result in lasting weight loss, and often that "weight" is water or muscle, when what you really want to be looking at is losing fat.

Sustained fat loss and weight maintenance is actually really simple. It is a matter of consuming an appropriate amount of calories for your activity level, assuming that you are reasonably active (at least 30 minutes a day folks) but also not an athlete training under extreme circumstances.

That last point is pretty important. Pro body builders, olympians, even full time health …