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13/02/2011

Do you ‘like’ us?

Okay let’s face it (no pun intended..honest), you either are in to facebook or you are not. This is just quick post. If you are, look for us on facebook and like us! Apparently if I get over 25 to like us we can get a facebook/bestpracticept address. That would be nice and would help get more people to like us, apparently. Okay who really cares if you like us, you might however, ‘like’ the information that we put out which, will help you in someway get fitter, develop strength or simply feel better in your day to day life. We think we are in the best business there is. Helping others get the most out of what can be a short time on this planet. Thanks for ‘liking’ us. p.s. when I get 25 people or more to like us, I could put a link right here that would take you direct to our page. p.p. s.s. Also before you think there must be a reason we currently have less than 25, well it’s because I have been a bit of a social media ignoramus. When you start to play with it a little, there can be some great things come out of it. But as with all things, moderation and intelligent usage is the key.
09/02/2011

Alcohol free for February

It is amazing how much we Aussies rely on alcohol for a good time. Recruiting for an alcohol free month was like asking someone (devout!) to change their religion. Reactions varying from indignant to riotous laughter were the order of the day. Now seriously, if wanting a drink becomes this intense then I would suggest there is a problem. And hey February is the shortest month so…. it is not too late to join us. So what if you had a few already, start now and roll till the end of the month. And for those of you who started with good intentions and hit a hurdle, get back on the wagon. This little exercise is about self discipline, delaying gratification and interupting a potentially damaging habit. There a good things a foot from this. I was chatting with a client who is committed to the challenge, even to the point of not putting beer on the onions for his weekend barby. Our weekly measures revealed 1 cm off the waist and 1.5 kg of weight down. The body sometimes needs a little jolt of something different. Don’t get stale. Mix it up and questions that voice inside that seems to command and not consider the consquences of being on ‘autopilot’.
09/02/2011

Analysis of a can of salmon

It’s amazing how words can influence. The can I ate for lunch said confidently, “SOURCE OF OMEGA 3’S!” Sounded impressive, but was it really? At closer inspection, and I do mean closer inspection. –I had to put my glasses on which my wife had got me from a saturday market stall because I have been living in denial. At age 45 my eyes aren’t what they used to be. I can tell you that not being able to read a map in the car at nightime has become very annoying and made me think two things. 1. I should have a GPS thingy in the car and 2. I need glasses! Okay back to the salmon……0.9 grams in the can. Is that significant? It is actually. Healthy adults are recommended to have at least 220 mg per day. 0.9 sounded like a joke but as if turned out it was a pretty good food choice. It was low in sugar, less than 3 g (a teaspoon is 4g). It wasn’t exactly low in sodium having about 20% of the total amount I should aim for per say (492 mg) but it wasn’t bad when compared to a big mac (1000+). It was 106 calories in total and when put on some whole grain crackers with some fresh tomato and a sprinkle of fresh basil, pretty darn tasty actually. I guess the sentiment behind this entry is, just be  careful of the words you respond to when it comes to advertising. It reminds me of a dodgy friend of mine when I […]
06/02/2011

The Gabriel Method book review

I have started reading a book by a guy who lost a serious amount of weight. His name is Jon Gabriel. It is an interesting story. He topped the scales at over 186kg and now is normal weight and very healthy. He had tried every diet and even spent to time with Dr Atkins of Atkins diet fame. He only ended up yelling at him for being so fat! For some reason I found that funny. The main message of the book is that your mind will control what weight you are no matter what you eat. His idea is that the body will put on fat if it thinks that being fat  will make it safe. The trick is to get your body to know it is safe being lean. It is a different approach than any other weight loss book I have read and does make a lot of sense from a science angle. It really brings in to focus the importance of metabolism and the hormones that control it. He suggests that if you have more than 10kg to lose then there is likely to be a strong emotional element to the problem that is holding you  back. This book is worth a read if you are looking for an answer to major fat loss. I strongly encourage an approach that promotes the use of mind power. It is more influential in our lives than I think we  give it credit for.
06/02/2011

Exercise tips for busy parents

Another great little article for helping those under pressure to look after the kids and the home and still fit exercise in. Check it out!
30/01/2011

Celebrate your victories and the Feb fast

Hi to all. Myself, Jeames and Ericka had the good fortune to celebrate with one of our star clients on Friday. We sat up the top of the stands and looked down at the pool and reminisced about the journey that this client (and friend) had been on for the past 3 years. I am not sure what was the biggest achievement, losing over 55kg, maintaining that loss for the past 12 months or having the champagne (that we were celebrating with) in her fridge for the last 3 years and not once touching it! I figure Michelle was so focussed, for so long it was like that champagne wasn’t even there because it didn’t fit with the discipline required to achieve what she was aiming for. I can only say, well done again on what I liken to an Olympic level achievement because the turn around required was so big and the single mindedness needed, so intense. It was a pleasure to celebrate that victory. I did over hear Michelle say it was one of the better sessions she had had with the trainers! Okay, December and January have possibly been very challenging for a lot of us. We live in Australia after all where everything seems to be celebrated or commiserated with alcohol. Us included above! So, myself and some clients have pledged an alcohol free February. Are you in? Of course it may not be realistic to never drink alcohol for the rest of your life but as for interupting a potentially bad habit or negative  behaviour pattern, abstaining […]
28/01/2011

See how a dietitian eats…

I rattle on about a food journal. Here is one day in the life of a dietitian. This comes from a pretty cool, again American website. Learn from a pro and get some ideas on how to shape your eating for maximum health. I will feature more from this website over the coming weeks because there is some very helpful stuff in it. Please leave comments and let me know what you think. http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/a-dietitians-food-journal—one-day-in-the-life-of-a-pro.html
23/01/2011

Record, record, record!

If fat loss is your goal and I can tell you it is with about 90% of our clients then you just have to track what you do and here is a study that heavily supports this assertion. “Researchers from Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research kept tabs on 1,685 overweight and obese adults (men and women), whose average weight was 212 pounds. The researchers encouraged participants to adhere to a reduced-calorie, DASH eating plan and asked them record their daily food intake and exercise minutes.weight loss was 13 pounds per person. But researchers discovered something else; the more participants recorded what they ate, the more weight they lost in the end. Participants who did not keep a food diary lost about 9 pounds over the course of the study, while those who recorded their food intake six or more days per week lost 18 pounds—twice as much as those who didn’t track any food!  Spark People website. After 20 weeks, the average So if you are a client of ours we provide an online fitness journal for this express purpose. We would like to see you use it!  We have always said, if it isn’t written down it didn’t happen. But keep in mind, when we say this we are referring to exercise. We are definitely NOT referring to food. Because, whether you write it down or not, or whether someone saw you eat it or not, or it was only a broken piece of biscuit not an actual biscuit etc etc. That event DID happen and your body […]
19/01/2011

What does 300 calories look like?

Here at Best Practice we like to expose you to material that will help educate you. The link I am going to put in, although American is very useful for those wanting to lose body fat or simply not overeat. Check this out. The foods might be American but we have the same sort of stuff here. You might be surprised at what a difference organising your own food can make. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1260