Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Six Week Bodylift/Sugar Freedom Plan

How does a short, middle-aged mom lose 50 pounds, and keep it off for more than five years?  She learns to teach people how to do the same thing for themselves.

Gordon Studio, here in Sonora, CA has been open for almost 11 months now, and as more of our students become fat loss success stories in their own rights, I see some patterns emerging.  

First, they all embrace a new way of training.  Many of them are surprised  when they learn that our Turbulence Training classes are only 30 minutes long.  They can also be a bit shocked by the new exercises I ask them to master.  Stick ups?  Total Body Extensions?  Mountain Climbers?  The Bodysaw?  What are these exercises, and why do they have to sound so scary?

Speaking of scary, for those of us who tend toward overweight and obesity, (yes, I've been there myself,)  it's essential to make some long term dietary changes in order to achieve permanent fat loss.  You see, although I have heard tales of many individuals who have lost fat for good by practicing portion control and calorie balance, I have only personally seen it work in a fraction of the students I train.

Believe me, if I could have released fat for good by counting calories, I would have succeeded at fat loss back in 1972, when a doctor put me on my first calorie restricted diet.  The honest, if not particularly popular or politically correct,  truth is that I have only been able to lose fat and transform my body when I have eliminated sugar and grains from my eating plan.  Note that I didn't say sugar and white flour, I said sugar and grains.  That means that I personally can't handle whole wheat, oats, rice, corn, or any number of "plant seeds" without going into an out of control eating episode.  The honest truth is that even high sugar fruits like bananas and grapes send me around the eating bend, and off on a binge.  It's not that I eat a dozen bananas.  It's that one banana makes me want to eat french toast and ice cream.  In massive quantities.  Immediately.

I'll Leave the Nectar for these Lovelies.
So does this mean that I don't believe in energy balance or the second law of thermodynamics? No, I simply mean that a lower carb, higher healthy fat eating strategy helps me to feel satisfied on less food. In fact, I feel so satisfied that on the evenings when I teach my fitness classes, I rarely feel any need to eat again when I get home.  This wasn't the case last year when I was performing and teaching more cardio.  At that point I was ravenous in the evenings, and my weight crept back up almost into official overweight territory.  In January I cleaned up my eating strategy, cut back on the cardio, and slowly but surely released eleven pounds of fat.

Recently, I have become aware that it's time to let go of the desire to fit in and say what's popular if that goes against what I know to be true and effective.  What I know is this:  For some of us who have thrifty genes, poor insulin sensitivity, and an insatiable craving for more sweets and starches once we even start consuming them, the Sugar Freedom approach can get us to goal weight and keep us there.

For  the next six weeks I will be faithfully following the plan that I have designed for anyone who wants to learn the secrets of figure transformation in their own home.  I'm having the time of my life working with my students at Gordon Studio, but just a few weeks ago I read some surprising news:  According to the Aetna "What's your healthy?" study, when it comes to exercise, 44 percent of those surveyed said they are more motivated to exercise when they can do it alone.

The Six Week Bodylift is and exercise program that you can do at home, in the gym, or when traveling. For my clients here at Gordon Studio it can be used as a template for the third weekly training session that I believe is optimal for figure transformation.  Starting today, and for the next six weeks, I be giving the program everything I've got in order to fill it with the very best exercises and strategies for permanent figure transformation.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the results of my transformation, now it's time to teach as many people as I can to do the same.