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Shape Up For Summer

With holidays quickly approaching, most of us are now thinking about looking our best while strutting the beach. Too bad that losing body fat is a slow and steady process, rather than an instantaneous fix.

However, I do have an extremely effective 2-step method for losing belly fat faster than ever, and I’d like to share it with you today…

Shape Up For Summer. This deadly, fat-incinerating method fights fat simultaneously on two separate fronts for maximum effectiveness: your sugar intake and your high intensity workouts.

First: This step requires zero extra effort on your part! In fact, all you have to do is NOT do something that you’re currently doing! You stop consuming refined sugar, in all its forms. This means no sweetened soft drinks, no desserts, no packaged snacks, no chocolate, no mocha lattes, NO SUGAR AT ALL!

When you stop to evaluate your diet, it may be shocking to find out how much refined sugar has crept in. Nothing will contribute to fat gains as swiftly as consuming sugar, so it makes sense that cutting sugar out is the top must-do for shedding those unwanted pounds.

It’s not necessary, or beneficial, to starve yourself during this time of rapid fat loss,  you should fill in your diet with lean meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds as you cut out the refined sugar. Dropping below your minimum calorie allowance with have the opposite effect. Keep your metabolism high by fuelling up on high protein, high fibre, low carb, and zero sugar foods whenever hunger strikes.

Second: Here’s the step that requires some effort but trust me when I say it’s worth it. You crank up the intensity of your workouts to a whole new level.

Most people take exercise on with the slow and steady mentality, moving, pushing and pulling as little as possible while still “getting the job done”. I’ve got some news for you… if you still have belly fat to lose then the job wasn’t getting done.

If you can comfortably hold a conversation, hardly break a sweat, or feel the same when it’s over as you did when it began, then you’re simply not pushing yourself hard enough while you exercise.

Increasing the intensity of your workouts requires focused intent. You must go into the session with the goal of pushing your body to the limit. Remember, it’s a contained timeframe that will be over shortly, so head down and deal with the discomfort. With practise you will learn to embrace the burn.

The safest and most effective way to crank up the intensity and effectiveness of your exercise time is to work with a qualified fitness professional. Always here…


Eat More Protein = Burn More Fat

Want even more fat loss? Studies continue to prove that diets high in protein encourage more fat loss than diets high in carbohydrates. Each of your snacks and meals should be built around a centrepiece of high quality, lean protein.


Chicken Lettuce Boats

I love recipes like this, where the flavour and enjoyment outshine the health benefit. One bite of these Chicken Lettuce Boats and you’ll see what I mean, and this recipe is highly healthy and will keep you on track towards your fat loss goal. Enjoy!

What you need
Serves 6

2 small apples, cored and chopped
1 Tablespoon orange juice
3 cups roasted chicken, chopped
¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped
¼ cup black raisins
1 (4oz) can mild diced green chiles
½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup light, balsamic dressing
sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 head butter lettuce
red grapes – optional for serving

Instructions

1. In a large bowl combine the chopped apples and orange juice. Mix to combine.

2. Add the remaining ingredients (save for the lettuce and grapes) and mix well. Chill, covered, for 15 minutes or until ready to serve. Use an ice cream scoop to place the chicken salad on each lettuce leaf. Garnish the plate with red grapes and Enjoy!

Nutrition
224 calories, 8g fat, 140mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 2g fibre, and 23g protein

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Denise-7.jpgAfter years of going to the gym and watching what I ate my weight continued to fluctuate. Then I discovered Performance NI. I joined thinking I’ll give it a go, perhaps I will pick up some new ideas, little did I know the new journey I was about to embark on! Under Gerry’s careful guidance I discovered where my diet was going wrong. I can only describe the next 4 weeks as exciting as I learnt more about healthy food options and food that I never realise existed yet provided the same delicious taste! My food cupboard was reinvented as each week I tried the new menus provided to me. The package not only gave constant review of my recorded daily food diary (providing suggestions along the away to improve), it provided me with a personalised work out which again was monitored and tweaked when necessary. The support and feedback is there 24/7 should you need it. The customer service is second to none and you won’t be disappointed with the value for money. After only 4 weeks, I go forward now re energised and re-educated with 4lb of body weight off and almost 3 inches from my waist. It’s a life plan not a quick fix that Gerry guides you through. I couldn’t recommend Gerry and his professional holistic approach highly enough!


​​​​​Lisheen1-2.jpgMy primary goal in undertaking Gerry’s programme was to increase my energy levels so that I didn’t feel tired all the time.  In consultation with Gerry, I soon realised that my diet was lacking in real nutritional value and I was consuming a lot of hidden sugars.  After 1 month, I felt a significant increase in my energy levels and was eating and enjoying a varied diet of “clean” foods. I was also enjoying healthy energising snacks that I had cooked using recipes Gerry had suggested.  Simplicity was the key however, there was nothing complicated, which was just as well, I have very limited culinary skills! Meanwhile, I continued my usual exercise regime with Gerry’s guidance and for the first time in many years, I felt energised and was losing “fat” weight, 15lbs of fat to be exact, which I never thought possible particularly at my stage in life!  Women of a certain age will understand what I mean :). My once monthly visits to Gerry over the past 4 months has taught me so much about nutrition and activity and I have made simple lifestyle changes on his advice that have transformed by personal wellness and fitness levels.  I would recommend Gerry to anyone.  I couldn’t have achieved the goals I have to date without his guidance and support.  Thank you Gerry. Lisheen Fitzsimons


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I have been attending the gym for a few years with body pump and spin classes mixed in, almost 6 days per week. Its was in one of Gerry’s classes I noticed a friend was looking great and really shaping up. Like me he trained a lot and had a similar routine, so I was keen to find out what he was doing. He recommended Gerry and said he and his wife go regularly. So, I booked a free assessment with him and was amazed how much detail and information he gave me, and it was a lot cheaper than weekly personal training sessions. I only went once per month and followed exactly what he proscribed and again I was shocked how much the subtle change to my exercise and diet made to my shape. Now I’m the one being asked about my sudden transformation and just like my friend, I recommend Gerry. Sara Cartwrigh


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My experience with the Performance NI personal wellness plan has been enlightening to say the least. I was shocked at the results that subtle changes had made to my body and outlook. The scientific approach was hard for me to get my head around at first but I quickly understood after seeing the changes. Each process was explained to me in great detail all the way through the programme. This gave me comfort and confidence in Gerry’s ability to direct me towards my personal goals. I have increased my hydration, decreased my body fat by ten pounds and increased my lean weight by seven pounds. I’m not eating different foods, just changed how and when I eat my food groups. I would recommend Gerry to anyone who is starting off or like myself has been training for years and wanting to find direction. Maeve McKay

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John and I have always tried to be fit and eat healthily but as we are approaching our seventies the bodies were changing shape for the worse. Despite walking, golfing and gym membership we needed advice and direction from a professional to assess our strengths and weaknesses to help us change shape and become more energetic and gain a level of fitness that we did not have. We went to Gerry and he assessed both of us-a thorough assessment of our body composition, metabolism and overall lifestyle. I have spent a life time watching what I eat-it was amazing to learn that I should have been eating a lot more. Each month he gave us new habits to build with small diet and exercise changes. We have learnt a lot from attending our sessions with Gerry and noticed a great change in our energy levels and body shape. We also incorporate weights to give us more body strength- in my case upper body strength and in John’s case posture and assistance with golf swing and driving distance. We see Gerry each month and value his support and guidance and it’s never too late or too early to book a session and see for yourself. John & Christina


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I have been training with Performance NI since August 2015, medical issues in my life made me look at things differently and my doctor advised me to change. So with the help and knowledge of Performance NI I did just that. As with most first meetings I was nervous but was soon put at ease in the relaxing surroundings of Performance NI’s private gym. I was assessed and a plan put together that suited me and a target that we set to get me from just over 18 stone to 14 stone. Gerry has gotten me to within 1 stone off my target in 6 months (February 2016). I have enjoyed all aspects of the training and looking forward to being healthier and fitter. Joseph Kerr Joe’s Wellness Journey


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