'Realistic goals' that saw slimmer lose huge amount of weight – 'cardio is not the answer' – Express

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At 18st 5lb, Mark reached the heaviest he’d ever been. He tried all the famous and non-famous diets, but found himself in a continuous yo-yo cycle for years; losing weight, then piling it back on.
Finally fed up of it and wanting to change his life permanently, he decided to enlist the help of a personal trainer.
And he hasn’t looked back since.
“I had just turned 50 and was clear in my mind that I needed to make a lifestyle change or I would be struggling in my twilight years,” Mark said.
“That’s when I was introduced to Nathan.”
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Mark was shown a new way of thinking and it changed his life for the better.
“[Nathan] was clear with me from the start that this was a two-way relationship and that we were not messing around,” he explained.
“But he would support and guide me along the journey towards the new me, if I was willing to commit to learning.”
Mark was educated on food and fitness and he realised he had spent years believing many key diet myths that hindered his progress.
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But by reprogramming his mindset, he found he was finally making headway.
“I learned cardio is not the answer and there is no such thing as bad foods,” he said.
“[It’s] just making myself accountable for what I was putting in my mouth and how I could reshape my body without the need for sweating buckets on a treadmill.
“It was never going to be a sprint, so I settled into my bespoke programme and adjusted when he told me via the weekly check-ins and progressively we started to see the improvements which created momentum that I loved.”
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“We set realistic short-term goals with plenty of celebrating success along the way,” he said.
“[This] ended up me hitting a weight I never thought possible and I felt incredible.”
Now a year on from taking the plunge with a PT, Mark has managed to maintain his weight body structure by himself.Calorie burning tipsHaving achieved all the short-term goals, he began to look into the future and with the continued support from his PT, kept “stretching” himself.
“At 54, I recently boxed for cancer research in front of 600 people and got a draw against an opponent who was in his mid 20’s,” Mark beamed.
“The journey never stops as Nathan kept drumming into me and I am happier than I have been in my life and I’m always looking forward to the next thing.”
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