At Primal your success is very important to us.
By coming to the park even just one day per week, you can make tremendous gains – Become faster, stronger, better coordinated, increase stamina and endurance, bullet proof your body against back and joint pain. and relieve stress and banish depression. All while having a laugh and getting some lovely fresh air in the park!
Of course, in addition to being fit, strong and healthy, we all want to look good too, and an added bonus on top of all the above is that the type of training we do in the park is great for fat burning – High intensity interval training (H.I.I.T) has been shown to be the most effective way to liberate fat from your cells so it can be burned as you train.
To really get the benefits of all the above however, eating the right foods makes a huge difference to your results. Whether you want to be fitter, faster, stronger or simply look better on the beach, making changes to the way you eat will help you reach your goals faster, and much more effectively.
We understand however, that making changes to your diet and lifestyle is not easy, so we’ve put together a little 8 week challenge to help you get on track.
Each week, we’re going to release one small change to make to the way you eat, that will pay dividends in the long run. One change at a time may not seem like much, but by the end of the 8 weeks, they will add up to a huge difference. Often people try to do too much too soon, and end up falling off the wagon with a crash, but by making one small change at a time, you can make permanent life altering changes that you can stick to forever.
If your goal is fat loss, take some measurements now so you can track your progress – we’d recommend not only weighing yourself, but also taking a tape measure measurement around your waist and/or hips. Ensure you always use the same scales, and measure the same spot (using the belly button as a reference is a good idea). Just measure once per week, at the same time of day, ideally in the morning when you first get up.
Remember though, these dietary changes are not just for weight-loss – following a Primal type diet can help you feel better in yourself, improve digestive health, give you more energy, improve immune function and reduce inflammation – now thought to be the underlying cause of many modern lifestyle diseases.
We understand that even small changes can be hard to stick to without a support network to back you up though, so we’re going to be here to help.
If you’re on twitter follow @PrimalFitness and we’ll always be there to give you the advice and encouragement you need. Use the hashtag #EatPrimal8WC to post your successes and struggles, and to lend support and encouragement to other members of #teamprimal.
Alternatively, if you’re more of a Facebook Fan, follow the challenge on our Facebook Page
So without further ado, here’s week 1′s challenge:
Eat Primal Challenge Week 1:
Cut out Calorie Containing Drinks
Sugary drinks provide extra calories, but do not fill you up. Cutting them is the easiest way to reduce your energy intake without feeling hungry.
Even if you don’t need to lose weight, sugar has been shown to be very bad for health and a major cause of most modern health problems, from tooth decay to heart disease and worse!
Cut out all fizzy drinks (even diet ones, as artificial sweeteners have their own problems), fruit juice (eat real fruit instead) and drink tea and coffee without sugar and preferably black. (If you can’t cope without any milk, add less – Latte>Cappuccino>Flat White>Macchiato)