How to change a body


Instant gratification is not a word that
should ever be associated with weight loss, at least not if you want it to be
sustainable. What is required is a change that can fit in with your current

“Everyone watches the biggest loser and
they’re losing ten pounds each week and they’re disappointed if they’re only
losing five pounds a week, and that’s just not right,” says Nadine Dumas of
What it Takes.

According to Nadine, losing one per cent of
body weight per week is on the high side if you want the weight loss to be
sustainable, so she urges caution for anyone starting on a weight loss
programme. Unlike many approaches to losing weight, Nadine focuses on improving
health with the weight loss coming as a result of improved habits.

“So many people are obsessed by a number.
I’m looking more for changes that they made within their body. If someone
doesn’t see that weight loss every single week I don’t want them to be fixated
on it.”

Although many people try to exercise their
way to better health and weight loss, Nadine believes that neglecting nutrition
sets you on a path to failure.

“When I’m working with a person 85 per cent
of what’s going to change your body is eating, 15 per cent is going to be the training.
There is a saying that abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym, and it’s
true,” she says.

“I cater my nutrition plan to their
lifestyle and to what they like. I’m going to help them understand how better
food can help change their body.”

Nadine says that far from a one size fits
all approach, the nutrition plans she puts together also take into account what
people like eating, so they will find it much easier to stick to.

“People go out to lots of social events
here, so you have to keep those things in mind. I don’t want to be so strict
with a client that it is impossible for them to stick to a plan, but I do have
some restrictions,” she says.

Clients sign up with Nadine for a three
month period, but her aim is to educate them sufficiently during this time that
after the three months they can sustain their new nutrition strategy on their
own and continue improving their health and physique.

One of the biggest challenges many people
face is emotional eating, but recognising and conquering emotional eating can
be very empowering.

“There are many things you can’t control,
but you can control what you put in your mouth. If you can realise that you can
control what you put in your mouth, all of a sudden you become a stronger
person. When you realise you don’t need to eat that, it changes your mindset to
believing you really can do this,” says Nadine.

This is why rather than just prescribe
eating plans, Nadine works as a nutritional coach.

“It is important to have someone there
guiding a person throughout the process, whether holding their hand or being
their cheerleader.”


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