There is an important relationship between good nutrition, a healthy weight, reduced risk of chronic disease and overall health. A healthy diet combined with regular exercise can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
At Great Fit, we stay away from fad diets and yo-yo dieting. It is important to maintain a balanced regimen and to remember "moderation not deprivation". Based on Canada's Food Guide, an analysis will be made by a Certified Coach on your current diet and will determine what changes need to be made in order for you to obtain a healthy body weight. You will be educated on which foods to stay away from and which foods will help you reach your goal. Some of the tools used include:
A well balanced life can be difficult for some to accomplish. Many factors can cause us to feel imbalanced which can lead to stress. Some questions you can ask yourself to determine if your life isn't balanced are:
- Do I make little time for important relationships (family, friends)?
- Do I often work overtime and work during personal time?
- Do I take few breaks during work?
- Do I eat the wrong foods or over-indulge?
- Do I complain about being too busy, easily forget or am constantly making mistakes?
- Do I have no time for hobbies?
- Do I exercise?
- Do I have trouble falling asleep?
Using specific strategies and techniques, your Certified Coach can help you address any health or personal goal you are struggling with. By stressing accountability, the results will be an increased self-awareness, commitment and confidence beyond what you have been able to achieve on your own.
Sleep Well and Reduce Stress
Sleep plays an important role in your overall health. During sleep, your body is hard at work supporting healthy brain function and protecting your physical health. Not getting enough sleep or poor quality sleep will wreak havoc on your system, limiting your body's ability to release the hormones necessary to repair, restore, and refresh cells while you sleep. The result? A more rapidly ageing body and brain! No thank you! Sleep deficiency has been linked to weight gain and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and decreased brain function (ie. depression, difficulty concentrating/making decisions). Inadequate amounts of sleep can cause stress and in turn can affect your sleep, it's a viscous cycle! This increase in stress can negatively impact your overall health and your waistline. Aim for 7-8 hours a night to enable your hormones to do their job. Many factors can stop you from having a good night's sleep and our Certified Coach can help you identify what those factors are so that you can start feeling awake and energized in the mornings!
Positivity is a powerful tool! Having a positive attitude can make you feel inspired, confident, happy, optimistic, and it gives you the strength and energy not to give up. This frame of mind is important in living a happy, healthy life. The weight loss & life coaching program that we offer at Great Fit can help give you a more positive attitude with coaching, exercise, and good nutrition. It has been proven that when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins act as natural pain killers and are also the body's "feel-good" chemicals that boost your mood! There have also been studies conducted on the power of a smile. When we smile, a positive feedback loop sends the information to our brain, reinforcing our feeling of joy. Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides, such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin, which reduces stress, lifts your mood and can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Not only can smiling benefit you, it can also benefit those around you. Smiling is contagious and radiates good energy!