Zone Fitness Hoylake: A food lovers’ guide to healthy eating

How to shed the pounds without being good ALL the time

Zone Fitness Hoylake
Zone Fitness Hoylake
A personal trainer for 10 years, Rhys Owen at Zone Fitness Hoylake says with the right programme and mindset anyone who can put weight on can lose it. We caught up with him to find out how …

 Is dieting enough when it comes to losing weight healthily?

Dieting is one of the most crucial factors. Not the only factor. If you can increase your energy expenditure throughout your day for example, move more….walk or bike to work, commute rather than drive. Yes its more hassle, but what’s more important to you?

 Which exercises are best for healthy weight loss?

The ones you most enjoy and that you can stick to. Find a hobby. Exercise does not have to be dull or something you dislike. Find a buddy and figure out the best method for you. As long as you don’t stick to being a couch potato, anything is better than nothing.

Does the body prefer to burn fat or muscle?

It’s not as simple as what the body prefers, more so what it is you do which forces the body to burn.
If you go in too much of a calorie deficit then it would ‘prefer’ to burn more muscle (a 1000 calorie a day is generally far to low for most people, but I see too many people on this). If you are consistently in a small calorie deficit (300-500 maximum) your body would ‘prefer’ to burn more fat. 

 What do the different food groups do for your body? 

In basic terms:
Carbs are your first source of energy when moving. 
Fats store energy, insulate us and protect our vital organs. They act as messengers, helping proteins do their jobs.
Protein is by far the most important group as they are the building blocks of all life. Without the correct amount consumed in our diet you will struggle to get the important results you need, poor recovery, more injuries etc.
Healthy eating can mean many different things to different people. Regarding Weight management, calories is key. I follow a 80/20 rule which means I can be good 80% of the time and the rest I pretty much eat and drink what I want. Of course, sustainability is key, so you must find something which works for you. 

 What factors might inhibit weight loss?

Anything which restricts you from moving around on a day to day basis. So if you overdo it in the gym one day thinking you’re burning more calories which leads to more weight loss, that may be true short term, but you may be too exhausted the next day to move which will then prevent you to burn more calories throughout your day, which in long terms, will inhibit weight loss. Also you could cause an injury which again….slows you down day to day.

Can only certain types of people lose weight, or with the right programme can anyone do it? 

In my 10 years of personal training I’ve heard every excuse under the sun about why that individual can’t lose weight. Once their mind set has been changed and they follow a structured programme tailored to the individual, I’ve realised that everyone is capable of weight loss.
If you can put it on, you can lose it.