‘Fitness is about much more than exercise. It is a catalyst for positive change, and it affects every aspect of your life’
Your body archives only what your mind believes!
Have you tried to lose weight but failed diet after diet?
Are your energy levels low, especially in the afternoon!
Do you find your stress levels so high that you find it hard to enjoy life, be more productive at work?
If you answered yes to any of these, then I have just the answer you’re looking for;
Being healthy has become very popular in Sri Lanka as much as around the world, and continue to grow every day. In fact it has become the number one activity in Colombo. Every day thousands of people go to the gym, or yoga, or aerobics…. It just goes on…
Eating a healthy balanced diet accompanied by regular exercise is essential in maintaining physical and mental health and well-being. Not only are these effective in preventing excess weight gain or in maintaining weight loss, but healthier lifestyles are also associated with improved sleep and mood.
The obesity level remains worryingly high, with nearly 30% of the global population being overweight or obese. This figure is set to rise to almost half of the world’s adult population by 2030, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. The fundamental cause of excess weight and obesity is an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure.
Globally, the intake of energy-dense foods that are high in saturated fat, salt and sugar has increased. We also consume insufficient amounts of fruits, vegetables, dairy, whole grains and oily fish, which has an additive effect on the health impact of poor diet.
(Source: Science Daily)
It has been proven by studies that the average person wishes that he was in better physical shape, including me. Lifestyle advice should be appropriate, personalized, safe and effective as well as ensuring equality.
Therefore, we spoke to a person who has learned it the hard way and found answers to all the questions that pop up every day in our minds.
Chamara, who has been overweight in his whole life, having six packs was just an impossible dream because he was gaining weight just by looking at food. He had been working out for more than 11 years with just one goal in mind – losing fat. He had followed every possible diet but nothing had really worked. After struggling for many years with no proper result, he finally understood the right way to lose fat and stay healthy.
Being a professional diet, workout and nutrition consultant for more than 10 years, Chamara spoke to BiZnomics about fitness, healthy eating and simple ways to make lifestyle changes to achieve the impossible goals.
BiZnomics: What was the turning point in your life?
Answer: Being overweight and unhealthy in the better part of my life, my confidence and quality of life were severely affected. I realized that I couldn’t live my whole life not knowing what it feels like to be truly proud of my body; even though I had been working out for more than 11 years without achieving a significant change. Finally I realized there were many misguidance when it comes to losing fat, starting from the diet. Fitness is about so much more than exercise. It’s a catalyst for positive change, and it affects every aspect of your life. I believe that after many years of struggling, I found the right and the most effective way to lose body fat and at the same time eat healthily without restricting oneself to live with salads.
BiZnomics: What evaluations do you conduct with a new client eager to begin a fitness regimen?
Answer: I prefer to meet the person however, if I can’t get the information over the phone. I make the diet and workout plan practical as possible so that they can be consistent on it. Their usual meal time, amount intake, number of workout days per week, workout time, their normal activities, age, height, weight, their body measurements are all important to compare the results.
BiZnomics: Do you do any changes to training or meal plan during the session?
Answer: Yes, I do every week if I don’t see any results. I don’t give just a workout or diet plan, I provide a service that truly works if they are consistent on it.
BiZnomics: How do you motivate discouraged individuals?
Answer: Motivation is one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to exercise. It is human nature to try to avoid pain and discomfort. Once you understand firsthand the tremendous impact fitness can have on your life, you can push through any self-imposed limits. When people are at the brink of wanting to give up, I try to bring them back to the bigger picture.
Bionomics: What type of training do you carry out?
Answer: Resistance training and cardio like jogging, walking, cycling.
BiZnomics: Do you recommend dietary supplements to enhance your client’s performance?
Answer: No, being consistent with the diet and workout is enough to get the result.
BiZnomics: What are your thoughts about vegan food and organic food?
Answer: I personally think it is best to have organic food because they contain fewer synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and are also free of hormones and antibiotics. Being vegan is a personal choice. They just have to make sure of having a balanced diet that contains enough protein, carbs and fat.
BiZnomics: What qualifications made you the best person for this?
Answer: Personal experience, and understanding nutrition and how it works.
It’s not about what you’re eating, it is about how your body reacts to that.
BiZnomics: What mantra do you live by?
Answer: “Never trade what you want most for what you want at that moment”
BiZnomics: What impact do you want to have at the world?
Answer: To be great in what I do and to be a person who can truly make a change in someone else’s living pattern. Our environment does not sufficiently enable the public to make healthier choices easily. Unhealthy diet and physical inactivity contribute substantially to the global burden of disease.
Life is all about compromises, right?
Well, if you think you can ignore your bad eating habits
Just because you exercise regularly, think again.
A mistake that many people make is thinking
that if you burn off a ton of calories at the gym
you can eat whatever you want.
Or, if you’re ‘naturally’ thin you don’t have to watch what you eat.
Unfortunately, trading an hour in the gym for a greasy double.
cheeseburger or relying on a good metabolism to take the place
of healthy eating habits completely misses the point of living a healthy lifestyle…..
Stay tuned for our next edition on Chamara talking about “Why you should make a healthy food choice”
By: Chantal D