A New Year Deserves A New You

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Happy New Year! If you constantly struggle with your weight, starting a new year may be just the motivation you need in order to create a new you.


Following the correct advice is essential as there are far too many myths in the health and fitness world. I’d like to discuss four of them with you now and you can read 14 more health, fitness and nutrition myths from Focus Performance here.

Fat is bad for you

Foods with healthy fats include avocado, uncooked olive oil and nuts. Fat is needed in your diet, it has many benefits to the functions of the body. It helps with vitamin absorption and energy. Avoid trans fats and instead have a healthy balance of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats.

Crash diets work

This old chess nut. Avoid crash diets like the plague. Drink this disgusting green shake for four months and you’ll lose four stone. Who would really want to do that? You may get results but they won’t be sustained. Cutting essential nutrients out of your diet isn’t the way to go.

Completely cut out carbs to lose weight

Carbohydrates are an important part of your diet. They are your main source of energy and you wouldn’t function very well without them. If you don’t eat carbs your body will begin to use protein and fat for energy.

Sweating means you burn more calories

I very rarely sweat when I train to be honest. It depends on what exercise I’m doing and how my body reacts to the heat. When you sweat you don’t lose fat, just water. It’s our bodies way of cooling us down. Some people naturally sweat more than others so sometimes it has nothing to do with how many calories you burn.


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.


  1. Would your recommend Purechimp super tea? It’s matcha green tea and claims to boost your metabolism. I’m looking to use it alongside a healthy diet & exercising.

  2. Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

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