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Following Motorcycle Accident
Following a motorcycle accident, Richard Clarke sped up my recovery by taking me through a rehabilitation programme. Impressed with his professionalism and knowledge, I then took part in several 3 month fitness programmes...looking back, one of the biggest benefits was how Richard analysed my diet and changed it for the good...this knowledge is priceless. Thanks Richard.
The Greatest Bit Is Me
Having been quite seriously ill and knowing a few of the girls who have been supported by Rich, it has taken my nearly two years to join his program. (Due to ill health)
I am just coming up to my first twelve weeks, have lost weight, changed body shape but the greatest bit is me! How I feel and my mindset. Having been in a wheelchair back in October. I am back to my old self ...and have never felt happier than I do at the minute. My sessions with Richard are ...my treatment to save my life whilst having fun, through hard work with the great support from Richard covering what to eat, how to exercise tailored specifically to me. He even listens when I am I want to let off steam! What more could you ask for...
Richard Helped In So Many Ways
Richard helped me in so many ways, even though I had many ailments, he helped me to believe in myself, weight loss, his recipes are delicious, didn't feel like I was on a diet, just healthy eating, but most of all Richard is very inspiring and often if I was having a bad day you could guarantee I would walk out of the gym smiling. Thank you Richard x
Had Many A Chuckle
I have had many a chuckle at some of your comments and stories but also appreciate the underlining message…I love your shot from the hip approach it's refreshing. Keep up the good work :0)
I Trust Him
Ah, what can I say about 'darling Rich'.......He lights up my Tuesday evenings, and my Saturday mornings!
It's only half hour - 40 mins, and goes by like a flash. After a session with Rich I feel like my batteries have been charged...
He's such a nice guy, gives me advice, guidance and plenty of encouragement. His daily e mails are informative and fun. I have learned about nutrition and fitness. He has a wealth of knowledge.
What I particularly like is that I feel comfortable in his gym...and I trust him. He has helped me reach my goals.
Motivational, inspirational, encouraging, knowledgeable, caring, fun loving, thought provoking are just a few of the words I would use to describe the huge personality that is Richard Clarke. If you decide to follow his advice you just can't go wrong. Cynthia Davies
Fantastic…I'm inspired as with all your emails
Taking Less Medication
Started with Rich around 10 weeks ago, during that time and by following his advice I have lost over 3 stone(42lbs)!! Having had arthritis for very many years which resulted in a double knee replacement and taking a ridiculous amount of tablets daily for this condition I am now taking a fraction of the amount prescribed by my G.P. My G.P. can’t get over the change and is very impressed. I would certainly recommend Richard to anyone.
She Had Lost Her Way
I had lost my way training wise after the death of my beloved older brother and was struggling with stress and anxiety. I joined one of Richards groups and...I haven’t looked back since. I feel fitter and happier than I have in a long time and I’ve also lost inches and pounds.
What I really love about Rich is he says it like it is and he cares for his clients. I can be a bit “gung ho” when it comes to training and Rich reins that in to make sure I stay fit and uninjured. Richard has changed my life for the better and that’s no exaggeration.
Not Confident After Knee Injury
You helped me a great deal after my knee injury as I was not confident in doing any exercise incase I aggravated the injury. The exercise plan you did for me was great, very simple but effective. You were also very encouraging and very good at motivating me. Thanks
It’s NOT Rocket Science
I was watching secret eaters the other day.
Not sure if you have seen it, its on channel four.
To be honest I don’t normally watch weight loss or exercise programmes on the telly because its a bit of a busman’s holiday.
As far as telly goes this programme is pretty cringe worthy.
The basic premiss of the programme is that people don’t know why they are putting on weight.
Apparently 60% of people think they eat healthy.
In the show they have cameras set up in their home and unbeknownst to them private investigators follow them around for the week.
This particular show featured a brother and sister from Scotland.
They needed help unravelling the “mystery” of their weight gain.
They looked at the calories in the food to work out how much they were eating.
The sister said at the beginning of the programme she thought she probably didn’t eat enough.
Her daily average was 3100, and she ate a bit more at the weekends.
Other things they said at the beginning of the programme…
“I’m not eating any more than normal, I don’t know why I’m putting on weight”
“I’m not doing anything any different. I think its my metabolism”
The woman also said she had put on a stone in the last year and didn’t have a clue why.
The woman said she had been on diets and failed to lose a pound, so she had blood tests and was sure there was going to be something wrong. Nothing – the blood tests showed she was in full working order.
The general consensus was that felt that they were not eating enough to justify the weight gained.
Does any of this sound familiar?
The presenter was setting them up when she said “so basically you are saying your a medical miracle, is that right?”
“you eat less and diet and don’t lose weight and the doctors can’t find any reason why?”
“Yes” she said “that’s about right”.
The woman broke down, saying she felt sad all the time, and she felt sorry for herself.
She said “I hate feeling like this, I need to lose weight desperately”.
At the end of the week they got them in to go over what they had eaten or as the presenter put it “to discover the mystery of their weight gain”.
Basically the people in the show were shocked to be told they were eating A LOT more than they thought.
I shouldn’t but I thought it was funny that they were so surprised by the results, you should of seen their faces. Their food diaries and their actual food intake were poles apart.
But this is just an example of how people who think they have a healthy diet – DON’T.
One so called healthy meal they ate was roast chicken, parsnips and spouts.
The trouble was – the chicken was double the calories because it had been roasted and the parsnips and sprouts were frozen and were double the calories than fresh veg (because the parsnips had honey and batter on them).
The brother under reported his alcohol intake by 15 pints a week. (I’m guessing he was pissed when he completed the food diary form ;-)) and the sister under reported her calorie intake by a massive 50%.
So you can see where they went wrong.
Did you know 80% of us eat food without even realising.
The TV programme also said, the more calorific a meal the less calories we tell ourselves was in it, on a small meal we underestimate by 10% and on a large meal up to 40%.
We apparently make 200 eating decisions a day, but studies show most of them are made without even thinking. So there are scientific answers as to why we ALL over eat.
They showed the couple the errors of their ways, they made some simple BASIC changes and they subsequently lost 16 and 24lbs respectively in just 10 weeks after the show.
This is usually what I end up doing with my clients nutrition – the basics. If you get the basics right (like cutting out the crap, you will be doing well).
It’s NOT Rocket Science. I think we all suffer delusions, just keeping a food diary (if you’re honest) can be a wake up call.
Over and out.
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