W8less Week 2: Activity Before Exercise

In the second week of the W8less 40-Day Challenge, the focus has now switched to getting moving. Why? Because the majority of us just do not do enough of it! Kate Troup, founder of W8less, has answered the questions as to why this ‘brick’ is so important.

Why does the second week focus on activity over exercise?

Three-quarters of Australians don’t do the recommended amount of exercise as it is, despite everyone knowing that they should do more. Even those people who do exercise regularly are often guilty of being “active couch potatoes” which means that they are largely sedentary apart from the few hours that they hit the gym or Pilates studio. Sitting down all day or being a “professional sitter” as we call them, carries significant health risks, which are independent of how much structured exercise someone does. This means that you can’t undo the damage done from a day sitting in front of your computer by running home, for example.

What do you mean by activity?

Activity includes pretty much anything which means you’re not sitting down so even standing is fantastic. Walking, taking the stairs, doing some yoga, stretching, skipping, jumping up and down, whatever gets you up and out of your chair. You should aim to be active for a few minutes every 30 minutes.

When should we start to introduce more vigorous exercise?

You’ll know when it’s time to up your exercise because you will feel as if you have to! Forcing your body to exercise before you have got your foundation in place will often just lead to fatigue, hunger or injury. Your body turns food into energy and once your metabolism is working efficiently, this energy will no longer get stored on your body as fat, so you will literally have “energy to burn”.  When someone tells me that they want to exercise, instead of having to force themselves, I know that we’re on the right track.

June 12, 2014

Why Being W8less Works

On the launch day of this session’s W8less 40-Day Challenge, Kate Troup lets us in on the what W8less is and why achieving optimum wellbeing is really at the core of weight loss and maintaining your ideal size.

What exactly is the W8less 40-Day Challenge and how does it work?

The underlying principle of W8less is that there are 6 essential requirements – or “Bricks” that need to be in place to create the foundation on which optimum health and weight loss can be achieved. Each week, you focus on one of the W8less Bricks, challenging yourself to introduce it and gradually building your foundation.

Can anyone participate?

Yes, they can but the meal plan does contain meat so it isn’t suitable for vegetarians or vegans. Many people join W8less just to lose weight but discover that they resolve many other health problems as well.

Why is it different to other programs?

W8less is wholistic which means that the focus is on you as a whole person and bringing you back into balance to naturally achieve results rather than forcing them through over exercise or semi-starvation. W8less doesn’t just focus on single elements such as giving up sugar or joining a boot camp, but instead gives equal footing to elements such as sleep, stress management and connection. Diet and exercise are important but they are only a part of the puzzle. Chronic stress, poor sleep, social isolation and being sedentary are all significant contributors to weight and health issues.

How do participants benefit from having a new focus each week?

We introduce a new Brick each week so that participants have time to integrate it into their lives. Trying to make too many changes at once usually means that you don’t make any at all! It’s also a good way to get a feel for what works best for your body. If you do everything at once, you can’t tell what’s having the biggest impact and where to concentrate your efforts.

What is your hope for the participants at the end of the challenge?

By the end of the challenge, I hope that participants have a new appreciation for just how amazing they can feel and that weight loss needn’t be difficult.

Where can readers find more information?

You can read more about the W8less program here.

June 2, 2014