I thought I would put together a blog post answering the most frequent questions I have been asked down through the years. I hope it helps you. If you have any other questions, just put them in the comments box below and I’ll get back to you.

Getting fit and healthy is simple, but tough to stay motivated, disciplined and consistent, if you don’t keep things simple or have the right tools and strategies to lose weight, get fit and stay there.  Quick fixes and diets don’t work. You think at the time do. You get into this really strong zone, that you think you’ll be able to stay in. ‘Why didn’t I give up carbs years ago, this is great!’ And then before you know it, you are piling on the pounds. If you want to lose weight and get fit, you need to focus on being healthy, not restrictive.

What Is The Best Way to Lose Fat?

You can lose weight of course by giving up carbs, going high fat and high protein, doing the keto, giving up meat, dramatically cutting calories. But the question is, how long do you want to lose weight for? Do you want to be in good shape all your life while only gaining a bit over holidays? If that’s the dream, then I’ve got the answer for you.

Eat from all food groups, give up nothing. Eat healthy during the week, eat 3 meals and 2 snacks. Keep alcohol and treats to the weekend nights. Workout for 30 minutes, 5 days per week and move your body during the day. If you’re stuck at a desk, make sure to get a walk in also. Do the right type of training, that will help you lose weight, particularly if you’re a woman over 35. Drink lots of water every day and you”ll soon be feeling amazing in your clothes, and feeling so fit and healthy with tons of energy.

What Should You Be Eating To Be Healthy?

All the major food groups, including good fats and protein. I’d stick to full fat and eat nothing that is low fat, or low in sugar. All those ‘half the fat, half the sugar’ things are a load of BS, you’re best off sticking to unprocessed, healthy food. Keep alcohol and treats to the weekend. Eat like the older generations did and have 3 meals and 2 small snacks in between. Aim to have your dinner early enough in the evening and make that the last time you eat in the day.

How Often Should You Work Out?

Before we moved online, back when Inspire was a gym, we had clients coming to us for 2-3 one hour sessions.

Since we moved online, we do 30 minutes, 5 days per week and the results have been ever better. Just 30 minutes a day of the right type of training will get you into the best shape of your life.  Doing the right type of training is key. If you’re a woman over 35, and you want the most enjoyable and effective training program, do interval training with a mix of core work and strength training. The results you get will be phenomenal. Smaller waistline, you’ll fit into your clothes well, you’ll have tons of energy and feel amazing too.

How does exercise help mental health?

Exercise helps mental health by reducing the stress hormone cortisol and increasing your endorphins. FACT. You’ll feel better about everything INSTANTLY, once your session is done. Imagine that? You could feel better RIGHT NOW if only you worked out. WOW. Do the right type of training to tick all the boxes and that gives you the most bang for your buck. Interval training with resistance with core work.

How can you get and stay motivated to exercise?

You don’t. You build it up like a habit. You stick to the same days and the same times and you make it a non-negotiable. You keep going. You treat it like medicine. You workout whether you’re in the mood or not. The real work is working on your mindset the whole time so that you keep working out.

What type of training do you need to do to lose weight?

I love this question so much because the answer is so easy, yet the weight loss industry complicate it so much! Broken down, you do resistance training to build lean muscle, which raises your metabolism and turns you into a calorie burning machine. You do interval training to burn fat and raise your metabolism also, and you do core work for a strong core and a flatter stomach.

I hope you found this helpful, leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

You can download recipes, my 7 day workout series and my 30 day Fast-Track to #FEELGOOD Program in the free tools section of my website here

To your success,

Jessica Cooke

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