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BFP reporter tries new fitness trial
I STARTED the Kick Start Fat Loss trial with a real determination but when I realised there would be no snacking involved, not even of fruit, my spirits dropped.
The trial was run by Pyramid Fitness and is a franchisee which is a new generation slimming club that focuses on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) along with the nutritional values of real food rather than fad diets and diet food.
I did a two week trial with Alice Ramcharran who runs Pyramid Fitness and my, was it tough. Alice is working with another trainer, Louise Grafton-Mitchell.
The real programme is 28 days and I just did two weeks.
In those two weeks you are not allowed any starchy carbs so no bread, rice, potatoes or pasta, which I really missed, especially at dinner time.
You are not allowed any alcohol, only certain types of vegetables- mostly green, no fruit and you are not allowed to snack.
You have to drink bottled water and you are not allowed tea or coffee or even de-caf. Alongside this there was weekly 30 minute exercise sessions and 10 minute work outs every day, recommended for the morning.
After the first exercise session my legs hurt for at least two days- I could really feel the burn, which I always find satisfying.
Then to the eating. I started at the weekend which I found really hard and had a few cheats within the first few days.
But then for the next four I was incredibly good. I had very eggy breakfasts ranging from banana omelette, which is surprisingly nice, to boiled eggs and mushrooms. For lunch I would have as many green vegetables I could take and there is only so much you can take with salmon or chicken.
By dinner time I was so hungry. I also felt pretty moody and the dinner of more vegetables and protein did not satisfy me.
After two weeks I had lost 2lb and about half an inch around my waist and hips. I wasn't too inspired but the rest of the girls had great success stories with some losing as much as half a stone in one week.
The 10 minute work outs are good and accessible online but it is hard to get up in the morning and do them.
By the next week I had lost heart and with chocolate biscuits and Christmas snacks popping up seemingly every where I cheated a bit more.
By the next week I had lost a further pound and another half an inch around my waist and hips.
I can see how good this diet and fitness programme is and if you have the inspiration and imagination to go all the way there clearly will be positive results.
But it is really hard and I could not do four weeks- you need to be really determined to go the whole hog.
In terms of the trial, the results of the rest of the girls on the trial one person lost as much as 10lbs in the two weeks and 18 inches.
The average loss was half a stone (7lbs) and about 7 inches.
The clubs will launch on January 14 both mid-mornings (Thursday 10-11am - at the Arts4Every1 Centre) and evenings (Thursday 7-8pm - at Millbrook School). The full programme is 28 days, at which point you can then go on to a maintenance programme and attend weekly still, or do a pay as you go option. You will need to have finished the initial 4 weeks to go on to maintenance or pay as you go. The cost of the initial four week programme is £47 (this includes 4 live sessions, access to online workouts, members handbook, access to online support group, recipes etc). For more details go to www.pyramidfitness.co.uk
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