Personal trainer answers the fitness ‘secrets’ EVERY client wants to know – and why she still eats sugar and bread
- Personal trainer Rachael Attard has answered some common fitness questions
- She was asked about healthy lunches, whether she avoids sugar and bread
- Her answers were about looking at food holistically and eating in moderation
- Racheal’s number one resistance exercise to try is simply walking
An personal trainer has answered some of her clients’ most common questions in a revealing Instagram post – explaining why sugar and bread shouldn’t be ‘demonised’ and how you should compensate after a night of overeating.
Rachael Attard, from Sydney, Australia, asked her 87,000 followers what health and fitness questions they’ve always wanted to ask a professional.
The results were telling, with the inspirational mum covering topics from how to exercise while on your period each month and what she whips up for lunch each day to ensure she’s staying on top of her health goals.
Rachael Attard (pictured), who lives in Sydney, took to Instagram on Tuesday and asked her 87,000 followers what health and fitness queries they’ve always wanted to ask a professional
How can I slim down my body without bulking?
Rachael is adamant it’s possible to achieve a leaner and longer body without changing the number on the scale or ‘bulking’ any of your pre-existing muscle.
‘For me personally, when I do lots of walking my legs slim down a lot but my weight doesn’t change,’ she said.
She aims for 10,000 steps each day and recommends dedicating five days a week to making strides on the pavement.
In the same vein, her ‘number one’ exercise for slimming down the upper inner thigh has nothing to do with resistance training and everything to do with walking.
Walking and strength workouts: ‘For me personally, when I do lots of walking my legs slim down a lot but my weight doesn’t change,’ she said
Do you eat sugar?
While you’d be forgiven for thinking Rachael doesn’t treat herself to achieve the lithe and lean body she has, this isn’t the case for the balanced mother.
She eats sugar every day but ‘in moderation’, meaning she tries to eat ‘healthy’ foods 80 per cent of the time, and allows 20 per cent of the day for indulgence.
‘I found out that I don’t do well on restrictive diets so nothing is off limits. It is hard to eat in moderation and not binge on chocolate (admittedly I still do sometimes!) and it takes practice and control but it’s sustainable long term and I never have to be on a diet,’ she said.
While it’s perfectly fine to incorporate sugar into your diet, there is a limit.
‘I guess it depends on the food. So for example if it’s chocolate (my sugar of choice) maybe just a small bar or two rows of a block,’ she said.
‘But if you have sugar cravings there will be a reason why. It could be something to do with hormones, nutrient deficiencies, stress or mental reasons just to name a few. So it’s good to get to the bottom of it so you can treat the problem.’
While you’d be forgiven for thinking Rachael doesn’t treat herself to achieve the lithe and lean body she has, this isn’t the case for the balanced mother
How quickly will I see results with exercise?
While this depends on where you’re at in your fitness journey, the client asking was coming from a sedentary lifestyle with little to no daily exercise included in their routine.
‘If you’re new to exercise, then you should see results relatively quickly. Around two to four weeks I’d say but everyone is different,’ Rachael said.
As you progress or if you’re not looking to lose weight the results may take longer to notice, which is why taking photos at every stage of your journey can help keep you motivated.
Favourite healthy lunches?
As a mother Rachael freely admits that time isn’t always on her side, so when it comes to cooking a nutritious (and delicious) lunch she opts for tried and true staples.
‘Sandwiches with salad and a protein like chicken, bacon or eggs are my favourite,’ she said.
‘Bread is actually not the enemy. It’s relatively low calories, high in fiber and keeps you full for longer.
‘I also opt for a protein smoothie if I’m on the go or leftovers from the night before are an easy one.’
As a mother Rachael freely admits that time isn’t always on her side, so when it comes to cooking a nutritious (and delicious) lunch she opts for tried and true staples
Results depend on the person: ‘If you’re new to exercise, then you should see results relatively quickly. Around two to four weeks I’d say but everyone is different,’ Rachael said
How can I ‘firm’ my chest?
If you’re looking to build muscle in the chest region doing push ups and chest exercises will increase your pecs, but won’t make your breasts look bigger or firmer.
‘Unfortunately breasts are mostly fat so nothing you do can firm them up, besides surgery,’ Rachael said.
Can I exercise during my periods?
It’s certainly possible to exercise while on your period but Rachael warns it’s completely up to the individual and how they feel.
‘Listen to your body and if you’re feeling really tired or fatigued, give it some time to rest,’ she said.
‘If you feel okay then you can continue to exercise as normal.’
It’s certainly possible to exercise while on your period but Rachael warns it’s completely up to the individual and how they feel
How to compensate for eating out and drinks?
After a holiday or big night out Rachael says it’s easy to overeat and forget about your fitness goals.
But even if you do, Rachael doesn’t necessarily recommend working out more than you usually would to compensate.
‘Just get straight back into your normal routine, focus on eating health and you will be feeling great again in no time. You don’t need to do anything extreme,’ she said.
To find out more about Rachael Attard, you can visit her website here.
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