I need to get up earlier.

I really do need to get up earlier but there’s a problem.

My Elephant won’t let me.

And before you ask, no I don’t actually have an elephant but bear with me.

Picture if you will a person riding an elephant down the road in one of those glossy safari travel mags, a bit like this.elephant rider

Now do you think the small person with the even smaller stick is actually forcing the elephant to walk down that path?

No of course not he might make slight changes to the elephants general direction but lets face it if a 2 ton elephant doesn’t want to go the way you want it to go it’s not going to.

And hitting it with your little stick?  Ha good luck with that!

So here’s the thing.

The rider, the elephant and the path are all parts of you.

Rider = your logical rational side and will power

Elephant = your emotional and feeling side

Path = your environment

So my logical side says:

 “I really need to get up and read that chapter of my coursework before the rest of the house gets up and distracts me”

But emotional side says:

“Screw that it’s warm and comfy in here”

Bed

Result: Perhaps for the first few days I manage to drag myself out of bed and get some reading done, but after a couple of days my will power is used up and I end up slapping the alarm clock and staying in bed till it’s 5 minutes before I have to leave the house and I run around like a loon trying to get ready.

See emotions are a lot stronger than logic when it comes to motivation and getting things done.

Read more: There's an Elephant in my Bed!

I thought I'd follow up my post about the worst fat loss advice by looking at some of the top trending diets as ranked by Google at the moment.

1. Paleo Diet
2. Juice Cleanse Diet
3. Mediterranean Diet
4. Master Cleanse Diet
5. Ketogenic Diet
6. Okinawa Diet
7. Omnivore Diet
8. Fruitarian Diet
9. Pescetarian Diet
10. Flexitarian Diet

First up is Paleo I've been aware of this for a while and like most of these it started in the states and is slowly becoming more popular over here. Basically the idea is that you eat the way cave men did by hunting and gathering which means no grains no refined sugar or any other processed foods. There's not really a specific set of rules as we don't really know what Palaeolithic man (And woman) ate and there isn't much clinical research so far, but for some people it seems to work.paleo
On the other hand it does encourage large amounts of red meat and by excluding dairy and whole grains it does miss several parts that make up a well-balanced diet.
Perhaps a better option would be to adapt the principal of limiting processed foods and adding some caveman movement principals like sprinting before you eat as if you were running down your food 

Second is juice cleansing.
This has been around in some form or another for a while with different versions, changing length of cleanse and what you actually use at the moment Gwyneth Paltrow has encouraged lots of women to give it a go.juice

Personally I don't have too much of a problem with the idea of it but it can be taken to extremes like most things. Because as per usual the human reaction is "If 1 day on juice is good then 5 days must be amazing" for a more detailed report on it check out this article over at precision nutrition HERE   (it is an affiliate link as I am taking my exam with them but these guys are the best around and those that know me know I don't refer many people or products unless I've used them personally)

Mediterranean

This is another diet that follows how people from certain areas have eaten. It's been known for a while that people that live around the Med have a longer healthier life. Some of this again is probably due to the fact that they have little processed foods are usually pretty active and don't have a lot of the stresses we do.

It seems there has started to be a bit of a swing away from calorie counting and slim fast type diets which can only be a good thing.

I might look further into some of the other top 10 at a later date.

As always a balanced outlook and regular exercise will beat most "Diets"
There is also the psychological aspects towards food which can have a profound effect on how and what we eat. Which of course a lot of these don't really touch upon and must be addressed if you really want to have long lasting results but again that's a post for another day.

Stay Sharp

Malcolm

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"I am a working mum with three kids. I have no time for fitness. I have no time to cook healthy meals and I'm too tired to exercise."
I hear this a lot from my students, many working mothers just can't seem to find the time in their daily routines. Mothers are the ones who typically are in charge of the household, regardless of whether they work for a company or are able to stay at home. They are the ones who normally take care of all of the scheduling, meal planning, activities, etc.
First off BE the example for your children! If they see you are always sitting in front of a screen, they are more likely to do the same.super-mom

Here are some tips that may help you find time in your day to be healthy:
1. Build your workouts into your calendar. Often times, it's best to get your workout in before your day starts.

2. At Lunch take a walk or join a gym close to work and get a quick half hour in, Take a class or hire a trainer if you have no clue what to do once get in there.

3. A little movement goes a long way. Park your car a good distance from your work and walk the last bit, always take the stairsand if you sit all day try to get up and walk around every hour. If you are watching TV, during commercials, do some pushups, lunges, squats and/or planks.

4. If your child plays sports then use that time to get your workout in. Often practice sessions are held at local parks that have walking tracks.

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5. No time to cook a healthy meal? Cook extra on the weekends. Prepare extra servings to be used throughout the week in different ways. Cut up fruit and veggies to save time or buy them pre-cut. Most supermarkets have a variety of prepared foods available. Stop on your way home from work and look for lean meats that don't come with sauces, steamed or lightly seasoned vegetables and whole grains such quinoa.

7. Pick an activity that motivates you and that you enjoy. You'll be more consistent and therefore, see better results.

8. Play with your kids after work. Get outside and play their sport with them, or go for a bike ride or walk. Heck, get the dog involved too. If you are a young mother, use your child to exercise. They enjoy bonding with you and you enjoy the benefit of their body weight.

9. Get a good night's sleep, so you have energy to get your workouts in.

Read more: Warrior Mums

Here are my TOP 5 contenders for the worst diet advice in history.

I've put together my top 5 terrible peices of nutrition advice that i've heard and seen floating around

1. Throw Away the Egg Yolks,

"How can he be bad for you?"

Yolks are the Most Nutritious Part of the Egg and Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet.

Because egg yolks are high in cholesterol, people believed that they would raise cholesterol in the blood. For this reason, mainstream nutrition professionals often recommend that we limit our egg consumption to 2-6 whole eggs per week. Or if you're going to have more then throw away the yolks.

This is pretty much the worst thing you could do, because the yolks contain almost all the nutrients. The whites are mostly just protein.

Many studies have looked at whole egg consumption and blood cholesterol… in 70% of people, eggs have no effect on cholesterol levels.

In the other 30% (termed hyper-responders), egg yolks raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and turn the LDL particles into the large, fluffy kind… which are not harmful. And look a bit like clouds :)

In fact, many studies, some of which included hundreds of thousands of people, have looked at whole egg consumption and the risk of heart disease in healthy people and found no association between the two.

Additionally, let’s not forget that eggs have many amazing benefits.

They're loaded with high quality protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants… almost every nutrient your body needs

Eggs are also among the most weight loss friendly foods you can eat. Replacing a grain-based breakfast with eggs can increase fullness and make you eat less, helping you lose weight.

To top it all off, eggs are cheap, easily prepared and taste amazing.

2. Everyone Should Eat a Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet

No it's fine there's no fat in it

Read more: TOP 5 Worst pieces of fat loss advice ever?

Psycho cybernetics

I usually do 90% of my “reading” in the car now.

For the last week or so I’ve been listening to Psycho cybernetics during my drive to work. Lets face it with a commute of 50 minutes each way you have two options.

1: inane Waffle from a DJ while you hope a song you like comes on. 2: learn something.

Personally I’ll take the latter thanks.

 I’ve found not only does it help keep me focused but it also gives my motivation a boost. It’s reassuring to know that at least if I have a book of some kind on the MP3 player I’m still improving myself and edging closer towards my goal of quitting my 9-5

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Back to the book, Psycho cybernetics was written by Dr Maxwell Maltz in 1960 and his principals are still relevant today, in fact some of the ones that relate to stress and long working weeks were extremely ahead of their time. But the most interesting and used parts are the sections that deal with self-image and mental training.

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