Many people today are searching for that fast, instant way to lose weight despite having to work shift work. In fact most of us would like to lose 5 kilograms by the end of the week – without having to do all of the hard work in between.
But is it really possible to achieve instant weight loss when you work shift work? Or more importantly, is it really a good idea?
Well even though it may be something that you aspire too – it’s not realistic.
Let’s say you’ve gained 20 kilograms over the past few years. Then you’re certainly not going to lose those 20 kilograms (or even 5 kilograms) in a matter of days – and nor should you want to.
Despite what is promised on the front cover of the latest women’s magazines that flood the shelves of newsagents around the world – the celebrity weight loss stories that you read are just not true. It’s talented and incredibly savvy publishers that are luring you in with their fancy magazine headlines –
– “Lose 8 Kilo’s In Just 4 Days” or
– “How ‘Celebrity X’ Went From A Size 16 to 10 In Just 1 Week!”
Unfortunately the media portrays these people as having achieved instant weight loss results in a very short period of time, when in reality they’ve been busting their butts over a lot longer period and have had a bit of ‘air brushing’ help thanks to the editor.
So the trick to achieving weight loss despite having to work crazy and irregular hours is actually much easier than you think.
Aim to lose just ONE kilogram at a time because one kilogram will turn into two; two kilograms will turn into three; and so on.
It’s all about progress not perfection.
Life is not a race – it’s a marathon, and it’s the baby steps that will help you to lose the shift work weight – and lose it for good.
As a shift worker, have you ever said to yourself … “If only I could get rid of my pear shape I’d be so much happier!” Well you’re going to be pleasantly surprised to learn that having a pear-shaped figure is actually a good thing.
You see being pear-shaped is much better than being shaped like an apple.
And the reason for this is if you look a bit like an apple then you’re probably suffering from a condition known as Toxic Belly Fat Syndrome. This is where you have a lot of inner fat deposited around your mid section which can make you prone to diseases like diabetes, stroke and cancer.
You see so many shift workers are obsessed with their weight. They’re more worried about what the number on the scales reads than anything else.
But starting from today I want you to change focus and make the size of your waist your main priority.
Now to give you an idea on what you should be aiming for:
- In men, your waist should be no more than 100cm (or 40 inches)
- In women, your waist should be no more than 87cm (or 35 inches)
So stop stressing about your weight and start focusing on getting your waist measurements within these guidelines.
To achieve good health whilst working shift work, I want you to really understand that weight is not the big issue. You may have read somewhere that it’s better to be pear-shaped (small waist and large hips) – than an apple which is round in the middle because it’s all about avoiding the Toxic Belly Fat.
You see you might actually fall into the ‘healthy weight range’, but it’s the inner fat that’s of concern. You can still have Toxic Belly Fat even if you’re not overweight. And on the opposite side of the equation, you can be overweight but have no toxic belly fat.
So start getting serious about your diet and lifestyle habits – no more slumping on the couch with a burger and fries. And no more drinking copious amounts of sugar infested sodas. It’s just not worth it.
And another important point to raise, Toxic Belly Fat Syndrome has even been linked to things like sleeping disorders. Considering sleep is a rare and precious resource if you’re a shift worker, it’s certainly an excellent motivating force to change from being an apple to a pear!