Category Archives: In The Media

26Jun/17
celeb diets

Why Celeb Diets Don’t Work – The Sun Newspaper Feature

Fad celeb diets loved by Martine McCutcheon, the Kardashians and Alexandra Burke ‘DON’T work and actually make you GAIN weight’.

 

People who go back to eating normally after losing weight on a calorie-restricted fad diet tend to pile on the pounds much faster.

 

“My main concern is that even if it works short term, it doesn’t educate the dieter on how to live healthy and eat healthy and plan meals.

“That’s one of the reasons people regain all the weight afterwards, because they stop the diet when the weight is gone, but they still don’t really understand how to eat healthily.

 

To read the whole article I wrote for The Sun Newspaper click the link below:

 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/3594099/fad-diets-loved-by-martine-mccutcheon-the-kardashians-and-alexandra-burke-dont-work-and-actually-make-you-gain-weight-expert-warns/

15Mar/17

Advice on Protein For Women

Are the recommendations on protein for women the same as for men?

Do most women need more protein need more protein than they’re currently eating?

Why? And if so, what’s the best way to get that protein?

The Huffington Post asked me if, and why, I use protein shakes.

I love (quality) protein powders – tasty, convenient, and yes, healthy!

Here’s the article where you can find out how to add protein powder into your diet:

Here’s Why More Women Are Increasing Protein In Their Diets, And The Right Way To Do It

31Dec/16
sky tv eating disorder

Live SKY TV – Eating Disorder News Feature

Not many eating disorder news stories appear on your TV unless it’s a celebrity being ‘accused’ of starving themselves for a film role or bikini season.

 

Last May I finally came open about my past Eating Disorder and how I suffered and was very ill with Anorexia for years in my late teens and early twenties, being in and out of hospital several times.

(My ‘coming’ out video can be viewed here)

 

I also did another video about my recovery and how now I’m stronger than ever, both emotionally as well as physically – (watch that video here.)

 

I had kept it quiet for years, not because I felt ashamed or that anyone would judge me,

 

Just that I had moved on, put it all behind me and honestly?

 

There are some very dark memories attached to the years I was ill.

 

But I remember the day I was admitted to hospital for the first time.

 

I vowed that one day, when I was recovered and emotionally strong enough I would help other sufferers break free of their demons too.

 

It might seem ironic that I’m now a personal trainer and nutritionist helping Mums lose weight, but actually it’s all the same really.

 

If you do not love and respect yourself, and your body, enough to look after it, then you will..

 

  • Eat junk (or not eat properly) even when you know it’s not serving you
  • Skip exercise because other things seem more important at the time
  • Berate yourself for having no willpower
  • Have no self confidence or self esteem because you ‘can’t stick to a diet’
  • Feel bad about your body, because it doesn’t have enough energy to do the things you need to do to change, let alone look the way you’d like
  • Give up trying because every time you do, you fail

 

And even from an anorexic’s point of view, all of this I understand.

I knew what I had to do, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

I felt mentally weak, and stuck, and miserable, but I couldn’t get out of the cycle.

But I learned to love my body and treat it well, and so can you.

 

Anyway what’s this about SKY News?

 

When ‘Beat’ eating disorder charity opened their helplines for the first time on Christmas Day to support sufferers and their families who might be struggling over Christmas,

SKY wanted to cover the story, came across my videos, and were so inspired they invited me to speak live from their studio during the morning Sunrise slot on Christmas Eve!

The video has been placed on the Sky News website – Click Here or on the link below to see it.

http://news.sky.com/video/expert-food-is-just-the-drug-of-choice-10706868

05Dec/16
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Clean Eating – Is it right for you?

Clean eating has been a massive trend for some years now,

But what exactly is it, is it healthy, and is it right for you and your family?

While there’s no official definition of clean eating, most advocators insist on no processed foods, no refined sugar or flour,

And some cut out dairy and gluten and eat only organic food as well, though not everyone is as strict.

It’s not the same as a vegan diet which cuts out animal products – ‘clean eaters’ often still eat meat, fish and eggs, and some dairy.

clean eating

Click Here to read the full article and learn all about clean eating in Just For Families Magazine: http://www.thefitmumformula.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/KS-JFF-Clean-Eating.pdf

Have you tried a stricter version of clean eating? Or do you simply try and eat more healthy food and less unhealthy food? Let me know in the comments below.

05Dec/16
mince pies

You Should Eat Mince Pies on a Diet

Is it ok to eat mince pies when you’re trying to eat healthily?

What about all the other tasty festive treats we’re surrounded by over Christmas, surely they’re going to ruin your diet?

The ‘problem’ with these foods is that they are usually high in sugar and fat, making them high calorie (which adds up to weight gain), and very tasty, so easy to overeat and not stop at just one.

But here’s the thing – being a healthy weight is not the only thing that matters in life.

Not only is eating tasty treats occasionally not going to hurt in the long run, living a life of restriction and deprivation every day of the year does not make for a happy existence.

Of course there’s a balance to be had, and the reason most people who preach about ‘moderation’ is because their idea of balance and moderation is a little skewed.

But I’ll certainly be enjoying the odd mince pie this Christmas, and when PT Magazine asked me to write about why I was happy to encourage others to relax a little too.

mince pies

Click Here to read the Article PDF on why it’s more than ok to eat mince pies this Christmas! http://www.thefitmumformula.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/pt-mag-mince-pies.pdf

Do you enjoy mince pies, yule log or any other Christmas treat? Do you still eat them when trying to lose weight?

17Nov/16

Extra income as a Personal Trainer

Secondary spend brings welcome additional revenue for operators – so what’s the best way to approach this? Katherine Selby spoke to me and a selection of other operators that have come up with a successful formula to monetise health-conscious members

Read the article on the site here.

Gymbag gives fitness professionals their own e-commerce store stocked with supplements, fitness equipment and apparel. It soft-launched with personal trainers and is now set to supply bigger leisure operators.

Pollyanna Hale, weight loss and fitness coach at thefitmumformula.com, was one of the first personal trainers to try Gymbag. She explains: “I wanted an online store to help my clients and earn some secondary income, but the logistics were a real barrier. But Gymbag does it all for me – I simply point clients towards the product they need, the order goes through and I get paid.

“I market it via a private Facebook group, where I can give advice and clients can comment and make recommendations too.

“My clients get a discount code to use at Gymbag and I send out gift vouchers and rewards. Occasionally I’ll surprise them with little samples like protein bars or shake sachets, which makes them smile, keeps them motivated and sparks fresh orders.

“It’s a no brainer: the cost is low, the site is set up for you, the range is comprehensive, it adds value to my service and I make 20 per cent profits when I sell the products online. I’d definitely recommend Gymbag and can really see its potential for operators looking for a quick way to generate income from secondary spend.”
“It’s a no brainer: the cost is low, the site is set up for you and the range is comprehensive” – Pollyanna Hale

Visit http://gymbag.co/ to find out how to get your own store.

15Nov/16

Hustle and Juggle With Pollyanna Hale

What is it like juggling a business you love with kids you love more (but in a different way)?

That’s what I was asked by Devenia Besant of deveniabesant.com , a site dedicated to supporting women in business who are juggling family life at the same time.

You can read the interview where is was originally published on her website here. 

How long have you been doing the Hustle and Juggle?

3 1/2 years

What is the Juggle to your Hustle?

I’ve never been able to sit still and do nothing, and even wrote and published a full length diet & weight loss book on my laptop whilst breastfeeding my first born!But it was when my 2nd daughter Bella was 7 months old that my soon-to-be business partner approached me with the idea of partnering up to create an online weight loss solution for busy Mums who can’t get to the gym or classes.

I always wanted to be a stay at home Mum and only put my kids in nursery because it was right for them, I’m lucky in that I have that option. Bella (now 4) does 3 mornings only, so fitting work in happens very early morning, often as early as 4am! Then during nursery hours, in the evening, while they’re having their tea, and of course from my phone at every opportunity! That last bit I feel guilty about – but otherwise those little jobs would eat into better quality time with them playing at home, so I guess it’s the better choice of the two.

Tell me more about your business?

I help tired, overworked and frustrated Mums look and feel like their old selves again. My members get both their body and their body confidence back, with a system that not only really works well but can be done within the confines of even the busiest schedule, because it’s all online, open 24/7.

I’m not into quick fixes or cookie cutter plans. That’s not to say my Mums don’t get quick results, but they’re not at the expense of long term ones. What works for one won’t work for another, so I work with each Mum so they learn how to nourish their body in a way that’s perfect for them.

What is your Hustle and Juggle story?

Well for starters I’m typing this from my bed when I’m supposed to be recovering from a nasty stomach bug! I’ve *almost* finished today’s *essential* tasks ha ha.

I think when you want something bad enough, you find a way. I’ve pulled all nighters to get websites launched, conducted live interviews with National radio stations in the loo, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s answered a call with ‘can we schedule a chat for this afternoon, I’m just in a meeting’ when you’re actually at toddler group!

The hardest was my longest ever trip away to America – 4 days including travelling. The kids weren’t bothered at all, in fact they were just really chuffed that Grandma had decided all meals must involve sweets….!

What’s your message to anyone reading this to inspire them to keep going and remain visible?

Always know your ‘why’. Why are you doing what you do? What’s the passion behind it? When you have a meaning and message that can help people, you just want to get it out there.

Also importantly, are you enjoying it? Because life is short and if you’re not happy, do something else. Usually this is very short term; some nights I’m just like, sod it, those email replies can be done tomorrow, it’s time hubby and I indulged in a bit of trashy Netflix before my brain explodes!

14Nov/16

Follow Along to Workout Videos Live!

Do you search for workout videos online whenever you need a quick and simple to follow exercise session?

 

There are hundreds available thanks to video platforms like YouTube.

 

In fact I have a whole library of exercise demos here <<

 

The only problem with these are you don’t get the support and ability to ask questions, and of course be motivated to to the workout in the first place, that you get from hiring a coach.

You don’t get any information about diet or nutrition either.

(but you do here < , more info on this below)

in fact this is a big reason many personal trainers fail their clients – the person turns up to their 3 x weekly sessions, but what about the other 165 hours a week?

And what about all the meals that are offsetting any weight loss benefits from a workout?

Diet changes make the biggest difference when losing weight is your goal.

That being said, you’ll have more energy, be stronger, fitter, look more toned and sleep better if you exercise as well.

And now some new videos I’ve created are being streamed live on a new workout platform called Flex!

warmup workout videos

 

The 7 workouts are designed for busy Mums to help burn fat and ramp up your metabolism so that you burn more calories even resting. Check them out on Flex here. 

These are actually workouts that are part of my new 7 Day Weight Loss Plan that includes 7 days of all meals & snacks, shopping list, motivation and full support.

 

Find out more about the 7-4-7 Weight Loss Challenge here!

 

03Nov/16

Listen To The Body Image Podcast

When you decided to lose weight you won’t necessarily think you have any psychological body image issues.

After all your problem is the being overweight right? And as soon as you’ve lost weight, you’ll be happy.

Well today I’m going to challenge you on that with this candid interview I did with Nicola Feustel on her FeustelFit podcast.

 

(for anyone in the West London area Nicola also has a show on Hayes FM)

Not everyone has an actual Eating Disorder like I did. In fact serious eating disorders are thankfully rare.

But a distorted relationship with food and a person’t body is something I see far too often, and it’s a problem that appears to be on the rise.

I think social media and the availability of information and images is partly to blame. Once you had to actively seek out information and advice, even if it was just going to the shop to buy a magazine.

Now you can’t turn on your computer with out seeing an over-trained, underfed ‘model’ in skimpy workout clothes in some exotic location, contorting herself to look ‘amazing’.

And the result is that normal, even pretty fit, slim and healthy ‘normal’ people, feel inadequate.

Now I’m not saying that if you have weight to lose you shouldn’t try and lose it, because obviously having a physically healthy body – and yes that does include not carrying too much extra fat – is a good thing, clearly.

But it needs to come from a place of loving and nourishing your body, not punishing and depriving it.

I hope something in this podcast helps you to have a better relationship with your body and remember you can contact me anytime for help and advice, I’m not a trained psychologist but I do know a lot about helping women treat their bodies well!

(just drop me a line at polly@thefitmumformula.com)

Find the episode on Itunes here or Overcast here, it’s episode 5.

or Click Here to listen on Soundcloud

or Click Here to watch or listen to the show you YouTube

or Click on the image below

03Nov/16

Mums Weight Loss Challenges – Baby Bother

Mums weight loss is different to non-Mums, which you’ll have realised as soon as you became a mother and attempted to get back into your pre-baby jeans!

There are certain factors that all personal trainers, nutritionists and weight loss coaches need to be aware of when helping Mums.

Motherhood is a round the clock job; no holidays, no time off for sickness, and many challenges along the way that can really slow progress.

For example:

A Mum is sleep deprived.

Mums are stressed.

Mums have access to leftover kids’ food.

At home we’re near our cupboards.

Kids get sick and stay off school.

Our hormones are all over the place.

I was asked by respected fitness industry magazine PT Magazine to advise on how Mums like you need support from professionals like us.

Are there any important factors you think I’ve missed that I need to consider when helping you?

What are your personal struggles? Comment below so that I can help you better. 

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