Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the most common questions clients ask before they begin their health journey.
If you have a question that isn’t addressed here, feel free to ask away.
I’m menopausal and have lost my “old” body and mind. Can you help?
Most certainly! Your hormonal levels are undergoing huge change, but there is much we can do to offset this and get you feeling yourself again. The first step is the health appraisal questionnaire which every one of my clients completes at the beginning of the process. This precisely focused questionnaire gives us the insights we need to pinpoint where we can most effectively unlock weight loss and/or health improvements. In addition, we’ll unpack your diet to assess its impact on your current health and weight.
Will I be given a diet plan?
No, but I will give you advice on making changes specific to your diet. This is based on my 30 years of experience and training and is fully personalised to you, so it’s absolutely not about a one-size-fits-all plan. I’ll guide you as you experiment with your diet and make the choices that work best for you.
How soon will I see changes to my body?
My clients tend to see things start to change within 7-10 days; most commonly they find that their belly shrinks and they’re less bloated. Remember, the greater your margins for change the faster you’re likely to see it (for instance, if you are overweight, retaining water, or very bloated). The vast majority of clients are delighted to feel improvements within the first week or two.
Will I get “big” (muscles) from your online mat classes?
No, but you’ll certainly get toned. It’s impossible to get “oversized” muscles from my classes because we work mostly with bodyweight, building functional strength for everyday activities. To bulk up, you’d need to overload the muscles significantly by adding a lot of external weight, and that isn’t what these classes is about.
Do you add a cheat day into my action plan?
I don’t, simply because it’s not in my terminology to talk about “cheating”. In my view, what you do most of the time counts; what you do some of the time doesn’t. This leaves you free to go with the flow. Say you end up eating pizza and beer twice in one week or over-indulge at a party, you can simply revert to your most-time foods for the rest of the week. This programme isn’t about feeling guilty or bad about your choices – it all evens out in the end.
Will you weigh me before I begin?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions, and the answer is definitely no! Your relationship with gravity is separate to body composition. I weigh 60kg, which is considered “overweight” for my height of 5ft 5ins, but my body composition is geared more to lean muscle mass than fat mass. Instead of weight, we focus on how your clothes feel because it’s a far better indicator of whether your fat mass is reducing.
When will I achieve the goals I’ve set?
This depends on many things, and a far more appropriate question to ask is: “How long have I been treating my ‘self’ and my body poorly?” Most people who come to see me have had the same habits for decades, not months, so achieving their health and weight goals can be take time. It’ll happen – with patience.
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