Weight loss can be a very tedious process. And for those of you who have been harbouring such agonising thoughts or even been through it, you will agree with me that it's often a case of watching the figures on the weighing scale.

For most people, it is always when you start to lose that first kilogram that gets you excited as you know your efforts have paid off.

To lose weight is very realistic for almost everyone, and is achievable though some small changes in diet and incorporating more exercise. The vast majority of people, with their busy schedules, get little or no exercise, so even a small bit of regular exercise should be able to achieve noticeable results. If we don't have time to exercise a great deal, though, we're going to want to maximize the effectiveness of the exercise we do get, and a great way to do that is by exercising in the morning. 

There are three main reasons why you can more weight by exercising in the morning. Firstly, exercising first thing in the morning is much easier to build into your daily routine. One of the keys to losing weight by exercise is to do it regularly, which many people find difficult. Their most common excuse is almost always "it's hard to find time". Yet ask these same people and they actually have time to sit in front of the TV or idle their time away with gossip. As far as I'm concerned, I advise my clients to exercise in the morning so as to get it over and done with. Then you will be free for the rest of the day to do what you want to do!

Secondly, when you exercise in the morning, you'll have very little distraction. In many ways, you are literally "making time" for the exercise by starting your day earlier. What's getting up 30 minutes earlier each day if it makes you healthier in the long run? And trust me, you actually feel fresher and more alert throughout the day. How's that for raising productivity? Two thumbs up!

Thirdly, exercising in the morning is more effective because you will be burning calories from fat already stored in your system. This principle is based, of course, on the premise that you don't eat before you exercise. The way you're going to lose weight is by burning fat, and when you exercise your body normally burns both fat and carbohydrates. Now it gets a little more complicated: your body's main and preferred energy source is carbohydrates, so when you exercise you will (more or less) burn carbohydrates first, and then your body will dip into its fat reserves.

This is interesting but true. As carbohydrates come from your meals, when you exercise at a normal time of the day, your body will have plenty of carbohydrates to burn. So in order to lose weight fast, you have to burn fat instead. This can only be achieved by exercising in the morning on an empty stomach. Simply by making this switch, you're burning energy at a time when your body's carbohydrate levels are the lowest, and therefore more fat will be burned with the same amount of exercise. Research studies have suggested that over 250% more fat is burned when you exercise in this state.

Give it a try & update me on your weight loss journey. I'll be more than happy to hear from you!

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To be honest, I was a little taken aback when I walked into the seminar room today. Half anticipating a normally subdued crowd that needed some warming up, it was definitely not the case this time. Instead, I was bowled over by a super high energy group of about 43 participants from PCI Limited. And I was secretly happy because a high energy audience attracts a high energy trainer!

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I applaud companies like PCI Limited as it allocates the last Friday of each month as their in-service day. This is the time when its staff are given opportunities for personal growth when external trainers, like myself, are invited to share with them our areas of expertise.

Maybe it had to do with the casual dress down Friday as almost everyone was in jeans that contributed to the relaxed mood from the onset. But whatever reason it was, I felt good doing the grooming workshop today. Despite comprising both ladies and men in the audience, it was evident that besides the high energy, the staff had a very good rapport, joking, cajoling and teasing one another when it came to group discussions and sharing sessions. 

But amidst all the fun and laughter, the participants were getting to know themselves better. Because only when you thoroughly know yourself can you look your best!

There's no need to be dressed in the latest fashion or to the nines as most of us do not find the latest fashion trends (think spring/summer collection or the recent fall/winter collection) suitable for office wear, weekends or daily wear!

Here's one important tip for everyone - Wear something occasion appropriate and that flatters one's body shape. That's how you can leave a positive first impression on others. You will then be your own style paragon!

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He managed to make everyone laugh...I remember what he shared :)

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Sharing on behalf of her team & getting all smiles around

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First, check if the jawline is an angular or curved one

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Joining in the discussion...

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One group photo for keepsakes
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