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Start Again in 2010 - The Mums'

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Mum: - Vivien Goodwin

Expert: - John O'Connell, Director of New Energy Health & Fitness: is one of Ireland's leading health and fitness experts. Having extensive experience working as a personal trainer in a wide variety of gyms in Ireland and abroad, John has trained thousands of members and has also developed many advanced training programmes for the fitness staff.

Along with his numerous exercise and health qualifications John is also a qualified Neuromuscular Therapist. He is a licensed Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner and Life Coach. He is a level 2 internationally certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through PICP and is one of Ireland's few Bio Signature Modulation practitioners.

John has featured on television including RTE's The Afternoon Show and Off The Rails and has worked as a health and fitness consultant for SPAR, the world's largest retail chain and Lyons Tea. John has an impressive client list which boasts a number of celebrities and professional organizations including the Garda Siochana Training College in Templemore, Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks.

As well as working with the NZRFU he has also been involved with many other professional sporting teams including the Leinster Senior Rugby Team, the Dublin Senior Football Team, Queensland Reds Rugby Team, Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn (a Continental Irish Cycling Team) and the Australian Cycling Team, FRF Couriers.
John's ability to motivate and inspire others is outstanding. He has helped transform the lives of others not just through training but through his unique style of mental training using his NLP coaching skills.

Using his vast experience working with the world's leading fat loss and fitness specialists. He continues to seek out the world's best and hire them as his trainer so he can consistently improve his skills and knowledge base.

John has also developed his own training systems. These unique training programmes rapidly elevate the metabolism to maximise fat loss, increase energy and improve health so that the client feels, looks and performs better in minimal time.

By combining physical, mental and nutritional training John can offer a truly unique service to his clients, one that is bettered by none. He constantly strives to learn more by attending seminars and internships with world experts so he can help more people achieve the fitness, health and body that they desire.

Were you surprised by what you found in Vivienne's house?
More shocked that someone who wants to be slimmer, healthier etc had so much junk and temptation around them

What were the bad/good things that you found?
Good thing was that she had prepared her own bolognaise from scratch
Bad things was way too many processed foods

What surprised you the most?
The lack of actual quality nutritious food in the house

Do you think the if Vivienne follows your advice that she can achieve her goal of having a healthier lifestyle and losing the baby weight that she wants to shift?
Absolutely, if I didn't believe it would work she'd have no hope. My main challenge with her and the other girls is getting them to believe they can do it.

What one change would you recommend for our viewers who are trying to change their lifestyle and become healthier?
Stop following outdated advice. Weight loss as a science has rapidly progressed over the last 10-15 years and we have been left behind following the science from back in the 80s

What do you think are the reasons that a lot people have relapses when trying to lose weigh/ become healthier etc?
They don't change their mind! The only way it can become permanent is when you start changing your thoughts and beliefs around what you can do and who you really want to be. Most people will say they want to lose weight and become healthier but they keep thinking the same way they have always done. Healthy people don't count calories, fit people don't complain how hard a training session is, slim people don't weigh themselves every day! Change your mind, change your behaviors and then change your body.

Main Points:

Eating 5-6 meals a day does a number of things:

1. Your digestion actually burns a lot of energy and so when you eat more often you burn more calories and speed up your metabolism.

2. When you plan your 5-6 meals you know what and when you are going to eat. This stops you from becoming hungry and getting cravings and so stops you from grabbing high sugar, processed snacks.

3. It also regulates your energy levels allowing you a steady drip of energy throughout the day instead of the peaks and troughs most people go through.

4. It helps you recover from your training sessions. Your muscles need nutrients to keep them active. If they don't get them then the muscle will be used for energy instead. Feeding your muscles every 3-4 hours is the best way to keep your muscles active and your metabolism elevated.

Meal Ideas

Eat every 3-4 hours.

. Oils such as coconut, olive and avocado oil are full of essential fats which promote health, energy and help increase our metabolism.

. Minimising the consumption of manmade processed food is vital.

. Processed Food is engineered to make us eat more of it.

. Stick with what we are designed to eat - natural foods.

. Adding good fats to our meals will make us feel fuller and eliminate cravings.

. Eating quality protein sources also fills us up and is a must for helping our muscles recover from training.

. I only recommend eating carbs in the morning and just after training. This is because we will use them for energy rather than store them as fat.

Daily Meal Planner:

1. Soup, table spoon Coconut Oil, Hummus & carrot sticks
2. Rice Cakes & Almond Butter
3. Warm Salmon & wild rice salad
4. Natural Yogurt, berries, nuts
5. Roast chicken with steamed broccoli & cauliflower

1. Spinach Omelette
2. Soup & Coconut Oil
3. Prawn, rocket & avocado Salad
4. Hummus & veggie sticks
5. Steak roasted veggies & handful of cashew nuts

1. Natural Yogurt, berries & nuts
2. Rice cakes & cashew butter
3. Green Salad with Turkey breast, avocado oil
4. Green salad with Turkey breast, avocado oil
5. Cheat Meal

Suggestions for cheat meals - Pizza, Ice Bream, burger, chips.

Additional / Misc' Info:
To contact John O'Connell:

John O'Connell
Health & Fitness Coach

The training programmes and nutrition being outlined by John O'Connell for the 3 Mums in Start Again in 2010 is specifically tailored for the individuals taking part. In no way is this a generic programme and you should always consult with your GP before following any of the advice outlined on the show or via the website, facebook etc.