Ditch diets for good health
NEVER diet again: it's a bold claim, but one that two Sunshine Coast authors say is more realistic than you think.
Energetic Tanawha couple Julius and Sharny Kieser, who own and operate Stripfit Health and Fitness Studio in Warana, have produced a book that they say can help anyone keep their health on track.
The young authors said their new book, Never Diet Again, aimed to give people the tools they needed to ditch diet shakes and give up counting calories.
The book serves as a comprehensive guide to healthy eating and helps readers plan their own step-by-step guide to achieving weight loss.
The authors describe the book as a humorous and simple guide to slimming down, but admit that writing a book was something they did not plan.
Inspired by their own attempts at various diets, the couple said their book had sprung to life after the health programs they started writing for their gym members turned into a minor phenomenon.
"We started writing programs for our clients - they absolutely loved it and got amazing results," Sharny said.
"People started asking us all the time, 'Can you please put this into a book so I can send it to a friend because they can't afford your $2500 program'," she said.
Julius walked away from a career in finance to get involved in the health and fitness industry and said he had never looked back after seeing success not only in his clients' health but also in his own.
He said the key to maintaining a healthy weight came down to listening to your body and understanding how your own body worked. "If you know your body, you don't need to go, 'Oh I'll try this diet' or 'I'll try that diet'," Julius said.
"You just won't say these things and you won't make the same mistakes."
The couple, both in their 30s, said they were no strangers to the diet game.
They said that since their early 20s they had been searching for a way to keep weight off and look good, but at the same time not slip back into bad habits.
The Kiesers said the book was a culmination of what they had learned and hopefully it could help others make a healthy lifestyle change. Sharny said the aim was to help people find the right bal-ance in their daily routine and give them the right tools to stay disciplined and achieve their goals.
"People have got to remember to ask themselves, 'What are you going to do for the rest of your life? What are you prepared to stick to?'" she said.
The Kiesers say the most important message to take away from their book was that everyone was different and people could eat what they wanted. They just needed to know how.
"If a particular diet works for you and you aren't going back to your old ways, then great. That's your journey - no one else's - but just work out what works best for you as an individual rather than going with the masses," Sharny said.
The book has been received so well the couple has begun work on a second, which they hope to have published later this year.
THE KIESERS' QUICK TIPS TO HEALTHY LIVING
Drink before every meal: Often when you feel hungry you are actually thirsty. Have a glass of water before eating to find out if you are really hungry.
Check the colour of your urine: If your urine is clear and long, you are properly hydrated. If it is yellow and smelly, you are dehydrated.
Eat off a smaller plate: We have been brought up to believe that it is rude to not finish what is on your plate; this is why so many people overindulge. For one week put the dinner plates away and try eating off of the side plates.
Know your fats: Bad fats are solid at room temperature; good fats are liquid at room temperature. Next time you cook bacon, leave the pan to cool. Now try to wash the sticky slimy fat off the pan by using just water. That's what the lining of your intestines puts up with when laced with bad fats.