In a world dominated by a never ending stream of weight loss programs, how do you know which one will help you see yourself differently, lose weight and actually keep it off?
In the new book, Stop Being Fat: Love Yourself Skinny, author Magic Barclay has written a practical guide to achieving permanent weight loss. After losing an amazing 76 kilograms herself, Magic decided to put her knowledge to paper and help others who are struggling with their own weight battle.
'There's so much information telling you what you should eat, how you should exercise and how you should feel, but it's often written by someone who's never been overweight and doesn't understand the desperation you feel every day," Magic says, 'So I wanted to write a book to help people from someone who truly understands what it's like to be a Mum, a wife, a business owner, or a hard-working woman, and has lived this struggle."
The book examines the three cornerstones of permanent weight loss and answer questions such as:
How do I lose weight and keep it off?
Can I achieve my goals when my family comes first?
I'm feeling stressed - how do I deal with it?
How much weight can I expect to lose?
Where can I get extra support when needed?
Stop Being Fat: Love Yourself Skinny is a motivational guide to becoming a healthier you.
Magic Barclay started her journey into health and fitness with her two sons in mind. The need to live a long and healthy life in order to care for them spurred her to lose over 76 kilograms and regain control of her nutrition. She has since has become a weight loss expert and sought after speaker, as well as a contributing author to Scott Krywulyczs The Complete Health Series. Magic shares her weight-loss journey in the book, Stop Being Fat: Love Yourself Skinny, and runs transformation programs for people looking to become healthier versions of themselves.
Stop Being Fat: Love Yourself Skinny
Author: Magic Barclay
Question: What inspired you to write Stop Being Fat: Love Yourself Skinny?
Magic Barclay: Sharing my experiences with people was key. I learnt over the course of 10 years, that weight loss is more about mindset than it is diet and exercise. There is information overload out there and I wanted to break through the 'white noise' of information. I thought about this book for a while and my sons urged me to help other mums like me. My battle with weight is real, it helps to hear that you can overcome it from someone who has walked a mile in your shoes.
Question: Can you give us a small insight into how you lost 76kg?
Magic Barclay: It took a while but when I identified myself as a person, not just an overweight person, things started to change for me. I started exercising and tried many diets. The weight kept bouncing back. When I learnt that I am a person with extra weight instead of an overweight person, things really turned the corner. I don't restrict my food at all, doing that is another form of self punishment. (Most weight issues stem from low self esteem or a need to punish yourself for something). I eat well, I enjoy what I eat. I make sure my kids and I eat to live and not live to eat. With exercise, I make sure that I like what I do. I don't run or do cardio (that bores me and is uncomfortable). I lift weights which gives me a sense of achievement. It's all about enjoying what you do or at the very least- not hurting yourself doing it.
Question: How do you hope to motivate Australians with Stop Being Fat: Love Yourself Skinny?
Magic Barclay: I would hope that they can find something in it that resonates with them. On one hand, people have been lied to for too long. There are so many fads and tricks out there that are designed for a quick fix but not for lasting success. On the other hand, being busy, being ill, being stressed is prevalent and none of that should govern your weight. It's really a matter of knowing who you are, what you value, what you believe and putting yourself up the priority list. You need to look after yourself before you can be of any help to anyone else. I hope those messages comes through.
Question: How is your approach a permanent weight loss approach?
Magic Barclay: It's about having an identity. Once you know more about yourself, you can steer your weight and health in the right direction. Sustainability is essential, so my approach 'The MAGIC System' is designed to be a life-long approach, not just instant gratification. It covers the three cornerstones of weight loss; Nutrition, activity and mindest. All three are essential but the biggest part of permanent weight loss is having the mindset that will support it.
Question: I'm feeling stressed - how do I deal with it?
Magic Barclay: Everyone needs to know and understand their habits and triggers. A huge one is stress. Many suffer from 'Emotional Eating' and that is an extension of the 'fight or flight' responsible. If you get stressed and can't fight the cause, your brain tells you that flight is an option. For many, flight doesn't mean that you should run. Instead, flight can urge you to eat. Eating your pain or stress away has become a common method of flight. So the first thing you need to do in times of stress, is step away from the food. Have a drink of water, go for a walk and find something constructive to do that will help you by-pass the surge of stress hormones you are in.
Visit www.magicbarclay.com for more information.
Interview by Brooke Hunter