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A Weighty Matter: 7 Tricks You Haven’t Tried
Written by Rob Williams   

Try these tricks for weight loss success!

photo of three people running on beachAnyone who’s tried it knows that losing weight isn’t easy. There’s a lot more to losing body-fat than a simple ‘calories in vs. calories out’ approach. Factors like hormones, metabolism, motivation and momentum all play a role. To be successful, you must master your body, your mind and your menu, establishing an environment that encourages fat to melt away.

In twenty years, I’ve seen a lot of success and just as much failure from people striving for weight loss. A successful approach is most often one that follows recognized principles and involves dedication and discipline, with a healthy measure of hard work. That said, there are a few tricks that can give you an edge and increase your chances of success, perhaps by offering the right boost of inspiration or by helping you break bad habits. Here are a few favorites tricks that I’ve seen work wonders over the years:

  1. Surf’s up! Book a sunny vacation with your fit friends. The thought of playing beach volleyball or splashing in the surf next to hard-bodied friends will surely inspire you to step up your training intensity and tighten up your eating plan. At the very least, you’ll have a great time.
  2. MMA-zing! Watch recordings of motivating sports or television shows. Whether it’s mixed martial arts, old Rocky movies or The Bachelor, most of us have a favorite show that inspires us to work harder to reach the training and fitness goals that are always just out of reach. Be sure to watch recordings rather than live TV so you can skip the persuasive junk food commercials.
  3. Soup du jour... If you struggle to find comforting meals that provide good nutrition and taste without massive amounts of calories, try slurping a good soup! Make your own, or purchase a low-calorie, low-sodium vegetable-based organic soup that you love, and add clean protein sources like quinoa or chopped up chicken breast. Snack on fresh raw vegetables.
  4. Say cheese! Take pictures of your meals (before you eat them!) and email them to yourself. The accountability factor is huge, and will really make you stop and think about what it is that you’re about to put in your mouth. The last thing you want at night is to open an email with a picture of the cheeseburger and fries you ate for lunch.
  5. Clench it! Why not burn more calories while you’re riding the bus or sitting in your office chair? Try performing rhythmic isometric contractions of your major muscle groups every time you’re sedentary. The increased muscle activation burns more calories and boosts your metabolism, even if it does make people wonder what you’re up to.
  6. Stand tall! The smartest trainers know they can help their clients look their best in the shortest time possible with better alignment. Try standing with your back to a wall and being as tall as you can with your hips, shoulders and head back against the wall. Now walk away and hold this posture. Although you might not have actually lost any weight, you’ll sure look like you’ve just dropped ten pounds in your new, upright posture.
  7. Tips please! Often, it’s not what you do when it comes to weight loss, it’s what you don’t do! Each and every time you resist temptation, drop a loonie in a jar. At the end of four weeks, spend every last penny on something new and frivolous. Spoil yourself! It’s a win-win situation: you lose weight and pay yourself to do so!
Rob Williams -

Rob Williams is a practicing kinesiologist, medical exercise specialist and posture expert, who has performed over 20,000 hours of private client instruction in the last 20 years. Rob is owner of Mixx Fitness Studio and Performance Posture Clinic in downtown Vancouver. His personal website is


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