Welcome to The Metabolic Clock. It is full of simple, natural, weight-loss strategies that will get you started on your journey to achieving a healthy, slim body.
As I approached middle age it seemed every year I was slowly gaining more weight. I justified this weight gain and my lack of vitality as part of the ageing process. I would come home from a busy day at work feeling sorry for myself and too tired to cook dinner. I wasn’t organised enough to have any healthy food in the house and decided that a glass of wine and some chocolate would make me feel better. This had become a very common lifestyle choice that I was making – and it was also making me feel very guilty.
My thoughts went like this: ‘I need to be healthier. Why can’t I get motivated to diet? I must stop drinking so much alcohol. I should be exercising. Why can’t I get organised? Why am I feeling so bloated and sluggish?’ And so it went on. I felt frustrated with myself and knew that as soon as my head hit the pillow my negative thoughts would take over, spiralling me into a restless night of self-judgment.
After yet another sleepless night I thought, ‘I don’t need another diet, I need a lifestyle that works for me.’ Diets only work when you are on them and I did not want to be on a diet for the rest of my life. This decision led me to amazing discoveries about my health and wellbeing. At the same time I realised that my lack of motivation came from negative thoughts about myself. So the first thing I decided to do was to learn how to create empowering self-talk, which has become my motivation rocket fuel.
As I started on my journey of self-discovery and empowerment I discovered Ayurveda; an ancient system of medicine and healing that creates harmony between mind, body and the forces of nature. I then applied the principles of this ancient wisdom to achieve balance in my hectic Western lifestyle. And to my surprise, I lost weight without even trying. Quite by accident, I had discovered how to speed up my metabolism and burn off body fat easily.
Delving deeper, I looked into the scientific research that verified this ancient wisdom. In doing so, I discovered that our bodies have natural cycles that control and manage appetite, energy, mood and sleep, called circadian rhythms. When these are out of balance, nothing feels right – but when they are in balance, we are at our best.
Paying attention to circadian rhythms really suited my lifestyle and me. I didn’t have time to count calories; I had no energy to exercise; and I loved my food too much to drink shakes or go on a diet. Simply adapting my lifestyle to a more natural cycle, I found I had more energy and felt like exercising. I also needed less sleep, which meant I had more time to do the things I enjoyed in life.
This was the beginning of The Metabolic Clock.
My partner was on a diet and eating pre-packaged, portion-controlled meals. He was losing weight – but it was a slow process – and he was miserable because he wasn’t enjoying the food.
One night we sat down to dinner. I had a big plate of food and he looked at his uninspiring portion-controlled meal. He kept looking at my plate and he said, ‘I don’t get it. You eat twice as much as me and you eat a piece of chocolate every day. Worse, you hardly exercise. I am sweating it out at the gym six days a week and starving myself on this tasteless food and you are losing weight quicker than me. What’s your secret?’
My secret is balance. I had made lifestyle changes that reset my body clock and tuned it into nature’s rhythms. I had also learned what to eat and when to speed up my metabolism – this boosted my energy and I lost weight without being on a diet.
From that moment, my partner decided to use the simple weight loss and wellness secrets of the Metabolic Clock. To his surprise, he shed 22 kilos of body fat easily and started to enjoy feeling more energised, too.
The lifestyle changes that I made were so simple and very natural. It’s funny that we don’t notice that we are well, only when we are unwell. That’s because being a healthy weight and feeling energised is our natural state: the state your body is most comfortable with. When you make healthy changes towards how you take care of yourself, your body will reward you with a wellspring of energy and you will easily and comfortably lose weight.
After a few years of experiencing renewed health and wellbeing, I decided to return to competitive track running, which I had not done for 14 years. I had all the energy I needed to do the training, but had not anticipated that my ageing muscles would take some time to catch up.
In my enthusiasm to compete, I tore a calf muscle while running and fell, breaking my wrist. My injuries meant that I could not exercise for eight weeks. During this time, I focused solely on the lifestyle strategies of The Metabolic Clock and without exercising at all, I still lost weight. If you are a person who absolutely does not like to raise a sweat, then this system will still work for you.
When some mothers at my son’s school asked me what I was doing to have so much energy, I decided to give my time and this powerful information for free. I created a pilot program and began sharing it with small groups of people. So many achieved amazing weight loss and enjoyed an increase in energy levels that it wasn’t long before I was asked to speak at corporate events about the Metabolic Clock and how it can be used to achieve work–life balance. Then celebrities and Olympic athletes wanted to use the Metabolic Clock to balance their busy lifestyles, too.
When you align yourself with the natural energy cycles of the Metabolic Clock, you will feel more empowered to make healthy lifestyle changes. Once you learn the Metabolic Clock lifestyle for easy, sustainable weight loss, you will have it for life! You won’t need to spend any more money on pre-packaged, portion-controlled diet food, weight-loss products or diet shakes. The Metabolic Clock will give you a lifetime of health and wellbeing. It’s a blueprint for great health and vitality. You might occasionally step out of this lifestyle, but I guarantee you will go right back to it because you will want to retain the feeling of wellbeing that this lifestyle will give you.
If you are a busy person who wants to know how to be healthy and live with more balance, then you will love the simplicity of the Metabolic Clock. I have shared this information with thousands of people, either personally or at seminars and events, with amazing results. Try it for yourself.
How else will you know it works unless you try it?
If you would like to meet Julie, she will be a presenter at the “The New You: Soul, Body & Spirit Workshops” in Sydney and Melbourne during February 2012.
“The Metabolic Clock” by Julie Rennie is published by Rockpool Publishing. You can purchase this book at the publisher’s website www.rockpoolpublishing.com.au, and at all good books stores around Australia.
TITLE: The Metabolic Clock
AUTHOR: Julie Rennie
Publisher: Rockpool Publishing
FORMAT: 245 x 190, 240pp, Paperback, 4c x 4c
PUBLICATION DATE: Feb 2011
PRICE: $ 24.99
This book extract used with permission of the publisher, Rockpool Publishing