I have been training with Dwayne Roberts for the last year and a half – exercise training that is. Every Wednesday, my friend and I have an hour of his time. Sharing a trainer is a great way to get the benefit of their experience at a cost saving to you. Although it still can be expensive to do it weekly, I do see a lot of benefit. It’s a guarantee that at least one day a week, I’ll do strength training. You are supervised by someone who really knows what they are doing so that on the other days, when you aren’t with a trainer, you have the correct form and a plan to use. Plus, they push you more than you are capable of pushing yourself. No one likes to feel discomfort, and especially a princess like me. I was really hoping that Dwayne would just do the work out for me, and magically, I’d see the benefit – but sadly, and maybe even a little cruelly, he makes me do everything that he says – including the “Anne Hathaway”, the “Dead Pope” and the “Frankenstein”. I’ll explain what those are in another entry, but they are all names that I came up with that Dwayne thinks are bordering on tasteless for exercises that I dread. Seriously though, the best part about working out with Dwayne is that even though he is really nice, he makes you do EVERY EXERCISE – whether you want to or not and that’s really what the goal of working out with an expert is, isn’t it?
Dwayne and I have spoken about Dr. Oz’s Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Program, and I trust his opinion so I thought you could all benefit if I asked him a few questions about the program:
-What are the good points about this plan?
The diet depletes the sugars in the body to cause weight loss. It’s a balanced dietary plan that includes low glycemic foods. It doesn’t take everything away from you – you do reduce fruit but you still get a couple of servings and you also get brown rice for carbs. You are getting a bit from each food group. It’s also a good plan, because it’s only two weeks of achievable goals – anyone can manage two weeks on a plan. The recipes that are provided are good and the plan overall is easy to follow.
-What are the negatives?
The cost can be prohibitive for some people between the supplements and produce. For people who exercise, it’s not the right plan because there is no physical activity. That would be asking you to do something you normally wouldn’t do. Most, if not all trainers will tell you that you need diet and exercise to lose weight and keep it off. I also question the sustainability of the plan. It’s hard for people to know what to do after 2 weeks. For example, how do you make the plan a lifestyle instead of a two week diet and incorporate exercise? It also doesn’t explain any other dietary modifications you should make once you are at your goal weight
-Why can’t you exercise on this diet?
This diet is depleting your glycemic levels (sugars) which fuels your body for exercise. When you exercise, your body is looking for energy and with this diet, it isn’t there and as a side effect, you may feel light-headed or dizzy or you may not have the energy to complete your workout. Its like trying driving your car on empty. Without fuel, you can’t exercise.
-What if you want to exercise?
On the day you are exercising, more food to sustain a work out. The easiest plan is to have one more smoothie, just like the one that you have in the morning. It doesn’t change what you have to eat on the plan, you just increase your volume of food so that you have the energy needed to work out.
-What do you think of diet plans where you can’t exercise? Isn’t exercise crucial when it comes to weight loss?
I don’t recommend diet plans where you can’t exercise, nor would most trainers. If you diet without exercise, eventually your body will plateau and you need to find other ways to lose those extra pounds. Plus there are health benefits to exercise that diet alone will never be able to provide.
-How does eating wheat and other processed food affect you and your health?
Wheat is a heavy product – people can get bloated and your system can slow down. Your system is asked to do more when you are eating wheat. Foods are too processed now and that means that they are preserved in one of two things – sugar or salt – too much of either can have a negative impact on your health. Too much salt, for example, can lead to high blood pressure.
-What do you attribute higher rates of obesity to?
Over the decades, younger generations are becoming more sedentary compared to their ancestors. Our grandparents were much more active and had to be whether it was for their jobs, or even just getting work done around the house. Technology changed all of that, you don’t have to get up out of your chair to do something. Even in plants where people do labour, things have become more automated so those roles aren’t as physically demanding as they once were. In general, people are doing less and putting more into their bodies. Food is also way more accessible now than it used to be. You can find it in malls, schools, universities and even in the basement of hospitals. Decades ago this wasn’t the case – you had to actually prepare your meals – there was no instant gratification. Now in two minutes you can have a hot meal made in the microwave. It’s easy and fast, but not necessarily healthy for you.
-As a trainer, what advice would you give someone starting a weight loss program? How about when they first see you?
The first piece of advice is to make sure you are getting a balanced diet – drink lots of water, keep your sugars and salts low, get lots of rest and of course exercise!When I first meet someone, I identify what they are eating currently and then change one thing at a time, not necessarily their whole diet because that can be overwhelming. I also tell people not to have protien bars – use whole, fresh foods. Protein bars are high in sugar and your body may not be able to absorb everything in one properly, meaning a portion of what you paid for is wasted every time you eat one. People have a false idea of how healthy packaged foods like protein bars are. I recommend keeping packaged and processed foods to a minimum or better yet, don’t eat them at all.
-What words of motivation do you have for people who are trying to lose weight?
Be patient – it’s better to have weight come off slowly and steadily, as opposed to instant gratification diets, so that your body can adapt. Basically slow and steady wins the race.
Dwayne is one of only five Nike Sparq trainers in Canada. He has over twenty years of experience as a trainer. His passion is helping people take ownership of their own health and wellness through a safe, proper program, ultimately achieving any goals that they have. According to Dwayne, it’s not about a fancy gym, it’s about the plan you have.