[convertful id="3766"]It was like it had been dropped from 14,000ft in the air. The noise was excruciating in my own eardrum.Oh my goodness.How could I have been falling for this for so bloody long!?That noise was the penny dropping. The penny dropping, when I found out that actually,muscle doesn't weigh more than fat.Unlike my Slimming World cult leader told me."Don't overdo it on the Body Magic, Rachael, or you'llput weight on!"and"Oh don't worry, it'll be muscle. Muscle weighs morethan fat".I fell for it.For a very long time. So I made this video that explains exactly why the 'muscle weighs more than fat' thing is a load of bullshit - and also to show you how the number on the scales doesn't necessarily reflect your true fat loss progress!

"After years of yo-yo dieting, emotional binges, confusion, bad habits and self-hatred, I found that I'd put on more weight than ever before, I was miserable. It was having a huge impact on my life and relationships, yet, I could not no matter how hard I tried, break the vicious circle I found myself trapped in.  By the time I found Walk the Talk and Rachael, I had given up. I had accepted that this was just how it's going to be from now on and what's the point anymore? Nothing else had worked. Slimming World, Weight Watchers, starving myself, no carbs, the low fat

11 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEASFOR THE HEALTH & FITNESS MINDED I decided to put together a list of ideas for those of you out there who have friends or family members who are health & fitness minded (or obsessed, take your pick of definitions here!) It's not always easy to choose the right health & fitness gift for a loved one if it's not something you know an awful lot about yourself - so let me take the stress out of gift giving for you this year by suggesting some products that I have battle tested myself, and can confirm I would love to receive them as a gift! So here goes

So what exactly is the problem with quick weight loss fixes? Something I hear every single day of my coaching life is this: "My results aren't happening fast enough" or derivatives thereof.   The world that we now live in gives us access to pretty much whatever we want, whenever we want it. Patience is something that seems to have been long lost when it comes to losing weight, or indeed many things. Let's look at some examples: If you want a new car, you go out and choose the one you want, sign up for 5 years of monthly payments and drive off. You don't even need to be able to afford to buy a car these days and you can drive off with something that is completely outside of your means - trust me, I've done it! Can't wait until payday for that new outfit you

That feeling where you've taken 'all inclusive' toooooo far, and you know it! The bloat is REAL. Those shorts that fit you on Day 1 are now restricting the blood flow to your nether regions as you struggle to zip them up. Hell, maybe they don't zip up at all anymore!  You're so bloated that you worry more fart and you might actually take off. 37,000 feet in the air and you're not even on the flight home yet! One more breakfast buffet is going to tip you over the edge

10 Tips for Staying Healthy at Christmas   We’ve hit December, and you’re about to hear ‘go on, it’s Christmas’ every single time you turn down another Cadbury’s Hero. Now, I’m not here to try and ruin your Christmas spirit by saying you can’t have this and you can’t have that – definitely not – however, I think it’s pretty important that we look after ourselves over the holiday period just as well as we do all year round. It’s just a bit more difficult at this time of year because temptation is everywhere, and the social pressure temperature is turned up full blast. So here are my 10 top tips for staying healthy this Christmas. 1. Start your day well It seems pretty obvious, but starting your day as you mean to go on really is probably the best tip I can give you. Drink a

Does that ‘Friday feeling’ fill you with dread? Knowing that there are two full days ahead where you’re likely to undo all the hard work you've put into your fitness and nutrition during the week? It's normal to let your standards slip a little at the weekend, and it's a common reason why women don't see the progress they expect. Here are a few tips you can incorporate into your weekend to make things run smoothly from now on

There is no denying the power of a tidy home. Belongings are easy to find, surfaces can be cleaned quickly and the family can coexist with a lot less drama than in a house overrun with unnecessary possessions.However, thinking about decluttering your entire house in one go will undoubtedly leave you terrified, running for the hills or hitting the wine for moral support. Take it from me, the best way to get started is to sit down and make a plan before you do anything.Grab a cuppa, a notepad and take a few minutes to break down your house into manageable areas. Your bedroom for example might be broken into a)dresser, b)wardrobe and c)under the bed. Your kitchen might be split into a)upper cabinets, b)lower cabinets and c)fridge freezer. The key here is to make a list of small areas

Believe it or not, social media really gets on my tits. If I didn't use Facebook for my business, you can be sure as hell that I would have deactivated it by now, along with Twitter, Snapchat and everything else that's hidden away in the 'Social' folder on my iPhone. But Instagram is a completely different beast. Although I have enjoyed posting photos on Instagram for the best part of probably about 3 years, recently I have started to question the reasons why I was using it and the way it was making me feel. Years ago, I used Instagram to stay motivated to get fit and 'in shape' but became obsessed with airbrushed athletes with abs and ended up feeling unworthy of ever looking or feeling like them. It took me a long time to realise that actually, I didn't want to look

Have you ever stopped for a second and thought about how many businesses and industries would go bust if everybody were happy with themselves the way they are? Mine, for one, probably wouldn’t exist. The personal training industry, that is. In my opinion, our current ‘universe’ is created to make us feel miserable, most of the time. Created by whom? Large companies whose products will apparently help us to feel better about ourselves, for a start. Subtle marketing and peer pressure designed in a way to give us the constant sense that we are not good enough. Not pretty enough. Not thin enough. Not strong enough. Not wealthy enough. Not loved enough. Not tall enough. Matt Haig said in “Reasons To Stay Alive”: “THE WORLD IS increasingly designed to depress us. Happiness isn’t very good for the economy. If we were happy with what we had, why would we need more?

As women, we all know that our monthly cycle can sometimes feel as though we are on an emotional rollercoaster – right? Put that together with aches and pains, general tiredness and a can’t be arsed attitude and we often set ourselves up for failure month after month. But what if there was a way that we could optimise our menstrual cycle in our favour, to allow us to feel better, more energetic and also cut ourselves some slack…? There is, and I am going to discuss some strategies that you might wish to try. One of the main things I often see with my clients is women constantly trying to fight against the symptoms of their cycle. Pushing through them and only making themselves feel worse. We should be striving to optimise our training and nutrition to support our monthly hormonal