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Small Baby Steps

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I’m moving house this week so I’m super busy but wanted to get this tip out before my internet connection goes off. Its about the compound effect of small and regular steps when it comes to dieting and losing weight.

Small regular increments of weight loss is the key to long term success my friend

By losing just 1lb every week you will be over 3 stone lighter in 1 year. How would that feel?

Most of you don’t even need to or even want to lose this much weight yet when you only lose 1lb in a week you get disheartened and feel down about yourself and feel like you have failed.

Small Baby Steps

Small baby steps over time to buy xenical online will create a dramatic result, we call this the coumpound effect.

My number 1 tip is to find a program you can stick to for the long term, something that isn’t restrictive, something that allows you to eat some of the foods you love every single week and doesn’t make you have a bad relationship with food followed by restricting and bingeing.
If you can do this, then you will won’t go 2 steps forward and 1 step back but you simply will every week push forward with long term results. One lb at a time.

Small steps make the big difference in the long term.

Do what works best for you.
Liam Thompson
Head Coach
Northwest Fit Camp Manchester

Are the slimming clubs cheating you?

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The overwhelming majority of people that join us at fit camp or for personal training in Manchester already think that they have already tried everything possible to lose weight.

You see the slimming clubs like WW am S world teach us that in order to trim up we have to go low calorie. Usually to the point of starving ourselves

This of course works short term but the result is a rebound when our bodies adapt to the low calorie and the rebound usually means we end up a little heavier and larger than before.

Back we go to the slimming club to deal with it and the same thing happens. Lose some and put some more back on.

The same thing happens with these meal replacement shakes like Juice Plus and HerbalStrife buy xenical in hong kong only the rebound is a lot more.

I would love to tell you there is a a quick fix or a magic pill but there really isn’t.

Exercise and Nutrition are the main key but that’s only going to unlock one of the locks.

Emotional Eating, Mindset, Stress, Sleep, Hydration and Hormonal Changes all have a huge effect on your ability to trim up.

Starving yourself and living on lab made shakes can screw up all these systems and make it haarder for you to keep your weight off.

Short term gain usually means long term pain.

Don’t fall for it.

Check out our reviews on Google from people we have already helped.

Liam “Health First” Thompson
Head Coach and Weight Loss Expert
Northwest Fit Camp and Personal Training Manchester


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Fitness Lessons From Wacko Jacko

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When I was a kid in the 80’s I had a bright yellow Sony Walkman and the headphones had bright orange sponges on the ear pieces. I loved that. It was usually clipped on to my belt.

My favorite Album at the time was Michael Jackson’s Bad, I think it might have even been one of the the 1st albums I bought.

Man in the Mirror was definitely the best song on the album. Check out these lyrics….

Any way so I’ve been working my way though our applications for our 2 dress sizes in 12 weeks programme and the word change has been the most common used by far

“I want to change the way I look”
“I cheap xenical for sale want to change the way I feel”
“I’ve been wanting to change for years”
“Want to make changes to my body”
“Need to change my attitude to food”

It seems that everybody wants to change but only a few are prepared to do what it takes to change.

Change doesn’t just happen my friend. You have to take action on it. Wanting to change and actually dong something to change are two different things completely.

Are you happy where you are or do you really want to change?

In the words of Jacko himself:

“If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change”

Head Coach
Northwest Fit Camp Manchester

How to trim up like a 20 year old

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Have you ever wondered why as you get older its gets harder to trim up and lose weight? I know I find it harder as a guy, but I know it can be even more difficult for women to lose weight as they get past their mid 30’s.


Expanding waistlines and plummeting energy levels isn’t a coincidence. You can’t eat or exercise like you did in your 20’s and expect to have the same results and the same energy levels. I know I cant.

Hormonal changes as we get older put paid to that, but there is something you can do about it.

There are 3 main hormones in our bodies that can control how much fat we store, our energy levels and how quickly we age.

  1. Human Growth Hormone (ageing)
  2. Insulin (Fat Storage)
  3. Thyroid Hormone (metabolism and energy levels).

The good news for you is you can control these through the right nutrition, doing the right exercise and learning how to relax properly. The results is that you lose weight, have more energy levels and your skin hair and nails will look healthier.

Don’t just take my word for it, here is what new City Centre Fit Camper Jane Cragg had to say about fit camp and how she has more energy

“I joined up because I wanted to lose weight and get a bit fitter… but I have gotten so much more than that! I have found a fantastic new group of friends, and I have learnt so much about what I am eating, what I should potentially steer clear of, what I can indulge in and still move ever closer towards my goal. I have discovered muscles that I thought had long since fled and have even noticed I am using my inhaler a little less 🙂 Liam is an excellent trainer, knowing when and how to push you to get the most from each session, but he isn’t a typical ‘gym head’ either – which is something really refreshing and has really been instrumental in helping me stick to it and keep coming back 🙂 I have only been here just over a month (doing 3 sessions a week), and already am feeling better, have more energy and have lost inches and lbs!”

Find out more over at and join today.


Liam Thompson

Head Coach

Northwest Fit Camp Manchester


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Are we essentially all the same?

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My own Fear of Change

I started to use my new laptop yesterday but I actually bought it in February. It’s been sitting in my basement office gathering dust for the best part of 5 months, without being used.



I actually used it once when I got it and immediately didn’t like it because was was a new windows 8 one so I packed it away until yesterday when my old one finally gave up the ghost and stopped working.

This is typical of most people. They won’t actually change until they realise they need to.

Something triggers them. Mine was the fact my laptop had packed in for good.


Many of my fit camp members and personal training clients tell me this is definitely the case

  • Flyaway comments about having put on weight
  • Felling like their other half doesn’t fancy them any more
  • Getting out of breath climbing the stairs.
  • Not fitting into their favourite dress or jeans any more.
  • Having kids and realising you want to be around to see them grow up
  • A panic about an upcoming wedding or holiday

We’re a weird bunch us humans and we pretty much all act the same.

What will your trigger be to get fit and healthy?

Liam “Changemeister” Thompson

Head Coach

Northwest Personal Training Northwest Fit Camp


The do gooders at the BBC are wrong

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I was watching BBC TV yesterday morning and there was a debate about whether there should be a sugar tax on sugary and fatty food.

Personally I don’t think so.

Fast food tastes great and is cheap, “maybe too cheap” say the experts and do gooders

“Send them back to the states and ban them” said another so called expert smugly

I don’t agree with this and don’t think that these companies are the problem though. The problem is our stressful society as a whole.

People are stresses and unhappy in general and when we are stressed and unhappy we look   for comfort in things like food especially convenient food that doesn’t require effort

How many times have you come cheap xenical uk home from work on a Friday night and just fancied a take away and a few glasses of wine? I definitely have

To fix this you need to look at sleep and stress as part of any weight loss plan.

You need to look at exercise that doesn’t raise cortisol (stress hormone levels).


(long bouts of cardio and over training does this.)

There is way more to losing weight than just going on a diet. If diets and slimming clubs and gyms worked them you probably wouldn’t be reading this. Would you?

Mind-set > Stress Management > Nutrition > Hydration > Exercise > Sleep


Liam “Big Picture” Thompson

Northwest Fit Camp / Northwest Personal Training


What Masterchef Can Teach You About Weight Loss

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Every night in our house there is a battle of the sexes and it’s usually for the TV remote control. Usually it’s a battle between cooking programs and football.

At the minute my wife is winning and the current cooking program of choice is Masterchef.

It’s about a bunch of amateur cooks trying to deliver restaurant quality food without any formal training and its being judged by some of the UK’s top chefs.

This week the quest judge Marcus Waering who is my wife’s favourite Chef, especially since we had a 10 course dinner in his restaurant in London last year for my birthday.

^^^^^^^ You read that right by the way – 10 courses ^^^^^^^^^^^^

The amateur chefs do a decent job but just seem to fall short of what is needed to get outstanding results. They all make the same very basic mistakes, especially when they have to cook in the actual restaurants and in many cases the professional chefs like Marcus have to step in and finish the job.

This is the same when it comes to being healthy and losing weight. People seem to make the same basic mistakes all the time. The one that get the best results are the people who have the best support

Here are my top 5 Mistakes that amateur slimmers make

1 Following the masses.

Every week there seems to be a FAD diet out there, 5:2 fast diet, south beach, cabbage soup. I honestly believe that if Davina McCall or Jordan or the Yo-Yo dieter from Steps started eating an all cardboard diet buy cheap orlistat uk most lots of people would follow them.  Diets don’t work in general and don’t work long term.  They work short term, which is why you have to keep going back to them.

2 Cutting out Carbs

Many people thing you need to cut out carbs completely in order to lose weight but the truth is that you need healthy carbs in the form of veggies and you can eat starch carbs like rice an potato as long as you get the timing right. If you don’t like veggies we recommend supplementing with a high quality greens drink like lean greens

3 Too much exercise

Yes too much exercise (especially cardio) has a negative effect on body composition.  People who run too much also tend to get more cold and flu because of a compromised immune system and not enough recovery.

4 Diet drinks.

Sweeteners in diet drinks can cause the same hormonal rises as sugar and turn your body into a fat storing machine, not to mention the fact that they are pretty bad for your health and making you crave actual sugar

5 Going Low Fat

Low fat usually means high sugar and we now know that sugar is one of the main culprits in putting on weight. Eating the right kinds of fats can also be healthy for our heart and our brain function.

Don’t want to make these mistakes?Tthen you can apply to join our next trial week at our Manchester City Centre Fit Camp Below for only £7


Liam Thompson

Head Coach

Northwest Fit Camp / Northwest Personal Training Manchester

The Point Of No Return

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It’s crazy how time seems to go so fast. Can you believe we are 12 weeks into 2014 already? That’s nearly a third of a year!

I don’t know about you but as I get older it seem to get faster as well 🙁

So what’s the deal with 12 weeks? Well it’s our point of no return;  it’s the minimum time we recommend for long lasting weight loss at fit camp and in our personal training.

It’s also the time it takes for permanent habits to form (healthy or bad)

That’s the reason why we mostly only offer minimum 12 week or 3 month packages

It’s also a big milestone for one of those of you who have stuck to promises  you made in the new year especially to everyone that joined us at fit camp in January. They are now 12 weeks in and getting buy xenical uk only closer to where they want to be.

People like Kate G who was the first person to email me at 10:02am  1st January  this year looking for help with weight loss.

She has dropped almost a stone and a half since January and lost 2 dress sizes and has made a load of new friends and had fun in the process.

Most people will have given up on their new year goals by mid January, but Kate has made it to our point of no return  and there is no looking back for her

18th June is 12 weeks from today. Where do you want to be with your heath and your body?

Will you be where you want to be?

Most people reading this wont

Liam “Let’s Do The Time Warp” Thompson

Northwest Fit Camp / Northwest Personal Training








How Stressed Are You

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I’ve been pretty stressed out this week, because I had to get my tax return in by Friday night Every year I promise myself I’ll get it in early and every year I leave it to the last minute.

I really should know better as well.

The thing most people don’t know about stress though is that can have a negative effect on our body-fat levels, especially in our stomach areas.

This is actually the main reason why people who have a healthy diet and do lots of exercise sometimes cant lose wight.

Too much exercise can stress our bodies by the way which is one reason why lots of cardio doesn’t work.

Traffic, bosses, bills, bad news on TV, Screaming Kids, late nights. They all can add to our stress and the list is endless.

When we are stressed our bodies buy orlistat nz release a hormone called cortisol, this basically switches off fat burning and makes us crave carbohydrates and fat. Ever wondered why you want chocolate when you get home from work at night. Well there is your answer right there.

By learning to control your stress levels you can lower your cortisol levels and become more efficient at losing weight, even with as little as 3 short exercise sessions a week, like we do at fit camp or in our personal training sessions.

Everyone is different though and sometimes exercise is actually not the best strategy for your to lose weight. Stressing an already stressed person by making then work hard in the gym will actually have negative results.