Antwerp, Belgium - 02.01.2019

How to stay healthy in 2019

The secret to breaking the New Year's Resolution curse, as told by Roy Vermeulen of The Brick

Thinking of losing weight, eating more healthy and hitting the gym once a while? While you might have high hopes for your New Year's Resolutions, the statistics are against you. Research says that as much as 80% don't even make it to February. So what can you do about it? We spoke with Roy Vermeulen, a personal trainer at designer gym The Brick, to help you reach your goals in 2019. 

Read excerpts from the interview below, and click here for the full interview.

... about his immune system

Rarely. If you take care of your body and make sure you get the nutrients it needs, your body is overly qualified to take care of itself. You can train as hard as you want, but if you aren’t eating the right food, sleep too little to give your immune system the proper rest and train the right way, it’s like working yourself into a health problem or injury.

... about what to eat:

If you want to lose weight, you have to eat less than you normally do. This creates a calorie deficiency. But it’s also about eating the right things and living healthier. If you want to build muscle mass, you have to eat proteins. Fat, especially unsaturated fats, helps you create the hormones needed to build muscle mass.

... about sleep & supplements:

If you want to stay healthy, you have to live healthy: this doesn’t mean focusing on what you can’t do, but more on what you can do. Besides food, you need your sleep. It has a massive influence on the amount of energy you have, but also the amount of fat you burn.

I personally take Vitamin D supplements and creatine, which is important for performance during sports, but also for your future cognitive performance. The older you get, the more you’ll find the benefits of creatine.

... about setbacks & comebacks:

Sometimes you just have to combat that mental blockade. It’s super easy to find excuses. If someone doesn’t follow his program, I’ll contact him or her and ask what’s going on. It’s one of the benefits of having your own personal trainer!