It’s no wonder we humans have a complex relationship with food. Depending on which type of household you grew up in, you were either taught that you had to finish everything on your plate, or you had a big family and so “family style” was really more like “load up the plate in case there’s nothing left”, or maybe an adult family member ate very sparingly and would say “Don’t eat too much, dear. You don’t want to get fat like Aunt So-and-So”. Even if you grew up with a healthy relationship with food, there is a lot of information out there that can boggle the mind. It seems like every month there is a new fad diet or program promising amazing results. With all the information out there, it’s difficult to decipher what to eat, what NOT to eat, how much is too much and how much is just not enough.
As a certified Nutrition Specialist at Worcester Fitness, I would like to set the record straight on a few confusing points.
1. Every meal plan is as unique as the person it’s designed for. What works for one won’t always work for another.
2. Diets don’t work. There, I said it. What does work? Lifestyle changes. Sure, some trendy cleanse may help you temporarily shed water weight but what we are after here is fat loss and the only way to lose the weight and keep it of indefinitely is to adopt lifestyle changes that you can keep long term. Are you really going to drink those shakes for the rest of your life? What happens when you stop?
3. Muscle is a fat burning machine. If you aren’t strength training as part of your routine, add it in! You’re body and soul will thank you for it. If you are intimidated or unsure where to start, book some time with one of our Personal Trainers- we are here to help you.
4. Don’t over complicate good nutrition. KISS- Keep It Simple, Silly.
5. Know your numbers. There actually is a magical formula that is used to determine what your estimated energy requirements are. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to help you get started.
Whatever your relationship is with food, know that you are given a reset button. Use it now to get started on the right path. Use it every morning if you have to. It’s your time to get the results you want. The saying is true, “You can’t out exercise a bad diet.” 80% of the results you’re after will come from good nutrition. You’re worth it.