Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Face it - Food Matters

Food matters. There are no 'ifs', 'ands' or 'butts' about it. A great workout followed by a binge is a waste of your time and mine. You can burn 500 calories in my Spinning class in 60 minutes.  You can eat 500 calories in a bag of chips, a pint of ice cream, or a bag of lunchmeat in less than 10 minutes. I can make you sweat so much that there is a puddle underneath your bike. I can work you out so hard that your legs are shaking when you leave our training session. But if you leave our workout and head for the refrigerator without a plan, you could ruin your hour of effort in a matter of minutes! So plan it and WRITE IT DOWN.

We've talked about this before. Journaling your food is as simple as it gets. You eat something, your write it down. A better strategy is to write it down and then eat, but either way works. As easy as this is, I constantly get excuses from clients why they didn't write down their food. No time - I forgot - I didn't have a pen handy.  Then they wonder why they are not losing weight. If I we don't know how you fuel yourself, there is no way to tell why you're not losing weight. Food is an integral part of working out. Energy in (food) has to be equal or less than energy out (calories burned) to create weight loss.  The only way to reliably know what you ate is to write it down. Not rocket science.

Stop giving yourself an excuse to not lose weight. Stop sabotaging your efforts for a healthier body. Own up and measure up.


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