Reflecting over the past year of diet fads and thinking about the New Year’s resolution season here and almost past, I think that it would be nice to address some of these fads. Here at GH Personal Training we like to remind our clients to focus on something to improve that’s achievable. Talk to your personal trainer about what you have in mind. Your personal trainer will be able to find and develop a program for you to reach that goal. Now should be the time to start your resolution, all holiday stress should be out of the way, holiday bills almost paid, family back on schedule and holiday snacks out of the house!
Being a personal trainer in Chicago and only have swimsuit season for a few months we want to deter those seeking that sleek body this swim SEASON, but encourage those trying for the YEAR! If you want to improve your body you should start by improving your health first, the body will follow, by making simple healthier decisions. You have a choice with each decision you make, life is about choices. Your personal trainer will to direct your attention the right way. If you chose to make a commitment this New Year’s to better your health, make sure you are making the little choices that will lead you to the goal. Let’s try a new way with the resolution this year.
Make sure you eat your healthy filling breakfast, oatmeal with fruit or egg whites with veggies, instead of grabbing that donut! You will reap the benefits of that choice all day! You will crave more nutrient dense food throughout the rest of the day; you wouldn’t want to ruin the progress you started out with. You’ll choose that apple and unsalted nuts you brought to work instead of the candy in the machine, and you’ll feel amazing after having that healthy snack instead of the crash from the high sugar content of the candy. As a personal trainer in Chicago, these winter weather months really try to entice you into more starchy carbs, and comfort foods, but instead stick with your nutrition plan and when the workout comes along you can focus on building muscle to do the work instead of working off those extra carbs to maintain your physique.
Some fads insist on all liquids or all grapefruit as a way to diet, this is great if you want to lose two pounds this week and gain 10 next week and starve and be irritable! A better decision is to increase water intake and increase the amount of meals and decrease the portion size. This not only helps you make healthier choices but boosts your metabolism. If you are regularly feeding your body in small nutrient dense meals, small salad packed with vegetables, your body will love that it is getting fed more often and will not store the food as it would if you skipped a meal. Skipping a meal is much more harmful than you can imagine.
Some people may eat a less healthy meal and then decide to compensate by skipping the next. Your body will create starvation hormones which will hold that meal, instead of taking the nutrients and letting it pass. By eating small healthy meals 5-6 times per day will help the body take what it needs and let the rest pass, not holding on to more than necessary. When making this decision to better your health and eating smaller healthier meals more often you will notice that your body will truly enjoy the good you are providing. And will start to shift, and this change will become easier and easier.
Exercise is a great compliment to changing your diet. By eating healthy and exercising your body’s metabolism will increase in great amounts. Building muscle will increase the amount of calories burned at rest and you will doubly benefit, fueling your body with great nutrients and healthy calories as opposed to empty calories, those you get with out any gain in nutrients.
This year you if you are thinking of changing something you should choose something with long term benefits and let it change your lifestyle. It may be an absolute shift in your life or just a small change. But remember that you have a choice each time you walk past the cookie jar. Put the bowl of grapes, or fruit bowl right next to it, it will be harder to reach for that cookie! This will make your personal trainer proud and shift their focus from your nutrition plan to increasing your muscle size.