Just because you are exercising regularly that doesn’t give you license to eat whatever you want! If you desire healthy weight loss you still need to watch your portions and your choices regardless of your exercise schedule. I have said it before and I will say it again. You cannot out Train a bad Diet!
I have encountered people who come to me wanting to lose weight but have a really big problem with changing their eating habits. They will workout until their hearts content but will leave the workout and pick the unhealthiest option there is just because they feel they had a good workout and can handle it. The goal is not to stay at the same weight you started at. The goal is to lose weight. At the end of a BootCamp session or Transformation contest sometimes I hear “Well at least I didn’t gain any weight.” Well last I checked THE GOAL WAS TO LOSE WEIGHT! I also hear, “I know what I did wrong, I didn’t follow my meal plan.” REALLY? You don’t say.
Let’s take Bertha for instance. Bertha works out 4-5 times a week. She does Bootcamp twice a week, and spin class twice a week. She is faithful with her workouts but has a problem losing the weight that she has been wanting to lose for over a year now. What is the problem? She works hard and she increases intensity when needed. Why can’t she lose the weight? Well Bertha drinks a six pack of coke a day. That is an additional 840 calories of SUGAR a day. Additional! In addition to! Added on! Plus! So you are telling me if I just cut out the liquid calories in my diet then I could see more progress? You got it Sherlock!
Some people really have an addiction to certain foods or drinks. If you know that something is going to hinder your weight loss progress then why eat it. If you know that when you put it in your mouth to eat that it is going to push you further away from your goals then why eat it? If you know that once you finish eating it you are going to feel guilty as hell about it, then why eat it?
Here is a little trick. When you want to eat or drink something you know is not good for you, go to the mirror. Look at yourself in the mirror while you are drinking that coke, eating that snicker bar or donut. If you feel good about yourself with what you see in the mirror and you know good and well you have 20 pounds to lose and you haven’t been eating clean 90% of the time, then you can guarantee that you will continue to stay in the same place you have always been.
When it comes to weight loss, watch your mouth! What goes in it should be match to words that come out of it.
Always keepin it Real
Percy Bass RD,LD,CPT
Owner of Head 2 Toe Fitness and Nutrition