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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Boot Camp will not make up for a poor diet!

I often get the question, "How come I am not losing weight? I come to boot camp every week but I just don't see the numbers moving on the scale." The first thought that pops in my head is "What are you eating?" SO many people think that as long as you workout you can eat whatever you want. I used to think like that as well. I mean I work out 5 days a week and I teach 5-7 classes a week if I want those cheese fries I can eat them, right?? That way of thought couldn't be more wrong!! About 80% of your physique comes from what you eat. Foods high in sugar, calories, fat, processed, etc are not only bad for our body but they wreck havoc on the waistline as well. If you want to see good results from your workout program you MUST change the way you eat. Here are a few suggestions....GET RID OF THE SUGAR! I think this is the toughest one. Sugar is hidden everywhere, the sugar found in fruit is fine. Stop eating processed crap! And that is what it is- crap! Eat food in it's natural state as much as possible. Avoid white starchy foods and choose whole grains instead, eat 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies. Get your protein from lean meat sources such as chicken, fish, or turkey or beans or nuts. Learn what kind of fats are healthy. NOT ALL FATS ARE BAD! Your body needs fat, diets that are extra low fat are not good, you just need to learn what the good fats are. Avoid trans fats. Nuts such as almonds, peanuts, walnuts, and fish such as salmon are excellent sources of good fats and ricj in Omega 3 fatty acids. I highly recommend the book The Eat-Clean diet. It will change your life! Make this year the year to make those healthy changes. It is a lifestyle change. Fad diets do not work. Give healthy clean eating a try for 2 weeks. I can almost guarantee that if you try to go back to your old way of eating you are going to feel terrible. Your body feels so much better when you give it the nutrients it was designed for.