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Food first

TIME TO READ: 5 minutes
 
The quickest route to looking and feeling better will always be through food. Nutrition is the end-all be-all for body composition, or, in non-industry, normal talk, dieting is the way to “lose weight.” Fat loss, aka the goal for literally 99.999% of the world’s population, is mostly attained through what you put in your mouth. And, yet, there are still those who spend hours upon hours exercising, shrugging off their terrible food choices because they A) deserve it and feel the need to reward themselves for the brief hour of sweat; B) are doing the best they can but really only have a mediocre mindset; or C) are lazy and would rather watch Netflix.
 
These types (and you might be one of them) “work out” to check off the box because they know they should, yet spin their wheels year after year, never making progress, probably even getting in worse shape, as they feed into the mind’s stupid tendency to underestimate overall food intake and overestimate calories burned.
 
I don’t get it.
 
And funny enough, I’m a personal trainer so my entire livelihood is based on training, and yet here I am saying I’d rather you take the day to grocery shop and meal prep than come in for another session. So either I’m crazy or what I’m saying is very, very true. I don’t care how much you sweat, or how sore your legs are, or how killer your workout is, if you aren’t conscious of the other 23 hours of the day. A session is one hour. A small fraction of the day. Food, though, is everywhere. And thus carries more weight, literally and figuratively.
 
So what are the common nutrition traps that so many of my clients have fallen into at one point?
 
[1] Expectations.
 
Work. Time. Patience. So many severely underestimate the sheer amount of the minutes, days, and years it takes to change the body in even the slightest. And the scenario only gets more difficult with every passing year, as our bodies work against the clock and our habits become compounded. Most of my in-person PRYMATES are in the 30 to 40 year old range and I’ve witnessed first hand how rapidly things slow down with every passing year.
 
It’s insane to think you can reverse 3, 8, or even 12 years of negligible food choices in a couple months. It takes years. Those amazing testimonials I post are clients that have been training for me for at least a year, not some 30-day challenge nonsense. And so you are in for a rude awakening and a ton of disappointment if you thinking eating a “little bit better” and “moving around some” is going to make the pounds just fly right off.
 
But in reality, you have no choice but to be patient. You can either give up, quit, and get fatter, letting yourself decline further or you can solider forward, making .0001% progress every single day, becoming a better, more disciplined, focused, energetic person in the process. I’d take the second option any day.
 
[2] Celebrity and fad diets.
 
Every single day on this planet there is some new study or some new celebrity diet people are talking about. Nutrition isn’t super complicated. You eat vegetables, proteins, whole foods, drink water, and you do it forever. You eat the “bad” stuff you know you shouldn’t occasionally, but a majority of the time you’re eating as close to the source as possible because it’s the easiest and you don’t have to bring a scale, or a calculator, or get out a spreadsheet. Use common sense.
 
Bone broth, coconut water, all these new “breakthroughs” you see being peddled around is not the cure. Sure these things may be good for your “health” but you know what’s worse for your health? Being overweight. So you can keep telling yourself that your sugar water is keeping you hydrated but that kinda doesn’t make sense to me as I stare at your gut hanging over your shorts.
 
[3] Cutting out a nutrient.
 
A couple years ago fat was the antichrist. But now everyone is talking about high fat diets like keto. What a bizarre world. Can anyone make up their damn mind? Aim for balance. I’ve noticed most of the time it’s what a client is noteating that’s holding them back, not what they are eating. In other words, most aren’t eating vegetables or enough protein, and often have little color in their diet, consuming some bullshit bars here and there, nibbling like birds, killing their metabolism, while barely moving their body throughout the day, and then gorging on the weekends with out of control portions at dinner and alcohol. So is it reallllly any wonder why we continue to slide into an obesity epidemic? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what’s going on here.
 
I’ve trained 13-year-old kids that are 30 pounds over weight. Poor nutrition affects everyone. From 18 to 80. Get a grip on it before it gets a grip on you.
 
[4] Diet hopping.
 
Stop chasing the shiny object and stick to the program. With the fire hose of information coming at us through our phones 24/7 it’s more important than ever to commit. To something. 12 weeks. 24 weeks. Long-term commitments are not only favorable for results, but also for your own wellbeing. It’s important to commit, especially in today’s world where everyone is flaky and nobody can make a decision. All the things we hold near and dear take time and effort. Remember that change, in any arena, is a long process. Like the saying, easy come, easy go. So be grateful that this whole thing takes a long time because it’ll be more meaningful, the habits will stick, and, most importantly, you will be able to maintain it.
 
Those that seek the quick fix end up paying for it in the long term. Both with their health and their wallet.

#BeTheTortoiseNotTheHare

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