The fitness industry is saturated (pun intended) with weight-loss schemes, magic pills, secret foods, etc., etc., etc. What most people don’t want to hear is the truth. The old saying of “if you are looking for your six-pack, it is in the kitchen” is 100% accurate. You can do all the crunches and core work in the world and never see a ripple of even a one-pack if your diet is not in check. People are always asking if we have a diet plan or a way to get their eating habits together. Typically the answer that we give is “Yes. Write down everything that you eat for a week and we will review it together”. Very few people can adhere to this for even a week, but, when they are able to, they start losing weight. A few times a year Innovative Fitness hosts a nutritional challenge that combines food logs with exercise points. People lose a shocking amount of weight. Something as simple as emailing your food logs to your trainer is all the accountability that some of us need. So what is the trick to losing weight? Get a partner and commit to sending each other food logs everyday for a month. You will be surprised at what happens!
Weight loss is really quite simple from a logical standpoint. If you take in less calories than you put out, you will lose weight. It really is as simple as that. For some people, it is easy and, for some, it is extremely hard, but that is the cold hard truth of the matter.
When looking at your diet, even though calories have the largest relevance to weight gain or loss, there are several other things to consider as well. Getting enough vitamins, minerals, and nutrients is key to being healthy and this is where the tricky part comes in. If all you ate everyday was a Blizzard from Dairy Queen, you would most likely start losing weight as the calorie content is below the average daily intake for most people. From this delicious ice cream treat, however, you would be getting next to no nutritional value outside of calories. A Blizzard falls into the category of calorie-rich and nutrient-poor foods. What we want to fill our diet with, of course, is nutrient-rich and low-calorie foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. When you are eating nutrient-rich foods, you will find that it is easy to get full without breaking the calorie bank, whereas, when you are eating nutrient-poor foods, you will be eating excessive, empty calories and still be feeling hungry. Why? Your body continues to crave the things it does not get from nutrient-poor foods.
So what is the trick to diet? You know the answer to this question. You simply have to use logic and remind yourself from time to time that chips are not a food group!