I like to think that everyone wants to be a healthier version of themselves, feel good about themselves.
That seems like a simple statement, but it masks a much more challenging task. If you go online and search you can find good and bad information on any food, diet, workout plan or exercise plan. People argue about how to even recover from a workout, or how and when to stretch. It can be exhausting just trying to find information that makes sense. I have people ask me about the best program to get started is or which foods should they eat.
My answer to them is so simple that I often receive some curious looks in return- “Whichever program works and whatever foods you will eat.”
We are all different; there is no blanket program for diet or exercise. If you want to lose a few pounds and strength gains aren’t your goal you wouldn’t start a powerlifting program. Just as if you are only concerned about strength you wouldn’t do a bodybuilding workout.
Do your own research first. Figure out what you want to accomplish and go from there. Be honest with yourself-don’t pick a program you know you won’t stick to…you have to be realistic about this or it will not work. If you can’t be consistent, you won’t get anywhere. This is a long-term investment in yourself and as you continue on and change, your goals as you reach them will change also. This is where a good coach or trainer comes into the picture, to keep you accountable and help you along the way. Most of the work still falls to you…you’re only with a trainer for one or two hours a week and the rest of the time is yours to stick with your program.
That being said, you can ruin the greatest workout in the gym in the kitchen. Your food should be fueling you, not making you need a nap. You have all heard the phrase that abs are made in the kitchen. It’s true. You can do all the ab work you want in the gym, but if you don’t eat well enough to get down to low body fat, you’ll never see them.
Create your own diet. If you have health issues, take those into account first, then work on any allergies you may have. Once those issues are covered, start picking healthy foods that you’ll eat. Try new things, but don’t force yourself to eat vegetables you don’t like.
Make this easy on yourself. The process is hard enough without hating what you’re eating and what you’re doing in the gym. I teach clients how to read nutrition labels and take them on grocery store tours. Do the same for yourself. Enjoy and be consistent!