As a trainer I’ve worked with hundreds of people over the years all in search of the same thing, to get fit and Healthy. More than that, these people, like myself want to not only feel good, but they want to look good. Looking good is the “icing on the cake,” evidence that you have achieved your goal of fitness and health in many cases. But most of all, it’s the ultimate reward.
Unfortunately, looking good is usually the last in line. Often people begin to feel the positive results of working out and getting fit before the actually see them. In addition, many people conquer the workout thing before they conquer the food thing. In fact, many believe that because they are workout out so hard, the rest should just follow.
That’s not exactly how it works. In fact, you’ve probably heard it before, “food is 80% and workout is 20%.” This really is true. You could work out for hours everyday but if you don’t eat right, you’re never going to see your hard work. You could have muscles galore, but if they are covered up by fat, you’ll never see their beauty! Even the smallest layer of fat can disguise those hard earned muscles.
If you want to get lean, you have to come clean! What I mean by this is that until you are truly honest about what and how much you are eating, you will never fully realize that beautiful body underneath the surface. It is a well know fact that most people underestimate their calorie intake by 300-500 calories minimum. Can you imagine if you are taking in that overage daily, you are fighting a battle that you will simply never win. And trust me, that is a conservative figure. Most people are eating far more than that.
In addition, many are under the impression that Healthy, vegetarian, vegan and organic eating is somehow calorie free. I can’t tell you how many conversations I have with clients that include them making statements like “but I eat all organic” or “I eat totally healthy.” While that is great and all, just because you eat organic doesn’t ensure you will lose weight. It’s all about really coming clean (being honest) about what you are consuming and then making changes to your diet accordingly and staying consistent.
So if you are ready to come clean to get lean, let’s get started. For the next week, write down everything you eat, noting the exact quantity. Read food labels so you are aware of serving size, calories, fat, sugar etc. Better yet, use a free App on your phone, computer or IPad. My favorite is myfitnesspal.com. It is a free app that tracks all of your food, whether you are eating out or at home. It allows you to put in the exact serving size and even shows you all your nutritional values so you can have a full picture of what you are putting into your body. I guarantee that you will be shocked by what you are consuming. And remember, you must include every bite and morsel!
I had a client recently that was struggling with weight loss. When I asked her to describe some of her meals, we quickly discovered that while she was eating healthy overall, her portions were too large and her simple carbs were much too high. While she was eating a lot of good protein and veggies, she also was consuming a lot of food that had hidden sugars. Again, just because is labeled organic or “healthy” doesn’t mean it is sugar free or low calorie.
Fast forward a week after this client “came clean” with what she was really eating, made the appropriate changes (in her case cutting portions, sugar and eating at regular intervals) and she has already seen amazing results. While it wasn’t necessarily easy, “coming clean” and making changes never is, the end result is well worth it. She is currently in her second week of her new plan and is adjusting to any feelings of hunger, feeling confident and optimistic and losing weight at a safe and healthy rate. Want to get lean and mean? Then come clean!