One of the most frustrating things for any gym goer is to keep showing up day after day and not seeing any progress. If you come to me and tell me that, you might be surprised when I don’t ask you anything about your training program. My first question is how you’re eating. Yes, I know. You really “eat pretty well”. I hear it all the time. But think this for a second. What if you go to a gas station, and hit the auto-fill switch as you talk to your friend. If something happens, and that switch doesn’t cut off when your tank is full, it all runs to the ground and you’ve wasted a lot of money. Got that image? Yeah, that’s not how your body works at all. Your body is geared to conserve excess because for generations people weren’t guaranteed their next meal. So it is NOT going to waste anything. You eat too many calories, it stores them in case there is a potential food crisis. It stores them as… fat!
Here’s an ugly truth. Imagine that you are eating exactly what you need (which you know because you were smart enough to get a meal plan designed for you by someone who knows what they are doing.) You’re training appropriately hard. You’re doing everything right. Except… three times a day you have two Hershey’s kisses. That’s 100ish calories. No big, right? Wrong. If you did that every day for a year, you would have ten pounds more of FAT than you do right now. (100 calories x 365 days = 36,500 calories. 1 pound of fat= 3500 calories so 36,500 / 3500 = 10.4)
A “bad” diet doesn’t necessarily mean you are regularly feasting on pizza, burgers, wings, and beer. It means you aren’t giving your body what it needs in the correct amounts. Could you train off 100 calories per day? Sure. But most people are going over their caloric needs by 500 or 1,000 (or even more!) calories per day. What would it take 150 person to burn off even 500 calories? A 30 minute walk at 4 mph, plus over 1 hour of strength training with a 40 second rest between sets. (If you think you are training like that, call me!) So that’s an hour and a half of hard work to get back to square. That doesn’t even begin to factor in your desire to lose fat.
Truth: Your success is about 80% nutrition, and 20% hard work in the gym.
Wondering which diet is best for Weight Loss? Check out tomorrow’s post!