“Please follow me around and slap the food out of my hands.”
This was the request I got from a client when I asked how I could help her stick with her nutrition plan. After laughing with her, I assured her that that was a little beyond my scope, and we talked about some other options.
I think many new clients are surprised when they first come to us at how much of our attention goes into their nutrition. It’s one of the subjects we consistently ask them about during their workout times, and what we spend the most time coaching. Nutrition is that important.
We have between 30 minutes to 3 hours, out of 168 total hours in a week to work with weight loss clients on all the lifestyle changes they need to implement to get results. That isn’t much time, especially while they’re working out, so we concentrate on the one thing that has the biggest impact.
You’ve all seen the fitness memes that say “abs are made in the kitchen” and “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet”. If you’re exercising and working hard, you don’t want to sabotage yourself with poor food choices the rest of your week. We can’t be with you the other 165 hours to monitor your meals, so we count on you to follow time-tested steps.
Successful weight loss comes down to the mental side and the physical side of it. The 2 things we can best control are mindset and food environment. Mindset is huge in controlling what we eat. Many people eat from an emotional standpoint. It’s easy to diet when you’ve slept well, are in a good mood, and aren’t hungry anyway. But what happens when you’ve had a rough day, are tired and cranky, and the kids want the nearest fast fat food available? How do you stay motivated when you’re bombarded with signals that tell you to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Motivation is tough and I’ve covered some solutions in this article.
The second side of it is creating the food environment that best supports your goals. If you’ve prepared healthy meals and snacks ahead of time, you’ll be less likely to binge on whatever the kids want. If you keep the junk out of your house entirely, it won’t even be there when you feel a binge coming on. This article talks about how you can create your ideal food environment and includes home, work/school, and social environments.
Obviously, there are many factors that influence your weight. But there are some things that are more within your control than others. Why not leverage those and use them to your advantage? Realistically, no one can “slap the food out of your hands”. Working on your internal motivation and external food environment can be the best start toward achieving your goals.
by Joan Kerrigan
Yours in good health,
Marlton Personal Trainer