You cannot out work a poor diet.
If your goal is to lose weight by joining a gym and working out but you haven’t changed the way you eat, it won’t work. Even the most difficult workouts at Rugged Terrain won’t make up for a poor diet.
Diets do NOT work. While you might see some results initially, chances that you’ll end up gaining the weight back and then some are pretty high. So, what’s the BEST method to lose weight and keep it off?
- To start, log what you’re eating. Simply writing it down in a notebook or using a tracking app on your phone can make a tremendous difference. At Rugged Terrain, we like MyFitnessPal because it integrates with the app we use in our nutrition coaching program. Your coach is able evaluate your eating habits, see how it aligns with your goals, and make suggestions about changes you can make to get you the best possible results.
- Balance your blood sugar. Eat every 3-4 hours and include some protein with EVERY meal and snack to prevent spikes and crashes throughout the day.
- HYDRATE. For every cup of coffee you consume, drink 2 glasses of water. If you’re not a fan of plan water, add some fruit to infuse it with a little flavor. I use this method to make sure I am drinking enough water throughout the day.
- Just because everyone at work is doing the keto diet, doesn’t make it the right choice for you. Most “diets” that offer a quick fix (cleanses, fasting, low calorie, ketogenic) are garbage and are not sustainable long-term.
The next time you see a new “diet” advertised, ask yourself: “Can I sustain this diet long-term?” If the answer is no, move on. Find a healthy way of eating that you are able to continue for the long haul and get the results you’re looking for.
We follow this method:
“EAT MEAT AND VEGETABLES, NUTS AND SEEDS, SOME FRUIT, LITTLE STARCH AND NO SUGAR. KEEP INTAKE TO LEVELS THAT WILL SUPPORT EXERCISE BUT NOT BODY FAT.”
Nutrition doesn’t need to be complicated. Make it simple.
Inspiration provided by Chris Cooper at Catalystgym.com.