What you should focus on
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
One of our clients at the gym, Joanna, was training for a competition. There are three levels, bikini, lean and power, or something to that effect. Joanna hired a trainer to guide her for the middle level. While she was training we were talking about the things she was eating. She has always worked out and eaten well and in good shape BUT she said something that really stuck with me and has truly taken hold.
Joanna said, Eating Right should be 80% focus, Exercise 20%.
I know my eating has been out of control - and yesterday I really ate outside of my goal so i am writing this to get it in my head and hope it will stick.
But here is part of a Yahoo article today and IT SAID THE SAME THING!! It's good to see this in many places. It also says that eating bars and nutritional shakes are good but not for the long run. Get away from processed foods.
My experience, While this may be difficult at first, once you take that step and stick to it, you miss it less and less. Yesterday I struggled with being hungry but I am tying it in to my sleep.
ALSO in this same article it said that people with sleep deprivation eat 500 calories more a day!!! WOWSER!!! I need to sleep!!! So I took a vacation day to get on track - not happening tonite.
Yes, you read that right. Exercise is important, but Villacorta maintains that being too focused on it can backfire.
"People think that if they exercise they will magically lose weight, and then they get frustrated," he cautions.
In fact, about 80% of dieting time and energy should be focused on nutrition and 20% on exercise, he says. "If I have a client who’s exercising six times a week, sometimes I’ll cut that in half and have them spend the extra hours shopping and planning meals."
Sure, you need to log time at the gym, but to lose weight, you also need to log time in your bed.
Skimping on sleep, especially sleeping less than five or six hours a night, can slow your metabolism and cause hormonal changes that hurt your weight-loss efforts.
Being tired may also make you eat more. One recent study found that people who are sleep-deprived consume a whopping 500 extra calories a day.