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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.

Article said:
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.

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    Cool! That's what I found, too! I was exercising a lot and not losing weight. I joined Sparkers, and now I'm not exercising quite as much, but tracking all the food, and the weight is moving off. I'm excited about learning this. Now exercising is more fun, because I can do a little bit of what I love.
    3377 days ago
    I agree. I actually have more trouble losing weight when exercising a lot. I lose focus on what I am eating and start to eat because "I worked out."
    3378 days ago
    Definitely a truth I've seen in many places and in many forms. Exercise has a lot of benefits to us, but weight loss isn't the big one. The effects of exercise on weight loss are more of a supporting role - building muscle mass so we burn slightly more calories constantly, building muscle mass so we're actually losing fat rather than muscle, allowing us to eat more calories during the day so we can meet our nutrition goals more easily. But the star performer is what and how much we eat.


    Knowledge is power. While changes might not be immediate, gradually working on nutrition (and sleep) more and more will lead to visible results.
    3378 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    I read the same article today! This article is giving away all of the secrets for my success! LOL
    I was most blown away by the lack of sleep information. I really need to work on getting more sleep

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    3379 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing this. I really need to focus more on sleeping and eating right.
    3379 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this. I'm one that tends to minimize the importance of my food and over-emphasize the time at the fitness center.

    Someone on sparkpeople once said (and this sticks with me): "You can't out-exercise a bad diet."
    3379 days ago
    Great article Beth and so true. It really is amazing how quickly you can change your eating habits. The first thing you have to do is want to change. I said I was going to change many times. After getting to 265 lbs my daughter told me Dad I want you to be here for my daughters. That woke me up and since that my eating habits have changed. I know you will accomplish your goal.

    The sleep thing I still struggle with. I only get between 5 and 6 hours per day.
    3380 days ago
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