A Few Random Thoughts on Nutirition, Fitness & Trainers

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One of the most (if not the most) common question I get from clients/friends/family is, “How can I get rid of the fat on my {insert troublesome body part here}.”  Or, “What exercises can I do to get rid of my belly/butt/thighs/back fat?”

Well here’s the deal….you can’t spot reduce fat on your body.  You can work any area of your body and build muscle, but your approach to nutrition is what is responsible for the fat gain/loss that you have.  You can do 1000 crunches a day and build some core muscle, but if you do 1000 crunches a day and eat half a box of doughnuts for breakfast every morning you will just have some nice core muscles going on underneath that layer of fat around your middle.

There are all kinds of factors that come into play when determining whether or not you hang onto or shed fat.  If you’re eating clean most of the time (I have come to hate that term, by the way – it means different things to different people at different times in their fitness journey, but I digress) but are STRESSING YOURSELF OUT over trying to constantly stay in line with a rigid diet or if you “cheat” (another term I hate) and then proceed to sink into a pit of guilt and despair, then it is highly likely that your body is churning out some serious Cortisol (the stress hormone) and let me assure you, from experience, THAT kind of lifestyle WILL wreak havoc on your health/fitness no matter how “perfectly” you are eating.  If you can’t enjoy your food, whether it be healthy or the occasional splurge, then you are laying the groundwork for a very unhealthy relationship with food, and that will lead to frustration, depression, anxiety and sadly ZERO results for your efforts.

Let’s say your version of “eating clean” consists of eating eggs, lean meats, healthy fats and carbs, grains & beans.  To you, this is clean.  To someone else who has completely sworn off grains, this  could be looked at as not clean or acceptable.  If you normally eat a lot of processed foods including, but not limited to, fast food, doughnuts, ice cream, frozen pizza and chicken nuggets but in your quest for a healthier life start replacing some of those foods with vegetables, fruits, rice or quinoa, lean cuts of meat, whole grains, etc….still to some this won’t be acceptable as “truly clean” but in comparison to your norm, it is a HUGE improvement.  You’d be surprised at the number of people who take part in food shaming.  I myself have been guilty of it in the past.

I cannot say this enough…I HATE FOOD SHAMING.  And there’s a lot of it going on today.  You should never assume that your way is the only way.  NEVER.  If whatever you are doing works for you, wonderful!  I love that.  But if you believe that everyone who does something different is doing it wrong, then you have a problem.  I see a lot of trainers today that offer these cookie cutter programs.  If you are a professional in this industry and do not take the time to actually get to know your client before taking their money and pushing the same plan you offer to everyone on them, then shame on you.

People are unique.  It stands to reason that what will work best for one is not going to be the same as everyone else.  When I first started working with clients, I was seriously surprised at how many “certified” people out there were acting so irresponsibly.  I’m sure I’m naive, but I kind of assumed that you are trying to help people if you are doing this as a profession.  Yes, we all want to be paid for our job, but if you don’t take the time to truly learn what it is that your client will respond best to, then aren’t you also hurting your own chances at success in the process?  No one wants a trainer who just throws a plan at you and then dumps you.

If you are just starting your fitness journey and aren’t sure what to do, please be wary of anyone who operates with a “my way or the highway” mentality.  It’s just plain wrong.  That’s all there is to it.  In my last challenge group, there was  a woman who loves Zumba.  I have never had any desire to try Zumba.  But I know lots of people who love it.  If it gets you off the couch and moving, then why in the world would anyone discredit it?  But yet, I have witnessed many fitness enthusiasts bashing and making fun of it.  WHY???  Why would you ever want to put down a person for trying to be healthier?  It’s the same way with food.  If I had a dime for every fitness account I’ve had to unfollow on Instagram because they think it’s funny to make fun of a person’s chosen path towards a healthier life, I’d be a rich woman.  And we wonder why there is an obesity problem?  It’s intimidating enough to just begin, throwing food shame & making fun of a person’s chosen exercise method on top of it?  It will completely turn people away from it for good.

I wish we could live in a world where anyone’s efforts towards a healthier lifestyle, whether they be baby steps or giant leaps, whether they mirror our own efforts or take them in a different direction, were cause for celebration and encouragement instead of judgement and ridicule.

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2 thoughts on “A Few Random Thoughts on Nutirition, Fitness & Trainers

  1. mel March 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm Reply

    I totally agree on the food shaming thing.
    My son and his girl are vegans. The issue I have is my son, he gets a belly poof that makes him look like those starving country commercials. I do worry about his health but I refuse to slam his choices. He has to do what he believes is best for him. Him being an adult makes it easier.

    For me, I refuse to give up sweet tea. I cut back on sweets, frankly I just don’t crave them as much but I need my sweet tea and no fake sugar either!

    I am paying more attention to my health and am making changes as I need to. One item I must avoid is corn syrup. It lowers my pain tolerance. I have nerve damage in my neck and back and the corn syrup triggers spasms that are intolerable!

    Hugs sweetie, keep educating folks, some of us are catching on!

  2. jensamom23Jen March 31, 2015 at 8:46 am Reply

    AMEN!

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