12 Personal Training Nutrition Tips to Take to Heart
With Valentine’s Day squarely behind us, many health-conscious individuals in Howard County begin to anticipate the promise of warmer months and the desire for beach-ready bodies. If you find yourself starting longingly at department store bathing suit displays, but dread the months of workouts to follow, have no fear. The following personal training nutrition tips can help you get started.
- Make gradual changes. It’s human nature to crave immediate results. When dealing with something as precious as your body’s health, however, it’s important to remember the old adage, “slow and steady.” Your ideal weight won’t manifest overnight, and that’s ok. Understand that proper nutrition requires a change in the way you eat, and the process does not need to be drastic – or devastating. A certified personal trainer or nutrition specialist can help.
- Get involved. You’re far more likely to stick to a personal training nutrition plan if you have some input regarding its creation. You’ll want to find a personal training studio that embraces collaboration and doesn’t simply dictate what you should eat or when.
- Have a vision. Focus on a mental image of how you want to see yourself, and work toward it. Set reasonable goals, explore how best to achieve them, and don’t get discouraged.
- Be honest. With yourself, more than anything else. Your personal trainer will guide and support you, but he or she is only as effective as the effort you bring to the table. Sneaking snacks and slacking off isn’t hurting them, but it will hinder your progress.
- Keep a journal. Making a note of what you ingest on a day-to-day basis makes everything more tangible. Recording your caloric intake results in awareness and accountability and provides an immediate call to action for positive changes in your diet.
- Read those labels. In conjunction with your new foray into journaling, deciphering nutritional labels is a must, and something that’s continuously overlooked. Pay close attention to serving size and servings per package. All of those numbers on the label? They correspond with one serving. If that’s one piece, and you eat three, you’ve just tripled your calories.
- Take the plunge and eat more fish. Fatty fish, like salmon, are rich in omega-3s and fatty acids which help to prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol.
- Fruits and veggies are your friends. You should eat a minimum of 5 servings per day. In addition to being a phenomenal source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, they have been shown to decrease blood pressure and ward off cancer.
- Go nuts! While nuts are high in fat, they’re also loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, vitamin E, and fiber. Almonds, in particular, are high in protein, are recommended by many personal trainers, and are a snack that’s easy on the wallet.
- Not all carbs are created equal. Simple processed carbohydrates – think cookies (or, actually, don’t) – are not great for you. Complex carbs, like whole grains and oatmeal, are.
- When in doubt – drink water. Your body needs it. It’s as simple as that. In addition to staying hydrated, however, water is far better for you than soda and even juice. Sugary beverages contain many calories that are often not taken into consideration. And because drinking your calories does not satisfy your appetite, you risk consuming far more than planned.
- Treat yourself. You’re working hard to stay in shape. Allowing yourself an occasional tasty reward for a job well done will help you stay committed for the long haul.
The qualified staff at Fitness Together Ellicott City is happy to help you explore these and other personal training nutrition tips. Call us today at (410) 750-2228.