Nutrition Reality Check
Even though the majority of our work as personal trainers is at the gym, working with resistance and cardio training equipment, it is a widely known fact that the majority of our clients’ weight changes are due to their dietary habits OUTSIDE of the gym. In fact, up to 70% of the changes you see on your scale, can be attributed entirely to what you eat, how much you eat, and how often you eat…NOT your exercise habits!
It’s approaching 6 years now since I last stepped out onto a stage, under those bright spotlights…wearing fake tanner and posing trunks…to compete in a bodybuilding contest. When I did (and it truly is NOT my intention to brag) at just 5% body-fat, I was sporting a rock solid chest, v-tapered torso, nicely defined legs, 16.5″ arms…and six pack abs on a waist that measured just 29 inches! To this day, when new clients see pictures of me on any of those stages, it’s inevitable that they ask me about how hard I must have worked in the gym. My answer to them is always the same; “Not nearly as hard as the diet!”
Anyone can walk into a gym and use a few machines to strengthen their muscles. That’s the easy part. Going home, to the grocery store, and out to eat at a restaurant…and sticking to a relatively low-calorie, nutrient rich diet that promotes an optimal level of health, THAT’S the hard part! So talk to your trainer about proper nutrition. Head down to your local farmer’s market this weekend, and try to eat more things that grew out of the ground…and fewer that were manufactured in a factory!
Yours in health,
Robert M. Kennedy
Founding Member, Owner