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Monday, October 29, 2007

Please, Train Harder

I am coaching a Nutrition Class at my gym and this week's topic focuses more on how to fine-tune your already planned menu. Most of the clients I have coached thus far have developed their personal meal plans, complete with total servings of each fat, carbs, and protein per meal, for both workout and non-workout days. But, now- if you have reached the point where you are not seeing results or losing any weight, we need to change it up a bit. How are we going to do it? Well, there are 2 ways.

Basically, to create the calorie deficit needed to lose weight, you need to burn more than you eat. You can do this by either cutting your calories or moving more. And, most people opt for the former. That can be where most people go wrong.

Most people in the US are overweight because they are really good at starving themselves. It is sometimes easy to simply cut your calories because, then, you don't have to exercise anymore. I know lots of people that have lost weight by not exercising, simply by cutting calories. And, that might work for a little bit. However, if you don't learn how to workout that one extra day a week, or workout with the kind of intensity that I do- :) - then you can pretty much guarantee that you will keep those extra pounds on.

So, when forced with the choice for how to adjust your diet plan- keep eating healthy foods and decide to give it that little extra (or LOTS extra) in the gym. One more note: don't think for one second that just because you worked your ass off at the gym today that you can go ahead and eat whatever you want tonight. To keep the deficit working, you must continue to keep you calorie intake constant, while increasing your energy expenditure.

Have fun and train hard!

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