by Craig Pollard, A Fitter Me
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with Maggie from The NGTimes (North Grenville)to discuss my advertising. As always we started chatting about life, and how things were going. The conversation inevitably got to the topic of health and healthy living.
I am a personal trainer, and have had sport in the majority of my life, but there was a time where I got so sidetracked that I got up to over 270 lbs. So I am not only talking to you from the perspective of a trainer but also as someone that had to figure it out as I went along. I managed to drop 95 pounds of fat and added 20 lbs of lean muscle in 5 months, simply working out three days a week and eating the way I’m going to train you to eat.
After working in my own business of training people both in the gym and with nutrition choices, I have found a few common threads among many and here they are:
- Understanding of what food is,
- Why we eat it,
- When to eat what.
When my clients understand food, they make better choices. Media and marketing are pointing us to the most profitable food, not the right food.
Diets and Dieting
Hey, lets be honest we all know someone that has made it on these diets, but the people that don’t succeed far outnumber the ones that do. I think the reason is simple: the companies want you to keep coming back and buying their product or service. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think each and every one of these diet programs have merit but when you leave or stop with the “diet” then what? This is the thing, now you’re done, what do you do now …you go back to your “regular eating” habits. You need to think about changing the way you eat and think about food. Its not “what do I want” its more “what do I NEED”.
Knowledge is Your Best Weapon
I’m only offering knowledge here. I’m not suggesting anyone will change their eating habits but at least you may know what (and when) you are making bad choices.
What Do We Need and How Often?
When we eat food, it is available for energy for about 3 to 4 hours and the amount you need to eat is based on the activity level your going to have for those hours. Moving and working hard; eat a bit more, sitting at your desk; yup-a bit less.
Many conversations are had about the amounts of these things but there is no discussion on weather they are needed or not. Proteins, Carbs, and Fats, everything we eat falls into these hoppers. In the following weeks try to eat 5 to 6 times a day starting as soon as you get up eating something from the three groups (Carbs, Proteins and Fats). Also, lets not forget one very important part of good health, hydration. Try to drink about 1.5 to 2 L of water each day. Next issue we will discuss sources of Proteins , Carbohydrates and Fats.
Craig is a Certified Personal Trainer and is certified in Nutrition for Sport and Performance. Craig operates AFitter.Me, a small, independent gym in Kemptville and works with iNSiDE Out STUDiO barre for Nutrition.