Going to the gym and working out is only part of the battle of a fit lifestyle. The other 80% needs to come from your diet. Nutrition is the key to any successful workout, without it your body cannot function properly through the workout or recover for the next day.
Changing just your diet without adding any type of exercise regiment will yield results and improvements in weight loss and overall health. On the flip side, working really hard at the gym while not getting proper nutrition will leave you wondering why you’re awake at 5am to hit the gym before work every day and seeing very minimal, if any changes to your body and your level of health.
No matter what your fitness goals are, you need to provide your body with the necessary fuel in order to reach them. Everyone is different and has different nutritional needs, what works for one person may not work for another. It is important to consult with a nutritionist or trainer to make sure you are consuming the correct amount of calories each day so that you give yourself the best chance to succeed in reaching your fitness goals. You don’t want to bust your ass in the gym and not see the results you want over something as simple as a diet change.
Once you have the diet plan in place, you need to prepare yourself to succeed by planning or “prepping” your meals for the upcoming week. You are more likely to eat healthy or follow your plan if it is convenient and accessible to you. There’s a big difference between having to cook an entire meal each time you need to eat and only having to re-heat an already prepared meal. Think about it this way, when you’re out running errands and in a rush, do you think of going to a restaurant and sitting down for a balanced meal or do you think about stopping by the closest fast food restaurant because it’s convenient? Most likely your choice is the latter and that’s where you can mess up your plan. Having meals ready to take with you for the day takes that element out and sets you up for succeeding and reaching your goals every day. You need to make this a lifestyle, not a “diet.” Think to yourself, “this is how I eat now.”
There are different levels of fitness and nutritional needs. Everyone has to start somewhere, don’t be afraid of change. Create your goals and then shatter through them. Keep pushing past your limits. Find what works for you and keep evolving.
If you need assistance in planning your weekly meals feel free to contact us. We offer several meal plans for men and women and endless possibilities to create your own meals for your specific needs.