Tracking Your Food

Should You Track Your Food? Improving our health and fitness can take many different forms and pathways.  Weight training or cycling, or yoga, or swimming, each method of movement produces loads of positive outcomes both inside and out.  As we see progress in our fitness levels, one thing which will help get you to your goals faster and stay there long term is your nutrition.  One way we can help to unlock this understanding is through tracking our eating each day.    Understanding what is going into your body and why it may or may not benefit your workouts is key.  Weight loss comes through caloric deficit and muscle building will come through surplus.  However, tracking may not be for everyone.     Here are 5 reasons why you should be logging your food, and 5 reasons tracking your meals might not be the right choice for you. Reasons TO Track

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Why Weight Training is a must for Weight Loss

Want to lose weight….lift weights. As a trainer you get asked a lot of questions. They are often the same questions. This one is a popular one….   What exercise is most beneficial for weight loss. Cardio or weights?    My, sometimes, surprising answer is both but emphasize weights.   We all know the many benefits of weight training. Improved bone density and glucose utilization, an elevated metabolic rate (hint this helps with weight loss!) and insulin sensitivity, increased strength, not to mention a boost to your mental health.   We know there are benefits to lifting weights but rarely do we think weight training is a must for weight loss. Usually the question is – doesn’t cardio burn more calories? Or when I need to lose weight I just start running. Then I’ll lose the weight I need to.   Neither one of these objections is wrong. Let’s just

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Avoid the Quick Fix Trap

There’s a quote I sometimes use now and then that you may have heard from me, “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.” I was never really able to find a reliable source for the quote, but I like it a lot.  I feel like it takes so much of the pressure off for establishing changes to our lives.   For example, “Lose 20 lbs of body fat in just 8 WEEKS!”  As opposed to a moderate, controlled caloric deficit that will result in 20 lbs of body fat lost in 4 months.  It will take you twice as long doing it the second way, however, the weekly pressure to lose is much less.  What might you say if I told you it was a plan that in 6 months you would lose 20 lbs?  Would you say no?   Maybe. We tend to get into these

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