A few months back I decided to seek out the help of a personal trainer. I talked about that in my last post.
Things have been going great and I’m down an extra 20 pounds
That it because he’s also a nutrionalist. Most personal trainers just work with you in the gym. But by know you should know it’s 80% proper nutrition and 20% exercise and weight training.
If you don’t know, well, now you know!
Seriously, I am living proof of that ratio. I use to slug away at the gym, then eat a very calorie heavy diet full of carbs and processed foods. Just because Subway has veggies, doesn’t mean it’s not loaded with calories and processed meats.
After eating lots of what I thought were healthy foods and not losing any weight, I started getting into eat fresh cooked meals that I made for myself.
But as I am about to explain in a minute, this never equated to lose pounds.
What Is Healthy Eating?
During my initial consult with my trainer he asked me what I ate.
I replied with “Well, I eat pretty healthy. I eat a lot of chicken and veggies along with protein shakes.”
He then asked me what I put in my shakes and how I prepared my chicken and veggies. I said I made salads with a couple of slices of bacon, an avocado, yellow peppers, tomatoes, spinach salad cucumbers and a whole chick breast.
My shakes had two scoops of protein, a banana, a handful of blueberries, a few strawberries.
This is where he really nailed me and my epiphany occurred!
He asked me if I had an idea how many calories those examples had? I had no idea. I mean, I was eating healthy right!
I was eating healthy alight but both meals were loaded with calories. He guessed that the salad probably had 800-1000 calories while the shake was around 600.
Based on my calorie intake to output ratio, I was already hitting my 1600 calorie limit daily with those two meals.
And this is where he showed me that I really needed to dial in my calorie intake by measuring everything.
He bough me a scale so I can weigh the chicken breast. He also introduced me to this site which lists all the nutrition from just about every food in North America.
These two things really helped me dial in a nutrition plan and get my calorie intake balanced.
Once you know what your food has in terms of calories, you can then create a balanced plan to keep you fueled all day.
And that is important. Calories should be looked at as energy and not a bad thing.
Anyways, I’ll be back next week with a post on watching out for power foods and why you shouldn’t worry about fat in foods.