In setting any successful dietary program, three things ring true; everybody needs protein, fat is extremely important for brain function, and there is not a single carbohydrate on the planet that is essential for human life. With that said, we are not advocating for a carbohydrate free diet, just putting things into perspective as to what you need and what you don't. Carbs definitely make life convenient (and sometimes pretty fun.) However, finding the right amount of carbohydrates for your particular goals will be helpful. In determining this, the most important aspects to consider, are activity level and schedule for being able to eat. If you are only able to have 2 full meals during the day, high carbs in those meals might be counter-productive. Carbohydrates can leave you depleted and feeling hungry or in the long run which leads to further throwing the diet off with cheat meals. Need help figuring the schedule out, come join us this Wednesday (April 29th) at 7PM, for a talk that will guide you though it.
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So with Easter and the end of Q1 coming up it is fitting that we should be talking about renewal of our goals. In particular, sometimes the quickest way to reach our goals is not a straight line. When we get close, we make jumps, throw caution to the wind and possibly do some things that need correcting. In the case of a diet, we might see our target weight only 3 pounds away so we skip a couple of meals. We may hit our goal, but it is hardly in a sustainable way. It’s times like this were a refocus, possibly even taking a step back or setting up your follow up with a fitness concierge and starting again can really help in the long term. Whether the endeavor be weight loss, lifting a certain weight or some time on a 6 mile run, stepping back from the goal and making sure how you are getting there is good for the long run can ensure that you will maintain (or exceed) that goal for years to come.