If this is happening with you, then there is something that can be improved upon – because the general formula is correct. I have heard this complaint more times than I can count (that’s often why people who are now my clients have come to me). By asking questions, I can usually trace it down to a few things that are being overlooked that will make a huge difference in your results. Let’s focus on one aspect here that can affect your training. We’ll get to more possibilities in future articles.
Nutrition is KEY here, because if you’re not providing the proper fuel, your body cannot respond as it should – you wouldn’t fuel up a Formula 1 race car by pulling into a gas station and “fillin’ her up with regular” would you? That’s not to imply that you must make more expensive choices . . . just better-thought-out ones. Here are several examples I have encountered that will drastically affect your desired results . . .
Not Getting Enough Protein in Your Diet
Normally, in this country, that’s not a problem. However, some people who are trying to lose weight go about it by simply eliminating foods – and many times, the food or foods that they need to ensure proper nutrition get eliminated. When this happens, their body cannot properly recover from workouts, they feel exhausted, they get hungry more often, etc. Sometimes, it is because they have made bad food combinations and never get enough COMPLETE proteins to make the grade. By asking questions and making the right choices, this can be overcome.
Not Eating Enough
Your body will react to conserve and become very efficient with calories when you restrict your caloric intake too severely. I have INCREASED a client’s daily caloric intake by 500 calories, and watched as her weight dropped by one and a half pounds every week for months afterward.
Not Eating Frequently Enough
I have had people come to me who had eliminated a meal from their diet in an effort to lose weight. One man was eating 2 meals each day. In these 2 meals he WAS eating, one had ZERO protein in it, and the other one was enough food to feed 3 people. Even though this 2nd meal had ENOUGH protein in it, he could not use it all BECAUSE YOUR BODY CAN ONLY PROCESS ABOUT 25 – 30 GRAMS OF PROTEIN AT A TIME. The excess protein was being converted to fat or expensive waste products!
This goes back to the 1st problem I mentioned of insufficient protein. Once the problem was diagnosed and corrected, his energy level shot through the roof and he was unstoppable in my gym. Another problem with infrequent meals is the length of time between feedings. It causes your body to begin “starvation mode” which slows down your metabolism and conserves calories. It will begin to store everything it can as fat. Frequent SMALL meals will work much better.
People who eat breakfast tend to eat less throughout the day, have improved moods and energy levels and see better progress as a result. Need I say more?
This list is not all-inclusive of nutritional errors that are commonly discovered in my discussions with people who come to me for training, but it serves to show you that – if you aren’t getting the proper results, there is usually a reason. I plan to discuss potential training mistakes in future articles. Maybe you saw something in this article that you’re doing, or maybe the next article will reveal your particular problem. Maybe you haven’t started training yet. If you live around the Harford County, Maryland region, save yourself some time for training and contact me now to see how I can help get you the body you’re after. I would love to help you! Contact me today.
Dave – Your Harford County, Maryland Personal Fitness Trainer
Results are what you’ll get when you train with me. I’m conveniently located in Forest Hill near the center of Harford County, Maryland. Clients come to me from Fallston, Jarrettsville, Bel Air, Forest Hill and Baltimore. I’ve got the experience, the ability, the knowledge and the success stories of my students to testify that my training is result driven and result based. Visit my webpage for more information.