As many of you may know I have a body building background. It’s not something that I’d do again, but I enjoyed the preparation for body building contests when I was competing. The day of the show was another story. To me, it seems like such a silly ‘sport’ now.
The best part of the whole process was the fact that I really got to know my body and how it reacts to food and exercise.
My training hasn’t really changed a ton since my bodybuilding days. Well, my cardio has changed because now I do HIIT (high intensity interval training) and back then I did more of the long, slow boring cardio because that was more popular at the time, although now proven to be less effective at fat burning.
The most effective tool I had back then for fat loss was this:
There was no internet or online software programs to log food at that time. A pen and a notebook sufficed. I had a Nutrition Almanac and a food scale, much like this one:
I logged every morsel of food that went into my mouth (and I logged my workouts too). I weighed and measured everything I ate to the point that I still can eyeball something and be pretty darn close to the calorie count for it.
Now this is pretty meticulous and not the kind of thing that would be a lifelong habit. But, I have to tell you that this was THE BEST way to learn about food. I got to know the calorie and nutrient count of every thing I ate. I had a super clean diet and I made sure I knew all about the foods I ate.
Why am I telling you this?
I DON’T recommend getting ready for a bodybuilding or fitness contest. (I have my opinions about these things now even though I don’t regret my experiences with them then.) But I do recommend you keep a food log or journal. If you make a deal with yourself that you’ll write down everything you eat, you’re more likely to keep your diet clean and on track.
And technology has changed since my bodybuilding days that makes this process a whole lot easier. There are ways to figure out calorie and nutrient count that doesn’t require math (whoop whoop! says the math challenged such as myself!).
I’ve done a lot of research on this online nutrition programming and I’ve come up with a solution for you. My Shawna 24/7 clients are currently using the software and so far, they’re reporting great results in the two weeks that we’ve been doing the program. One client says, “I’m learning a ton about food!” . Another says. “Did you sense my relief when I saw the nutrition program we’re using?”
Stay tuned for this program that I’ll have available you so that you can get on top of your nutrition. It will make your fat loss efficient and easy. You’ll learn a ton about nutrition and you’ll get a report card for every meal plan to ensure that you’re meeting your nutritional needs.
Sometimes you may think that you’re doing a stellar job on your nutrition and find out otherwise once you start to take a closer look. This program will guide you and give you the info you need to help you meet your goals.
I want to provide everyday solutions for your fitness and fat loss goals. I feel it’s my job to do this for you and I’d be remiss if I knew there were something out there that would help you, but I didn’t make you aware of it.
More news on this program coming up Monday!