Sometimes it can feel nearly impossible to get results with your fitness and nutrition.
That’s the great thing about a personal trainer or a coach, they can give you that extra push and you get the benefits of their expert knowledge and experience.
But, that’s ONLY if they are telling you the things that you NEED to know!
Here are secrets your personal trainer won’t tell you to get the most out of your fitness and nutrition!
“Diet Is Just As Important As Exercise!”
When it happens: All day long.
Why it’s bad: If you don’t eat a balanced, healthy diet throughout the day, you’re wasting your time. Say you burn 400 calories during your 1 hour workout. But then you go eat 500 calories of junk food in 5 minutes. Or worse, you don’t eat at all! WHAT A WASTE! You need to fuel your body with nutritious and healthy foods to continue to make progress.
How to fix it: Eat 5 well-balanced, healthy meals throughout the day to keep your body fueled up and ready to go. Ideally these meals would be spaced 3 hours apart to keep your hormone levels in balance.
“Stop Taking Long Breaks!”
When it happens: During the workout.
Why it’s bad: Taking long breaks or pushing the pause button on your DVD player during the workout is defeating the purpose of the workout! Part of any workout is elevating your heart rate. By taking those long rest periods you aren’t keeping your heart rate elevated. The harder and longer you are working, the more calories and fat you burn off.
How to fix it: Don’t push the pause button and only take enough rest to catch your breath. Once you can breathe jump back into the workout! The more intense the workout, the more calories and fat you’ll burn off!
“Too Much Cardio!”
When it happens: During the workout.
Why it’s bad: Cardio only burns calories during the workout. Intense cardio is great for the heart, but low intensity, steady-state cardio isn’t going to get you results!
How to fix it: Do cardio intervals or, better yet, make strength training your focus and do some cardio intervals after your weight training! This combination will build lean muscle, burn fat, and keep your metabolism elevated for hours after you leave the gym.
“Add Some Weight!”
When it happens: Strength training.
Why it’s bad: Lifting heavy weights will not make you bulky! If you don’t strength train with enough resistance to completely fatigue your muscles, you won’t add fat-frying muscle mass to your frame.
How to fix it: Choose a weight that’s heavy enough to allow you complete one set and nothing more. Keep bumping up those weights to push yourself to your limits!
When it happens: After your workout.
Why it’s bad: If you’re trying to lose weight, it may seem like a good idea to skip a meal after your workout. This could not be further from the truth. After your workout, your body needs to start restoring and repairing itself from your training session. In other words, it needs calories. Your body will automatically use the calories you eat for good (repair and recovery) and not bad (fat storage).
How to fix it: Directly following your workout, your best bet is a liquid meal that contains protein and carbohydrates, like Shakeology. These liquid meals don’t require a lot of digestion, so the nutrients will get into your system fast, allowing for your body to jumpstart the recovery process.
“That Isn’t Realistic!”
When it happens: Right now.
Why it’s bad: Trying to attain a goal that isn’t realistic is not only frustrating but very stressful. It’s important to realize that it’s going to take weeks for you to see major changes in your body. So don’t expect overnight results!
How to fix it: Compile a list of both short- and long-term realistic goals. If you’re trying to lose weight realize that 1-2 pounds per week is great progress. And if you’re trying to gain muscle that 0.5 pounds per week is superb!
Now I have a question…
These ARE secrets that you need to know!
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