The scale. Friend of few, the enemy of many.
The scale tells us one thing. Our current pull on gravity at the present moment – aka our weight. It tells us nothing else about ourselves. Not how fit we are, how nice we are, how bad we are…it only tells our weight.
The debate rages on about how to use the scale, or if to use the scale at all.
Like anything else in the fitness and diet world, it depends on the individual and their mindset.
If someone has had issues with the scale in the past, first I will look at what they were, how they handled them, and if it was a serious enough problem to avoid the scale – or if we just need to shift their mindset.
Do you know what the WORST part about being a dietitian and trainer is? Telling complete strangers what you do at social events.
“So what do you do?” – “I’m a registered dietitian and trainer”
- “Oh, so you are totally judging my plate right now…”
- “What do you think about _____ diet?”
- “I used to work out all the time.”
- “So do you sell supplements and stuff?”
- “I can’t believe you’re eating that”
- “You drink alcohol?”
The list goes on and on.
I am only half kidding about that being the worst part because it usually gives me an opportunity to make a sale, and hopefully show someone that a better way is out there.
But what most people think exercise and diet have to be to see results is completely wrong.
Exercise and dieting do not have to involve pain. Unless making healthier choices for your future is physically painful to you. But really, physical pain with exercise is not a good thing. It is definitely NOT a sign of a good workout. Yes, you may be a little sore the day after or two, but in the muscles, and you feel like you worked out.
Sometimes it’s okay to never be sore! That sounds great, doesn’t it?
Soreness is most common when you push yourself too hard, your form gets crappy, or you add a new exercise to the mix.
All three of those things are not necessary or not recommended either! Training is a skill that must be honed in. You cannot improve a skill if you overdo it, do it sloppily, or try adding a new skill every week.
Stop going to workouts that leave you crippled, puking or passing out. And if you are a trainer who brags about these things – shame on you.
“I ate a carrot and an egg for lunch today, and I am soooo hungry” 🙂
There are no magic foods that burn fat, and there are no must eat foods for optimal results. However, if there was a must-have food group or category of foods, it would be:
Protein – one of the three main macronutrients that I always seem to be talking about.
9/10 times when I first meet with a female client or go over the food journal of a client online, the first thing I notice is not enough protein.
Runners love to run. This is obvious. Running can also be a double-edged sword.
Some swear it is the best form of exercise, and others swear off it for life because of bad experiences.
Running can be one of the best forms of exercise and competition, and at the same time can be one of the most stressful and injurious forms of exercise.