You Can’t Out Exercise Bad Food Choices

Have you ever been tempted to indulge a little because you have been working out hard?  It’s an easy thing to rationalize.  If you have just pushed yourself to the limit on the treadmill for forty-five minutes, you can at least grab a chocolate shake on the way home.  You’ve earned it, right?

Actually, no.  Although many people operate on the assumption that they can cancel out their dessert habit with a daily spin on the elliptical trainer, it simply does not work that way in reality.  It can come as quite a shock to learn just how many calories can lurk within our favorite foods.

For example, a workout of moderate intensity will burn about 300-400 calories in sixty minutes.  During that workout, you have worked hard, raised your heart rate up and sweated quite a bit. Congratulations! That kind of work deserves a pat on the back.

But if you try to use that workout to justify a treat, you will likely come up short.  For example, a couple of glazed donuts from Starbucks pack a whopping 840 calories!  That is more than twice what you managed to burn during your hour of effort at the gym.

Is that a good trade?  You will have to decide whether more than two solid hours of intense exercise is worth the three or four minutes it takes you to eat a couple of donuts.

The truth is you cannot lose weight by simply exercising.  That is not to say that exercise is not important.  It is.  In fact, exercise is a great way to keep the weight off that you have already lost.  But few people can exercise enough to justify over eating; you simply cannot expend that much energy.  The extra calories will be stored as fat.  And it is a lot harder to get the fat off your body than it is to put it on.

This is not to say that you cannot indulge occasionally.  Of course you can.  But understand it is a treat—an exception.  It should not happen very often, and your indulgence should be in moderation.

And make sure that you know exactly how many calories you are eating when you choose your treat.  Hidden calories can sabotage your diet.  Once you know how many calories are in that double scoop of ice cream, you can decide whether you really want to eat it or not.  You may learn that you can be just as satisfied with one scoop and be happy to have less fat being stored on your body!

Why You Need a Personal Trainer

There’s a reason why celebrities and other highly successful people use coaches and trainers:  IT WORKS. 

And that is why so many people are turning to personal trainers to help them move from mediocre to excellence in their pursuit of health, fitness and weight loss.

The reality

More than 91% of people who start an exercise program quit early—even before their new routine becomes a habit, and 61% will give up within the very first week!1

Why?  Because changing your lifestyle is hard.  In spite of all the infomercials and ads claiming that you can lose weight and transform your body in thirty days (or six weeks at the longest), the truth is, getting fit requires a lifestyle makeover that takes

  • Time
  • Determination
  • Support

If any of these components is missing, the odds of success plummet.

The fix

The good news is that one component virtually guarantees the continued presence of the other two, and that is support--and support is the heart of what a good personal trainer provides.

A personal trainer helps with the time factor in two ways:

  1. Finding time in your schedule to actually work out
  2. Sticking with your program long enough to reach your goals.

A personal trainers supports you looking at your schedule and find ways to make fitness fit.  A seasoned personal trainer has much wisdom in the area of time management and is a master at figuring out how to work exercise into even the busiest schedules. He can also design workouts that are both efficient and effective.  Finally, a personal trainer can also provide the motivation that you need to keep going, long after you would have stopped were you doing working out by yourself.

Determination is also an area that a personal trainer supports you in.  At the beginning of your new fitness program, you have excitement, novelty and the joy of discovery to keep you going.  But eventually, what used to be new and fun becomes old and boring.  If determination fades, you will find yourself wandering off track in search of the next exciting pursuit.

Your personal trainer will help you keep your determination.  He will remind you why you are doing what you are doing.  He will get into your life and help you move past obstacles that arise, and he will talk you out of excuse-making.  He will constantly hold before you the consequences of your choices.  He will keep you moving forward.

And finally, a personal trainer supports you as your source for practical, step-by-step instructions for building health.  Your personal trainer is an expert in the field of exercise science.  While under the tutelage of a personal trainer, you do not have to design your own program of fitness, constantly wondering whether you are doing the right exercises in the right way.  A personal trainer will create a customized blueprint that will help you achieve your goals.

A personal trainer is your insurance policy against being another number in the appalling fitness drop-out statistics.  Don’t try to go it alone; we all need help.

Position yourself for success by working with a personal trainer and watch fitness and robust health become part of your life.


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