These days, there’s an excessive amount of information about nutrition and, specifically, weight loss diets. It can be overwhelming and utterly confusing. Will Keto fix my problems? What is Paleo all about? During the fat-free craze, I loved eating my bagels with fat-free cream cheese, which now directly interferes with low-carb dieting! Here are a few tips to help you reach your goals.
1. Be Consistent
You’ve heard it before: results don’t happen overnight. Once you determine which path you want to follow, give it some time to work (at least 2 weeks and that’s even cutting it close!) It’s going to take some effort and patience.
2. Don’t be a Hater
What works for one person may not work for you. No need to get all fired up. As Fleetwood Mac says, you can go your own way. It might take some experimentation to find out what works for your lifestyle and for your body.
3. Track It
If you’re serious about making body composition changes, you’ll want to keep track of the foods you are putting into your body and how it’s responding. There are plenty of apps now that will help you do this easily and quickly. Don’t guess. Get solid information that will help guide you on what’s working or not.
4. Use Your Common Sense
Is it the cabbage soup that is the magic to weight loss or the fact that you’re eating less than 1000 calories a day? Being very calorie restrictive or eliminating entire food groups can (and will) work in the short term. But, extreme deprivation will cause problems later (and that’s an entirely different article!) Be realistic and understand what you’re getting yourself into before you begin.
5. Go Back to the Basics
Eat fresh food. Exercise more frequently. Get adequate sleep. Recognize that these (and other) simple actions are still relevant and can positively impact your health. Stop overcomplicating things and look at the big picture.
If you’re still stuck from all of the conflicting advice and don’t know where to begin, focus on the long game. Health is a lifelong journey with small incremental steps and adjusting as you move forward. Reach out to your Infinity Fitness coaches. We are here to guide, encourage and support you!
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Meet Melanie Robinson!
Melanie is 16 years old & has been training at Infinity Fitness since December 2018.
Q: What do you enjoy most about Infinity? A: What I enjoy most is the amazing, community atmosphere. Everyone is always there to lift each other and encourage one another.
Q: Would you recommend Infinity to a friend & why? A: I would absolutely recommend Infinity to a friend. I would recommend it because even if you play a sport or just want to be in shape, Infinity can help you every step of the way, and make you feel amazing while you are there.
Q: What skills have you learned and improved on during your time here? A: During my time at Infinity, I have learned everything I know today. Although I played sports when I started at Infinity, I had never lifted or focused on my running before. Through Infinity I have learned proper running technique, basic and advanced lifts, and how to create a workout for what I need/want.
Q: You’ve been a part of our Infinity family since 2017! Tell us what keeps you coming back.
A: The trainers are great at what they do. They develop unique, challenging workouts each day and are great motivators. We also love the family feel at Infinity. The staff, trainers and members are always welcoming and care for each other.
Q: What do you enjoy most about Infinity & how do you stay motivated?
A: We really enjoy the variety of the workouts as well as the people. The competitive, but supportive environment makes it easy to stay motivated.
Q: What is your career & what are some of your interests outside of Infinity?
A: Jeff is a middle school teacher and Teresa is a Senior Director of Analytics for Aetna Healthcare. Outside of Infinity, we enjoy golfing, hiking, watching and attending sporting events, spending time with our kids and friends, and trips to Rocky Point.
Q: Like many families, you are busy! How do you prioritize health & fitness in your life?
A: We feel strongly about staying active. Outside of work and family obligations, it simply is one of our highest priorities. If we are not at Infinity we are doing something where we are moving. We want to be good role models to our kids and we want to stay as healthy and active as possible for all the great things the future holds.