The mantra seems simple enough: Work out consistently, watch what you eat, and the weight will begin to fall away. And yet, people continue to be amazed when their weight remains the same while in the throes of a workout revival. They go the gym four times a week. They work out for at least one hour each visit. They have a nice combination of cardio, lifting, and interval training. They even do a core fitness class and throw in some restorative yoga once a week or so. So why hasn’t the arrow on the scale moved? Who or what is the culprit? Diet.
Many well-meaning people have become their own worst enemy. No amount of working out can fix bad nutrition. You can workout hard in training, but it’s all for naught if you can’t clean up your dietary, nutritional act. Ironically, many a personal trainer loses more than a few clients when they claim, “You aren’t helping me reach my fitness goals.” The sad news is this: no trainer can help a client reach his or her fitness goals if the client continues to self-sabotage by making consistently poor food choices.
A prime (and somewhat infamous) example of this phenomenon can be seen at work on prime time TV shows like Celebrity Fit Club or Biggest Loser. Time and time again, we watch contestants sweat it out. They show up for workouts and when they step up to the treadmill, the weight bench, or the mat, they give it their all. Yet, when they step up to the table, we watch as they negate every bit of sweat and tears with high calorie, empty food choices. Often these foods are their “go-to” comforters; for some it’s sweets, for others it’s high carbs and starches, for still others comfort means red wine and cheese. In one example, Nicole Eggert of Baywatch fame appeared incredulous every time she stepped on the scale. “why isn’t the weight coming off?” she wailed. The answer was simple and obvious. Ms. Eggert loved to drink red wine and had a very hard time stopping at just one serving. There are approximately 115 calories in a glass of wine. Have three and your caloric total just skyrocketed to 345. Self-sabotage at work.
Obviously, diet and exercise are dependent on one another. Workout but don’t eat in moderation = eating great but never working out. Either way, your fitness won’t improve. The two must go hand in hand.