Have you been hitting the gym every day but haven’t seen the results that you hoped for? As a personal trainer, we hear questions like this all the time, and it’s usually because people don't properly manage their nutrition. Keeping a tab on your calorie consumption and burn is a good tactic to help you get closer to your health and fitness goals.
At the beginning of your health and fitness journey, it can be helpful to know what you’re taking in and what you’re putting out. Eventually, it will become a habit, and tracking your calories won’t be necessary.
However, for those at the beginning of your health and fitness journey, here are our simple tips for monitoring your calorie intake:
Set a Health And Fitness Goal
Before you begin on any journey, it’s usually a good idea to know where you’re headed, especially when you’re embarking on a health and fitness one. When you want to improve your health and fitness, make sure to set specific, measurable, and realistic goals for yourself.
Talk with your personal trainer about the best approach for you to reach your health and fitness goals. A personal trainer can help you set up a realistic plan, be supportive, and hold you accountable along the way.
Have a Daily Nutrition Chart
The prerequisite for reaching your health and fitness goals is having a healthy diet. With your personal trainer or nutritionist's help, you should set up a detailed nutrition chart for yourself. You want to make sure that you're factoring your age, height, weight, and the amount of weight you want to lose. It should include a good mix of fruits, vegetables, protein sources, and nuts.
If you have a sweet-tooth, opt for healthier dessert choices like frozen yogurt, dark chocolate, fresh fruit popsicles, and sorbet. Work with your personal trainer to calculate your BMI, so you ensure that your daily nutrition chart falls within the range of calories recommended for you.
Consider a Calorie Tracking App
It’s tough to know exactly how many calories are in which foods, so add the help of a calorie tracking app to your health and fitness goals. Also, using apps like My Fitness Pal can help to make tracking food a bit easier, and will help you understand your eating habits and assist you in making a healthy diet a habit. Awareness is key to making a change to a healthier diet and losing weight.
Have Weekly Check-Ins
Monitoring the progress of your health and fitness goals is one of the best ways to make any necessary changes to your diet and exercise routine. Set up a time each week to take down your body measurements with your personal trainer. Changes happen over time, not overnight, and it can be hard to keep that in mind.
Having your personal trainer assist you in this is a great way to stay motivated and accountable and ensure that you have support. When weight loss is your main health and fitness goal, you want to lose it quickly but make sure to avoid going the crash diet route.
Instead, opt to increase your workout intensity or make stricter, healthier food choices. Mention your goals to your personal trainer, they will be able to help you make the adjustments necessary for you to reach your health and fitness goals in a healthy time frame.
If you haven’t already set up an initial session with one of the personal trainers at SRQ Health and Fitness, do it today! Making your health and fitness a priority will be a choice you never regret.