2015 Get Better Series: Nutrition

Last month I gave a talk in which I broke down some simple things people can do to get better at hitting their goals in 2015. Let’s talk about nutrition today.
We all know that there can be NO change in body composition without a change in nutrition. Let me repeat that because it seems like I can’t say it enough. 
There can be NO change in body composition without a change in nutrition. NONE. 
The problem I see most when it comes to people’s nutrition is engagement. Way too often people just don’t know what they’re eating. I’ve had people tell me, completely honestly that they’ve followed what we’ve together agreed to do, only to ask a few questions and realize they haven’t changed a thing. There are two great ways to really stay engaged with what you’re eating:
1. Food log. When you start writing down everything you eat and drink it forces you to see what you’ve done your best to avoid seeing. It forces you to see that you’re eating a whole bag of chips that you would have forgotten about. It forces you to see that you’re not having desert twice a week, you’re having it 6 times a week. It forces you to see that when you tell me you eat eggs for breakfast, a salad for lunch and chicken and veggies for dinner and that’s it! You conveniently forget the sodas, coffee drinks, chocolate and handfuls of M&Ms you eat every day.
Mostly, though, it forces you to remember what your goals are and that you have these goals in the first place.
2. Remember your goals. Too many people tell me they want to lose weight and when I ask them how their diet is going they kind of get real quiet. If something is an honest to goodness goal why do so many people just forget about it all the time? If I have a weightlifting goal you’d better believe I think about it when I’m lifting. If I have a financial goal you’d better believe I think about it when paying my bills. So if you have a weight loss goal why do you forget about when you eat? Get engaged!
Let me know if you need help getting engaged with your nutrition. 
Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Lean Eating Coach, FMS
2861 Grove Way in Castro Valley
510-754-7113
I Help People Discover Their Strength!