Simple Fitness Nutritional Strategy
All our programs include diet coaching. We start by giving you a 5 day journal to track what you eat, when you eat it and how you feel before and after you eat it. Using the results from the 5 day journal we make gradual adjustments to your current eating habits. This allows us to keep as much of your current eating habits as possible and avoid any unsustainable drastic changes.
We do not provide you with a meal plan as we believe though they do work, people get tired of eating the same thing all the time. We provide you with guidelines to follow based on a system that has worked for thousands of others. The key is to change the way you view food. Food is to be consumed for sustenance not for any form of gratification. You eat to live, not live to eat.
You will improve self-awareness by learning to differentiate hunger from appetite. Appetite appears to be the root of many cases of over-eating. Hunger is essentially a biological response reminding us to replenish depleted energy reserves for physiological purposes, whereas appetite is a desire or interest to eat specific foods. Appetite can be triggered by various stimuli (i.e., smell of freshly baked bread, sight of a large desert buffet) in the absence of hunger that oftentimes results in impulsive consequences. In other words, you may eat due to your appetite even though you are not technically hungry.
Although we have some conscious awareness to various eating triggers, most influence our sub-conscious mind, frequently driving us to eat mindlessly. Improving self-awareness to these stimuli offers a critical opportunity to exercise greater conscious control of eating. The fundamental idea for success is focused around awareness of the triggers in our own lives. Start with your dietary danger zones (e.g., times snacking at your desk, while driving, when bored, at social events or restaurants, etc.) and begin recording a log of any events, experiences or situations that act as a trigger (e.g., meeting with your boss, meeting your friends for happy hour). Over time, this aggregated information should reveal problematic areas that can then be addressed with a plan to control them.
Another effective strategy is to learn to recognize and manage our own hunger levels, preventing unnecessary over-eating that can lead to increased body weight. Although hunger and appetite are quite different, they are often confused when trying to lose weight. Managing and not ignoring hunger is critical to weight loss. The practice of ignoring hunger should always be avoided because it significantly slows the body’s metabolic rate, which can impair any weight loss strategy.