Help, I can’t lose weight. I’m stuck!
In this vlog, aimed at giving you tips on how to get unstuck when it comes to a plateau (weight loss or fitness), Cat begins by explaining how this nutrition plan that used to work like magic for her was not doing the trick. “It was super frustrating,” she admitted.
What Cat Kom, with fellow trainer, AJ, will demonstrate in this vlog is that as your life changes from day to day, whether it be because you’re not the same age, or your fitness routine is different, or your on day 5 of your “cycle”, or whatever… what works one day may not work the next. Along with that, there is no true one size fits all workout or nutrition regiment.
When it comes to healthy eating, you might feel certain changes immediately. For example, if you’re feeding your body nutrients instead of empty calories, you will likely notice an increase in energy and feel less bloated or heavy. However, when it comes to seeing that lean, tight body you’ve been craving, your body may not be reacting to your choices by dropping fat, for one reason or another. Maybe it’s the combination of foods, maybe it’s the times of day you’re eating, maybe it’s the portion sizes, who knows! But, what I do know is that after a few weeks (ya gotta give it at least that long to truly know), if it isn’t moving you in the right direction, then you should try something new.
It’s important to note that when I say try something new, I’m not suggesting you go on any trendy fad diet where more than likely you’ll be encouraged to eliminate a food group, like carbs (“hello gut issues” and “bye bye ability to use your brain well” for those that do that). Rather, I mean try eating at different times, trying mixing your foods differently, working on the correct portion sizes you need, try changing some of your carb or protein sources, etc. For me, it was as simple as adding in more grains than I had been eating, and reducing beans. I didn’t cut beans out, I just decreased the amount I ate and increased my grains, then voila, my body reacted well to that! But, next month I can’t predict if that will continue to do the trick. We’re living, moving, and changing creatures, which means we have to constantly adapt to the changes in our bodies and environments.
Health blogs may tout specific diets, but none of these findings are valuable unless they are personalized for you. So, instead of jumping on the next diet that your friend suggested (especially considering that 98% of diets fail long term, leaving you feeling like a failure), listen to your body and explore various healthy options. Subtract and add in different ingredients, and in different patterns. Mix it up. And, remember to keep with it and stay consistent for a few weeks with anything you try, in order to see true results. You got this!
Though Cat and AJ know a ton about nutrition, do note that they are not Registered Dietitians, but they do have Miriam as their brilliant resource! Watch the video in full to hear Cat’s personal story on dieting, and for more trainer tip videos, click HERE!
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