Sunday, November 8, 2009

Dieting? Quit BSing Yourself....

One of my best friends is a personal trainer named Rachel. She is a wonderful gal but extremely honest about diet and fitness. She will tell you how it is! Rachel does a weekly feature on my blog (Hip As I Wanna Be) called "Fitness Friday."

I thought you guys might be interested in this week's feature on clean eating. Very compelling! (It is a two part post so be sure to check out both of them.)


Stop BS’ing Yourself!

I’ll start off by admitting that I have extremely high standards when it comes to what I consider “eating well.” To me, eating well means eating very few, if any, pre-packaged processed or refined foods. It means eating a diet consisting of nutritious whole foods—plenty of fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, healthy fats, and of course, plenty of water. It means eating at regular intervals, not skipping meals, and not overindulging. In the fitness world, this is known as “clean eating”.

As a personal trainer and weight management intern at a hospital-based weight loss program, I talk to people all day about their diet and exercise choices. Most often I hear people say, “I don’t exercise at all but I eat really well” or “I exercise regularly and I eat well but I just can’t get this weight off.” How come then, if all these people are eating well, they are still so overweight?

I’m not trying to be crass, but I’ve got to call the BS flag.