While it's true that you can't out-exercise a bad diet, if you're just starting out and have a lot of fat to lose, it may be best to leave your diet as-is and start with exercise.
Have you ever heard the expression that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet? There’s a lot of truth to it. For long-term health, and to fully reach your fitness goals, it’s imperative that you support your exercise habit with healthy eating habits.
We see some very common dietary “mistakes” time and again with our clients that are impeding their success. One of the most common we see in clients who have stubborn fat to lose is that they eat poorly throughout the day. But this doesn’t necessarily mean they eat too much – in fact, they’re usually eating too little, and choosing the wrong things.
Everyone wants to lose weight these days – and I have a problem with that. Are you surprised to hear that from a personal trainer? Hear me out.
“Weight loss” is not universally a good thing. When you lose weight, you lose a combination of water, fat, and muscle. This is inevitable – nobody loses pure fat – but the goal is to lose as much fat as possible, and as little water and muscle. In fact, you should work at adding muscle, while losing fat - but we'll get to that in a minute.
Unfortunately, most weight loss programs, products, and diets ignore the distinction between weight loss and fat loss, and focus solely on the number on the scale. The end result is a loss of muscle - to the tune of about 50% - and a really messed up metabolism.
Our great nation turns 148 on Wednesday (Happy Birthday, Canada!) and many of us will celebrate with BBQs and potlucks - which are all too often an excuse to indulge. But, as we tell our clients, you do not have to abandon your health and fitness goals to enjoy a festive meal. We talked a little bit about that last week in our summer survival guide. Today we bring you three healthy and patriotic recipe ideas, perfect for a Canada Day potluck.
At this point in the holiday season, you’ve probably already done some indulging – and there’s lots more to come.
Although studies show that the average holiday weight gain is only a couple of pounds, they also show that most people never end up losing them – instead they accumulate year-after-year.
Here are a few ways to get through the festive season without packing on extra pounds.
Clients often ask us if they should be taking vitamins and/or other supplements. The short answer is: yes. Even if you’ve got a near-perfect diet, you can still benefit from vitamins.
It’s not easy to get out the door on time in the morning, let alone with a nutritious breakfast in your belly. We hear this time and again from our personal training clients. Problem is, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So what’s a busy person to do?
Luckily there are a lot of “grab and go” breakfast options. Here are some of our favourites. Each taste great and will keep you going for hours:
Many clients ask us what they should eat after their Nielsen Fitness workout. This is a great question as good post-workout nutrition can replenish your energy stores, increase the size and/or quality of your muscles and assist in repairing damage caused by the workout. Here is a recipe for a delicious and easy to make protein shake that will help you get the most out of your workout!
The other day one of our personal training clients, who is in great shape, told me that one of her friends remarked to her, “Why on Earth do you work out? You’re skinny!” This comment is an example of a great misconception in our society: that skinny = healthy.
This client can deadlift and squat more than her own body weight, and has a healthy percentage of body fat and lean tissue (muscle). She is lean, but also strong and healthy. Some so-called skinny people, on the other hand, are none of the above.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 16 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!