We’ve all seen the diets out there, dozens of them! All claiming the same thing, quick results with little effort. Unfortunately the real world doesn’t work this way. In this section we will help guide you through the basics of eating. And it is basic! Eating doesn’t have to be complicated or confusing. You don’t have to weigh or cut your food up into portions. With a few simple tips you will be well on your way to changing the way you feel, and look.
By following the simple rules to eating, you can change your life. And you don’t have to starve! If you become a personal client of ours you will have access to more detailed information on how to get the most out of your training. But anyone can use the information provided here and benefit from long lasting results.
Probably the biggest tip we can give you all (that gyms don’t want you to know) is that losing weight starts in the kitchen and NOT in the gym. In fact weight loss is governed 70% by what you eat, and 30% by what exercise you do. If we simply eat the correct foods at the start, then we can reduce the amount of time required for exercising dramatically. In essence this means you can spend more money at the markets, and less money on gyms & personal trainers.
Whole foods are foods that are closest to their natural state and that means they give us more nutrients than packaged or processed foods.
None of us are perfect and we live in the modern world, so obviously every meal and snack we have will not be made up of wholefoods. However, if we aim for them to make up 60 to 75 per cent of our diet, it will go a long way towards preventing disease, slowing down the ageing process, and keep our weight on an even Kiel.
So what should we eat? Wholefoods include unprocessed fruit and vegetables. Wholegrains (millet, brown rice, oats, rye, wholewheat, buckwheat, quinoa & cornmeal). Beans and legumes (including lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans), and nuts and seeds.
Wholefoods of animal origin include eggs, fish, seafood (including crustaceans), poultry and red meat such as beef, lamb, pork and veal.
Eating foods that have not been processed ensures you consume the maximum amount of nutrients, in the correct proportions.
Wholefoods contain a wide variety of nutrients in one food. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids and fibre. Wholefoods are also rich in some substances that cannot be synthesised in the body and therefore have to be obtained through diet.
Pass on Processed:
Processed foods are often filled with chemicals and preservatives that give food flavour and a long shelf life. These chemicals can build up, causing our body’s systems to become sluggish and even toxic. Eating this way starves bodies of nutrients, which is why people who eat a lot of processed foods are always hungry.
In essence, processed foods do nothing for us, except maybe save us a bit of time.
Where to find whole foods:
How do you find wholefoods? It’s easy. At your local supermarket, shop in the fresh-food aisles, which are usually on the outside of the stores. The further you move into the centre of the stores, the more processed food you will find. You can also visit farmers’ markets or your local greengrocer or health-food store.
With a quality personal trainer on your side who can give you a powerful session one or twice per week, free classes, and the right eating habits, you can change the way you look and feel in a relatively short amount of time.