Workout Newbies Series: Part 4

RULE #4: Track Your Food! 

I am not in any way promoting any certain diet or fad or suggesting that you cut out all those foods you love so dearly.  All I am saying is that you need to keep track of what you are putting in your body, especially if you are trying to achieve a particular goal.  You would be surprised how many people think they are eating well and when they keep track for a week, it is a total shock to them!  Foods can sneak up on you! 

I have been a huge advocate of nutrition tracking because I myself track my meals.  In order to have control over it, you need to know what you are consuming.  Start with tracking everything you eat for a week.  Don't try to change anything, just keep track.  Once you have an idea of what you are taking in, then you can work on tweaking it as necessary to fit in line with your goals.  Remember, the objective is not to take away all the foods you love.  The idea is to get control of it.  

After a week of tracking, hopefully you will see where your weaknesses are and your strengths, and you will be able to make modifications.  For example, if you notice you are consuming a large portion of your calories late at night, try to eat more during the day.  More protein and fiber will help keep you satiated throughout the day.  If you are going straight for the carbs, then most likely you are hungry often throughout the day.  This can cause unneeded snacking and calories being taken in.  After tracking your food, you will also be able to see deficiencies in vitamins and minerals that you may need to supplement (that will be a later post).  

You already have a fitness goal set up.  You may have decided to enlist a personal trainer to help you design your program.  And now, you are starting to take control of your food.  All the pieces are in place, now hit the ground running and feel good about your hitting your goals!  

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