You may be looking to improve your diet to complement personal training sessions; here at Focusing on You, we’re keen to bust a few myths about food and diets to make sure you’re getting the most from your efforts.
Fasting and Very Low Calorie Diets: If you’ve been interested in achieving your ideal body weight for some time, you have probably come across adverts claiming to help you ‘lose weight quickly’ by fasting, drinking concoctions of lemon water and sugar or eating less than 500 calories per day. Although diets such as these might have results in the short-term, they are unmaintainable, and can often lead to weight-gain immediately afterwards. Getting healthy and staying at an ideal body weight will take time, effort and hard work; a personal trainer will be able to help you change your lifestyle, so that the results you achieve are sustainable and lasting.
Fruit smoothies are a good way to fill up: We all know we should eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, which can be in fresh, dried or tinned form. Smoothies can be a great way to get a boost of vitamins if you’re feeling under the weather, but they are also extremely high in fruit sugars. It’s important to consider the content of food; could you really eat 2 bananas, 20 grapes, 2 apples and 30 strawberries in one sitting, every day?
I can’t eat carbohydrates if I’m trying to lose weight: This isn’t always the case. Whilst you might want to limit your intake to once a day, carbohydrates can provide vital energy, especially for exercise. Stick to whole wheat varieties rather than refined; wholemeal bread and pasta and brown rice are all slow release forms of energy.