Have you been trying to get into shape but just can’t seem to get the results you’re after? Are you working out constantly but not losing any weight? Doing hundreds of sit-ups but still no six-pack? One last question, are you giving your body the nutrition it needs? As your preferred gym in uptown New Orleans, we want to help you on your fitness journey any way that we can, and that requires more than just our certified personal trainers and top-of-the-line equipment (although they surely help!).
When it comes to fitness, there are two common misconceptions. The first is that you’ll get results almost immediately as long as you workout a few times. The second fallacy is that as long as you frequent the gym, you’ll lose weight and gain muscle no matter what your diet may be. Not only are these beliefs completely false, but many people are discouraged when they don’t resemble Greek gods and goddesses after a couple of visits to the gym and eventually quit.
Getting in shape takes time, commitment, and most importantly, proper nutrition. Unless you’re one of the very lucky few, nutrition is just as crucial to your fitness as working out, if not more-so. You can have a great routine, but if you grab a greasy hamburger on your way home, then your progress is lost. Proper nutrition isn’t just recommended for gym-goers though; it’s benefits are far-reaching. Let’s take a look at why you should put that nacho down, and pick up a vegetable.
Obviously, exercise is good for losing weight and your overall health, but the problem lies in the conception that working out is all that is required to lose weight. It certainly depends on the intensity of your workout, but most processed and fatty foods contain way more calories than expected. If you have a cheeseburger, fries, and soda for lunch, you’re pushing 1000 calories! That would require over an hour and a half of running to burn off! That’s not including the other two meals of the day or snack, just lunch! If you’re following an unhealthy diet, that would require a lot of gym time just break even.
When your body consumes a massive amount of junk food or soda, it’s likely that you’ll receive a sudden surge of energy and then crash hard shortly after. This is due to how your body reacts to refined sugar. When you replace these unhealthy foods and drinks with nutritious options, you won’t only gain the same energy increase, but retain it as well. For anyone that has changed their diet for the better, they’ll attest to the fact that the feeling is incredible. Being attentive and energized throughout the day, not just in spurts, gives you the ability to get work done, complete your chores, workout, and make dinner without your body screaming for an energy drink or coffee.
It’s estimated that up to a third of the United States is obese. This is largely due to our highly processed foods, and affinity to grab a meal that’s ready in a minute instead of cooking our own healthy meals. Being overweight, or simply following a poor diet, increases the possibilities for serious health risks including heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and osteoporosis. You shouldn’t follow a healthy diet strictly to gain a summer body or impress your peers. You should eat right because your body is begging for it! Not only will it add years to your life, but good nutrition also improves your skin health, boosts your immune system, and just makes you feel good!
Prep Meals to Save Money and Time
We understand that your life is hectic. Between work, family and social life, and trying to fit in time at the gym, it can be tempting to stop by a fast-food joint on your way home after a long day. But if you’re truly focused on losing weight and gaining muscle, we beg you just to keep on driving! One easy trick to avoid this hindrance in your fitness journey is to take a day of the week and cook and prep healthy meals for the entire week. This will not only save you money in the long run but will help you to avoid the temptation of grabbing a quick, unhealthy bite just because you don’t have enough time in the day.
Oak Street Fitness Nutritional Coaching
Not sure what a proper diet consists of? That’s what we’re here for! Not only do we provide you with a low-volume facility and certified personal trainers, but will be your nutrition coach as well! Whether you’re just beginning to get in shape, or you’re a professional bodybuilder, we’ll be able to provide you with a nutritional plan customized to your needs. What are you waiting for? Start losing weight, gaining muscle, and being confident in your body today! Call now to join our boutique gym in uptown New Orleans.