Fork It Friday: Eat For Your BEST Life

Wait…you want me to do what before I work out?

EAT?! WHAT IN THE WORLD?

This is something we hear all the time—especially from those trying to lose weight. It is a common misconception that people trying to lose weight think they need to be eating fewer times a day and less amounts of food when they are eating.

I hate to burst your bubble, Sharon from Accounting, but that is incorrect.

It is important to eat a healthy, well balanced meal 1-2 hours before fitness. The most common areas that are seen where a person needs to improve deficiencies are:

  1. DRINK MORE WATER

  2. More vitamins (fish oil and a multi-vitamin)  

  3. Increase protein intake

  4. Increase essential fatty acids

**This is VERY basic.

So what does this mean? When our bodies do not have the nutrients they need to do their work, everyone involved suffers—but as soon as we start fueling with what we need, everyone lives their best life.

Think About It:

Think about your fitness over the last few months. I say “fitness” loosely—this includes how you think and feel, too—not just body composition. Do you feel like you are not improving in the gym? Are you fatigued throughout the day? Are your clothes fitting you differently—and not in a good way? Have you changed your diet AT ALL because you felt like you were not able to reach your goals?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, I am going to ask you to STOP RIGHT THERE!

I am going to take a wild guess and assume that when I ask you to think about if you have changed your diet, you have probably started eliminating certain foods, amounts of foods, and/or complete meals. I am also going to take a wild guess and assume that you started a new program because you saw on the internet that “this could work for you because it worked for Alyssa”, or that “this is super easy to follow because it is so basic and a template.”

That is a GREAT stepping stone and place to start a lifestyle change, however it is very hard for a “basic template” or “Alyssa’s lifestyle change” to work for you because…well…you are not a basic person (even if you count down for Starbucks to release their Pumpkin Spice Latte – 198 days but who is counting) and you are not Alyssa. Your body is YOUR body. It has specific needs and wants and cravings and thoughts and feelings and reactions, so it is impossible for what worked exactly for someone else to work for you.

The perfect example of this is me (Alyssa Mazey- @amazey2 on Instagram) and Julie Welch (@juliepics06 – on Instagram). We both LOVE ice cream/frozen yogurt. Any change we have, even for just a taste, we are all over it. However, we have a huge difference despite our love for this frozen treat. I know that if we have handstand pushups or any movement with a front squat (front squats, squat cleans, wall balls, etc.), I cannot eat ice cream or frozen yogurt the day before. My tummy cannot handle it and I will bloat and be the most uncomfortable person in the already most uncomfortable positions for my body type.  Julie, on the other hand, is able to eat her treat and do those movements just fine the next day. Why do you think that is?  

Because our bodies are different and require different fuel to function appropriately.

I challenge you over the next week to really pay attention to what you are eating and how you are feeling, especially if you have just recently decided to switch things up. I am not knocking templates, and I know many people that have used/currently do use them and have success, however I also know of many people that have gained weight, lost muscle, and are incredibly fatigued throughout the day because they are using a plan that is designed for someone else or a very basic person.

You are you. You should eat for you. You should eat for your best life.

~ Coach Alyssa

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