Can you out train a bad diet?

Are you using pilates as part of a body reshaping or toning program and found yourself wondering why when you’ve put in effort into your exercise regime 5 days a week, never miss your Pilates class, you’re still not getting the results you want?

Unfortunately, whether you’re entering into a new fitness regime, or you’ve always been into fitness, there is something that gets majorly overlooked when you aren’t getting the results you want. Ever heard of the phrase ‘cheat day’? What about ’80% exercise, 20% diet’.

Well, in the fitness industry words such as ‘cheat day’ have been floating around for years; this concept means devoting an entire day to eat whatever you want, given that you’ve earned it through you exercise. But all so often this spirals into losing track of your diet, craving more of those sugary treats and undoing all of your hard work. It is good to allow yourself a treat, however these should be incorporated into your everyday life in smaller ways, as fitness and health should be a lifestyle choice. ‘Cheat days’ aren’t necessarily a bad thing, but its when a cheat day turns into a ‘cheat week’ or a ‘cheat month!’ that we start to wonder where we are going wrong?

You could be training 5 days a week, but if your not keeping track of what’s going on in your kitchen, then this could be the reason you aren’t making progress.

Out training a bad-diet can’t be done. It also turns into a cycle of punishing exercise and reward with unhealthy foods. If you think your diet may the reason you aren’t getting your results, here are some tips to take a closer look at what goes into your body:

> Make a food diary. write down what you eat and drink for a whole week, and at what times. This shows you that you may be reaching for those sugar laden foods after a hard workout, meaning you know to replace them with calorie dense but healthy post workout alternatives.
> Look at your supermarket receipt after you’ve shopped, was that shop really as healthy as you thought?
> Keep track of what foods you are craving and when, and then take a look at the vitamins and minerals that may be in these foods that you can get a larger amount from in healthier options. Craving chocolate may mean you are lower in magnesium. Reaching for crisps after you workout may indicate you are low in salt.

There is the saying “80% exercise, 20% diet’ believed by some that results come from focusing the majority of efforts into exercising and only 20% into your diet. This couldn’t be more wrong. Exercise should be fun and a great way to de-stress and focus on yourself. It shouldn’t be a punishment, or a chore as a means to not focus on your diet. Shifting our thinking into focusing 80% on diet, and 20% on exercise means the results will come quicker, and you will be putting an abundance of healthier options into your body to fuel those workouts.

Blog written by Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer, Aimee Martin

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