I like to talk about good, better and best when it comes to eating. ‘Good’ is doing your best to eat healthy foods. ‘Better’ is achieving a bit more of that than you did before. ‘Best’ is eating 6 small meals a day, organic foods where ever possible, high quality proteins at each meal, 11 serves of vegetables & 2-4 pieces of fruit through out the day, whole grains only etc. and any other lofty goals that you can set. Keep in mind that ‘best’ will vary somewhat on opinion and should not be confused with ‘perfect’ as that does not exist.
Our philosophy with clients is to aim for small but relentless progress in all aspects of improving health and food is a big one. It is perhaps 80% of the fat loss equation, as it has been shown in many studies that even great exercise programs will not shift excess fat if diet is not addressed.
So if you are eating Macca’s every single day because you ‘earned it after your 20 mins on the treadmill, then aim to reduce that to 5 days a week. When this is your new habit, cut it back to 3 days in the week and increase your fruit intake by one (or one extra piece per day). Small and achievable steps is the key. Even if fat loss is not your goal, the energy and vitality you get from eating natural foods will power your exercising goals and help you have clearer thinking which we all know is base of all great steps forward.