We know the keys to losing weight are exercise and nutrition, but just how important IS nutrition when trying to shed pounds? 80 percent of your weight loss program should be focused on what you put into your mouth: Nutrition. Nutrition is far more responsible for creating your shape and your heath than you ever could have imagined. According to Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet, the healthy, beautiful body equation for lasting fat loss is 10 percent genetics, 10 percent training and 80 percent nutrition. No, there isn’t a typo in that formula. 80 percent nutrition is correct!
Certainly if you have little to no physical activity in your life, when you begin to exercise, you will initially shed pounds without changing what you eat. But at some point, exercise alone just won’t get the job done. I have had several people recently become clients because they exercise hard every day, but they are not losing any weight. The first thing I ask them to do is record everything they are eating. It has not failed yet that their nutrition is the cause of their plateau…
Our bodies are like machines. They need the right fuel in order to function at their best. In the same way you wouldn’t put the wrong fuel in your car, you shouldn’t put the wrong fuel in your body. If you are exercising, and eating junk or high caloric processed foods, you are WASTING all that hard work you are putting in in your workouts!
Changing your eating habits to reflect a healthier lifestyle, along with a balanced fitness program, this 10-10-80 formula shows you how this philosphy helps with weight loss programs. Here are some simple tips from Reno for eating better and moving forward with weight loss goals:
- Eat Breakfast. Restart your body and your metabolism by eating breakfast within 1 hour of rising in the morning.
- Eat lean protein with every meal.
- Track what you eat by keeping a food diary and be aware of what you’re putting in your mouth.
- Drink more water and get rid of the soft drinks!
- Pay attention to your portion sizes.
- Eat several smaller meals during your day and keep your metabolism running strong.
Here is a quick post outlining the basics of eating clean: http://wp.me/pK6Jd-k1