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Happy Monday everyone!  I hope the weekend treated you well.  Or, that you are recovering nicely from it 😉

Ever wonder why you seem stuck in a rut, or you’ve hit a plateau?  Maybe you train intensely several days a week but can’t figure out why the scale won’t budge or you clothes aren’t fitting any differently. Frustrating to say the least.  The culprit could likely be your diet.  If your eating does not support your training efforts, you may simply be cancelling out all of your hard efforts.  That is a real bummer!

Here’s my Monday morning suggestion.  If the above rings true for you, I suggest keeping a food journal.  If you are eating roughly 5-6 times per day (you should be if not) simply jot down each meal and caloric value.  It can even be made simpler for you.  There are all kinds of apps for your phone that will keep track of your calories for you.  This is especially amazing for when you dine out.  It can even locate a specific entree at a specific restaurant.  How’s that for dumbing it down?  Not to mention that salad at your favorite joint could be worth 1200 calories and you don’t even realize.  That could sabotage you for the day.

It’s is very easy to sit in front of your favorite TV show and eat mindlessly without any attention to your caloric consumption.  It adds up and may result in you not reaching the results you wish to obtain.  I am also a big believer in writing things down in order to help you achieve your goals.  This works in all walks of life, not just nutrition.  Ever read the Secret?  Right, that’s what I’m talking about.

Once you gather your weekly data, this will give you a broader spectrum of where your strengths and weaknesses lie.  You will then see what time of day you tend to over eat of crave junk and try to hone in on it.  Mindless eating can definitely contribute to even just slow and steady weight gain.  Break bad habits to better help support the hard work you are putting in during your workouts.

 

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