As a personal trainer I see it all the time. People come to me and ask me “Mike, what’s the secret? What’s the thing I need to buy to see results? Is it a supplement I haven’t heard of? Is my food timing off? What about those tea cleanses? I’ve tried everything and NOTHING works!”
First of all, they’re focusing on the wrong stuff. Someone that wants to run a marathon with a broken leg doesn’t buy a new treadmill. No, they heal. They give it time and try to keep off of that leg as much as possible. Then, slowly, they begin to walk. Then run.
Fitness is the same thing.
Don’t even say the words diet, supplement, or program for a month. Trust me.
Track your food. How many calories are you getting? That ‘healthy smoothie’ that you have every morning might not be as healthy as you think. Track it and you’ll see. (I had a client do this and she found that her daily morning smoothie was in excess of 800 calories EVERY DAY).
Boom. That’s half the battle. Get your food to work for you by eating adequate calories. (Don’t worry, you won’t have to track forever).
The magic in tracking your food is that it MAKES you good at nutrition. You learn what has carbs, protein, and fats. The macronutrients that we require to function.
Fix your nutrition and the world is your oyster.
Oh, and it costs nothing.