How often have we all said that?
How many times do you say or have you heard “I didn’t have THAT much to eat or drink?” As a trainer its something I hear all the time and to be honest, something I also know I have said but it’s possibly one of the most common “white lies” clients tell their trainers and its the one thing that stops clients really getting to where they want and seeing real changes to their body. And I speak from experience!!
So why do we/they do it? How can we really convince ourselves that that bar of chocolate (feeling particularly guilty for eating one right now!) doesn’t really matter and that overall we haven’t eaten that much? Part of the problem is mindless eating, eating because we are bored, tired or emotional and before it has even registered you have managed to much your way through a whole heap of calories. Part of the problem aside from mindless eating is simply forgetting what we ate a few hours back which is why food diaries, apps or diet programmes really work; if you can get into the discipline of logging everything you eat it really does make you more conscious of your intake and does help to get you focussed on making changes.
So, assuming that we all know that we should eat a bit less, monitor our foods etc. what about what we drink? The calories in our liquid intake soon mount up and we aren’t even talking about alcohol – did you know that the calorie content of a grande skinny latte can be around 110 calories so if you have one on the way to work every day that’s an extra 550 a week!
All in all its pretty easy to fool ourselves let alone our trainers about how much is eaten over the course of a week especially if the weight isn’t coming off but its important to remember that as a trainer we aren’t there to judge you but to help you get results – if you don’t tell us about the bad days, bad foods or be honest with your food diaries, how can we help?
I TRAIN REALLY HARD ON MY OWN
I am sure you believe you train pretty hard when you get into the gym but let’s be honest do you really work as hard as when you have a trainer in front of you? Does it really feel as hard, as tough?
I think we all know that we work a bit harder, for longer when we have someone training us; it’s all too easy to stop when it gets tough or skip the last couple of reps or convince ourselves that we have done enough but there is plenty of evidence out there that shows that training with a trainer is far more effective and produces faster results than working solo.
But that doesn’t mean that EVERY training session has to be with a PT. Once you have found a good trainer ask her (oh ok or him!) to put together a training plan for you that you can do on your own; something that will complement your wider goals and will help you achieve progress. With a specific training plan that you understand and is directed to deliver the right results your training will be far more effective and efficient.
Oh and please don’t think that the programme written for you to is the same one you should be doing in six months – change your programme, change your plan, revise your goals regularly or your body will get complacent!
I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME OR MONEY TO REALLY GET IN SHAPE / TRAINING WITH A PT IS REALLY EXPENSIVE
People think that they need to be really wealthy or a celebrity to be in shape especially if you suggest that they have a personal trainer but these days there really is no excuse. The cost of personal training has come down dramatically and is much more affordable; many trainers (including me) offer bulk discounts and most trainers will work with you to find a frequency that you can afford and that will fit in with your lifestyle.
Lets be really honest what determines your success isn’t how much money you have but how determined you are to succeed and not having the time or money to get to or join a gym is really a poor excuse! Most of my clients are busy working mums or grandparents who are juggling full-time jobs, small children and families and most of them know that working out is something that they need to fit into their day-to-day life – working out with a trainer or on your own at home is just as easy as joining a gym and at least you don’t have to put your make up on before leaving the house!
I HAVE A SLOW METABOLISM / ITS NOT MY FAULT / ITS MY AGE
So many clients assign so much blame for their lack of progress onto their PT or blame their age or metabolism but in reality it comes down to how much time and effort you are prepared to put in. Any weight loss or fitness programme will achieve results of a sort BUT, to get the results you want you have to take into account all the other factors including;
Which leads me back to the “I don’t eat that much” – in reality if you are only training once or twice a week but fooling yourself (and your trainer) over how much you REALLY eat, there is no wonder that the pounds arent sliding away! Be realistic about what you are doing, how much effort you are putting in and get committed – its the only way to get the results you really want!