I want to thank the United States Education for this. A Calorie is a Calorie that is plain and simple. Unfortunately the laws Thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed which I will not argue because I believe that law stands true. Unfortunately anyone who understands that law also believes that they are a nutritionist. If you believe that a calorie from a slice of cheese cake is the same as a calorie from a filet of grilled salmon. You may want to turn in your highschool diploma and start over again. If you believe that nutrition is as simple as balancing your calories. Then you honestly don’t know what is going on inside your body. For example a double cheese burger from McDonald has 490 Kcal. In order for me 6’5” 250lbs person to burn that burger off I would have to run at a 7 mph pace for 25 minutes. Not to mention if I ate a medium fries and a soda to drink( equals a whopping 960 calories) I would have to run for 44 mins at the same pace. That’s not including breakfast, or dinner. A lot of people use calorie counters to restrict the amount of food they eat. If you keep restricting your food intake eventually your metabolism will slow down and your will stop losing weight and when you quit counting calories you will gain the weight back plus more. Remember a Calorie is not a Calorie Think before you eat.
Tips for training
1. Write down your goals
If you don’t right down your goal they are still dreams and wishes. Put it on paper and develop a plan to reach that goal. If you don’t have any direction then you don’t have a plan
2. Make sure your goals are specific and obtainable.
Goals like taking over the world or get down to 1% body fat are not obtainable goals( well maybe taking over the world). A good example is lose 20lbs in 10 weeks. Is a good goal. It gives your a specific goal and a timeline to accomplish the goal.
4. One Goal at a time
I have a lot of clients that have list of goals and they try to achieve all of them at once and end up failing. Order your goals by priority and then go down the list. If your goal is fat loss go for Fat loss. If you want to build strength then build strength. Remember a jack of all trades is a master of none.
3. Schedule in assessments
Put in reassessments into your program. This will be crucial to make sure that the program is putting you on pace to reach your goal. Reevaluating your program can help you find flaws that could potentially keep your from getting to where you want to be.
4. Have fun
Give your program some flexibility( not a lot though) because life will get in the way. Which you can’t plan for so stick to your plan but be able to make adjustments when “life” come at you.