It may seem obvious, but making a change in the way you look is not only about exercise. It requires a change in your diet as well.
A great example of this fact was recently demonstrated on The Biggest Loser. For those of you that haven’t seen any episodes of this popular reality TV show, contestants on The Biggest Loser are extremely overweight, and they come on the show to workout with professional trainers and live on “the ranch” where they are secluded from their every-day lives and coached on how to make healthy life changes in diet and exercise. Every day the contestants work out with the professional trainers, and at the end of the week there is a weigh-in. The people that lost the least amount of body fat are up for elimination from the show.
On a recent episode, twin brothers that clearly wanted to go home, managed to show a +9 change in their weight. That NEVER happens. Its amazing that two people could GAIN weight when they are exercising hard, supervised by professional trainers, every day! The only explanation is that the food they took in that week was so high in fat and calories that their workout efforts made almost no difference in their health.
This shows you that exercise alone is not all that it takes to make a change in your physical fitness. With each new Pilates client, Palm Wellness instructors always provide guidance on proper diet and nutrition tips to help our trainees get maximum results. With a trainer at Palm Wellness, you get a nutrition coach and Pilates instructor for the price of one!
So next time you think to yourself, “I worked out today, so I’m going to reward myself with a big slice of chocolate cake,” think of The Biggest Loser twins. Don’t waste your workout!
Blog postings by Natalie Maddox Rougie, AP, DACM owner of Palm Wellness in Tampa, FL.