Published on December 10th, 2013 | by Miss Be Fit1
Up the Apple Ante!
Whenever I sign up a new client, one of the first things we do is review a week’s food-log. It’s really important for me to get an honest view of what someone is eating. It’s only fair to both of us as it saves in future frustrations as to why all the hard work may not be making the measurements smaller. I cannot stress enough that diet & nutrition is 1/2 the battle. So why pay hard earned money for trainers and gym memberships when in denial of what & how much we are consuming.
I’m certainly not the type of trainer to scare the living daylights out of a new client with a complete diet overhaul. Weight loss is NOT a quick achievement. So, what I like to do is add new habits instead of the usual ” No more this, this, this, and this…” We all know how well that works. It doesn’t. Instead of taking things out immediately, I have clients add to their existing way of eating. In fact, I usually ask them to change nothing at all, but just add. May sound crazy, but totally works. The first thing we add, is 1 litre of water with squeezed lemon per day. I don’t care when or how, but it’s a rule. Ok, sounds easy enough. The second ‘addition’ to an existing diet is: TWO APPLES A DAY! Again I don’t care how (in a smoothie, as a snack, sliced on a Wasa cracker), but 2 apples a day.
These are 2 of my not so secret nutrition additions. There are more. We add maybe 1-2 per week. Before I know it, without even asking them to, my clients have adapted these small additions like a new law, and what ends up happening is less eating of the naughty sort. Too full or forgot to binge on those M&Ms sitting in the glass bowl on the desk! So worried about getting that second apple in, completely passed on the 4pm trip to the vending machine for the indie can of Pringles 😉 This happens in almost 100% of cases that I deal with. It’s both a psychological and physical happening. No more telling yourself what you CAN’T have, and instead telling yourself what you CAN. Eventually, with all the ‘CAN HAVES’, there’s little space left for the not so great stuff. Call it ‘focusing on the positive instead of the negative’. This just takes time and patience. You keep adding the good habits on, your body is going to naturally rid itself of the bad. Within a couple of months, the diet has overhauled itself! Nothing short of miraculous!
So for the next 2 weeks, no matter what kind of Christmas indulgences or how many calories you have gorged on, follow this rule: TWO APPLES PER DAY.
If you’re not sold, below is a link to 30, yes THIRTY reasons why apples are magic! Now eat up!