As most of you know, The Fit Collective trainer Fran is getting married next May in Adelaide and as we see a lot in the fitness industry that special event is often the catalyst to train with purpose with a specific goal in mind. This includes dialling in the nutrition so you can look and feel like a badass superstar (as you should) on your day.
For our very own Fran this is no different and chatting with her recently she decided to give you a bit of an insight into her experience in resetting her goals and specifically how this includes having a focus on what she is putting into her body in preparation for the big day.
The following is written by Fran:
As some of you know, next May I am getting married and to feel and look my best on the day I have decided to place some extra focus on getting my nutrition dialled in and right. I work part time in the Fitness Industry and part time in Transport which means early mornings and a few late nights during the week, unless I am 100% prepared with my food I will find myself searching for the nearest coffee, protein bar and/or a sandwich from the cafe down the road. While I do eat fairly well most of the time, it is safe to say I was not always 100% focused on what I was eating day to day.
Over the last few weeks, I have started using My Fitness Pal to track my food and this is helping me really see what I am eating day to day as well as making some small changes to assist me in reaching my goal. Tracking long term is not for everyone however, from my experience, I like to track my daily food intakes for the following reasons:
a) Tracking allows me to stay accountable to my goals, it reminds me of the fact that extra cookie is not void of calories as well as ensuring I am eating enough and not just relying on coffee to fuel my day.
b) I have become more aware of what I am eating. Micronutrients are just as important as macronutrients, tracking allows me to understand and see that I am eating a good variety of vegetables, fruits as well as fibre. Tracking allows me to see my eating habits - when my larger meals of the day are, where I can increase nutrient dense foods and allows me to plan out some balance.
c) Progress. Like anything, life is about progress and not perfection. I have a goal which requires some level of dieting (and there is nothing wrong with that if done sustainably and over a good amount of time). Tracking enables me to see what is and is not working for me to reach my goals and allows me to really see if I am eating in a slight deficit or if I am eating to maintain my current body composition. For any fat loss goal, a caloric deficit is required but I also want to make sure I am fuelling myself enough to train, work and live without being a starving bridezilla.
Like I said, tracking may not be for everyone long term but if you do have a weight loss goal and aren’t really paying attention to what is going into your body, it may be worth tracking for a week or two to see if a) you are eating a nutrient rich diet yet in a slight caloric deficit or b) are you eating enough to support your body in your goal?
Nutrition goes beyond the reflection in the mirror but can also significantly impact on how you feel, think and subsequently behave. I’ll keep you all posted with my progress over the next few months and will continue to share what I learn along the way.
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** I am not a nutrition expert, this is purely my experience in tracking and since it has been of topic in the gym I wanted to share it with you. If you are looking for specific nutrition guidance, my recommendation is to see a practicing dietician or sports dietician who can help you with this**