Keeping a food journal is an important step in understanding what you eat, when you eat, and why you eat. Understanding that information can help you see those bad habits and food triggers and keep them under control.
But, if you’ve ever tried to keep a food journal you know that it can be quite a hassle. Logging calories, protein, carbohydrate, and fat means that you have to gather all that info, figure out what it means, and then write it all down. Once you’ve got it written down, now you have to figure out how to use it. I’ve got great news for you!
Check out Daily Burn. They’ve put together a ridiculously simple way for your to track your intake, measure it against your energy output, and learn how you can get and stay on track. Their food database has a few hundred thousand foods already loaded, taking all the detailed calculations off your shoulders. If you’ve got an iPhone, they even have an app that you can use to track all your data on the go.
One of the most important parts to the equation is breaking down the macronutrients: protein, carbohydrate, and fat. Too many people focus on just counting calories and that can be dangerous. Weight loss is not as simple as ‘calories in vs. calories out’. Instead, you have to have the right balance. One-thousand calories of Twinkies is different than 1000 calories of fruits and vegetables.
There are lots of very effective exercises that you can do, other than the standard boring curl up, to work your abdominals.
The bicycle is just one of many that you’ll find on my YouTube channel and I’ll be adding even more over the coming weeks. With this exercise, you’ll activate the obliques, rectus abdominus, and transverse abdominus helping to improve core rotational strength.
Give it a try and leave me a comment to let me know what you
P.S. I wish I could do every video from that dock. It’s truly one of my favorite places in the world.
There are many reasons fitness programs fail. One of the biggest is most people show up at the gym with no meaningful goal or at best, a pretty flimsy one. More often than not, those goals usually don’t have a way to be measured and lack true meaning.
To be meaningful, your goal has to have a few components:
No weak goals allowed. Lose 10 pounds doesn’t cut it here. Why? There’s no timeframe and no relevance. By when do you want to lose 10 pounds? For what reason? Is the goal attainable in your timeframe?
Lose 10 pounds in ten weeks so you can fit into that favorite little black dress to go to your high school reunion.
Now, that’s a goal. You know what is to be accomplished (specific), you know when it is to be accomplished (measurable), it’s not outrageous but challenging (attainable), why it’s important (relevant), and has a reasonable deadline (timebound).
Why is the goal important? A good goal will help you make sure you stick to the plan. We all have a reason for working out. There’s something that we want to do that we cannot do today, and introducing exercise and proper nutrition is a tool that can help you reach your goal.