Have Fitness Questions? I Can Help!

One of my goals for this website is to answer any questions you might have about health, fitness, and nutrition. So I would love to hear your questions and/or suggestions for posts. Do you have specific questions about working out or how to properly do a certain exercise? Do you have a topic that you would like to see me cover in an upcoming post? I would love to hear from you so if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to comment on a post or email me directly with your questions at jen at gettingfitwithjen dot com. I will do my best to answer any and all questions.

When it Comes to Nutrition, Should You Count Calories?

There are so many different ideas on nutrition and counting calories. In addition, there are hundreds of different “diets” out there. Many experts will suggest that we count calories in order to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight.  In some cases, this may be true.  But after research and study, here are my thoughts on the subject:

While eating a good, healthy, balanced diet, focusing on the number of calories we are consuming may not be nearly as important as some may tell us that it is, as long as we are not over-eating. When we feed our bodies with proper nutrition, our bodies are able to use that food to make fuel so that our bodies can function efficiently. When we eat a lot of processed junk food, our bodies don’t know what to do with that, and therefore has a much harder time making the needed fuel. Therefore, that “junk” ends up being stored as fat, because our bodies don’t know what else to do with it.

Listen to your body.  What food does it seem to be asking for?  Are you full?  Stop eating.  Are you feeling dizzy?  You may need protein.  Are you feeling depressed?  You may need to be eating more healthy fat, or you may need to cut out extra sugar.  Are you feeling low on energy?  You may need a healthy carbohydrate.  And always, always focus on eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

My experience has been that since I’ve started focusing on good nutrition and exercise instead of calorie counting, I’ve seen many changes in how I feel.  When I listen to my body and eat a well balanced diet of real foods, I find that I feel great, and have the energy I need to work out.  I also notice how I feel when I don’t eat healthy!

While focusing on a real foods, well balanced diet, you may find that you are able to drop a few pounds without counting a single calorie.

Looking to begin an exercise program, tailor made for you, while you work to eat a healthy diet?  I’d be happy to help you get into great shape!  Read more about the services I offer here.

 

Shakeology – The Healthiest Meal of the Day!

Would you like a meal replacement shake that tastes great, can help you lose weight, feel energized, improve digestion, and lower your cholesterol? Well then you might want to consider Shakeology.

I started drinking Shakeology a little over a year ago, and I can definitely say that it has helped in all the ways it claimed that it would. I personally love to mix the chocolate variety with some milk and a little bit of natural peanut butter. There are also other great recipes out there for you to try and I will share those at a later date.

Here is why Shakeology is the healthiest meal of the day:

  • It is packed with over 70 ingredients
  • It is full of protein and essential amino acids that your body needs to build muscle and reduce food cravings
  • It contains prebiotics and digestive enzymes that help improve digestion
  • It is full of antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • Contains 23 vitamins and minerals
  • Certified low glycemic index

So why not give the healthiest meal of the day a try? What an easy way to start your journey to healthier eating by replacing one meal a day or using it for a healthy snack.

Supplements – Should You Take Them?

What exactly are supplements and should you be using them? That is a very good question, and one that a lot of people will struggle with to give you a definite answer.

There are two primary categories of supplements in my opinion – dietary supplements and sports nutrition supplements. Dietary supplements are taken with the intent to “supplement” or enhance one’s diet. This means that the multi-vitamin that you take daily is considered a dietary supplement. Sports nutrition supplements are known as ergogenic aids and are simply any product used with the intent to enhance athletic performance. These products are full of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals among other things. Supplements are available in all different forms and can typically be purchased by anyone without a prescription.

One of the problems with supplements is that they are not governed by the FDA. Some supplements have a lot of research backing up the claims that they make, while others have very little research behind them. This makes it very difficult to know which supplements to take or if you should even take one at all.

There are several supplements that I am personally comfortable with taking. For example, I’ve used different protein shakes, pre-workout drinks, and post-workout drinks. When I’m trying to decide on a supplement one of the first things I look at is the company behind the product. Is it a company that I trust? Is it one that I have used before? I also try to find supplements with natural ingredients. Will this supplement help me reach my current needs and goals? These are all questions I have to answer as I look into using different supplements.

These are the same type of questions you will need to answer. You will also need to consider what your goals are and what you are expecting from the supplements as you consider adding them to your workouts. These sports nutrition supplements are primarily going to be used by people doing high intensity workouts 4-6 days a week, but that may not hold true in all cases.

Because there are so many things to consider when you are looking into adding supplements, it can be very confusing. In no way do I feel like I have this all figured out. I’ve gone through a lot of trial and error to find the few supplements that I’m comfortable taking based on my current needs and goals. If you would like to email me questions about this I would be glad to help you out as much as I can. My email address is: jen at gettingfitwithjen dot com.