Don’t Do This!

You could think that the basics are simple: eat healthy and exercise! However, there are some common mistakes people make when they are starting up an exercise routine and eating a healthier diet. Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to exercise nutrition.

  • Cutting the carbohydrates!
    • Carbohydrates are your main energy source for your body! They actually help to fuel your workouts so you can burn more calories. Without carbs, you will lose weight. BUT you are eliminating the best source of fiber and nutrients from your diet. The reason you lose weight is because you alter your metabolism to burning fat for energy which can result in harmful ketosis which can start to shut down your body’s organs! YIKES! This is not a good reason to skip the bread at lunch. Just be sure that most of your carbohydrate choices are whole grains, fruits, starchy vegetables and legumes.


  • Eating Too Little Fat.
    • Fat is usually eliminated from a weight loss diet. Reason: a handful of almonds racks up about 200 calories and most people are not willing to expend that amount on a single item. The truth is: fat is a vital nutrient in our diets. It is the structural part of cells and functions to keep you full by delaying stomach emptying. Be sure not to skip the fat! We need fat to burn fat—we just want to make sure to eat the healthy fats from olive oil, salmon, nuts, chia and flaxseeds.


  • Not eating properly after exercise.
    • When you exercise, you put stress on the body. The longer you wait to eat – the more stressed the body becomes! Be sure to eat something with carbohydrates and protein within 15-30 minutes of a strenuous workout for best results. Don’t be afraid to eat the calories you burned – you will see the best results by refueling your body when in need!


  • Using a sports drink when not necessary.
    • Sports drinks are an excellent source of readily available carbohydrates. However; if you are not performing stressful exercise for an extended period of time –a sports drink may not be necessary. If you are drinking a high sugar drink – you may be taking in more than you are burning! Yikes! Be sure to start with a G2 Gatorade (less sugar) and then see if you are in need of something more. You can also mix a little bit of 100% fruit juice with water for a more natural solution!


  • Misunderstanding terms of health – “Smoothie”, “Wrap” or anything made with “Turkey” are great examples!
    • When exercising, you will probably become more aware of healthful terms when choosing foods at restaurants and at home. Just because something sounds healthy does not mean it is. Smoothies (especially at fast food places) can pack over 400 calories and 40 grams of sugar! Make it at home with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt for added protein. Wraps can also be misleading. Whole grain tortillas can have over 300 calories per wrap – some even have trans fat! Try to be more aware and conscious of your food choices when you are exercising to lose weight just to make sure you are not getting yourself in a calorie overload without knowing it! J

    If you are in need of assistance with exercise and diet planning for exercise – please be sure to check out our website or give us a call at Fitness Together – (330) 702-1311,

    There is no better time than now to get started! J

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