Nutrition is and will be your foundation. Without a proper plan that meets your needs, all will be lost - or barely noticeable. It's so simple but one of the most difficult things to change. I couldn't do it on my own. I started by tracking my calories - which in turn raised awareness of what I was putting in my body. It also helped immensely with portion sizes and what worked best for me. I used MyFitnessPal (Free) app (and still do) to track my food. The hardest part is being honest with yourself, especially when you are on a caloric deficit program. I used this simple program for a few years before I realized my commitment level wasn't where it needed to be.
That's when I decided I needed to go to the next step and see a sports nutritionist. I figured that if I was going to pay someone to tell me how I should run my program, I'd probably follow since i'd be financially invested. I reached out to Scott Littlefield at Vitl Nutrition in Woodinville who was able to give me a deep dive look into what I needed to do. He interviewed me to find out what my normal week looked like, what an off week was and what an intense week looked like. Based on that data, he gave me a plan for how I should eat and configure my meals. It's worked fantastic and helped me achieve most of my goals.
Just know that you don't have to lift hard or run fast to be fit or lose weight. It all starts with your nutrition.
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If you are interested in learning more about how you and nutrition can team up and win, visit Vitl Nutrition and let Scott or Susan know we sent you! There's many health insurance plans that will pay for some or all of this type of prevention.