Frequently asked questions from a personal trainer’s perspective

By Aimee Hodges, Personal Fitness Trainer

Eat this and not that. Do this and not that. Are we even sure anymore? We have believed one set of rules and recommendations and now, science gives us a 180 degree turn on nutritional advice and exercise guidelines.

From time to time, we all need a refresher on the latest guidelines. As a personal trainer, I’m constantly answering clients’ frequently asked questions that I’ll answer below.

What should I eat?

Only a registered dietitian can prescribe a meal plan, but I always recommend eating real food. These are clean foods that will typically expire within a week. Consume vegetables, fruits, meats and cheeses.

Eat less processed products that contain preservatives and have a long shelf life; try to consume as little as possible from a box or bag. Just by following the real food principle, you’re already well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

How important is breakfast?

On this topic, I always lean towards preference is best. For years, I advised my clients to eat within 30 minutes of waking to kick-start their metabolism. The word “breakfast” literally means you are breaking the fast. Science now shows benefits to intermittent fasting, boosting weight loss by reducing your calorie intake for the day. While there are many protocols for this method, ideally you must be able to tolerate long periods without eating as to not experience lows throughout the day.

To read more, pick up a copy of the September/October issue of LiveIt magazine.