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Food Tracking

This topic comes up a LOT in the fitness world when working with clients... believe it or not however, tracking your food isn't just for weight loss! It's a common misconception that only those who want to lose weight should track food - but what about those who are wanting to improve their health, or those who want to gain muscle?

Some trainers suggest that their clients to track food and calories for months on end - which for some clients can work - but for me and my clients I find that it can be a useful tool to make some changes to lifestyle and eating habits. I don't want my clients to feel like tracking food is a chore, as this can sometimes demotivate people! I believe in regular small changes to see what works and what doesn't; everyone is different. In addition to this, I will always spread the importance that a Personal Trainer should be able to advise the best options and healthy meal ideas, but shouldn't write exact diet plans for their clients telling them exactly how much of each food to eat! (Keep this in mind when looking for a personal trainer; we're NOT dieticians.)

I find food tracking (through apps such as MyFitnessPal*) a really useful tool to help get myself back on track at certain times throughout the year. We all have times where we binge on some things, and don't eat enough of others, so tracking our food can help to put our food choices into perspective for a few weeks. I know that I'm a big culprit of pouring myself a bowl of cereal that can sometimes be double the suggested portion, or thinking I'm doing myself a favour eating 5 portions of fruit each day, when in fact I may be consuming too much sugar (albeit natural sugars, it can still sometimes be too much in a day!)

UK Government Guidelines suggest 2000 calories per day for women or 25