When it comes to dieting and exercising there is so much stress around what is the correct approach?! The answer is there is no set way for everyone. We are all human but we are all different. What works for me may or may not work for you. But what does work for all of us is applying the same principles to our routines.
Yushoi conducted a survey into the credit/debit approach to exercise and how people exercise to allow themselves treats. We all have our favourite foods that we push hard to earn when we are in the gym. This is ultimately that beginning of finding your own equilibrium. Set aside stress and anxiety when approaching exercise. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself, just think about making balanced choices. What do I mean? Well… if you can get your 4/5 workouts in one week then don’t neglect your body of fuel to re-fuel yourself. If you can’t get to the gym at all one week (like me this week) then try not to eat as if you were getting a full week’s exercise. It can be thought of very simply: What goes in + volume of exercise = weight gained or lost.
Weight gaining/losing is something I don’t like talking about because it shouldn’t be a focus point. Your body as it is great – if you want to exercise then do it for YOU not for any silly weight loss fad. I personally exercise for my mind – physical happiness for me comes from mental happiness. I used to be obsessed with stereotypes and want to be ‘massive’ but half those people are taking all sorts of damaging enhancing pills that are only a short-term fix. Think about why you want to exercise as it will also ensure you are doing the correct exercises that will achieve the goals you set yourself.
I personally have a VERY sweet tooth. I will cover my cereal in honey, have a cookie after lunch and often a brownie after dinner – AND if there is a choice milkshake up for grabs – I’m in! I am aware these foods are not packed with fibre, vitamins and protein – so this is where my credit/debit approach to exercise comes into play. On my days off exercise I will cut back to 1/2 of the above and then on days I exercise I won’t really think too much about my intake. Because when I am at the gym I work out full-on with minimal rest (20secs max between sets) for at least an hour. This mentality and practise doesn’t make me lose weight, it doesn’t make me MASSIVE but it keeps my body in relatively good shape and more importantly it keeps me happy.
I also include Yushoi to balance out my diet, as a guilt free snack when I am craving something tasty. Packed full of the good stuff (they’re 72% pea or lentil!), while tasting amazing, it powers me through. Want to take balance with diet /exercise to the next level? Yushoi have begun a Pea-lates and Pinot class, where you can enjoy wine and snacks, whilst doing a Pilates class – now how’s that for balance! Check out some of the moves here and have a go yourself.