Personal training: are you really what you eat?

I started my personal quest for fitness with the best of intentions. Go on boot Camp training, get fit and lose weight. I was absolutely committed to the task and agreed to submit myself to Gregg and Glen’s personal training plan and, what’s more, to stick rigidly to the diet and nutrition plan that they’d devised. It couldn’t be difficult could it? What’s hard about eating a bit less, and running about a bit more? Nothing technically, well not at least until you’ve seen the food plan. It lays out exactly what I’m going to have to eat over the next month, but more importantly it also tells me exactly what I’m going to have to cut out of my diet. That’s when the reality of it all kicked in. As far as I see it, it’s not a matter of what  I should cut out of my diet, it’s more an issue that I’m going to have to give up the kind of foods I love. And I thought being an internet marketing strategist was difficult. Still, I did agree to do this, so I’m going to have to stick to it.

Greg’s diet plan is stark, to say the least. It contains all the food information I’ll need over the next 4 weeks, but breaks it down into small sections so it’s easier to take in. First up then, are the stark truths? I’m going to have to change not just how and where I shop for my food, but also when and what I eat. I’m also going to have to start taking supplements. Greg has told me that if I deviate from the plan or try to change any aspect of it, then frankly I might as well not bother. Sounds a bit harsh, but he’s the expert so I’ll take the advice and get on with it.

Before I start to eat properly, Greg has given me 3 specific instructions:

Remove all packaged/processed foods out of my cupboards, including cereals, tins of food, ready meals, milk, and frozen packaged food.

Buy organic, as all crops from supermarkets are sprayed with pesticides and these are toxic. So I have to find a local farm shop and get all my natural produce there. Failing that I’ll have to buy organic food from Tesco or somewhere, which won’t be cheap, but there you go.

Lastly I have to buy a Britta water filter as tap water contains several hundred chemicals that are harmful. Bottle water’s not much better either as toxins in the plastic can cause oestrogen-like effects, and could I suppose ultimately lead to man boobs and the like. That’s news to me, but I’m definitely on the case with this one.

So, that’s the theory out the way: what about the practicalities? Apparently ‘my skin fold’ analysis showed up some nutritional deficiencies. Greg therefore feels I will benefit from taking supplements. My skin and body shape are also testament to the fact that my body isn’t handling sugar all that well. So that explains the love handles then. I’m also ingesting too much caffeine and alcohol which is causing a bit of a gut. So, the bottom line is I’m going to have to cut out alcohol, caffeine and sugar and start to take daily multi-vitamins and Omega 3 fish oil capsules.

If I’m honest I can’t say that sounds like much fun, but Greg tells me these instructions are strict. If I ‘deviate’ from the plan I’ll have my wrists slapped. So I’ll just have to take it like a man and get on with it. The dietary plan for the next 14 days looks daunting and frankly a bit Spartan, but I’m committed so I’ll just go with the flow. I’ll give you all the grisly details next time, and tell you how hard Glen and Greg are pushing me on the exercise front.

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