Confused about diet and exercise? Keep it simple!

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I’m all about keeping it simple! Granted, the road to a strong, healthy body can be hard at times BUT it’s seldom complicated. Most people over-complicate diet and exercise when there’s really no need. If you are lucky (and dedicated) enough to have the overall picture sorted out, you might need that extra fine-tuning. However, do yourself a favor and check the questions below – maybe you need a much simpler intervention than you think.

“Should I be following a special diet?”

 What you should be asking yourself:

  • Do I regularly prepare home-cooked meals from scratch? MORE THAN 90% OF THE TIME
  • Do I eat high-quality meat, fruits and vegetables (by high quality I mean organic and fresh)? EVERY DAY?
  • Do I remember my fish-oil and vitamin D supplements everyday? EVERY DAY?
  • Do I drink enough water? EVERY DAY?
  • Do I know the feeling of having eaten ‘enough’ versus the feeling of having eaten too much?

If you can answer “no” to one or more of the questions above, you probably don’t need a diet, you need to start with the basics.

“How do I get the results that I expect from my training? Am I doing something wrong?

 What you should be asking yourself:

  • Do I hit the gym >4 times a week?
  • Are my workouts continuously getting harder (Do I add more weight/more repetitions on a regular basis?) Do not underestimate the value of progression.
  • Does my routine include multi-joint movements (also called functional movements, although I oppose that expression – but that’s another blog post)?
  • Do I leave the gym feeling like I’ve actually worked my butt off? Having a hard time assessing this one? Ask yourself this: “Did I at any time point during my training session feel like quitting?”

If yes, then you’ve probably pushed yourself, and that’s good 🙂 If you can answer yes to all of these questions and you’re still not seeing results, then you might consider a new, smart(er) program. If not, then you probably need to work on your compliance…

I know that this is common knowledge to most people and that’s actually part of the point here. You might know it, but do you actually do it? Ask yourself that! – Ditte


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