Eating Well and Lookin' Good

Well, I've been on radio silence for a full week, but it's time to get back to business.  My head is still spinning from all the events that took place in Boston, especially Friday's day long manhunt (my girlfriend, Lindsay, heard the explosions in Watertown from our apartment....true story.)


In my efforts to get back to some sense of normalcy, I've been working as much as I possibly can and focusing on the fact that summer (yes, that season filled with warm days) is right around the corner.  Thus, as everyone is now thinking about how they look in their swimsuits, I've been talking to many of my clients about their diets.  After several conversations, I've noticed a trend. In trying to eat "healthy" many people forget one of the key components of a successful diet: how do you look?

Now, let's keep in mind that body composition is only one component of the results of a good, healthy diet.  Your diet should be geared towards long-term health, you should have plenty of energy, and it should be sustainable.  But, a good diet should give you the results you're looking for on the scale as well.  If it's not, your diet really isn't that great.

I've noticed that often times people tend to think they eat pretty well, but they're still falling short of where they'd like to be when it comes to body composition.  Is it possible that someone is "eating well" but is overweight?  Yes, but it's not likely.   What's more likely is that someone is selectively remembering their healthier foods, while tending to quickly dismiss the amount of processed foods they eat in a given day.

Here's a simple way to evaluate the quality of what you're eating:  Think about what you've eaten today (or yesterday) and write down how many palm-size servings of different fruits and vegetables you consumed.  Next, write down how many items you consumed during that same time frame that were processed.  Is the first number larger than the second?  If so, you're on the right path.  After that, the next step is getting that second number a close to zero as you possibly can.

If you're "eating well" you should feel better, but you also should be seeing it reflected on the scale.  If the scale just isn't moving, then there's no easy way to say're not eating as well as you think you are.