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Exercise is important and I believe in having fun during a good calorie burn.

Exercise is not an excuse to eat bad

However, there are some group exercise instructors that are telling you what you want to hear and it is keeping you stuck and your muffin top isn’t going anywhere.

Exercise is important but it is only a small piece of the pie. The bigger piece is what you are putting into your body.

I recently came across a Zumba instructor that sends the message to her participants that they can eat whatever they want, be it pizza or doughnuts, as long as they still come to her classes. I know this is what you want to hear and but this is doing you a disservice. As a health coach, I find this type of marketing disturbing.

Group exercise classes are fun, you can burn a lot of calories and before you know it you are dripping with sweat and class is over.

First, let’s do the math.

In a high intensity Zumba class, a 150 pound woman can burn up to 455 calories in a 45 minute class. One piece of pizza from Dominos is 300 calories – do you ever only eat one piece?

Exercise is not an excuse to eat bad (1)

What you should be eating is nutrient dense foods, like whole fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and complex carbs. If you need a full grocery list, find mine here.

By all means, don’t deprive yourself to the point you binge later. BUT – do be mindful of your goals and take daily action to get you there.

I personally follow the 80/20 rule. Eat clean 80% of the time and allow special treats on special occasions, like a glass of wine on date night or some dessert on birthday or anniversary celebrations.

Be careful who you associate yourself with. Their habits will become your habits. For everyone you spend a lot of time with, you will lower your standards to match theirs or they will rise to yours.

A wise person once told me; before taking advise from anyone, consider if you would want to trade places with them. The same can be applied to the health sector. Before getting health info from someone, ask yourself if you would trade them bodies. Oh no – there, you have your answer.

Losing weight can be frustrating. I want to help.

1. First and foremost, check your diet. You should be eating clean or whole foods 80% of the time.
2. Get adequate rest, preferably 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
3. Get 30 minutes of activity 3-4 times a week.

If you are doing all these things and still not getting the result you want, feel free to schedule a time to talk. I am a natural problem solver. Sometimes, you just need an objective person to take a look at what is keeping you stuck.

If you like group workouts, but would prefer to do it at home, check out my new 3 Week Toner group program.
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