When it comes to fitness, there are many ways to achieve success. We get fixated on comparing ourselves to others. At times, we try things that are recommended by friends, family, or the internet. However, there are some things I want people to keep in mind in finding your path to success.

Everybody has different schedules

Everything revolves around your schedule: when to eat, when to exercise, etc. First, see what works for your schedule in terms of how often you can exercise and what the best days are for preparing meals.

Being a personal trainer, I am up early and finish work late. My schedule is catered towards people that want to exercise before and after work. For example, I wake up at 5:12 AM and don’t finish until 8 or 9 PM. So I don’t eat dinner until 9:30 PM. How do I get around eating this late? Well, I eat an early complete (I will explain what that means later) dinner around 3:30 or 4 PM and this lasts me until 9 PM. Then, I eat a light meal. When I say “complete,” I mean having lean protein, vegetables, and a cup of carbohydrate. This satisfies me enough during the evening and limits me from eating a huge dinner.

Food preference

This one is big. “Kei, what do you eat that is working for you?” Before I explain in detail, I remind my clients that what I crave is going to be different from yours. People eat what their parents ate. My parents are from Japan, so Japanese food was standard in my household. One of my favorite snacks is natto or fermented soybeans. It smells and is sticky. Not the standard type of food common in American cuisine. There are some trial and error in figuring out what food groups/types you can eat. The key thing is to have an open mind when trying new foods because you never know when it can be a healthier option.

Natto (fermented soybeans)……mmmhmmm.Yum.

What you’re willing to sacrifice

Intermittent fasting. Keto diet. South Beach Diet. Atkins Diet. Exercising twice a week. Exercising three times a week. Exercising every day. Being in a caloric deficit. All of these will lead to success.

However, its when you eat out and socialize where things fall apart. Some people take their food scale to restaurants and weigh their food. Now that’s hardcore! So the question is, how much are you willing to sacrifice?

Hope you liked this week’s blog. Stay tuned for more next Wed………………….. Kei

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