So one thing I’ve seen as a Trainer is the missing piece to the Health puzzle, which would be NUTRITION. The hardest thing to see as a trainer is not the obese individual that don’t do a thing about there situation and wonders why they are where they at, but the person who busts their ass in the gym and doesn’t see the results they want/should be seeing. For different cases there are different reasons, but for today we will look at malnutrition.
Lets first start off by defining malnutrition, as defined by the medical-dictionary: Malnutrition is the condition that develops when the body does not get the right amount of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it needs to maintain healthy tissues and organ function. Basically meaning if you don’t eat enough you are ultimately hurting your body no matter how much weight you lose the long term damages are worse then any short term “crash diet” benefit you could receive. Another issue along with malnutrition is anorexia which is basically the conscious decision to inflict malnutrition upon oneself, which sounds silly but is a extremely popular method to losing weight for those that either don’t know what they are doing or don’t have the patients to do it the right way.
So now we understand what malnutrition is lets go over how to avoid it. Simply eat the correct amount of calories that your body needs. Now this sounds easy yes but sometimes can get difficult not going to lie, but not impossible to figure out or accomplish. Ill give a few ways to find out your caloric needs:
1. See a nutritionist/Dietitian that will plug your basic info into a formula and calculate your needs
2. You can do the same thing yourself by looking up caloric need formulas online just make sure you use a credible source preferably with a .org or .gov
3. Get blood-work done by your doc to see if you have any specific/special needs
4. They now have devices that will calculate your daily caloric output, meaning how many calories you burn which gives you the X, now the same device will usually come with a a online nutrition program to log food and give you the number of calories you are in-taking which is Y and all you need to do is make X=Y and BAM you are healthy, then depending on your goals adjust the two numbers.
So basically malnutrition maybe the biggest reason you are not seeing results. You can do something about it but sometimes people need to understand they don’t know everything and need to seek help, there should never be shame in admitting you need help.