Athletes and obese clients might not seem like they have anything in common at first glance. Yet, a recent conversation I had made me rethink this… If I could list just a few of the concerns that I get presented to me by top athletes and clients with obesity one by one, it would look something like this: Not knowing how to cook Not knowing what a portion size for them is Not having any clue about different food groups Difficulty with choosing food on the go Energy levels fluctuating throughout the day Being overly restrictive with their diet Not tracking their nutrition or having an awareness of their intake Relying on eating nothing or training to exhaustion to lose weight Emphasising supplements over foods first Struggling with emotional eating Struggling with a medical concern Training too much Training too little So really the two individuals share many of the same problems, some will have a few others many. They are just at different ends of the same spectrum. Having worked with both of these groups of people, I believe they have a lot to learn from each other. What You Can Learn from Athletes. Fall in Love with Being Active. Athletes’ biggest crush was being active from day one. Whether that was kicking a ball around a pitch, running for miles or lifting heavy things and putting them down again. Real athletes, live breathe and love the sport they play. TIP: If you struggle with your weight you have to find something active that you love. Forget which one is optimal, the one you love is the one you’ll (literally) be running back to each day. Giving Up is Not An Option. It is tough to get in shape, especially if you’ve been out of shape for a while. Willpower, tolerance or general ‘mental toughness’ levels for making nutrition, exercise or lifestyle changes is what separates the athletes from the rest of us. They accept that ‘elbow grease’ will be needed to get the job done and they don’t let fear stand in their […]
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