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Ask almost any personal trainer and they’ll tell you that regardless of your training goals, healthy eating is the backbone. Food is what fuels your body to reach your goals and without proper nutrition through quality foods, you’re likely to stall. As a result, if possible, eat organic foods and above all else, maintain a balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, complete proteins and fats including such things as fish oils and flaxseeds.


Regardless of what you’re doing, preparing yourself in advance gives you the best chance to accomplish your goals and your approach to nutrition should be no different. It’s best to prepare for your upcoming day by prepping all your food in advance. This will ensure you will not eat unhealthy foods or skip meals.


Eating only three meals a day? You need to correct this bad habit. The truth is you may not be losing weight because you’re not eating enough! Sound crazy? It’s not, it’s simple science. You should be eating five times a day, including two mini meals between your three basic meals, about every three hours, to stimulate your metabolism. And while your activity levels decrease throughout the day you should eat less as the day goes on.


You’ll be eating more often so paying attention to portions is extremely important. You need to make sure chicken breasts and meats are no larger than your palm and that pastas are no larger than your fists. And because studies show that people serve themselves 20-40% more food when using larger plates, you can also try use smaller bowls, plates and cups.


Everything you consume should have substantial nutritional value. You want to get the most nutritional bang for your buck! Everything you eat should serve some nutritional purpose in your body, fuel your workouts and be geared toward optimizing your body.