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3 Common Nutrition Mistakes You May Be Making When Trying to Change Your Physique

By Nazirah Jones M.S., CPT- NASM

Ah, the age-old question - "why am I not seeing results?" If only getting fit was as easy as eating a pizza and binge-watching Netflix, right?

But fear not, my fellow fitness enthusiasts! Here at BBT Fitness, we're here to help you avoid some common mistakes that may be hindering your progress. Because let's face it, there's nothing more frustrating than sticking to a strict diet and exercise regimen and still not seeing the results you want.

Mistake #1. You Are Doing Too Much at Once

One of the most common mistakes people make when starting a fitness program is trying to do too much at once. It's understandable to want to make significant changes quickly, but doing so can lead to overwhelm, burnout, and ultimately, failure. It is a human instinct to try and find comfort and make changes for that to happen. For example, “ I will exercise 2x per day every week, and won’t eat any sugar or alcohol.” At BBT Fitness, we believe in keeping things simple, starting small, and making consistent strides toward your goals. Our coaches will help you develop a personalized plan that fits your lifestyle and is sustainable for the long term.

Why this doesn’t work:

  • This process is hard to find what is actually working when you are trying to do it all.

  • This process can be extremely overwhelming and cause more damage to your progress.

  • This process is not sustainable at all.

What you should try instead:

  • KISS (Keep it simple stupid): Things do not have to be complicated. It is important to make slow and consistent strides that will help you to continue to make long-lasting progress. For example, “I am going to aim to only drink two alcoholic beverages when I drink.” Now if that sounds simple, that’s because it is. Don’t overcomplicate things.

Mistake #2. You Are Being Too Rigid and Strict with Yourself

Many people fall into the trap of setting strict diets for themselves, cutting out entire food groups, or severely limiting their caloric intake. This approach is not only unsustainable but can be detrimental to your overall health and well-being. At BBT Fitness, we believe in balance and moderation. Our coaches will work with you to create a flexible nutrition plan that allows you to enjoy the foods you love while still achieving your fitness goals.

Why this doesn’t work:

  • Our bodies are not expected to live off of these harsh diets that we put ourselves on. Did you know that most of the food actions that we take are driven by emotions? You have to ensure that you are enjoying the food and drinks that you eat because it helps you in so many ways. Don’t deprive yourself of enjoying foods that you love, instead work on managing the quantity and frequency in which you eat these foods.

Try this instead:

  • Using a journal or nutrition app, keep track of the patterns and triggers you have around certain foods that you eat. You have to be able to make the necessary changes in your diet as you see fit. If there is ever a time when you are unsure of how to make these changes, seek help. Remember, you must be enjoying the food that you eat to properly take care of yourself.

Mistake #3. You Are Not Addressing the Bigger Issues

Often, people focus on the smaller issues rather than addressing the underlying problems that may be hindering their progress. For example, instead of training multiple times a day to compensate for unhealthy eating habits, it's better to address the root of the problem by limiting the number of times you eat out. At BBT Fitness, we take a holistic approach to fitness, addressing the bigger issues and developing a personalized plan that will help you achieve success.

Why this doesn’t work:

  • If you are not making adjustments to the bigger issues at hand, you’ll never be able to make changes to the smaller ones. When you focus on the little things it is like putting a band-aid on a broken leg.

Try this instead:

  • Always work smarter, and not harder. Take the time to plan and prepare the actions you are going to take. For example, grocery lists and setting time aside for meal prep. Think of things that will help your daily routine.

At BBT Fitness, we believe that fitness is not a one-size-fits-all solution. That's why we offer nutrition education that takes into account your fitness level, goals, and lifestyle. Our coaches are knowledgeable, supportive, and passionate about helping you achieve your best self. Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and we offer a variety of classes to keep your workouts fun and challenging.

So, if you're looking for a fitness program that will help you avoid common mistakes, achieve balance and moderation, and address the root of your fitness issues, come join us at BBT Fitness. Our team is ready and excited to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does BBT design personal meal plans for members?

A: At present, we do not employ a nutritionist or dietitian on our staff. Consequently, it is beyond the scope of our practice to offer personalized meal plans to our members. However, we do provide assistance in calculating your Macros and strive to keep you informed about healthy food choices that can support your wellness journey.


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