Want to shape up for the summer? Eat at home.

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In today’s fast paced world we consume over 30% of our daily calories away from home. These less-than-wholesome calories are accumulating around our waists and draining our bank accounts.

So why do we eat out and shun the kitchen? Simple: convenience. We don’t have the time to toil away over a hot stove. However, evidence is mounting that we are paying big for the so-called convenience of outside food.

Obesity related diseases are on the rise, as are the number of folks who are just plain unhappy with how their bodies look and feel. Cooking at home seems to be the first step in our road to healthier bodies.

Here are the top 5 reasons that you should starting cooking and eating at home…

Reason #1: It’s Good For You

Hyperprocessed foods are harmful to our health, and that’s exactly where you’ve been getting the bulk of your calories. Even restaurant food that contains fresh produce, chances are high that the produce is not organic, or local or non-GMO. Most of us are eating less than half of the recommended amount of fiber, fruit and vegetables, which eating at home could quickly change.

Simple meals made at home with fresh produce and organic meats or eggs are nutritionally superior to over-flavored, over-processed restaurant food. Not to mention the high calorie beverages and starters that so often accompany a restaurant meal. When you eat at home you take in more nutrient-dense calories that are higher in fiber.

Reason #2: It’s Far Easier Than You Think

Eating out so often has conditioned our concept of a meal to be one with complicated flavors and accompaniments. This misconception has made us fear the kitchen. But I urge you to reconsider.

Meals made at home need not mirror those ordered in restaurants. On the contrary, simple is better when it comes to home cooking. Plan your entire meal around a couple of pieces of fresh produce and a wholesome, lean protein. No need for complicated sauces or sides – these are where the harmful calories hide anyway.

Reason #3: It Costs Less

Fresh, simple ingredients do not cost much. Especially when compared to the cost of prepared meals.

Shopping the perimeter of the store is always a good plan. Here you’ll find the fresh produce, meats, dairy and seafood. Venture into the aisles for oils and spices to compliment the fresh ingredients.

Reason #4: It Is Preventative Medicine

In the US the annual health care expenses related to obesity is $150 billion, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Worldwide this number is over $1 trillion annually. These numbers are staggering, and sobering when you think of all the individual lives that are being negatively impacted by obesity.

Rather than waiting for you and your family members to experience the health risks related to obesity, start your own mission to cook simple meals at home and redirect your future. Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Reason #5: It Reduces Body Fat

Eating at home is also one of the best ways to reduce your body fat. Meals eaten at home contain an average of 200 calories less than meals eaten out. Let me tell you, a reduction in 200+ calories per meal will quickly translate to pounds lost!

Start today, and don’t be afraid to start small.

Pick one meal that you’ll make at home either today or tomorrow, and write down your simple menu and grocery list. You could start with the Savory Greek Waffle recipe below.

And let’s not forget the place that a challenging, consistent exercise program has in your quest for good health and a fit physique. My programs are specially designed to blast fat and to build muscle in all the right places.

Call or email me today to get started on a fat loss program that really works.

Coach Rob

https://coachrobj.fitproconnect.com/Consultation/

On Fridays We Flex!

fitnessfriday4I have been focused on the importance of never missing a Monday or Friday workout.  This is a GREAT article from The Daily Burn on the benefits of flexing on Fridays!  Fitting in a Friday workout before heading into the weekend will undoubtedly help you make better choices throughout the weekend.  Who knows, you may even fit in a long walk, hike with the kids, or weekend workout.  It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend for outdoor activities.  Let me know what you fit into your Saturday and Sunday! BAM!

Meet Ms. Relentless

Today’s blog is about perseverance and relentless commitment! Every client has different hurdles to jump when they embark on their journey to living their healthiest and fittest life. I recently asked one of my clients if she would write a blog for me and allow me to feature her as one of my Real Warriors and she said, “yes, but I don’t believe I should be chosen for this?” That’s exactly why I selected this client, who I will appropriately call, Ms. Relentless.

When you have an addiction no matter what you are addicted to you, you’re always fighting a battle in your head. My addiction is no Different than someone who struggles between drinking every day or maintaining a sober lifestyle. I am in a constant battle with my addiction to food and sugar.

I am successful in my career and spend far too many hours in the office, but unfortunately many careers demand this level of engagement and we focus on our careers instead of our health. About a year ago, I just got fed up with everything hurting, feeling achy walking up and down stairs, and being exhausted by the end of my workday. I was told by the doctor I had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and was pre-diabetic. It was time for me to change my lifestyle and invest in my health the way I do in my career.

Rob has helped me to see that wholeness and being aware of my actions is part of health, not just cardio and weights. While I have hated every workout for a year and am not where I want to be, I showed up and put in the work.

Ms. Relentless has a lot more to say so check back next week for more of her thoughts on winning her inner battles and the goals she has achieved in a year of showing up.

Coach Rob Cooks!

The U.S. Weight Loss Market is Worth $66 Billion

IMG_1008Take just a moment to really think about that — 68 BILLION DOLLARS!  This figure includes online dieting, meal replacement products, frozen entrees, support groups with meal programs such as Weight Watchers and Nutri-System, and many other “nutrition-based items.”  Why not just learn to cook clean, healthy, and indulge in your guilty pleasures in moderation?

You don’t have to be a professional chef like Chef B-Rizzle, to learn how to make low-calorie, tasty, and enjoyable meals. Many of my clients have taken ahold of their nutrition by learning to plan and cook in a new way.  No one way of eating works for everyone.  Here are a few things you can try to baby step yourself into new healthy meals in your house without eating pre-made, over-processed “diet foods.”

I would love to feature some of your recipe successes on my blog or in my NEW newsletter! if you would like to SHARE your recipes and photos with me, please message me, text me, tag me and use #CoachRobCooks!  BAM!!!

You better EAT your vegetables!

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Fitness Friday with Team Sunshine

You may not believe this, but not all of my clients come in saying they want to be a size 4, with a Kardashian booty, and rock hard abs. Many of my clients just want to get back to their normal and rebuild the strength they had prior to a surgery or health issue.

I have worked with Debby-Deb aka Sunshine for over 18 months. When she started, she was only 3 months into recovery after having a complicated L3 L4 Spinal Fusion which resulted in some nerve damage. Her goals were and are pretty realistic.

  • Regain her balance
  • Strengthen her core to aid her back health
  • Lose the 35 pounds she’d gained after he accident / surgery
  • Get back to wearing high heels

All achievable goals, but not without pitfalls and hurdles. After returning to work, she had to take time off of training due to renewed spinal and hip pain.

Well, we figured out a new plan of attack! She has a new goal and we have a new deal! We are starting back at the basics and we aren’t going to let pain keep her from her sessions. If all we can do is spend our time together stretching out those problem areas, we will work through the pain. Our deal is that she shows up no matter what and we adapt, overcome, and persevere to achieve her new goal! Stay tuned and see what tenacity and showing up can do! Bam!!!

Monday Motivation

The only way you’re going to change your body, improve your health, and live a better life is to do it. No one can push you like you can push yourself. No one else can do it for you! Change your life one Monday at a time. BAM!!

Monday Motivation

Love ’em or hate ’em, Mondays get a bad wrap.  Much like any other situation in life, it’s all about how you look at it and what kind of energy you give it. This is one of the reasons that I am focused on making sure you’re working out on Mondays. Your Monday workouts will automatically set you on the right path for the week. Time to jumpstart your week and get in the gym!  Remember, NEVER miss a Monday! BAM!!!