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What To Look For In A Nutrition Program


Everyone has an opinion about the best dietout there based on what has and has not worked for them, but what’s the best one for you? Well, that depends. Everyone is different, which means what worked for your sister, friend, or co-worker, might not work for you.  You need a specific plan, tailored to you, and it has to be a plan that is sustainable for the long-term.

A truly effective diet means changing your lifestyle, not following a fad diet. Doing a restrictive diet for 24-30 days then going back to old habits will not yield the long-term results you are looking for. 

So what does an effective diet plan look like? There are a few key elements to look for, including: realistic goal setting, specific action steps to help you stay on track, and regular accountability checks to keep you motivated and on track. Progress can be monitored via various methods such as food logging, body composition measurements, photos, or even via the jean or mirror check.Lack of accountability is one of the main reasons why 80-97% of the people who lose weight will regain it within the first five years.

At AFC, we have clients go through three phases to reach their goals. In Phase 1, we determine your baseline, set goals, provide nutritioneducation and customize a plan. During Phase 2, clients meet with a nutrition coach to track progress, review goals, provide continuous support and tweak plans if needed.

Here Are A Few Tips To Get You Started:
➡ Start with the basics and focus on whole foods
➡ Shop the perimeter of the grocery store
➡ Don’t replace real food with supplements and food products
➡ Focus on the plate method: 1/2 plate non-starchy veggies, 1/4 starch, 1/4 protein
➡ Drink lots of water!

As we mentioned at the beginning, the same plan doesn’t work for everyone. You need something that will fit into your lifestyle and help you achieve your goals. 

Michelle Vodrazka
Owner, PRO Trainer, Nutritionist

Michelle Vodrazka is an internationally recognized personal trainer, fitness instructor, nutritionist, with over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She is a national fitness competitor and best-selling author of three healthy eating cookbooks.