The Balance of Diet and Exercise
Errick McAdams—In 2001 D.C ambassador Errick McAdams found himself unemployed and overweight. His fitness “wake up call” came while watching one of those “E True Hollywood Stories” featuring Brad Pitt. “I realized he was 10 years older than me, and looked incredible!” Errick recalls. That’s when he decided to finally use his gym membership. Errick went in with the knowledge he gained from an athletics background and an “I will not fail” attitude.
My Fitness Wake-up Call
Within the first 3 months, I lost more than 30 pounds. Other gym members started to notice, and I began training some of them just for fun. I found that my passion for fitness and my personal transformation grew with each workout, and I decided to turn training into a career.
The Key is Nutrition
The real key for me, and for countless clients I’ve worked with over the years, is nutrition. Eating right not only affects my waistline, but I’ve found that it directly affects my mood too. While I am dedicated to an eat clean diet (although it's not so much a diet as it is a lifestyle) I’m not perfect. If I slip up on the weekend by indulging in dessert, I know I have to make it up by eating clean and working out harder the during the week. I teach my clients this same best practice as well.
3 Tips for Clean Eating and Staying Motivated
1. Every day is a new day
Start each day with the plan to eat clean, drink water and work out. I play every day like it’s the Superbowl. If you play hard you’ll stay ahead of temptation. If you don’t make it, start again the next day and do better.
2. Pay attention to what you eat
If certain food is making you tired, eat less or cut it out of your diet completely. Your metabolism works like a paper shredder. With a paper shredder you can only put a certain amount of sheets through at one time. If you put more than that, the shredder runs funny, and if you continue to feed paper through it, the shredder will overheat and shut down. Sound familiar? If you eat more than what your body can handle at one time (everyone is different but the base rule is 500 calories per meal), you will start to run funny too.
3. Abs are made in the kitchen not the gym
Keep good food in your house and you’ll eat good food. Stock your fridge with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, lean meats, salads, and lots of cold water.
Without a doubt, my dedication to the combination of both vigorous exercise and eating a clean diet by avoiding processed foods, sugar and starches has changed my life dramatically. It has enabled me to become a successful husband, a happy/positive person and have the best job in the world.