Windsor Body

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With the cold days of winter hovering over us, it might be hard to imagine that summer is only months away. Whenever summer gets closer and closer, many of us start thinking about getting ready for our beach body, and how we want to get it. There are so many diets and exercise routines out there, it can be hard to know which ones are actually worth trying. We at Windsor Body explored our curiosity and sat down with Amelia Daigle, a local certified group fitness instructor and former varsity athlete to find out about her experience with the Beachbody diet.

Once you’ve purchased your package, you will be sent a personalized workout routine as well as containers to help you portion your meals. Many people will agree that food prep can be an annoyance, but Daigle explains that these containers are colour-coded for different foods so that your portions contain the perfect amount of proteins, fruits, vegetables, etc., making the task of meal prepping easier than ever.

“What I like about this diet is that it encourages you to eat,” Daigle said. “A lot of diets will onlytell you what you shouldn’t eat, but this one tellsyou not only that you should be eating, but also gives you ideas for your meals.” Daigle says she is not someone who wants to take the time to count her calorie intake, and so these easy to maintain plans work for her lifestyle.

It isn’t just portion control containers that you get out of this deal. You can also be supplied with protein powder that can be mixed into smoothies, ideal for a nutritious and balanced meal that will leave you feeling energized. If you know the options you have, it is easier to make healthy choices and prepare for them. If you have a busy life like Daigle, with multiple jobs and long hours, meal prepping may be the only thing stopping you from eating takeout or skipping meals.

Daigle also points out that even if you aren’t a nutrition or fitness expert, it is plain to see that exercise and nutrition go hand in hand, because you can workout as much as you want, but if you are not taking the time to fuel your body properly too, you won’t get the best results you can.

It’s important to educate yourself and find that balance between what your body needs and what your body wants.

Starting something new always comes with a learning curve, so don’t be discouraged if it takes you a bit to find your groove. Following a fitness routine can take a lot of discipline, and Daigle recommends that if you are looking to start a diet, encourage a friend to do it alongside you so you can hold each other accountable and celebrate achieving your goals together. If that’s not an option for you, try to find a nutritionist whom you can check in with. Journaling your experience can also be a great way to track your progress and keep you on track.

“I saw immediate results while still enjoying food and not feeling like I had to stop eating things I love completely,” Daigle said. “I just had to be more mindful of the portions.”

Has Daigle’s experience inspired you to give it a shot? You can visit www.beachbody.ca to learn more about their fitness plans. Want to start a diet but want to explore more of what’s out there before trying one? There are plenty of resources online you can use as a research guide. Remember to always speak with your doctor to find a diet that’s right for you. Consult yours today to start your fitness journey.