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Healthy Eating Tips from our Personal Trainers in Durham


Happy Wednesday friends! Today we are sharing some of our Durham personal trainers top nutrition tips… 5 to be exact!

  1. Don’t Deprive Yourself: Learn portion control and reward yourself every now and then to avoid binging later! Just make sure you savor your occasional treat!
  2. Food Quality Control: Make sure you use high-quality ingredients that look and smell great like fresh herbs and produce. This will make your healthy dishes more pleasurable overall
  3. It’s All About the Presentation: Make your plate pop with lots of color (fruits and vegetables) and arrange the food in an artistic way. Make your culinary experience as aesthetically appealing as it is delicious!
  4. Add Greens Whenever Possible: Greens aren’t just for salads. Add them to smoothies, sandwiches, and as a garnish. Dark, leafy greens benefit every cell in your body and deliver a variety of nutrients.

  5. Don’t Get Distracted: Put away the phone and devices while you eat. Focus on every bite, texture, and taste, instead of the television. Mindless eating is the quickest way to pack on the pounds!

What are your favorite diet or healthy eating tips? We’d love to learn! For more nutritional guidance, come by our Durham gym and begin training with one of our experienced personal trainers. We are here to help you meet your fitness goals and provide you with smart tips and guidance along the way!
Keep sweatin’ Durham!

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Durham Personal Trainer Tip: How to Change Your Body


Many of our clients at The Method come to us with a clear goal in mind; They want to tone up, shed extra body weight, and gain strength. Our personal trainers in Durham help our clients meet these goals by our unique training techniques and through providing them with effective health and dieting tips. Here are some of our top tips that we tell our clients who want to change their bodies:

1. Send Your Body a Clear Message
Our bodies are designed for homeostasis. That means if you want to see changes in your body, you must introduce your brain and body to new and definitive patterns. To see change, you must take clear and consistent actions in order to create change and a new habit.

2. Stay Consistent
Ever gone on a trip and missed your workouts? Do you notice that when you do, it takes some time to get back to the same level of training before your trip? Our bodies need a consistent workout schedule to see results. It’s important you make a training schedule that is fairly consistent in terms of time spent and intensity. We always recommend you give your body and muscles time to recover, but taking long periods of time off will seriously stall your results.

3. “When Will I Start Seeing Results?”
Our Durham personal trainers get this question a lot. Typically it takes a full 10 days to see any sort of results from a new workout program or diet regimen. Stick to it and be consistent and see how you feel after 10 days, or better yet, 2 weeks.

4. Diet is Key
For most people, change is 80% diet and 20% exercise. In order to lose weight, you must limit certain foods. In order to gain muscle, you must eat certain foods. Exercise is absolutely essential in getting the body you want but it needs to be supported with the right diet in order to see results. It all comes down to the amount of protein, fat and carbs.

5. It’s Not Always Going to Be Fun
Getting in shape is hard work. Dieting is straight up hard. It’s important to start any new program with realistic expectations and to not jump in too quickly. Easing into any program makes it easier to stick to it long-term. Be patient with yourself and know, sometimes, it will not be fun.


Ready to change your body? Meet with our personal trainers in Durham and start seeing REAL results!

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NUTRITION TIP: The Most Important Meal of the Day


Today we are sharing you a top nutrition tip from our fantastic Durham personal trainers about what they consider to be the most important meal of the day!

And yes, we know what you’re thinking… “Really?! Enough with the ‘eat your breakfast’ lecture! We’ve all been hearing that since elementary school!”

Well guess what?! Today we are not talking about breakfast as the “most important meal” but rather the post-workout recovery meal! Is this a meal you’ve been taking seriously lately? So many o us skip this meal because we don’t want to “undo” all the hard work and calories we just burned at the gym. However, the post-workout snack or meal is essential to build muscle and a leaner bod.  In fact, Amanda Carlson-Phillips, vice president of nutrition and research for Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance says:

“Getting a combination of 10 to 15 grams of protein and 20 to 30 grams of carbohydrates within 30 minutes of your workout will help to refuel your body, promote muscle recovery, amp up your energy, and build a leaner physique.”

You heard her! Make sure you refuel after your workout like gas for your car. Our favorite post-workout snacks include the classic protein shake topped with fresh fruit and granola, lunch meat and veggies with hummus, cheese and peanut butter with apple slices, or a vegetable egg-white omelet.

What’s your favorite post-workout bite?

Thanks to our Durham personal trainers for their great tips! Keep exercising Durham!

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