In some ways, authentic wellness is a paradox—health advice often seems contradictory, and the wealth of products, programs, and information (or sometimes misinformation!) can be overwhelming.
Get enough sleep— but not too much!
Excess stress is toxic—but the right amount gives you energy!
Up your protein—but too much protein is bad for you!
In my opinion, it’s all about finding the middle ground, incorporating solid self-discipline, realistic self-acceptance, and a healthy dose of common sense. Sometimes, however, that happy balance is hard to find!
This is especially true when it comes to exercise and food tracking, including the use of apps like Fitbit or My Fitness Pal. A total lack of awareness can create denial and an unhealthy lifestyle (one study showed that many people, without detailed and meticulous tracking, overestimate exercise and underestimate food intake). However, an excessive focus on tracking can also torpedo your fitness goals if it becomes obsessive and self-defeating.
As a personal trainer with a holistic wellness perspective, I do recommend periods of food and exercise tracking for my clients, with some specific goals and caveats: