The Gym Spy: OMG Don't Eat THAT!

Cynthia Dermody

bagel with cream cheese
Flickr photo by mary thompson
Taylor Ryan, The Stir's personal trainer, is sleuthing the gyms and clubs, reporting on common workout mistakes that hold us back from the killer bodies we want.

The gym intel:

This week I took time off from spying at my own gym (don't want them to catch on to me), so I turned my attention to another gym in the area. What I saw almost made me have a heart attack!

It wasn't the women working out ... it was the gym itself! This place offers complimentary breakfast to its clients. You might assume fruit, scrambled eggs, maybe a smoothie or yogurt. Nope. This gym offers a full-out bagel and cream cheese breakfast with coffee.

Talk about setting an example for its clients: "You're trying to lose weight, so please come eat this 500-calorie, carbohydrate-filled bagel."

I'm not saying you should deny yourself all the time. But these aren't the best choices following a workout, when you should be eating lots of lean protein and complex carbs and drinking plenty of water. If you just lifted weights and put in some cardio intervals, you probably burned a few hundred calories. Eat that bagel and you'll put it right back on ... and then some.

Bagels are packed with white flour -- simple carbs -- meaning they're broken down quickly, spike your blood sugar, increase your insulin, and tell your body to hold on to body fat.

That's not all, though. This gym goes one step further and offers its clients a free pizza night! I totally don't recommend joining this gym.

The food choices we make for our bodies represent roughly 60% of how we look. If you want to see results, then it takes not just a great workout program, but clean eating.

These are my favorite post-workout snack options. Notice that the bagel didn't make the cut:

  •  Chocolate whey protein shake with 1/2 banana (or your favorite fruits) 
  •  Whole wheat wrap with almond butter and honey 
  • Peanut butter deviled eggs (weird, but delish ... hard-boil your eggs, cut in half, and pull out the yolks. Fill each half with 1/4 tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter.)
  • Turkey wrap with avocado, tomato, and honey mustard
  • Omelet with salsa, turkey sausage, and Swiss cheese (light on the Swiss) 


Taylor Ryan is head trainer for The Art of Weight Lifting and the Charleston, South Carolina-based Fat-Blasting Boot Camps for Moms. She's also at The Stir every Friday with a new Personal Training Workout.


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