Even though he is a trainer, Cameron Edmonds, 25, of East Lansing, shares the challenge most people have in trying to eat healthy.
“I am nowhere near a strict eater,” he said. “I struggle with staying on track with certain diets, but I try not to worry about it too much. My goal is to follow an 80/20 approach to food, which means 80 percent of the time I eat healthy foods, and 20 percent of the time I have what I am craving, in moderation. I have found that I do better eating the foods that I want in moderation, rather than telling myself I can’t eat them, and binging on them later.”
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Edmonds, the head trainer at State of Fitness, does enjoy working out.
“I am lucky enough to enjoy training,” he said. “I haven’t always been that way but once I became consistent and saw results, I was hooked. I now understand how important physical activity is for short and long-term health, mental as well as physical.”
He said he enjoys powerlifting movements like squats, bench press, and deadlifts.
“I will do my heavier lifts to start the training session and I will finish with bodybuilding movements for my accessories,” he said.
When he is eating his best, he eats paleo-based, whole, unprocessed foods with a balance of protein, carbs, and fats.
“My diet consists mainly of lean meats, rice and potatoes, vegetables and fruits, eggs, dairy, and nuts,” he said.
He said his drive in the gym, and being healthy, has made a profound impact on his life.
“I have become much more disciplined, confident, and driven since I began living a healthy and fit lifestyle,” he said. “Not only does health and fitness help you physically, I believe it will make you stronger mentally, as well.”
He said he has plenty of advice for those looking to be healthy.
“Reach out to others for help,” he said. “You can reach out to health professionals, like me, to help set up a plan that works for you. There is so much information out there today, it can be overwhelming with where to start or how to reach your goal. My other piece of advice is to be patient. It takes time to realize the changes you want to make, but it is worth it in the long run.”