My husband has been going to the gym 5 days a week for the last 3 months. He does a combination of weight training and swimming. He's trying to lose weight and become more fit, but isn't succeeding so far. And I feel bad for him, but it really does not seem like he's going about things properly.
Here's basically what he does. He doesn't eat breakfast, he might have something sweet at work, like cookies, cakes, whatever if there's some in the snack room. Otherwise he eats nothing until lunchtime. But before going to lunch he goes to work out. So he's going half the day with either no food or snacking on something unhealthy and sugary, and then goes to work out. After he works out he goes to lunch at either burger king, taco bell, wendy's or this independent fast food italian place. He's not eating half the day, he works out, then goes and eats a really bad lunch. He does this every work day. Then he eats nothing until dinner time. I always cook healthy for dinner since I know he eats bad away from home and always have a side salad as well. What I find really weird is that he says he likes to eat healthy and he is very supportive of eating healthy around me, but it's like when he's on his own he just goes for the quickest options to eat. I've suggested taking lunch to work because he has a fridge and a microwave, but he never does.
He doesn't need to lose weight either, he's 5'10 with a 32 inch waist. The problem is that he has really no muscle tone. It seems like he thinks he just needs to lose the fat and he'll just become muscular overnight. When he does weight training he also just does upper body, no abdominals or lower body. So in the 3 months that he's been working out and do cardio, he looks the same. Not even his arms are in any better shape.
Does anyone know of any veg*n articles that I could show him to help him understand what he needs to be doing if he wants to see any benefits from working out, as far as appearances go? I'm no physical expert or anything, but I would assume that not eating very much and then having a good portion of your diet consist of bad foods isn't going to help in losing fat and gaining muscle. I am really glad to see him starting to want to do things that benefit him health-wise, but he still doesn't seem to get the eating/diet part of it. (I guess that's obvious with the amount of fast food he eats still.) And I'm thinking if I show him some articles, it might help him understand it better. But since I don't know much about physical fitness I don't even have any idea of what to google for and what is correct and what isn't. Last thing I want to do is show him stuff that is incorrect.
Thanks in advance!
BTW, I'm certainly not trying to push anything on him, and I hope I'm not giving that impression with this post. I just want to know that he has the information available to make his decisions with, if I show him stuff that could help him understand better what he needs to do, and he still continues with his current thing, then that's his choice. I just want him to have information that could help him out because he seems to be getting discouraged.