7 Foods You’ll Never Believe I Eat as a Personal Trainer

I don’t care who you are; it’s hard to disagree with the following statement:

Food is awesome!

We use food to nourish our bodies, give us energy, provide emotional support, be social, and much more.

Since I’m a personal trainer, you might think I eat like a robot and my diet consists of the following:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Vegetables (namely broccoli)
  • Fruit
  • Brown Rice
  • Olive Oil

Yes I do eat these foods, but that’s far from the only thing I eat.

In fact, I maintain around 10% body fat year-round eating foods that I love.

Believe it or not, you too can get lean and stay lean by eating your favorite foods.

In today’s post, I’m going to share with you 3 things:

  • Why you should eat foods you enjoy to lose weight
  • Why I’m human just like you (and not a robot)
  • 7 foods I can’t live without

Let’s get started…

I’m Human, You’re Human, and Why That’s Ok

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Here’s the deal:

I’m about to share with you 7 food items that are straight up junk food.

This list isn’t to brag and say, “Wow look at what all I can get away with.”

It’s really more about showing you that I’m a normal guy just like you.

I have cravings, skip workouts, and indulge when I know I shouldn’t.

I want to show you that no one food is bad enough to ruin your results.

It’s the amount of food you eat that will ruin your progress.

What fun is life if all you can eat is broccoli and chicken breasts?


Don’t get me wrong, I still eat wholesome foods and hit the gym regularly the majority of the time.

But am I an unemotional machine that eats, sleeps, and breathes fitness 24/7?

Heck no!

And you’re not either.

I know you’re human and you have the same fitness struggles I do.

Let’s embrace this and work with it.

Give yourself permission to be normal and eat what you desire from time to time.

No need to try and mask it with a silly excuse like, “It’s my cheat day” or “I’m bulking.”

Use the following 7 foods and myself as proof that you can have your cake and eat it too.

7 Surprising Foods I Eat (Even Though I’m a Trainer)

#1: Pizza

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Calories: 240 (per slice)

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 31 grams

Protein: 10 grams

Pizza is without a doubt my favorite food of all time.

I know I’m not alone considering these pizza statistics.

The cheese, crust, and toppings make it too hard to resist.

I’ve eaten entire large pizzas before in one sitting (approximately 1,920 calories). It’s hard for me to imagine life without pizza.

How often do I eat pizza?

2-3 times per month.

#2: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Calories: 150 (1/2 cup)

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 18 grams

Protein: 2 grams

I live in Texas…and it’s summer…that alone is a good enough reason for me to eat ice cream.

Kidding aside, ice cream is definitely my favorite desert of all time—specifically mint chocolate chip ice cream.

You likely either love or hate this flavor. While I can understand where you’re coming from, I can’t agree with you—this flavor is a classic.

My other favorite flavors include:

  • Cookies ‘n Cream
  • Cookie Dough
  • Vanilla
  • Peppermint (this one should be a given)

How often do I eat ice cream?

1-2 times per week.

#3: Pancakes

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Calories: 154 (per pancake)

Fat: 5 grams

Carbs: 23 grams

Protein: 4.4 grams

Naturally this makes iHop one of my favorite restaurants, which it is.

And no I don’t eat my pancakes dry—I use syrup.

In my health nut days, I would make protein pancakes.

It would make me feel healthy and I would get to eat something enjoyable.

There’s only one problem with these pancakes:

  • They taste terrible!

Protein pancakes don’t taste as good as the real deal.

I don’t care how good of a chef you think you are.

If you’re craving pancakes, stick with the real deal.

How often do I eat pancakes?

Once every 2 months.

#4: French Fries

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Calories: 365 (medium serving)

Fat: 17 grams

Carbs: 48 grams

Protein: 4 grams

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and ordered a burger with broccoli as your side?

As if the broccoli will make the burger healthier? It doesn’t.

Granted a side of vegetables is better than fries, but stop and consider what it is you really want.

Did you dine out only for the burger or the burger with fries?

If your answer is the latter, then don’t feel bad for ordering fries—they’re meant to go with hamburgers.

And as long as you’re keeping your overall calories in check who cares if you splurge on some French fries every now and again?

It’s not like you’re going out to eat every day right… at least I sure hope not… oh wait say what? Well this got awkward fast.

How often do I eat French fries?

1-2 times per month.

#5: Birthday Cake Oreos

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Calories: 150 (2 cookies)

Fat: 7 grams

Carbs: 21 grams

Protein: 0 grams

Do you like the cookie or the cream part of an Oreo more?

And don’t lie to me and say you don’t like Oreos!

The cream is my favorite part, and I’ve had a recent obsession with the birthday cake flavor.

It’s a celebration every time I eat one.

I’ve never been a big Oreo consumer in the past, but my taste buds have been craving them as of late.

How often do I eat Oreos?

I eat around 9 Oreo cookies per week.

#6: Hamburgers

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Calories: 590 (Single patty Whataburger)

Fat: 25 grams

Carbs: 62 grams

Protein: 29 grams

This is no shocker for 2 reasons:

  • I like French fries— they’re a perfect match with burgers.
  • I live in Texas and there are lots of Whataburger’s here. Enough said. (Texas consequently has some of the highest obesity rates in America.)

Chances are good you like burgers too, and it’s easy to see why they’re a popular choice for summertime cookouts.

Do you really want to be that guy who brings brown rice in a Tupperware dish to a pool party? Doubtful.

If you’re worried about overeating, then plan ahead.

You’ll likely have at least a few days notice for when the event will be.

Use that time wisely and eat less and/or move more to account for any extra calories you intend to eat.

How often do I eat hamburgers?

1-2 times per month

#7: Popcorn


Calories: 106 (per oz)

Fat: 1.2 grams

Carbs: 21 grams

Protein: 3.1 grams

Popcorn and movies are a match made in heaven just like burgers and fries.

However, there’s one big difference—it’s easy to get distracted from the movie and overeat.

I’ve definitely binged on popcorn in the past without even realizing it.

You’ve likely done the same with popcorn, potato chips, or something similar.

These foods by themselves aren’t bad, the amount at which you eat them is.

Since it’s easy to overeat these foods, be cautious.

The best thing you can do is pour the right amount of food you want into a separate bowl. Don’t eat straight from the bag.

How often do I eat popcorn?

1-2 times per month.

Why Eating Healthy is Keeping You Fat

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You might be surprised by what I eat, and you’re likely to be surprised by the following statement:

Eating healthy to lose weight is one of the biggest lies in the fitness industry.

This is why:

  1. You want to lose weight.
  2. You decide to eliminate junk food and eat clean.
  3. Everything is smooth sailing for 3 days.
  4. You lose motivation and get tired of refraining yourself.
  5. You crash and binge eat.
  6. You feel guilty.
  7. You tell yourself you’ll start fresh next week and you’ll actually stick to it (yeah right)!

You’ve known for years that you’re supposed to eat healthy to lose weight.

And how far has that advice gotten you? Absolutely nowhere.

You need to ditch the “all or nothing” approach to eating healthy.

Your body doesn’t automatically register that you’re eating broccoli and chicken breasts and then immediately drop 10 pounds.

Your body responds to being in a caloric deficit—regardless of what you ate.

Give yourself permission to live a little and eat what you enjoy from time to time.

This is how you make dieting enjoyable.

That’s right, dieting doesn’t have to be boring.

My golden rule is to leave roughly 10-15% of your diet for the foods you love.

The rest of the time you should be eating high quality foods.

Wholesome foods generally (not always) have fewer calories and they’ll keep you fuller longer.

But to say you can never eat unclean foods to get in shape—give me a break!

Final Thoughts

I love food and enjoy eating it. You do as well.

Embrace your relationship with food because it isn’t going away any time soon.

View food like the ally that it is instead of the enemy.

Now I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below.

What did you think of my favorite food list?

What are some of your favorite foods?

P.S. Stay tuned for next week’s article. I’ll be sharing with you 7 fitness struggles I regularly face (even though I’m a personal trainer).

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  1. Sandra

    Great article of advice and words of encouragement for ‘every day’ people who want to stay in shape and eat too. I can attest to your diet on occasion and you are definitely doing something right to still keep in shape!!!

    • tarohmer

      Yes the law of energy balance doesn’t play favorites. And I’m glad you liked the article!