What do you know about nutrition? No, really what do you think you really know about eating. I mean that core knowledge that you would bet your life on. Not just to go along with what everyone thinks but that essential knowledge that is a gut truth. How much do you really know? I would bet you that if we sat 100 people in a room and asked them about diet and nutrition they would not answer honestly. I would bet you that they would parrot the various bits of advice they have heard over the years because that is the politically correct thing to do. You may not eat right but marketers have certainly told you how to eat.And it seems to keep changing. Consider this, most of us look back 2 generations and think our grand parents knew how to eat. So why are we so obsessed with changing the rules of nutrition?
Oh crap, Mike isn’t giving the diet plan to follow next year. What a rip-off. Where is the new miracle diet for me? Where….Where? If you are that kind of stressed out diet junkie that needs the latest and greatest fool-proof plans, then you really shouldn’t read this blog. There are enough commercials you can follow if that is what you want.I want to give you honest advice.
The problem with a lot of these diets is that they want you to make a wholesale change in the way you live your life. I would bet you really aren’t eating that bad right now. Most of the time tweaking your present diet and adding a bunch of exercise will fix the issue. In the last blog I talked about what not eat to lose fat. Some people are interpreting that to mean that they will never enjoy ice cream or soda again. That is not the point. Lose the fat, get to the point where you feel and look the way you want, then add in those foods. While you are dropping fat, you can still have that stuff, just keep it to a minimum.
I realize there are a number of readers who don’t want to tweak. The want hard and fast rules. Stuff written down. Calories measured. Cookies discarded. Pain inflicted. Tofu sausages. Deprivation. Denial. Nutritional cleansing. People in lab coats devising specific intra molecular compounds. 21st century superfoods. The more expensive the better.
If that is what you want, have at it. Your spouse and kids probably won’t be thrilled at the prospect and after about 2 weeks neither will you. So if you want some tweaks, please look at this list of ideas. Also go back a look at the last blog article.
A couple of thoughts about nutrition and dieting
- Waiting too long in between meals. This causes a drop in blood sugar and will cause you to…….
- Eat to much at each meal. You body can only process so much at one sitting. Eating fat causes…
- Nothing if you look at the latest research. Eating fat doesn’t make you fat. Eating……
- Multiple carbs at a meal will make you fat. That is a lot of sugar going into the system that the body can’t handle.What the body can do is break sugars down easily and store them as fat.
- Skimping on protein sources will deprive you of essential fats and amino acids you need for repairing muscle, immune and brain function.
- Use the Body for Life method. One protein and One carbohydrate per meal will all the green vegetables you want.
- Drinking your calories. Unless it is a meal replacement shake, don’t drink calories. yes, Jamba juice will make you fat. So will soda, Mocha Lattes and exotic Polynesian miracle juices. Don’t get me started on energy drinks.
- Diet drinks don’t have the calories but they have artificial sweeteners that seem to derail weight loss.
So if you want to embark on a new lifestyle, I wish you well. Please consider eating the stuff your grand parents were eating and get regular exercise. Eat small meals often and eat one serving of protein with one carbohydrate. Rinse down with water, coffee or tea. This is a much easier program to follow and I guarantee you will get better results.
Happy new year!
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Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |