Low carb, high carb, low fat, high fat. It seems like everywhere you look there are diets preaching different types of nutrition protocols. Atkins, Ketogenic, Paleo, and Vegan just to name a few. To go along with conflicting diet information, there are dozens of misleading “rules” that you need to follow in order to reach your goal. Eat every two hours, don’t eat carbs at night, stay away from sugar, don’t mix certain foods, the list goes on and on. Quite frankly, if you look at the research, there are countless articles that support and disprove each diet strategy. You can cherry pick information and make a case to support your favorite diet but you can also point to dozens of other articles that say otherwise. What does this tell us about nutrition? It tell us that it is incredibly individualized. During this blog, I want to provide some baseline information surrounding nutrition in hopes of helping you develop a principle based approach when it comes to what you eat.
What research and science DOES tell us is that calories matter. Quality and quantity alike. If you eat more calories than your body burns, you will gain weight. If you eat less calories than your body burns, you will lose weight. Now of course this is assuming that your hormone and metabolic systems are balanced. This means, if you can control your caloric intake, you can control your weight. It’s not absolutely necessary to track calories in order to lose or gain weight. However, if you do lose weight by not tracking calories, it’s because your body’s processes are in balance and you are in a caloric deficit whether you realize it or not. Please don’t give the credit to secret foods and fat loss tricks. The same goes for gaining weight. If you gain weight unintentionally, don’t blame it on the 3 pieces of dove chocolate you had the night before. Nobody got fat from one piece of cake, the same way nobody got skinny from eating one salad.
What I’m proposing to you is a different way to view nutrition. What if you focused on a couple of main principles and stayed consistent with them over a long period of time? What if it wasn’t about eating this and not eating that?
I think I can make a case that guided consistency will override any “diet stategy” out there. I think we are focusing on the wrong aspects when we are trying to reach our nutrition goals. What we should be focusing on is:
1.) What are the main principles that support my goal
2.) What fits my lifestyle and individual needs the best
3.) How can I make it enjoyable as possible
What's the best program for nutrition? It's the one you enjoy the most. The one that supports results and the one that you can follow without feeling burdened. When enjoyment is the priority, you will be able to reach goals you never thought were possible. Enjoyment brings sustainability. Sustainability brings consistency and consistency brings results. That's exactly how it happens!
I truly believe we need to focus on making the journey the best part of the process and forget about all the little x's and o's. If that resonates with you, I want to encourage you to read the fat loss baby steps which is attached to this blog (an e-book that I wrote that sheds more light into this approach). The protocol has minimal structure which allows room for individual preferences. If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact me below. Your best is yet to come!