After working in the fitness industry for over ten years, I think the most sought after advice is about nutrition and diet (Second highest query is how to get a six-pack… which actually also has everything to do with nutrition). According to the Father of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, you should, “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. ”
Eat. Whole. Real. Foods.
Pretty simple concept, but can be challenging to implement depending on what your intake currently looks like. First things first: get rid of the processed junk you are eating. That is first and foremost the best thing that you can do for yourself. If you look at the ingredients and you cannot pronounce some of them, it’s time to chuck it. Once you eliminate processed foods the next step is determining how much of each macronutrient (“macros”) you should be intaking daily based upon your goals, basal metabolic rate, current body composition, and activity level.
Let’s back up a second. What are macros? All food can be broken down into three categories: carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Your body requires all of these to function optimally. Think of your body like a car. For simplification, let’s say that the only three fluids your car needs to run properly are gas, oil, and coolant. I think we can all agree that your car requires certain levels of all three to operate. You wouldn’t give your car more oil because you are low on coolant, right? And you could argue that the car would keep running… for at least a time, but definitely not flawlessly… and definitely not long-term.
Your body is the same way. If your diet is too heavy or light in a certain macronutrient, it isn’t that your body will shut down on you (HOPEFULLY!), but it isn’t operating at the level that it could. Being deficient in certain macros can also cause digestive problems, auto-immune diseases, trouble sleeping, and unstable energy levels (to name a few). It can also greatly impact your ability to lose fat or gain muscle.
There are lots of different apps on your phone that can help you track your macros and can help estimate how much you should be taking in. However, those apps often don’t account for other factors and were created to analyze for the general population. It also might be able to specify how many grams of each macronutrient you should eat, but again without much accuracy, and really, how much is a gram of something anyway? Trying to figure all of this out on your own can be intimidating. Weighing and measuring food? Nutrient timing? Active versus recovery days? It all matters and plays a significant role in your nutrition journey.
Understanding what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat it are the huge knowledge portions to nutrition that you need. The last piece to success = ACCOUNTABILITY. I know there are some people reading this right now who have yet to hit their goals, know exactly how they should be fueling their body, and yet they don’t do it. Why you ask? Because it is EASIER to revert back to old habits than to create new ones. That’s not opinion folks; that is a fact.
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I know that all of that might not make sense to everyone, but that is why that LAST bullet point is so important. We are HERE for you and want to see you succeed and will help you along the way in every way that we can.
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