Nutrition is tricky, especially in today’s age of at-our-fingertips information. There are so many schools of thought, philosophies and opinions – and in amongst all of these, are true FACTS. Which facts should you believe? It’s overwhelming and exhausting trying to figure it all out. The experts tell you that they have the instant answer to your dieting woes and their approach will get you lean and fit forever!
Should you try: Eating clean, Paleo, IIFYM – if it fits your macros – what the heck is a macro? (See my upcoming Blog post on macros, micros and other nutrition terms), Low carb, Calorie counting, Carb cycling, Intermittent fasting?? The questions are endless and so are the possibilities.
What “diet” or nutrition program actually works?
The One that works for you long term and makes you feel and look good!
You have to be a bit of detective and make some left and right turns but you will eventually find your way. It takes patience and practice. The way of eating that works for you will have sound nutrition principles that most of the previously mentioned experts generally agree upon.
These basic principles are:
- Water is important. Drink lots of it! Usually that’s .5 oz/lb of body weight. Err on the side of drinking more than less. If you’re thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
- Veggies and fruit are important. Eat more veggies than fruit. Fruit is good for you but only in moderation due to its high sugar content. Although you are better to be eating fruit than a chocolate bar!
- Protein is important. As a rule of thumb get approximately 1 gram/lb of body weight per day.
- Fats are important. Good fats (in moderation), from sources such as whole eggs, avocados, olive oil, nuts, fatty fish like salmon, coconuts (oil)
- Eat when you are hungry and stop before you are full! Eat slowly and mindfully. Put your fork down between bites and always allow 20 mins before deciding if you are still hungry!
It’s not rocket science and honestly we make it more difficult than it needs to be. It’s all too easy to listen to the “experts” and not listen to our bodies. If you are going to follow the advice of an expert make sure you research who they are and if their science is sound. Following the above basic principles as a starting point will be a great first step on your health and fitness journey!