We know there’s a lot of information out there, when it comes to workouts, diet, nutrition, recovery, supplements just to name a few. How do you figure out what's legitimate and what's simply marketing hype? Well hopefully we can help this process. Here you'll find our thoughts on the some of the most popular and important aspects of health, fitness and nutrition, what’s new that we’re learning, that we think is worth looking into, what things are hot in the industry that maybe we aren’t huge fans of and why we think so.
Where do you start? With so much information out there regarding diets, health foods, and done for you meal services who do you trust or believe? Here’s our general feeling on diet and nutrition. Find a plan that works for you in the long term. Build healthy habits that are sustainable rather than looking for a quick short term fix. It generally comes back to bite you in the butt. Low calorie and low nutrient dense foods are usually not the way to go when it comes to getting results. Figure out if you care about losing weight, being healthy or both. Most people mistake losing weight for improving your health and that isn’t always the case. A lot of things have worked from Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Calorie tracking and counting to Paleo, Whole30, Keto, Vegan but what actually gets you results and keeps you healthy? Regardless of what “diet” you want to follow (which we don’t recommend pigeon holding yourself by labeling yourself to any one diet) here are some things we believe in that should be a part of any good long term healthy diet. Find a diet you can sustain for the long term. One that allows you to enjoy yourself at times and not feel guilty for living life. Does eating this kind of food make you feel full but also give you energy rather than making you feel sluggish. Try to pay attention to how you feel after a meal do I feel sluggish, foggy in the brain, like I just want to go to sleep or do I feel more energy, clearer thinking, no bloating or digestion issues. Keeping a mental note of these things could really help you figure out what a healthy diet for you is. What works for one person doesn’t mean it will work or is best for you. A lot of people tend to count calories and look at only macronutrients (carbs, protein, fat) but we suggest caring about whole food (vs processed) that are nutrient dense in not just carbs, fat and protein but also micronutrient dense which are your vitamins and minerals. We tend to believe in a diet higher in protein and fat and here’s why. Your body will burn protein more inefficiently than carbs or fat meaning it take more energy to break it down which means more calorie burn for you. Having more healthy fats in your diet like avocados, nuts or animal fat from high quality properly raised animals will not only give you great fat soluble vitamins but also help with satiety so you won’t be hungry so soon after eating. If you’re working hard fuel you body and eat. Don’t be afraid into thinking you’re negating all of your hard work in the gym. We time and time again see people working so hard in the gym to only then go home and starve themselves in hopes of seeing faster results. Think about fueling your body with a post workout shake or meal to kick start your body recovering from that work out but also consider eating more on day your move more and eating less on days you move less. This is something we picked up from Jade Teta that just made a ton of sense. Your energy demands won’t be the same every day so why should your calorie intake? This will also help to keep your cravings and energy more even keeled. Don’t get sucking into the hype of the media. You probably know your body best. Try things and see what works for you and what makes you feel and function the best. Please let us know if you have any questions or email us if you would like help with your diet and nutrition goals. RP~11/19