This is a subject I have specifically avoided because at times I do not feel like I know about every diet out there to tell you whether you should or you should not eat a certain way. So I will just tell you what I try to do, what I have done and what I think is a good direction to head in your nutrition journey.
First off, exercise is great for you, but to say that exercise alone will get you to your ideal weight is very flawed. Heading over to the nearest McDonald’s after every work out for a super-sized meal with a big soda followed by a McFlurry after every work out because you “earned it” will set you back every time, no matter how hard you worked out.
Changing your diet is not easy.
“It’s easier to change people’s religion than it is their nutrition.”—Ben Bergeron
If we are going to change our diet up to achieve weight loss and performance goals, we need to do it in a way that is sustainable.
My preferred dietary guidelines come from the book “Enter the Zone” by Dr. Barry Sears. My best performances in the gym came at a time I was weighing and measuring my food daily. I lost body fat and lifted bigger weights. Staying that strict was a huge challenge! But it did teach me a lot about how to eat. Now, not that it always happens, but I try to get a protein, carb and fat in at every meal and as close to appropriate portions as possible.
So here is what I think. I think you should think about what you eat everyday. Don’t lie to yourself. We all know what is healthy and what is not. Identify one thing you could change. Stick with it, then when you are comfortable with that change, work on another part of the diet.
If you are interested in tackling the “Zone” hit me up. There are a few key points about body fat percentage, protein and fat intake that are crucial to success.
If all you want is to eat better, CrossFit.com explains it simply, “In plain language, base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. That's about as simple as we can get.”