Diet and Nutrition

Dieting & Nutrition 101

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Hello Fit Fam, welcome back!

Today We will be going over not so much the science behind dieting and nutrition, but more covering over the basis to help keep your sanity. The reason I feel covering this topic from this perspective is because, right off the bat I will let you know that every single person in the world is different from the next. So there is not one diet or nutrition plan that will work for everyone. The dirty truth the fitness industry doesn’t want you to know is that the secret for success lies within trial and error, lots of patience and perseverance.

Mindset. This comes first. Accept that this is a life long journey and the goal is not just to drop 10 or 20 pounds but to find a way to live your life that is the healthiest for you while not being miserable. No one wants to eat chicken, broccoli and brown rice everyday and since you’re not competing in a body building competition, you don’t need to! If you are struggling with your weight due to unhealthy eating habits to think you can completely change your entire lifestyle in one shot is too unrealistic and will set you up for failure in the long run. Trial and error. Set your self up with small obtainable goals. How is your water intake? Do you drink a lot of sugary sodas and iced teas? Can you drink one less can of soda per day and replace it with an extra bottle of water? Seems silly right? Well, for some people this can be a struggle and this one little change can be the catalyst that sets you up for success in the long run. Last thing I will mention about mindset. Your biggest critic is probably yourself. So as you start to make these small changes to your lifestyle, if you have a day where you aren’t doing what you’re supposed to be doing, that’s okay! Change is not linear, you can and you probably will fall off the horse a few times. Change begins and ends with perseverance and patience.

Your body is just a vehicle. You’re very own, very personal, very customized vehicle. While you are awake, while you are alive, your body is burning calories and calories equal energy. That and only that is the true purpose for food. To fuel your vehicle for the day. The more you move, the more physical activities you take part in, the more calories you will be burning. Unfortunately, we live in a society where food has become entertainment. Just take a minute to reflect on that. When you are looking for something to do, how often does the solution of a night out eating and or drinking come up? Are you eating to fuel your vehicle or are you eating for fun? Are you actually hungry or are you bored? I challenge everyone to try just a few days of intermittent fasting. Try this and you will find out what true hunger feels like. Not to mention the actual scientific benefits of fasting that I will save for a future post.

As I said before, everybody is different and fasting may not be the answer for you and that’s okay. I encourage everyone to put in a little effort to invest some time into themselves. Track your calories, get an idea of how many you are actually eating on a daily basis. Track your macros, same concept. Learn about yourself and your body. Document things. What times are you eating? So much to think about! Something I have all of my clients do is in some form or fashion (texting pictures is usually the easiest) is to journal every single thing you put into your mouth for a 14 day period. You don’t have to worry about tracking calories or the macro-nutrients, I handle all of that. At the end of the 14 day we can come up with a game plan together on where we can start to make some changes.

I hope you able to take some of what you read here today and reflect. Ask yourself some of the questions you read above. If you would like to dive deeper into this topic with me, as always you can e-mail me at FitnessAcademyNJ@gmail.com

The Fitness Academy is dedicated to helping you not only achieve your goals but also to set you up for success long after your time is up with me.

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Peace & Love,

~Matt G.

P.S. The Fitness Academy will be hosting an all day seminar (10 am – 6 pm) on May 20th led by Holistic doctor, Dr. Julian Cano. You can sign up on his website http://www.DrCano.net