The nutrition industry is full of new fads, new ideas and so called quick fixes. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but if something sounds too good to be true, it generally is. This rings especially true in the nutrition industry. There are no quick fixes, no miracle foods and nobody has ever gotten lean in a day. This can make nutrition a hard sell and people often don’t want to have to go through all of the hardship and time to get to being fit and healthy. I think part of the reason for this is that we are internally driven to look for quick fixes, every other aspect of our day to day life is riddled with quick fixes and short cuts. We want everything and we want it now.
This is why we hate using the word ‘diet’.
It implies something that is short term, something that has a start and an end point. How many of you have been asked how long you are going on a diet for? Why does it need to have a start and an end point? You’re already set up for failure when the diet you go on is so tough that you can only sustain it for a certain amount of time or you binge for a week after completing it. Please don’t ever diet again and follow the yo-yo pattern of weight loss and weight gain. Start a lifestyle, it doesn’t have to be 100% perfect all of the time. Do as much or as little as you can that suits your lifestyle and goals.
With nutrition, the boring stuff works. It may not be the cool stuff or the stuff you see in training videos etc.. but it works. This is staying consistent throughout all of your 40-50 meals a week. Set yourself up each day with a good breakfast, matching your food intake to your training output, eating protein each meal, eat whole fresh foods, cut out the sugar, recover correctly after each training session. Keep things simple, if you have a few key principles like I’ve mentioned that you adhere to regardless of where you are, you cannot go too far wrong. Start small and build on that foundation, many people fail before they have ever started.
Why not check out our other articles too for some training and nutrition tips ahead of the indulgence of christmas season.