The Un-Sexy Truth
You’ve learned the meaning of EMOM, AMRAP, snatch and thruster. You’ve seen the transformation pictures on social media so you’re just waiting to get those results; the weight loss, the energy, the first RX… but for some reason, you’re just not seeing the changes you thought would happen.
How many hours do you spend at the gym? You are most likely spending 1 hour a day, or 3-5 hours a week working hard to achieve those goals. Of course, what you do at the gym is an integral part of looking and feeling better, but it is not THE deciding factor.
You spend another 23 hours outside of the gym each day. What you do during these hours will play a much bigger role in your success than what you are doing for that one hour each day. Things like sleep, stress management, and most importantly, nutrition.
Nutrition is not just about how you look, it is also about how you feel. How do you feel throughout the day? If you feel sluggish and tired, or energetic and productive, it is directly related to what you ate.
Nutrition is what will get you to your goals. 90% of clients have goals of either losing weight or improving athletic performance–both of these can only be achieved through eating correctly.
So what should you do to achieve your goals? It can get so confusing with all the information out there, especially with social media. Your friend Betty follows the Keto diet, has lost 20lbs and swears she’s never had so much energy. Josie at the gym has been doing intermittent fasting and keeps raving about it. Your favorite CrossFitter tracks macros and takes a certain brand of protein powder so if you want her abs, shouldn’t you be doing the same thing?
The unsexy truth when it comes to nutrition is that you have to find what works for YOU. You are different than Betty and Josie and you lead a very different lifestyle/training program than the athletes at the Crossfit Games. What has worked for them may not be the best plan for you.
The right nutrition plan will get you to your goals faster than you ever expected, but you have to be ready to put in the work. Here’s what you can do today, if you’re ready to take your results to the next level:
- ALWAYS start with the basics. You can’t start trying to build your pyramid from the top down. The foundation needs to be laid first. What is the foundation? Water, caloric (energy) intake & macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs). It’s important to get a good balance of high quality macronutrients (including veggies), but also to understand how each of those food groups impacts your digestion, hunger, energy levels and weight. In other cases, you may also be eating a good balance of everything, just in the wrong quantities for the results you want.
- Drink more water.
- Track your nutrition/results. This can be done through apps like My Fitness Pal, or by keeping a handwritten food journal. If you’re not tracking and keeping data, how will you know what works for you and what doesn’t? This is also the best way to determine how much food your body needs, based on your results and how you feel.
- Find support/accountability. This may be by hiring a coach who can guide you and help speed up your results, or with a group of people who are going through the same kind of journey.
If you’re looking to improve your nutrition and are not sure where to start, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to get more information about our nutrition programs. You can also sign up for a free Hungry for Help session at: https://calendly.com/yqmnutrition/hungry-for-help/07-30-2018
*Most health care companies will cover the cost (or a percentage) of the program through Registered Dietitian services.