In today's video we'll be answering a couple of common questions we get on nutrition and dieting:
1. What's the best diet?
2. What time of day should I eat?
3. Are carbs the devil when trying to lose body fat?
The one most common problem we see at the gym is that people train hard towards a certain goal while eating their way towards a completely different one.
This video was created with the intension to breakdown a few misconceptions about diets and nutrition, while giving you the skills to choose the right plan for you.
Before we get into it, we want to preface this by acknowledging that...
There's so much information and variety when it comes to nutrition, and it's completely overwhelming. Particularly when you're starting a new training plan, a new nutrition plan, and then new supplements, it's just way too much information. So this is what we suggest when it comes to selecting a plan for your goal.
K - Keep
I - It
S - Simple
S - Stupid
The simpler it is, the easier it will be to follow and stick to.
TIP ONE: Pick a training goal and eat accordingly
Making up your mind on ONE training goal and eating accordingly is super important. This is because training for a certain goal and eating for another will only leave you with little to no results despite all the effort you've put it.
A simple example would be training to gain muscle, while eating in a caloric deficit in hopes to lose body fat. This is like trying to turn left and right at the same time. We never truly achieve any of those results, we're confusing our body, and we end up deflated and defeated because we've worked hard but got nothing in return.
So for the purpose of this topic, we're going to pick a goal to use as an example:
GOAL - Lose Body Fat
TIP TWO: Make small changes
Make small changes to your current eating plan. We're not going to throw it all out and start with new foods, new food list and cook a bunch of meals we've never made before. We're going to stick to what your body already knows and make very small incremental changes as we go.
Our body loves small changes, but freaks out when we make many big changes at once.
Current Dinner: Steak + Fries + Gravy
Updated Dinner: Steak + Roast Potatoes + Roast Vegetables
Current Coffee Order: Large Cappuccino
Updated Coffee Order: Large Iced Long Black
TIP THREE: Be patient
It takes time for our body to get used to all these new arrangements. With a new training routine and new foods in our plan, our body is going to need to adjust itself to get used to that. With that being said, it's important that we give it time to adapt to the new stimulus and deliver the results that we're looking to achieve.
Allow at least 4 weeks for this to play out.
This means that we pick a goal, choose the minor changes we'll implement within our meal plan, and just stick to the course for the next 4 weeks. In the beginning, you might feel:
- Muscle soreness
- Slight inflammation
- Craving urges
- Some discomfort
These are all completely normal feelings especially during the first few weeks of a new routine. Think of it this way, we haven't built our previous habits over a short time, so it only makes send that it will take a while before we get used and comfortable with the new ones we're trying to create.
To put it simply, our tips on nutrition are to:
- Pick a training goal and eat accordingly
- Make small changes to your current meals
- Be patient for your results
We hope you've enjoyed this article and video. As usual please leave any questions you might have in the comment section below.