When you hear the word diet tossed around, chances are that you cringe at the thought of following something so restrictive that you couldn’t possibly stay true to for that long. I’m here to tell you that a “diet” doesn’t need to be that way! As a Certified Advanced Sports Nutritionist, I can help you with a diet that will allow you to live your life and enjoy your foods while reaching your goals at the same time.
Nutrition doesn’t have to be as restrictive as you may think. Honestly, the more restrictive the diet the less it seems to work, because people tend to binge eat after abstaining from certain foods for too long. The important thing is to find a good balance between the good and the bad while maintaining a solid exercise program. For the majority of the population the quantity of the food is the most important factor when dealing with fitness goals. The math is pretty simple and the numbers don’t lie, so keeping someone in a caloric deficit or surplus is the first step in tackling the dreaded “diet”. After the quantity we have to look at the quality of the foods that you are eating. This will dictate the performance of your body more so than the weight loss or muscle gain aspect of your program. Making sure that you are getting enough proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals is how we keep our systems firing on all cylinders.
So how do you find this balance while maintaining a sound nutritional plan and not restricting ourselves to the point of binge eating? The answer may be simpler than you imagined. Eat what you want, but in smaller portions. Keep a daily food log of what you’re eating and track your calories using one of the many calorie counting applications or programs on your smart phone or computer. This will give you an idea of where you are at nutritionally and you can adjust from there. Once you have an established calorie range based on your goals and your BMR you will be able to see where you are doing well and where you need some work.
The most important thing is to remember that diets don’t work for everyone. You must change your nutritional habits to maintain the results that you achieve and to improve on the nutritional areas that you want to better.
If you’d like help finding your perfect diet, feel free to contact me.