When it comes to health and nutrition there's a hell of a lot of conflicting information out there. And it seems like everywhere you look there's a new diet that is best for you. From paleo to vegan, high carb to primal, it seems like there's no end to the madness so what should you do?
Obviously this isn't an easy place to be in, nutrition science is difficult and determining if the conclusions reached in research are valid is a difficult thing to do so I'm here to make it a little easier for you. Below are my general recommendations that will help you get your nutrition under control and get you closer to your fitness goals.
Eat your veggies. - No matter what diet you subscribe to no one is gonna tell you not to each vegetables. Making sure to get different colored vegetables is key as different nutrients are generally found in the different colored vegetable groups.
Everything in moderation. - Again, this is kind of a no brainer. You shouldn't come out the end of each meal feeling stuffed and bloated because you ate too much. Don't eat so fast and stop when you're satisfied and you'll start to see improvements in your health if you're looking to lose fat.
Get plenty of lean protein. - Whether you're looking to build muscle or just lose a bit of fat mass, adding more protein to your diet will help in both aspects and can be the difference in getting past plateaus or not. And while it's commonly thought that excess protein may be bad for you, it's been shown in numerous studies that you really can't have too much, so aiming for about a 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight is a good place to start.
Be consistent. - This isn't totally about nutrition, but if you want to see progress you can't just pick and choose when you'll do what you're supposed to be doing. If you only eat well a few times a week you're obviously not going to see results, you should aim to eat good healthy meals in at least 80% of the time. It's also important to note that in that other 20% when you're not on top your game, you shouldn't go off the deep end and just eat everything in sight. You should still try and stay in control of your portions and do good that way.
So there you have it, my 4 basic nutrition recommendations that will help you out. They're not overly complicated, and they're things we already know we should be doing but sometimes we have to be reminded.
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