Nutrition is the foundation of the results you wish to see in your fitness regime. If it’s not working or you are not seeing the results you want or as quickly; you’ll struggle in some aspect of your performance or feel stalled in your progress. Which leads to what? In most cases, its quitting or moving on to something else before letting the program take effect.
Are any of these nutrition mistakes affecting you? Here is Number #3 for today
You wouldn’t follow a training program without tracking results, whether that’s a body fat percentage, 5k time or 1RM snatch. Nutrition can account for more of the changes you can create and have control over, so it is ludicrous to not consistently evaluate and re-evaluate their nutrition. We conduct evaluations every 6 weeks in order to stay on track. People generally are notoriously poor at evaluating their diet or what we refer to as a nutrition program. The average person thinks they have a healthy diet, but don’t. Even when obesity is an obvious problem, most people label their diet as healthy or mostly healthy. Hence, tracking your program and re-evaluation is key.
The average person thinks their nutrition is ok, but could be better. To really evaluate your nutrition, you need to know exactly what’s going on. If you never have before, it might be time to put your eating under the microscope with a food diary. Keep track of everything you eat and drink for 2 weeks, including the amounts and times. Note any bodily sensations or changes in your energy levels during workouts. It’s only with a hard, honest look at what’s going in will you be able to pinpoint where you’re going wrong. A lot of us have behavior issues towards food (irrational relationship with food issues). Try and identify this as an experiment on ourselves and see what we actually collect. For the majority of people, I work with, both athletes and clients looking to lose weight, a food diary produces “a-ha!” moments as the previously automatic, un-examined food behavior is suddenly there in black and white. We see this all the time; the most difficult piece is actually doing it. Most people don’t keep a food diary, because they are not truly serious about what they consume. When issues with health start to occur (and believe me, they will) then, and only then will they start to take action towards a remedy.
We all need help when trying to do this, just know that you are not alone. I too, have my own nutritional hang-ups that I am always working on. I am constantly reminding myself that it’s the failures along the way which are a part of the process. Learning from them and re-applying is the process which will lead to successful results.
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