Today I will be discussing several Mistakes we make when trying to dial in on nutrition or a diet program
Nutrition is the foundation of the results you wish to see in your fitness regime. If it’s wrong 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?
Rather than weigh in on a specific nutrition plan, I believe that common everyday people and even the serious ones will find their best personal solution with the right mindset about nutrition.
The truth is that people out there are getting great results from Paleo, the Zone or some other form of clean eating. There are those who get great results from measuring their macro nutrient intake and those who get results from not measuring at all. So considering the expansive variety of successful nutrition approaches, what separates those that work from those that crash and burn? When choosing between various healthy eating plans or performance-driven nutrition programs, your success might be determined more by your overall approach to the role of food in achieving your goals. That is not to say that what you eat is not important, but that the plan you choose and how you implement it will be primed for success with the right mindset about nutrition. The wrong mindsets will lead to failure, regardless of how great a plan you have.
I feel it becomes clearer if we draw comparisons between a nutrition plan and a training plan. There are things we would never do within a training plan and expect results. In many ways, nutrition and the results we can achieve with it follow similar principles. Here is the 1st one for today.
If I want to improve a particular weight lifting movement (say, the squat), there are certain steps I’d have to take in my training plan to make that happen. My program would be markedly different from one designed to improve my bench press. Likewise, if my goal was to get fit, lose weight or be an active role model to my children, the program would be different. The first of these nutrition mistakes is not programming your nutrition as you would any other fitness goal. Without clear priorities, and linking your plan to your priorities, you will be less likely to stick to it and worse yet, it is less likely to help you in reaching your goals. Your nutrition is most likely, something that will evolve alongside your priorities.
When people come to us here at KALFIT, it is enough to aim for a shift away from the standard, mainstream diet habits – cut the sugar, get used to meals without grains and begin to see refined, processed foods as the devil incarnate. This is our initial statement we ask our clients to try and do. Sounds simple at first, but when you start, you realize its not easy. It takes time. Change, is a Mindset of patience that is required.
That change alone will, for the vast majority of average newbies, will achieve a great deal of results in terms of body fat, muscle mass, better health and increased levels of fitness. If you are shifting towards higher fitness goals – a competitive, athletic aspirations or better body fat/lean mass symmetry – your nutrition will need to be tailored to get you there. Proportions of macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat), the timings of meals and variations in these throughout your program as you approach your competition will be different if you are aiming for triathlon, a strongman event or just a hot six pack. You decide on your priorities and make sure your nutrition is a component in the getting you there, not an obstacle in your health.
I hope this was informative in helping you find your way towards a method to gain the results you want, but also letting you know that a lot of us just don’t get it. This is why we see a lot of people just doing the yo-yo affect. Mindset, discipline, dedication, and consistency are just a few key elements you must have. And then there is patience, you must allow your program to take effect and be aware that you may not get the results you want, but you must tell yourself that you are on the right track. Change takes time and it’s a personal journey that only you can take.
To your health, fitness, & Life – Kipp Coach & Mentor
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 which are a part of the process. Learning from them and reapplying is the process which will lead to successful results.
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