The Truth Behind Good Nutrition
Who loves food? We all love to eat, but more often than not, our nutritional habits seem to be the major limiting factor when it comes to achieving the body we want.
As a personal trainer, I have heard clients say time and time again that ''my diet is perfect but I am still over weight,” "I make good food choices but I feel tired and sluggish,'' or ''I eat really well but I have high cholesterol and high blood pressure.'' Although it is possible that someone can eat ''really well'' but still be low in energy, overweight, and have a host of lifestyle-related diseases, it's not very likely.
So what is good nutrition? Some people think it's eating fewer carbs or less sugary deserts; others think it means eating more fruits and vegetables while decreasing their meat intake. Or there are folks who believe in the popular fad diets that are so catchy, but most will be incomplete or just flat out wrong.
A good nutrition plan will always properly control energy balance, which is basically the relationship between all sources of energy intake (food calories taken into the body through food and drink) and energy output (calories being used in the body for our daily energy requirements). It also provides nutrient density. Nutrient-dense foods are ones that provide substantial amount of nutrients with only the necessary calories. Good nutrition also achieves health, body composition, and performance goals. Last but certainly not least, a good nutrition plan is honest and outcome-based. This means basing your nutritional decisions on specific, measurable outcomes instead of nebulous definitions of what's ''good'' or ‘’correct.” So, if you don't have the health profile or the physique that you desire, maybe it's time you re-think your nutrition plan.
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