For today’s blog, I would like to tackle the topic of dieting. We all hate that word, right? I’m a huge proponent of eating clean and eating organic whenever possible. I like to call eating a lifestyle rather than a diet. Because we can’t eat healthy and balanced for a few weeks and then immediately start eating biscuits and gravy and bacon the next week and expect to stay fit or have any energy to get through our workouts.
I think it is best to keep a balanced diet, including green vegetables, apples, berries, almonds, cashews, walnuts, flax and chia seeds, lean organic meat, organic eggs, beans, etc. Many people, in an effort to lose weight, start cutting out certain food groups, like carbs for example. I do think it is good to cut out bad carbohydrates like white bread, white sugar, anything processed, and stay away from grains if they bother your digestive system or you have celiac, etc. However, sweet potatoes, and healthy unprocessed complex carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet especially if you’re training hardcore in the gym or you’re an athlete. The human body needs at least 120 grams of carbohydrates per day to function optimally and even more if you are participating in vigorous exercise most days of the week. You need around 200-300 grams of carbohydrates per day but the absolute minimum you can cut carbohydrates down to is 120 grams per day and that’s mostly for weight loss.
It’s never good to cut out food groups when trying to lose weight or because the latest diet trend tells you that a particular food makes you fat. If you start following extreme diets and cutting out entire food groups, it will wreak havoc on your system because it shocks your body and then your body will become intolerant of that particular food. For example, if you were to completely cut out carbs, you would balloon up the minute you ate them again. You lose water from your body when you cut out carbs and then you eventually lose muscle later on when your muscles can’t build because they need the nutrients from carbs. It’s very important to keep your diet balanced and witch up your meals to keep your body guessing.
Eating a balanced diet does not have to be torturous. There are many websites now with delicious recipes that can make eating healthy so much easier and help make food less bland.
I hope you are enjoying the workout videos and let me know if you have any questions about nutrition. I am happy to answer them and help you reach your fitness goals!
Disclaimer: All advice on this blog is strictly based on my opinion and personal experiences. Every body is different and will react differently to dietary changes. You must decide what is best for your own body. As always, consult a doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.
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