Nutrition Made Simple | NC Health and Fitness Clubs

Written by Drew Huffman, Raleigh Personal Trainer @ O2 Fitness Wakefield

Often times people over complicate nutrition, constantly trying different fad diets, magazine diets, or a diet off of the internet. First of all, try and stay away from fad diets all together. They may work for a short period of time, but you will most likely gain the weight back at some point. The key to nutrition is to find eat a balanced diet that can be adjusted (based on your goals) and maintained as a part of every day life.

It would be in your best interest to find a calorie calculator on the Internet that will take your dimensions (height and weight), age, your fitness goals, and your daily activity levels to calculate your daily caloric intake. Once you have that number, divide it by four. Take the number you get, and use that as the number of calories you take in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Split the remaining calories into 2 snacks, one between breakfast and lunch, and one between lunch and dinner. Doing this will give you five “meals” a day, which will help prevent your body from going into starvation mode (when your body stores calories automatically).

Aside from your calorie management, try and avoid excessive amounts of fat and sugar, and when given a choice, choose the healthiest option available!

1 Comment(s)

  1. Donna Bauman says:

    I disagree on the calorie counting approach. What I suggest is not the way most people want to go because it requires a real lifestyle change, but I think switching to REAL, unprocessed food will yield results.

    Stop being afraid of healthy fat and just eat food that came from the ground or came from a healthy animal raised on pasture. Don’t fear organ meats from healthy animals, eat less carbs of the pasta, bread, cake type and have your carbs come from vegetables. The Wheat Belly Book points out some of the pitfalls of wheat given that most all of it is now genetically modified. Make your own stocks from chickens and use chicken feet. Make beef stock from bones and use the broth that has gelatin to give you important nutrients and trace minerals.

    That means ditch the 100 calorie snack packs that are fake food and learn how to cook real food. It is the road less traveled, but it is the only road that will lead to both improved health and ultimately weight loss if you need to lose weight. Sugar is really the enemy and it lurks everywhere. And if sugar is bad, the fake sugars like sucralose, nutrasweet, sweet n low etc are absolutely evil as they are neurotoxic to the brain. We all need more fat with Omega 3s and less Omega 6’s because we already get too many of those. So that means looking at fish oil, walnuts, salmon, coconut oil…. and not vegetable oils like corn, canola, sunflower, safflower etc.

    That’s my 2 cents anyway. I’ve done this and also been active 5 days a week and have lost 20 pounds in the past year and have a lot of energy.

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