it’s dangerous business starting a new diet

samfrodo

The most important thing to prep for on your health journey is what you’ll eat. There are so many diets out there: paleo, IIFYM, Atkins, Weight Watchers, kino, etc.; it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which diet is the right one. I am persuaded that each one mentioned has merit and is effective for different individuals. To take a slight detour, when I was 10 years old, I went to my mom one day and just cried in her arms because kids were calling me fat. The truth is, I was fat. Not just fat though, I was unhealthy. My mom decided to join Weight Watchers and the both of us lost a lot of weight, but also became healthy people. It was awesome. Weight Watchers is a solid program. My mom could have just hugged me and said “Sweetie, my precious little snowflake, you’re not fat. Now go on and play.” I’m glad she didn’t. By now, if I had continue eating the same, I would be monstrously obese.

What I’ve learned is that good health is not a quick thing. There is no health switch you can move from “bad” to “good.” Reaching a health goal is a journey. A long journey comparable to Sam and Frodo’s journey to destroy the ring of power. Making a mistake is not the end of the world. There will be good days and bad days. The important thing to remember and do is to stick to your guns and keep your goals in sight. Reaching the goal is not only about the process, but also about the destination.

My nutrition goal for 2017 is pretty basic. I will be following a nutrition plan I learned about at my local Crossfit box. There they teach Macro nutrition. I am not even going to try and act like I am an expert on the subject, so please follow the link to learn more about it. Simply, macro nutrition is calculating (per your goals) how many of your calories for the day need to be fat, carbs, and protein; the rest of the nutrients take care of themselves.

Just an example of what I want my workout day to look like is below.

Meal 1 Pre workout
40g of protein
40g of carbs
20g of fat

Meal 2 Post workout
40g of protein powder40g of carbs

Meal 3
40g of protein
40g of fat

Meal 4
40g of protein
40g of fat

Meal 5
40g of protein
20g of fat

Meal 6
40g of protein
20g of fat

After you do your macro calculations in the article linked above, this meal plan will make a little more sense. My goal is to be on a lower carb diet because I am trying to cut fat from my body. However, to perform optimally in my workouts, I need a good amount of carbs for energy, which is why my workout is sandwiched in carbs, fats, and protein.

What does each Macro nutrient do? Below is a short list.

Carbohydrates

  • give you energy
  • replenishes used glycogen stores (glycogen stores transport protein, vitamins, minerals, etc. to keep your body functioning)

Fats

  • regulate hormones
  • suppress hunger

Protein

  • cornerstone of muscle growth and repair

Just from this list alone, it’s plain to see any solid diet needs the big 3 nutrients to have an overall benefit. Each nutrient plays an important role in our health. Check out the links below for good reading on macro nutrition and nutrition basics.

Check it out
Back to the Basics | Macronutrients – TMNutrition is an excellent website

What is IIFYM – article by Dailyburn, referenced above