Eat more of them.
[side note: that's Chuck Norris, not me]
Our approach to nutrition is not going to be cramming food down your gullet, as I mentioned in last week’s lesson.
We’ve got to be more introspective than that.
I really like one of the opening statements in the Precision Nutrition (PN) textbook about limiting factors for reaching our goals. They are as follows:
[anything in parentheses were my notes/thoughts/paraphrasing, not directly from PN]
Let’s dig deeper into what PN has to say about NUTRITION. They define good nutrition as the following:
You probably, whether you’ve studied nutrition or not, already knew most of those things, and that’s awesome.
What about this though…
The first time I read that statement, I scratched my head.
“What in the world does that mean??”
Well, have you ever found yourself, or even one of your clients, saying something along the lines of
“I eat PERFECT, but I’m just not able to drop these last 20lbs…”
Hmmmmm… there’s a good chance that person is not being honest with themselves.
People are typically not getting what they even believe they are, especially for the outcomes they say they want.
I point this out because it’s a recipe for disaster to begin INCREASING fats and/or carbs if we are not truly honest with ourselves about our current nutrition situation.
If you’re honestly not where you should be yet- no worries!
Go back, re-read/watch the initial nutrition lessons over again.
Get down the basics.
If you’re HONESTLY doing well, let’s move on to increasing fats or carbs.
The first thing we need to do is continue to look at food QUALITY. A small part of me dies every time I see people posting pictures of their “gains” meal that’s nothing more than a crazy amount of additional carbs in the form of children’s cereal, pancakes, processed breads, pasta, shitttttt…
You’re an adult, let’s start “gaining” like one.
In the “Plan and Shop” lesson we discussed great carbohydrate sources.
As a reminder:
Are these it? Nope, there’s other options- this is just a starting point.
So that we’re looking to increase our carbs, let’s not veer from these sources.
Let’s simply look to add a little more.
Try something (ONE THING!) from the following:
You get the idea…
I won’t talk to you like a child anymore. Promise.
Now go clean your room!
Okay, that was it… Let’s look at fats now.
QUALITY is king, again.
Here’s a reminder:
Just like the carbs, let’s look at adding a little more…
The list could on and on… The important thing here is food QUALITY.
Don’t just go adding aimlessly.
Go back and read last week’s lesson.
Increase whichever one makes sense for you.
Not at every meal. Start with one!
On a scale of 1-10, 10 being great, 1 being terrible, ask yourself the following questions afterwards (really!):
Anything else you notice?
Then ask yourself these next two questions:
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