Updated: Feb 12
While there is an immense amount of valuable information online these days, there is an equal or possibly greater, amount of terrible advice. Outright dangerous nutritional recommendations such as juice “cleanses” and overly restrictive diets lead a lot of unsuspecting folks farther away from their body composition goals. Because I am not a registered dietician, I’m not technically allowed to provide nutritional advice outside of general suggestions and guidelines. However, after six years of working in fitness, I have a pretty wide knowledge base on the topic. Since I can’t give direct advice, I decided to write a short blog post referencing some of my go-to nutrition resources and online nutrition companies/coaches who I find credible.
When it comes to nutrition, basics are best. For most people, eating a good balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats are important. The most important mechanism for weight loss is calorie intake. Therefore, if you are in a calorie deficit, you can and will lose weight while eating carbs and fats. In fact, for almost everyone, it is pretty important to include carb and fat sources in your diet. Eating mostly unprocessed foods like lean meats, veggies and fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats are key. Specifics such as the times of day you eat and the amount of each macronutrient you take in don’t make much difference until you first get the basics right. If you’d like to read further on specific guidelines related to what and how much you should be eating, check out these websites for helpful and more detailed advice.
Now, having access to good information is helpful, but what if you’ve read all the right advice and still seem to have trouble sticking to a healthy diet? If this sounds like you, you may benefit from one-on-one coaching. Changing your eating habits is not easy, as pretty much anyone who has tried to do so, should know. Food is tied to memories, emotions, family, and social outings. Building better behaviors is a slow process and takes a lot of work.
Consider working with a registered dietician or nutrition coach if you feel that having someone hold you accountable might be helpful (hint: it’s helpful for anyone at any level, that’s why pro athletes have nutrition coaches). Coaches and dieticians can also teach you how to make behavior changes that actually stick. Because losing weight isn’t just about getting the weight off, it’s about learning habits that you will use consistently FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. It’s not easy but having someone by your side can ease the hardship. Some great online nutrition companies include the following:
Mastering nutrition may at times seem like a hassle but it really is so important to your overall well-being. You owe it to yourself to treat your body right and learn the skills you need to be successful and healthy. (Having a body that looks good is just a bonus)! When you make it to 90, you’ll look back and thank your younger self.
Disclaimer: I am not associated with or sponsored by any of the companies mentioned. Their advice and services are reliable and reputable and I only wish to share credible resources.
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