Often, you’ll hear a range of claims from different diet programs or gurus. They need a unique message to sell to you. Some may over-complicate things, some downright mislead you.
This makes for alot of confusion. People get caught up in different concepts that have been marketed to them. It leaves them unsure what direction to go in.
I’m not an expert. I’ve studied enough to realize that there is not one magic formula.
There is a set of nutrition principles that remain universal though. You see them repeated throughout any program that’s worthwhile.
I believe understanding these principles is a great foundation. It’s the first step in improving your own diet and health. It also keeps things simple at the start.
- Eat High Quality Carbs– Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the important ones here. All carbs should be eaten close to there natural state. Meaning, minimal processing and not from a box or plastic wrapper. Grains are heavily debated. If you do eat them, take time to understand what they are.
- Eat High Quality Fats – Eat healthy oils. Try to eat pasture raised, grass fed beef and pork as there fat profile is better. Dairy should come from the same sources. Once again, steer towards minimally processed foods that are close to there natural state. A little fish oil wouldn’t hurt either.
- Drink Single Ingredient No Calorie Beverages – Water, Tea and Coffee are good choices and should make up the majority of your intake.
- Eat Protein and Vegetables/Fruits with Every Meal – Simple as that. Protein aids muscle recovery and keeps your fuller longer. Vegetables are packed full of nutrients.
Master These Principles First
People get too caught up in the details and never get started.
- Are grains bad for me?
- Should I eat beans?
- How many meals per day? 3? 5?
- Can I eat dairy products?
- What multivitamin should I take?
- Should I eat low carb?
The answer to these questions and many more…. it’s largely individual. You’ll find very intelligent people debating either side. What they don’t debate are the principles listed above.
So what’s that mean? These principles are a great starting point. Master them first and then you can experiment with some of the things I mentioned above. Remove grains and see what happens. Eat 5 meals a day and see note your progress.
Starting With The Basics Helps With Compliance
This approach helps with compliance as well. Rarely can you make multiple habit changes at the same time and stick with them. It’s not in your nature. The simpler the solution, the easier you can implement it.You can start with just one thing on the list. Anything to get momentum going.
These principles are the biggest bang for your buck. They are the 80/20 of nutrition. They will promote the greatest change for the effort vested.
This is all common sense, but we all get stuck occasionally. What is your biggest hangup?