The most-asked question about nutrition
If I had a dime for every time someone asked me “What should I eat?,” we’d have gold-plated barbells at CrossFit Algiers. Nutrition is complex, though, and I can’t and won’t tell you that certain foods are bad or good, or that you must eat a certain way (well, unless I’m getting you ready for a physique show, because then, all bets are off.)
I CAN tell you if how you’re eating is going to get you closer to or further from your goals. And I can tell you approximately how much of those foods to eat. But that’s not usually what people want to hear.
Nutrition is complex, and there are many ways to approach nutrition that work and are effective. The ONE thing they all have in common is COMPLIANCE.
You get 10% results with 10% compliance. You get 100% results with 100% compliance. If you’re ready to go “ALL IN” on your nutrition, I’m here to help. I can analyze what you’re currently eating, and give you specific guidance on how to change what you’re doing to get what you want.
It’s not cheap to hire me as a nutrition coach, and if you’re not ready, then that’s cool – I’d rather you wait till you can give it as much effort as I’m going to give you. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite tips that you can use on your own, too.
- Track your food. For many people, the act of accurately tracking food and drink is enough to get some really good results. There are a million apps, but my favorite is MyMacros, followed by MyFitnessPal. Just don’t pay too much attention to the MyFitnessPal recommendations on calories, sodium, etc. – they don’t know your life, so the recommendations are very general.
- Cut out alcohol. Seriously. There are few things with less value than alcohol for your body composition and fitness goals. It’s completely empty calories, so limit it at the least, eliminate it at the best.
- Make sure you’re getting enough protein. I see low protein consumption all the time, particularly in women. A gram of protein per pound of lean body mass is a great goal, although it’s pretty hard to achieve for most of us. The key here is “lean body mass,” not necessarily your body weight. Enough protein is KEY if you’re trying to lose fat. When I’m dieting for a show, I get between 1 and 1.5 grams per pound of total body weight per day at least.
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