4 Fundamental Nutrition Principles To Help You Burn Fat & Build Muscle
Everyone knows that if you want to attain any sort of physical results, having good nutrition is a top priority. We hear sayings like this all the time – “abs are made in the kitchen”, and “losing weight is 20% what you do in the gym, and 80% what you do in the kitchen”. We all understand that it’s important to make healthy choices if we want to make progress with our fitness goals. But how many of us ACTUALLY understand what good nutrition looks like?Fast forward to now, I’ve come to realize that there’s a few simple principles that if followed, make up the majority of someone’s progress both with their physique, as well as their overall health.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A ONE SIZE FITS ALL APPROACH TO NUTRITION.
I used to believe that there were only a handful of foods that you can eat that would make you “lean”. I was the person who ate chicken & rice six times a day, because I thought that was the secret to getting shredded. Well guess what? It worked! I was building muscle, still had a six pack, and continuing to progress week after week. Seeing these changes only solidified my belief that if you wanted to be healthy, you needed to eat the same foods at the same time every day.
With this understanding came a lot of frustration early on in my training career. I’d have a client explain to me their goals, and I’d immediately set them up on a chicken and rice, six times a day type program. It was like hitting my head against a wall. As I would take someone who had been eating 3 meals a day and try to get them to start eating 6 meals a day instead. When that person wouldn’t adhere to the program. I immediately wrote them off as being someone who “just didn’t want it badly enough”.
It wasn’t until years later, that I started to develop a better understanding. Of what mattered when it came to someone’s nutrition. Instead of prescribing a specific eating program that was COMPLETELY different than what they were currently doing. I began working with each person individually. To help them make better choices based on what stage they were currently at in their lives. I began focusing less on giving someone the solution to their problem. And started focusing more on teaching them how to figure that solution out on their own. When you can help someone develop a better understanding of WHY their body responds to different foods. They have a much better chance of continuing to sustain their results over time. Although it requires a little more responsibility & work on the clients end. You will be providing way more value to that person than you would by trying to simply map everything out for them.