If I had to choose one topic as the most common source of client questions, it would have to be nutrition. It seems we are always looking for the fastest way to achieve our health and fitness goals- and nutrition plays a huge part in achieving them. Some people want to just lose weight; others want to gain weight. There are some looking for championship-level race performances; others just want to finish a 5k. Whatever your goal, what you eat plays a significant role in your progress.
In the world of nutrition, there is so much information floating around regarding everything from extreme diets to trendy performance products to plant-based meal planning. Keto, whole 30, intermittent fasting, Paleo, Veganism...it’s easy to become inundated by so much information and simply throw up the hands in frustration. So what’s the right starting point for you? That depends on your goals, of course. But what if your goal isn’t to lose half your bodyweight or race the Ironman in Kona? What if your goals are just be healthy - maybe drop a few lbs, have a bit more energy, and tone up a bit? What is best nutritional advice for the average person?
For most people, it’s a good idea to start with the basics and go from there. Remember, the basics are a starting point. Some people may have different situations that warrant adaptations to these tips. But for the grand majority out there, following these guidelines help ensure you’ll be able to get off the dietary roller coaster, master some good habits, have more energy, and even drop a few pounds.
So, I’ve distilled down my best nutritional advice to 7 tips for the average Joe or Jill:
Contrary to popular belief, for most people adherence to the basics consistently over time can help bring about the health and fitness goals we want. Start by using these tip as a guide and see how you feel. Good luck and enjoy the process!