March was Nutritional Awareness Month! However, now that March is over don’t stop focusing on the huge weight loss benefits that you can receive from making small changes to your daily diet!
We are constantly bombarded with conflicting information and trends in nutrition. Sometimes the best thing you can do is stick to the basics. Here’s some common misconceptions and tips:
- Protein: Protein is an important macronutrient in your diet, especially when you strength train, but it’s not the sole fuel for your muscles. Carbohydrates provide 50% or more of the energy used during workouts lasting longer than an hour. Carb depleting is used sometimes by bodybuilders prepping for a competition, but your long-term nutritional plan needs to include a sufficient amount of healthy carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice, and whole grains.
- Free calories? We’d like to think that if we work out enough we can eat whatever we want, but unfortunately that’s not the case! You do need to fuel your workouts, but with the right blend of macro (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) and micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals). And you still need to create an overall calorie deficit if weight loss is your goal.
- Limited menu: Eating a clean and nutritious diet is by no means limiting! There’s a plethora of good foods out there readily available at your grocery store; you just need to know how to read and understand the labels so you can choose what’s best for you.
Sticking to the basics and not allowing yourself to become overwhelmed by all the stories, myths and legends is the best way to receive the greatest results!
If you need more help, remember Everlasting Changes has a Certified Fitness Nutritionist and Sports Nutritionist on staff. For a more in-depth look at your own personal nutrition you can book nutritional counseling sessions through our website or through our Everlasting Changes app using your mobile device.