I had two great nutrition consults this morning. One client (a distance runner) wanted to improve her body composition, but needed some direction. She wanted to know how she could improve her current nutrition to also improve her running. The other, a vegan, wanted to know how she could add muscle tone and improve her body composition while learning what her current nutrition may be lacking.  Two very different clients, but with similar goals; health, enhanced performance, and improved body composition.

I started thinking…

There is a misconception with food and nutrition these days. With so many popular diets and trends and  “high school skinny” ads, how could you not be confused? Many people ask me if there is a certain diet or program they should be following to receive maximal results. My answer? No. If you learn how, when, and what to eat, the concept of “dieting” goes out the window. Nutrition should be about the organization of real, whole foods. You know, the type that grow in the ground! By simplifying and understanding a few key concepts, you can make huge improvements to your daily menu- and to your body! If a diet program allows you to drop 20 pounds in 1 week, what are you actually learning? And how safe is that for your body? Yes, I understand, there are dozens of different theories out there. If you ask me, if a program enables you to drop that much weight that fast, how much faster are you going to put that weight back on…plus a few more lbs? One burger and (Poof!) you’re back to the same size as before.  If you can simply learn to eat properly by re-arranging your current diet, use correct portion sizes, and STILL manage to lose weight and reach your goals, how is this not the right way to go?  Sure, you may not lose the weight quite as fast, but you definitely won’t need to worry about those pounds piling back on the minute you eat a slice of birthday cake. Best of all? You will never feel like you have to “go on a diet” again. Thank goodness for that.
Take the time to LEARN how to eat. Find a plan that works for your body, and find a plan that gives you the opportunity to learn how to eat long-term. If your plan only lasts 1-2 weeks (then you go back to your original eating habits), you may want to re-consider if it is right for you. Nutrition is not short-term, it’s forever. Learn how to eat now, and use that knowledge for the rest of your life. It does not matter what your dietary needs or your nutritional choices are, everyone can benefit from a little knowledge.

-Abbey