Simplify your life when it comes to dieting!!

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I love this paragraph I found while reading a few fitness articles this past week; “…Nutrition can be very simple. If some foods make you feel horrible or bloat you up, get rid of them, but don’t assume everybody should do the same. If you have fat to lose, make sure proteins and fat are sufficient (30% of the calories for each is a good starting point) and just cut some carbs to create an energy deficit. You don’t have to count calories if you have a good idea of how much you are eating, but you may have to count them if you are not sure. If you want to maintain your current weight, you shouldn’t have to count anything. You should eat mainly nutritious foods, include treat foods sometimes, and not let tracking your diet be your life. If you want to gain weight, do eat more carbs and count them if you have to. In short, if your protein and fat intake are fairly constant, the only thing you need to count or measure is carbohydrates. Food combining, glycemic index, acid/base balance, and meal frequency are details. You should be concerned with them if you are a competitive bodybuilder and dieting is your life only”…
By Anthony Dexmier

I’m getting so much better at simplifying my life when it comes to nutrition!! It’s very liberating :)

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“…the rate at which these adaptations occur is rather slow. You will not get the body of your dreams overnight. In fact, you won’t get the body of your dreams in 30-days. In a year, you’ll be very pleased with your progress, but it is very likely that you still will not be completely satisfied. Building your best body is a work in progress that takes years to achieve. Consistency is the name of the game. The tortoise always beats the hare in the iron game, and there’s no better way to improve your physique than plain, old resistance training. Your goal should be to lift weights 3-5 days per week for 50 weeks out of the year for five straight years. If you do this, I guarantee that you will see great results…”

…”Diet is equally, if not more important than strength training for physique purposes. The person who consumes a nutritious, healthy diet and stays active will have a better physique than the person who trains hard but eats complete crap, even if this person doesn’t lift weights. You need to make sure you’re regularly consuming the proper number of calories and the proper ratios of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Many women don’t consume enough protein, and this negatively impacts their rate of physique improvement. Many individuals regularly consume too many calories, too much sugar, and too much saturated fat. Don’t get me wrong, a healthy diet has room for sugar and fat, but you can’t just eat whatever the heck you want and expect to possess a great physique. That is, unless you have elite genetics or you rarely crave junk food. Good nutrition and training go hand-in-hand, so make sure you don’t sabotage your gains by eating poorly…”

Love love love this!

By Bret Contreras