Are you confused about nutrition? 

 Well then, this might be the best thing you read all day.  Today I will help you cut through the nutrition clutter with these simple principles.

It’s no secret nutrition is a vital part to being fit.

You need to eat correctly if you are looking to lose weight, gain weight, maintain, or perform at your best.

There are so many diets that we get caught in the crossfire of them telling you why their way of eating is better than the other person’s.

If you stick to a few key principles you can dial in your own nutrition to meet your fitness goals.

Calories in/calories out

We require energy  to move, think, and perform bodily functions.  Food is our fuel.  Depending on our activity level we all have a caloric range we need to hit just to maintain.  If we eat less than what is required to support activity we lose weight, we eat more we gain.  There are safe ranges to do both.  If we eat too little out body goes into starvation mode which doesn’t burn the desired fat.   If we eat  too​ much we risk obesity.

Calorie quality 

As we mentioned above how many calories you eat matters.  Now you can eat whatever you want and lose/gain weight.  But there is something to be said about where the calories come from.

We need to better our calories and future out what gives us the most bent for our buck.  Sure you can eat McDonald’s, but you should realize that in doing that it would cost a lot of calories and may be your only meal of the day.

I am a fan of getting more bang for your buck.  Eating things with less calories allows me to eat more meals to help me reach my caloric goals.  Fruits, veggies, and lean meats work great

Macronutrients

Fats, carbohydrates, and protein are essential to provide energy and make tired and chemicals in our body.  We need all 3 to live. 

Water

Our bodies are mostly water.  It makes up or blood, and if found in our muscles and organs.  

Many empty calories come from the like soda and juice.  Water had no calories making it a much better choice for Weight loss.

Things to avoid

Trans fats- these are mostly found in fried and processed foods.  This causes control to form in our blood which can lead to increased blood pressure and heart problems.

Saturated fat- We need some saturated fats.  But just a tiny bit.  This is often found in animal fat.

Processed carbs- there is nothing wrong with carbs in general.  They are our main fuel source.  But overly sugared processed carbs will cause us to put on weight and can lead to many health issues sutch as type II diabetes.

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