What do I eat? How much should I eat? how do i choose between "good" and "bad" foods? What time of day should I eat?
Are these questions that stop you from beginning your healthy lifestyle before even starting? Nutrition is seriously a tricky element of a healthy lifestyle.
Here is what I tell clients to do when it comes to where to begin with nutrition.
First, TRACK your food. Download My Fitness Pal and get comfortable using it. If health and fitness is truly important to you and you have no clue where to start: TRACK.
I have had clients reach out to me with concerns about their nutrition. My comment back is simple: "track EVERYTHING you put into your mouth for 7 straight days, and I will help you." Less than half of the clients make it over 2 days. WHY?!?!?!
My Fitness Pal can seem like a tedious task having to type in/scan your foods, but it just takes getting used to. The majority of people eat relatively the same thing on a weekly basis so the first time you scan it into My Fitness Pal it is there forever and totally easy to find the next day, or even week. I now take my first 30 minutes in the morning to fill out EVERYTHING I'm going to eat for the day. (crazy right?!?!?) It hasn't always been that easy for me. I have been tracking my food for over 2 years now so for me it has became a habit.
The goal of tracking your food is for you to become truthful with yourself. This is one of the hardest parts. We fuel our bodies with cookies, candy, pop, too much of this, not enough of that.
An important part to fitness and nutrition is all about consistency. When people hear the word consistency they automatically think about the gym. I can tell you from personal experience the 80/20 (nutrition/gym) rule is true. You can get you but to the gym daily but if you are not consistent with your food intake and the way you fuel your body you will never get the results you want or need.
After tracking your food for a week look back and see how consistent you are with the calories you eat and the macros you fuel your body with. Macros meaning the protein, fat, and carbohydrates. You should be eating the same about of protein, fat, and carbs per day.
My advice to you: Just start being TRUTHFUL with yourself on what you are fueling your body with. Trust me when you go to put in that candy you had or that half bag of chips (totally used to be me!) you couldn't stop eating you will begin to realize what it is your are fueling your body with.