"Healthy vs. Unhealthy"
Everyone seems to have a good idea of what “healthy” and “not healthy” food is. Skittles are not healthy but fruits, berries, vegetables are. And yes, we don’t always stick to the organic foods and we occasionally binge on refined sugars and artificial flavours. But most of the time, we cook our food at home, with “healthy” ingredients. So why are we not lean? Why do we still gain weight?
Media does a really good job of pushing healthy food. With a ton of delicious smoothie recipes, freshly squeezed juices, beautiful garden salads, and fresh bowls of fruit in front of our faces, we are constantly being fed the idea that eating healthy ingredients is the key to a healthy life and weight management. Although these ingredients very dense in nutrients, and they are important to our wellbeing. Media loves to talk about a balanced lifestyle, but fails to teach people about a balanced diet. And this doesn’t mean a mixture of good foods and bad foods. This means the balance of macronutrients.
What are macronutrients?
There are three macronutrients; protein, fats and carbohydrates. And each one has a purpose in our daily lives.
The million dollar question I get asked all the time.
“So if I want to lose weight, do I just cut out all my carbs?”
My answer is always the same:
“Yeah, if you want to feel like a zombie. But the key is to cut your calories. If you were to eat enough lettuce, you could still store fat.”
If there is anything I want you to take away from this article it is what I am about to tell you below:
Without protein your body cannot build skin, hair, nails, or muscles effectively
Without fats your body can’t maintain its joints, its eyesight, brain activity, and it can’t maintain a proper balance in its hormones
Without carbs your body is missing its favorite source of energy, and you will find yourself feeling like you can barely move, think, and you might even have trouble sleeping.
So do yourself a favour; DON’T cut a particular nutrient out completely. Make sure you have a balanced macronutrient profile in your daily diet.
Now when it comes to the specifics, well, that’s where the professionals (such as myself) really help out. I calculate the balances, I calculate the grams of each macronutrient you need, I adjust it as the diet progresses, and I know how to manipulate the macronutrients at times to get the responses I need from a person’s body. Of course, then I use these numbers to create a grocery list, and plan out every single meal that I provide to my clients.
These numbers are different for every single person. And then if you imagine catering towards food allergies, food preferences, work schedules, and training regimes, it becomes a more complicated game. This is why I offer custom nutrition plans only. I don’t believe in a cookie cutter approach to diet and nutrition. Every single person is different and their diet should be as well.
Take home message:
If you don’t get custom nutrition plans, that’s fine. But don’t try to cut out a macronutrient. You can do much more damage than good if you don’t know what you are doing. Keep it balanced, and try to lessen the total caloric intake if you want to lose weight.
Nik V Vasilyev
Digital Fitness Coach
Online Personal Training
Custom Nutrition Plans
Corporate Wellness Programs Toronto