We can’t get enough new information; we absolutely love it.
In the “everyone’s an expert” world we live in, there are thousands of blogs/instagram accounts/ podcasts/youtube channels dedicated to ALL of our passions and interests. Thousands of hours of content, and it’s never enough.
How do I know this? Because I’m a sucker for this stuff, too. There aren’t enough hours in the day to listen to all the podcasts I subscribe to, and Amazon should probably stop letting me put books on my “wishlist” to keep their servers online.
The issue isn’t necessarily with the information; there are plenty of reliable sources creating great content. The issue is what we do with the content. Better yet, what we don’t do with the content.
When it comes to fitness and nutrition info, it’s often “in one ear out the other.”
Because it overwhelming!
“Eat carbs.” “Don’t eat carbs.” “Wine is good.” “Alcohol is the devil.” “Work out everyday, but don’t over do it.” “Eat All the Fat.” “High Protein/Low Fat is the only way.”
These are the messages you’re getting every time you attempt to educate yourself. I’d be a little overwhelmed and frustrated, too.
Yesterday, I put a poll question out to our Members Area Facebook page to get a feel for what type of content you all appreciate the most. This was partly a genuine question and partly an experiment. See, I already knew what the answers would be and how the breakdown would look.
Based off the results, nutrition was the number one topic that people were interested in most.. We’re forever looking for new fads, new diets, new foods, and new recipes. We always need something new because what we’re doing right now isn’t working.
“New” is fun and exciting. Trying something new allows us to blame what was old. It’s hope that this time things will be different.
Don’t get me wrong, I like new too! I even started following a new nutrition method this year, and the change was great. But what happens when we’re constantly looking for something new and better? We never let anything work. We never give anything enough time to elicit the change we so desperately want. Constantly changing or trying new things never allow us to get “good” at anything.Nutrition takes practice and repetition. You need to practice a healthy way of eating and get hundreds of reps (meals) in before you start to feel confident and comfortable with the method. Then and only then should you start to expect results. (I know it’s hard to hear, but it’s the truth).
If I had to give someone only one piece of nutrition advice to live by it would be the “50/25/25” rule. This and only this is enough for most people to reach all their fitness and body composition goals.
What is the 50/25/25 rule?
50: At every meal, 50% of your plate is made up of vegetables. The more colors, the better!
25: At every meal, 25% of your plate is made up of protein. Sources include fish, shellfish, chicken, turkey, duck, lamb, pork, beef, bison, venison, elk, and eggs.
25: At every meal, 25% of your plate is made up of carbohydrates. Sources include: rice, quinoa, potatoes, oats, fresh or frozen fruit, couscous, beans/lentils, and squash.
Repeat the 50/25/25 rule at as many meals as possible on as many days as possible. No fads, no fasting, no green drinks, no supplements, no detoxes’. Just sound food selection and appropriate portion size. That’s all you need.
Here’s the catch: follow this style of eating for one year before you attempt anything else.
So, next time you go digging for what the newest trend in nutrition is, ask yourself if you’re following the 50/25/25 rule.
If your results in the gym don’t match the time and effort you’re putting in, this is where you need to look first.
If you have any questions, please send me an e-mail today! [email protected]