The saying quality over quantity is usually correct. But is it the case when it comes to nutrition? I’m sure you have been told at some point to stop eating the following things:
- Carbs as a whole
- And in some cases FOOD!! #IntimateFasting #ShakeDiets
Now before we rip apart whoever told you to stop eating any of the above, let’s break down some facts that you may or may not already know.
Majority of what you eat is made up of the following macronutrients; protein, carbs & fats. Each macronutrient has the following value:
1 gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories
1 gram of protein = 4 calories
1 grams of fats = 9 calories
All the foods listed above are made up of these macronutrients, so in essence the majority of what you eat is made up of the same things, the only difference is some foods will have more protein than fat or more fat than carbs and some foods will be more rich in micronutrients which are your vitamins.
So if it’s all made of the same thing, why am I being told not to eat certain foods??? We can’t give you the exact answer but here are some of the reasons it could be:
- Your coach/trainer is keeping you away from foods that people have common intolerances to
- They are putting you on an extreme calorie deficit which is hard to maintain
- They have not worked out your calorie allowance
In our experience, telling someone to not eat something only makes them want it more, so the approach we take is to look at all the factors that lead you to the moment of either overeating or eating something high in calories. This could be due to:
- Lack of organisation
- Lack of knowledge
We then look at strategies to overcome these scenarios:
- Education on portion control & how much you can eat in relation to how active you are
- Managing stress and comfort in ways other than food
- Putting together strategies to overcome social barriers
In summary, do not look at food as the problem but instead look at what is contributing to you being unable to get yourself into a calorie deficit.
Our new product, Accountability Desk Dates, has helped our clients gain more of an understanding of how to manage their habits outside the gym as well as expand their knowledge of nutrition so they can make better choices to help them get to their goal.
Accountability Desk Dates are comprised of:
- 2 desk dates a month in person or through Skype
- Email, WhatsApp or text message check-ins between desk dates
- Food diary reviews
- Training reviews
Cost: £95.00 a month