When trying to lose weight are you focusing on the details? Specific results demand specific programs and specific plans.
If you wanted to build a bridge across the bay would you just pick up some building tools and bang away hoping to make your way across?! No. You would go to school, get a civil or structural engineering degree and receive guidance from professionals that have done it before you. Those professionals know how to navigate through all the information out there.
Why is dieting, nutrition and weight loss any different? There are thousands of ideas and opinions out there.
There is only one basic science when it comes to what works in your body. Sure, science is discovering new things all the time. New discoveries arise and progress in health and medicine is made. But guess what?! The basics will always apply.
Here are a few of the most important basics in my opinion. If fat loss is your goal, then these things should be put into practice.
- 1/2-1grams of protein per pound of body weight per day. If you have more muscle mass, you will need more protein.
- 1 gallon of water a day. You read that right, a gallon.
- Foods that have one ingredient will always be better than those that have 30. (i.e. An apple is better than an apple pie)
- The darker the fruit or vegetable, the more nutrient dense it is. (My mother fed me beets and kale for a reason :p )
- Complex Carbohydrates are necessary to fuel activity. If you are an active individual you will need to eat complex carbs around workouts to prevent muscle catabolism. If you are wondering what a complex carb is, you can find out here.
- Good fats are necessary for many things in the body. At the end of the day, fat is still fat. If you eat too much of it without putting it to use as energy, it will store as fat. End of story.
- Refined sugar will never be good for your body.
- Alcohol will never be good for your body either, but it may be good for your stress levels
- Sleep is just as important as exercise. Getting 8-10 hours of undisturbed sleep is ideal.
- Stress will cause you to lose weight or gain it due to a hormone called cortisol. Unfortunately, you don’t get to choose which way the weight will go. Only the gods will decide that fate. Kidding, totally kidding. Gods don’t have time to decide those types of things.
- The more muscle your body has, the more energy it uses at a resting state.
- If you eat too much of anything at one time, it will turn into fat in your body. Doesn’t matter if it is fat, carbs or protein. Your body can only utilize and absorb so much at one time.
- Every Body is Different. There is not one diet in the world that works for everyone. You have to find out what is right for your body, lifestyle, and personal taste.
- Sometimes having a professional to help you along this process makes it a breeze, or else you may just be banging away without any understanding as to what exactly you are going to get.
- Writing out a detailed plan of action will always increase your success in achieving your goals.
Until I personally decided to apply a specific program to get specific results I was most certainly using the wrong tools to get an unimpressive result. Well truth is, I didn’t have a specific goal yet. Or I didn’t admit it to myself that I was capable of achieving it.
So my advice to those of you who are in my network, reading this blog post. If you want something, be specific about it. Shoot for the stars, over them even. Make a list of what you want and connect with the people who know how to get there. Example, when I wanted to develop my Gluteus (that’s just the fancy way of saying I wanted a bigger, and more toned booty), I didn’t go to the genetically blessed friend who has had it her entire life. I went to someone who had build it from the ground up. Someone who knew the process from start to finish on what it takes.
So I will say it again, the devil is in the details. When you want something specific, you must attack it in with an equally specific plan.