Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be talking about five common misconceptions about nutrition. This is going to be the first part in a two part series, so be on the lookout for part two coming soon. And if you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

There is so much information out there that it is almost impossible to know which way to go with things, what is best in the moment. And so often we try something for a short term, and it doesn’t seem to work so we switch it up, and then we switch it up again instead of being patient and making sure that we’re sticking with it long enough for our body to actually adapt to it and do what it needs to do.

So first thing I want to address is that diet and nutrition are two totally different things, right? So being on a diet versus the nutrition that you’re eating, in layman’s terms, general population, that is two different things nowadays. Now, technically, in the dictionary, it’s going to be the same thing. So we know that a diet is typically something that you hate doing, it’s short term that you can’t maintain. Whether it’s over a six week period or over a six month period or over a six year period, eventually there comes a point where you say “No more”.

Nutrition has also been kind of skewed now, the definition, meaning more supplements and that’s great but the nutrition I’m talking about today is real whole foods. So we’re not talking supplements, we’re not talking short term diets. We’re talking about nutrition and we’re talking about the five misconceptions about that nutrition.

So, number one … first misconception that most people have, and this is coming from most of our weight loss seeking clients, is that restricting calories and eliminating macro nutrients, is okay. It’s actually not. So there comes a point where you’ve restricted too far. What you’ll notice is a lot of the clinics that do the weight loss diets, they’ll put you on, say, a liquid fast and it’s a very low calorie count. They’re supervised by physicians. There’s a reason for that, because your body typically does not need to go below 1200 calories a day, unless you’re being supervised by a physician and there is a specific reason for it. If you’re diabetic, you can’t go below 1500 calories a day. We have to keep the body at a healthy level of nutrition. So it’s not okay to take those out.

The macro nutrients … there are certain macro nutrients that we try to take out because we think that’s going to help us with weight loss, but technically they’re all there for a reason. Our body needs them. They need protein, we need fats, we need some sort of carbs. Our body has to have those things. They’re not evil words, they’re not bad for you. It’s just the amounts that we eat and the types that we eat, sometimes those are bad for you.

So number 2 misconception is that it has to taste bad, it has to be bland, can’t have any flavor. It’s just always got to be the same thing, and that is a total wrong answer. So, truly, I mean, how many different spices are there. As Americans, we typically stick to salt and pepper, but there are millions of different herbs, spices, blends, things that you can put on and around your food to be able to enhance the flavors and change the flavors. So no, it does not have to be bland in order to have good nutrition in your diet. Now, it may not taste like icing on a cupcake, but there’s reasons for that, right?

So then number three is “I can’t have what I want”. Well, if it’s an all the time thing, then no, you can’t but if it’s an every now and thing, sure you can. You can eat what you want. We follow the 80/20 rule here, where you follow the healthy eating plan 80% of the time and 20% you get to do what you want to do.

The cool thing about that is that I don’t have to get on anybody because as they start to eat better and better foods, eventually their body rejects the other foods and their body’s the one getting on to them, telling them they don’t feel very good. So as you start to eat healthier foods, then your body’s needs change. It starts to say, “Oh my goodness, she gave me vegetables today. I needed vegetables,” and it starts to crave more of them.

So no, it’s not that you can’t have what you want, it’s just that we start to shape and change the nutrition that we eat and then we follow that 80/20 rule. Sometimes we do, we go out and we splurge and enjoy life and we have dinner with friends and we have birthday cake or whatever we’re doing and you enjoy and then you just get right back on track.

So i’m going to end part one here. In part two we’re going to be talking more about misconceptions about nutrition.

If can’t wait for part two, or you want to know more about Custom Fitness and what we do here, then please give us a call. If you’re wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. Our trainers are here to look out for you and make sure that you are meeting your goals in a safe way.

At Custom Fitness, we customize a plan for you. We sit down with you and find out what your needs are and then build a health and fitness plan around that. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.