First, let me set the record straight...unlike my friend Cynthia (www.visionquester2.blogspot.com), I do not have a personal training certification. It IS on my list of things to accomplish this year along with an additional certification in 2009 for nutrition however my knowledge comes from three areas:
- I read A LOT. Anything I can get my hands on related to diet and nutrition - blogs, websites, magazines, books, forums etc.
- Personal experience. I have competed twice at this point and feel like both of those experiences gave me excellent insight.
- Friends/family experience. Anyone that I know who trains or workouts or who is passionate about what their fitness goals, I quiz. Lots of questions.
EVERYONE is different. EVERY BODY responds differently HOWEVER there are some universal truths. I have found these from reading the diets of hundreds of competitors over the years. In fact, I have a notebook that has them all! :)
- You must eat as much whole, natural food as possible.
- You must give your body ample protein - especially when training and building.
- Diet is AT LEAST 75% of your success (it took me a very long time to believe this but now I do - without a doubt).
- Fat is not bad if it is healthy fat.
- You MUST, MUST, MUST be consistent.
Today, I would ask each of you to think about your food and how you view food.
- Do you think of it as FUEL for your body or do you think of it as a pleasure point?
- Do you understand how it digests in your system and how it fuels your workouts or do you just think of it as something you put in your mouth?
- Do you expect that 95% of your meals will be for fuel and only 5% will be for pleasure?
More on my diet tomorrow.