THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “DIET” AND ACTUAL NUTRITION

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In this week’s post we talk about diet vs. nutrition.

Nutrition planning accounts for 85%-90% of the results of any fitness program.

This is why it’s important you understand what you are getting in your meal plan from me. The point is not to view a meal plan as a temporary diet focused on “restricting” yourself to reach a short term goal, the goal is to understand what true nutrition is and how it can help you make better choices for the rest of your life.

A lot of people misconstrue the word “diet”. A diet is purely the description of the food that you eat. However, a more modern use of the word defines a limitation of what you can eat. This is not the case in my meal plans.

When you think of actual nutrition, you need to understand that it doesn’t mean restricting what you eat. It’s about creating a food plan to help support your physical goals which can include health, strength, independence, more energy and managing your weight.

When I provide a meal plan, it is to understand what actual nutrition is vs. just a “diet.

There are 5 components you need to focus on to be effective in your nutrition:

  1. Balance – this just means getting the right type of food in and limiting foods that can have a negative effect in your health.
  2. Calorie control – this challenge isn’t just about reducing calories. You have to make sure you have the right amount of calories throughout the day to keep your body working effectively.
  3. Moderation – You can cheat but in moderation and not in excess amounts that will have a negative impact in your healthy.
  4. Variety – If you have variety in your foods, such as dark leafy greens, red or orange veggies it ensures you get the vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy. Having variety helps you not get bored with the same foods.
  5. Adequacy – meaning you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need to maintain your healthy but also making sure to replace what is lost on a daily or weekly basis.

When I provide a meal plans, they built on the foundation of these 5 principles. When in doubt, focus on these 5 principles to help you make better decisions about your health.


When you thought about diets or dieting did you see it as bad and restrictive?

Do you think these 5 components will make it easier for you to stay on track with your nutrition?


If you are interested in a meal that with complement your fitness goals, check out the support I offer to reach those goals faster: Meal Plan

-Ruth

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WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CARBOHYDRATES

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Hello and welcome! Today I wanted to talk about carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates or carbs get a bad rap all the time! Let’s get started.

Here’s what you need to know about carbs.

Carbs are your body’s preferred source of energy (fuel) for your body’s many metabolic functions.

There are 2 types carbs: simple and complex carbs.

The 2 simple carbs are monosaccharides which is the simplest and most basic unit of a carb and there is disaccharides. These simple carbs include:

Monosaccharides

  • Glucose – this is the predominant carb and the most basic building block of most carbs
  • Fructose – fruit sugar
  • Galactose

Disaccharides

  • Lactose – glucose + galactose – found in dairy products
  • Sucrose – glucose + fructose
  • Maltose – glucose + glucose – malt sugar

Complex carbs – oligosaccharides and polysaccharides

Oligosaccharides – are 3 to 10 simple sugars

  • Fructooligosaccharides – category of a type of oligosaccharide found in fruits and vegetables
    • They help with constipation, improve triglyceride levels and decrease the smell of your by-products

Polysaccharides – 100s of monosaccharides

  • Fiber – 1.5 to 2.5 g per calories – the reason why fiber is important is because it improves your digestive health and cholesterol levels
  • Starch – plants and grains, there are 2 types – amylose and amylopectin
  • Glycogen – animals and humans produce this and it is made in the liver

More about fiber:

Functional fiber – isolated and non-digestive, typically added to foods

  • Claims to – improve gastrointestinal symptoms, weight loss, reduced cholesterol, and colon cancer prevention

Dietary fiber – naturally found in certain foods – there are 2 types:

  • High viscosity –  soluble – slow gastric emptying when it is mixed with digestive juices and it becomes gel like causing fullness
  • Low viscosity – insoluble – increase your fecal bulk and provides a laxative effect

After reading this, do you know a little bit more about carbs and why they are important for your body? Especially fiber.

Are you looking for a balanced meal plan that is going to help you become healthier and more knowledgeable about nutrition? —-> Fat Loss Meal Plan

 

FAT BLASTING HOME WORKOUT – GLUTES, ABS AND 15 MIN HIIT FAT BURNER (VIDEO)

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AT HOME FAT BURNING WORKOUT – GO!

Here’s a quick booty home workout you can do practically anywhere and you don’t even need weights or resistance bands. Of course it helps to add a little resistance. Exercises are on the video but you can find them below as well:

GLUTES

  • Pull throughs – 3×12
  • Kickbacks – 3×12 each leg
  • Kickback pulses – 3 sets till failure
  • Supermans 3×10
  • Donkey Kicks 3×12 each leg
  • Goblet Squats – 3×12
  • Calf Raises – 3×20

ABS

  • Superset – Reverse Crunch + Bicycle Crunch – 3×20
  • Superset – Vertical Toe Touches + Russian Twists -x20
  • Superset – Knee Tucks Mountain Climbers – 3×20

15 MIN HIIT

  • Jumping Lunges for 30 secs, 1 minute walk around and repeat for 15 minutes. Burn baby burn!

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5 Basic Nutrition Concepts

  1. Balance – Life is all about balancing what is good or bad for you. The same goes when it comes to nutrition. Get the right amount of the good things and try to limit the bad things that can have a negative effect on your health.
  2. Calorie Control – It’s not all about reducing calories. More important is getting the adequate amount of calories based on how you structure your life to keep you working effectively and efficiently.
  3. Moderation – You can eat almost any food in moderation but make sure that you are only eating foods that may effect your health in small amounts. For example, you can eat a donut once in a while for breakfast but don’t make it a habit.
  4. Variety – Eating the same foods over and over gets boring. Make sure to add variety to the your nutrition by adding different types of veggies, whole grains and meat.
  5. Adequacy – Make sure you are getting all the essential nutrients you need to maintain your health and replace what is lost during the day.
“Remember, there are no bad foods, just healthier ones to eat regularly. Weight loss requires a commitment to change your lifestyle. Keep up the exercise as it increases your metabolic rate and helps maintain your muscles, which burn more calories than body fat does.”
Jaime Ackerman Foster, MPH, RD, LD
Extension Nutrition Associate
Ohio State University

Nutrition does not have to be a hard, grueling task. If you start with these 5 steps you are well on your way to making better nutrition choices. Interested in a customized nutrition plan made just for you and your goals? Click here for 4 weeks of nutrition. I also have 8 and 12 weeks. Check out my store here.

Leave a comment if you have any questions about nutrition! I am here to help!

WEEKLY WORKOUT |Road to Fit | Week 8 (video)

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Hello savages!

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This video includes week 8 of my “Road to Fit” series.

It includes:

  • Food I ate for the week
  • Advice about living a healthier lifestyle
  • Exercises I did for the week
  • My life

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WEEKLY WORKOUT |Road to Fit | Week 7 (video)

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This video includes week 7 of my “Road to Fit” series.

It includes:

  • Food I ate for the week
  • Advice about living a healthier lifestyle
  • Exercises I did for the week
  • Weight loss, body fat, and muscle mass
  • Weight training – Cardio Sessions
  • My life

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WEEKLY WORKOUT |Road to Fit | Week 6 (video)

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This video includes week 6 of my “Road to Fit” series.

It includes:

  • Food I ate for the week
  • Advice about living a healthier lifestyle
  • Exercises I did for the week
  • Weight loss, body fat, and muscle mass
  • Weight training – Cardio Sessions
  • My life

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WEEKLY WORKOUT |Road to Fit | Week 5 (video)

weekly workout

Hello savages!

Weekly workout! Sorry for the delay! I was so busy studying for my ACE personal trainer certification and I passed. I am officially a certified personal trainer!

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This video includes week 5 of my “Road to Fit” series.

It includes:

  • Food I ate for the week
  • Advice about living a healthier lifestyle
  • Exercises I did for the week
  • Weight loss, body fat, and muscle mass
  • Weight training – Cardio Sessions
  • My life

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Road to Fit | Week 4 (video)

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Hello savages!

This video includes week 4 of my “Road to Fit” series. It includes:

  • Food I ate for the week
  • Advice about living a healthier lifestyle
  • Exercises I did for the week
  • Weight loss, body fat, and muscle mass
  • Weight training
  • Cardio Sessions
  • My life

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Road to Fit | Week 3 (video)

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Hello savages!

This video includes week 3 of my “Road to Fit” series. It includes:

  • Food I ate for the week
  • Advice about living a healthier lifestyle
  • Exercises I did for the week
  • Weight loss, body fat, and muscle mass
  • Weight training
  • Cardio Sessions
  • My life

Also, my birthday was March 21 and I turned the big 3 0! I am posting this video so late. Sorry ya’ll! I spent Thursday to Monday in Miami biiiitchhhhhh!!! Also I will be posting a blog about my trip to Miami, stay tuned!

Anyway, I recently started a “shredding” challenge for 8 weeks. We shall see how it goes. I have to work out 6x a week and have to do cardio 4x times which includes 2 low intensity sessions and 2 HIIT sessions! The first 2 weeks I did about 90% of the workouts. It is pretty intense and not for beginners.

 

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