THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “DIET” AND ACTUAL NUTRITION

diet vs. nutrition

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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Food for thought

The only people who can effectively (and naturally) build muscle and lose fat simultaneously are newbies who have a fair amount of fat to lose and people who used to be in great shape and are now getting back at it (“muscle memory” allows you to rapidly regain muscle you once had).
Excerpt From: “Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body” by Michael Matthews. Scribd.

Sugar!

How much sugar are we supposed to consume a day? More than 70% of Americans eat over 22 teaspoons a day of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends to stay healthy men should consume only 36 grams or 9 teaspoons and women 25 grams or 6 tablespoons of sugar. 

Here is a chart I got from Daily Burn that shows how much sugar we may be consuming daily.