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?

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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!


IMG_1318Below are some of the supplements I take and will start using. These supplements are just that, supplements, they are not meant to help you lose weight faster, or get skinny etc. Having a good diet and exercising regularly go hand in hand. I will post a detailed description of each product and how it’s supposed to work. Stay tuned.


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