Monday, August 22, 2011

Simple Dietary Experiments to Generate Big Results


Ask any fitness/health professional. We know the design of these programs. In the publishing world where the only goal is to sell books, authors entice you with magical thinking, shocking headlines to gain attention in the media, and offering quick ways to lose weight.  

The dietary theories in these books are not usually sustainable in the long run, and leave you worse off than you were before. Once the diet stops working, we move on to the next big diet sensation, and repeat the cycle.  Our bodies are very complex and we must understand how they work in order to get real results. 

Now that we’ve established that fad diets aren’t the solution to getting your best physique, let’s talk about what is.

The anti diet: A Healthy Lifestyle

What is a healthy lifestyle? It’s the secret to the physiques of our most fit clients and trainers. Choosing a diet based on what works for them individually and using whole and unprocessed ingredients is the key to their success.

That might not sound as glamorous as the claims of the fad diet, but it can create extraordinary results for a lifetime. By living a healthy lifestyle in which you maintain balance, you will get the most out of your body, prevent disease, and your weight will automatically fall into a natural range. 

So how do you know what to eat? Experimentation.

We strongly believe in the principle of bio-individuality, which means that what is best for one person, may not be good for another.  In short, one person’s cure-all is another’s poison.  Fad diets force a single way of eating without regard to the individual needs of the follower, so you can see why these diets fail a majority of the time.  

Factors such as blood type, ancestry, and metabolic typing can give us clues as to which foods will work best for you, but in the end it comes down to making gradual and incremental changes in the diet to see what works, and what doesn’t. There is a certain level of experimentation that one must be willing to dive into when finding the best nutrition plan. 

Have you eaten the same things for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for months and years? If you have, then this may be the reason why you are not seeing a change in your body composition. 

Taking action to leverage small changes to get big results

The first place you should start when beginning to experiment is with your breakfast. Eating the right breakfast sets us up for the rest of the day. Once you experiment with breakfast you will be creating momentum to try new ways of eating throughout your whole day.

Try this out to get started:

The Great Breakfast Experiment
In the course of one week, eat three breakfasts that differ from your normal routine, and notice how you feel afterwards with regards to your physical and mental state.  Depending on your individual needs, certain foods will affect you differently. Here are 3 different breakfasts to try:

Protein Breakfast: Eggs or tofu scramble with assorted veggies.
Carb Breakfast: Oatmeal or whole grain cereal
Mixed Breakfast: Eggs and greens with multigrain toast and a side of fruit

So ask yourself what are the beliefs around the foods that you are eating? Have you been getting the results you want? If not, we highly recommend that you start investigating into what is right for you.

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