Nutrition

The following are snippets of my philosophy on nutrition. Each section is planned for future update/expansion into full articles.

Calories are Real

Calories matter. Their utilization dictates your overall weight, your recovery capacity, and your energy levels. They assist in eliminating guesswork, explaining plateaus, and establishing maintenance. It is your choice to track them or not, but realize that understanding calories is a key aspect to optimizing results. Simplifying tracking is plausible and becomes easier over time. The more keenly you track, the more flexibility you have in the foods you eat.

The “One Meal” Concept

It is largely recognized that one “good” meal will not make you fit. It is necessary to realize that one “bad” meal will not make you unhealthy. Perfectionism has no positive end game. It encourages eating disorders, leaves people with stalled progress, and assists to downplay achievement. People are meant to enjoy food. Providing the body with what it needs includes ingesting the clichéd “healthy” vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and omega fats, but it also requires consumption of sugar, saturated fat, and other vilified nutrients.

It’s About “What to Do”

A diet can only become a lifestyle when you analyze “what to do” instead of “what not to do.” I restrict clients to exactly zero types of food. Quantity, of course, will vary based on the goal, but you’re encouraged to indulge to keep the mind at ease and maintain your life outside of the kitchen.

Helpful Resources

You can learn the nutritional in’s-and-out’s as I did by reading up on the following websites:

LeanGains.com

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Coach and trainer Martin Berkhan, popularized by his work on Intermittent Fasting, is most responsible for my stances on nutrition. His methods have transformed the way people think about meal timing and have helped me develop a mindset that cares less about individual foods and more about the entire picture.

PrecisionNutrition.com

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The Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification course was more informative than most of my collegiate coursework, and while one could argue that had to do with my intense interest, it doesn’t nullify PN’s world-renowned coaching methods and extensive list of client success.

Examine.com

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This is where I seek no-frills, scientifically-backed information on supplements and related performance advice. While I contend that research is only one piece to the puzzle, the team at Examine paints a picture through quantitative assessment of available literature.

CitadelNutrition.com

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jon and Dan while living in Atlanta, and they are quickly becoming game-changers in the supplement industry. Citadel Nutrition stands to provide consumers with mixtures of necessary supplementation, and no more, at modest prices. Their commitment to customer service is second to none, and they have an awesome history, to boot.

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