I have been getting a lot of questions about nutrition and diets, It seems that a lot of people are having problems finding the right ‘way’. I am not a nutritionist, so for professional advice you should go to a doctor or certified nutrition specialist, this article therefore should be considered as my personal views on the subject.
Robin also wrote a great article on the subject, check it out here
To many choices
Paleo, Zone, Atkins, Keto, Caveman, Cambridge, Counting Macros, Low GI…. who is telling the truth, what works, what doesn’t. It is hard to make a choice. I have been there, tried them all, some more than once, but all with the same result.. Too hard to maintain over longer periods, and the weight always came back. So, what is the solution? How did I do it? I will try to explain…
80% of your body
80% of you as a person is made up by what you eat and drink! The other 20% is made by what you do in the gym. Yes, you did read it correctly.. 80% is made up by the food you put in… So, by just going to the gym, working out like a madman and fueling your body with crap, will be a problem in the long run. Why? because your body needs clean fuel to recover, to grow and to be happy.
Fueling your Body
Think about this, would you put sand in your Ferrari instead of a high-octane quality racing fuel? Probably not.. Well start thinking about your body as an incredible racing machine, one that even has the capability of repairing itself. But to be able to perform on a high level, it needs the best fuel it can get. McDonald’s and KFC do not fall in to this category, just to be clear. Yes, you can have a cheat meal, day or 48 hours, but make sure that 80% of your weekly diet is made up of clean food. Check out ‘You are Amazing! Respect! on you-tube by Robin, explaining it!
Why do you think nature made these colors in the first place?
To attract you to it! ‘What are you saying Mark? We should all go vegan?’ No, I am not saying that. Eating clean is of course more than just eating plants. What I am saying is, that you should stay away from processed foods. They are made in a factory, not by nature. They are made with something else in mind, namely… MONEY.
What is a calorie anyway?
either of two units of heat energy:
the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water through 1 °C (now usually defined as 4.1868 joules).noun: small calorie; plural noun: small calories; noun: cal
the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water through 1 °C, equal to one thousand small calories and often used to measure the energy value of foods.
A calorie is not a calorie, they are not always the same. So just counting calories is not enough? No, they need to be made up of the right macros. This is like my comparison with the quality fuel and crap. It needs to be made up out of the right stuff! Macros, what? Yes, you need to balance the carbohydrates, proteins and fat, to get the optimal results. That sounds pretty complicated or not? Well we have an app for everything.. I use Cronometer. In this article for the Arminius Workout of the Week, I also talk about it.
It will keep track of all your food and fluids, and tell you exactly what you are missing. You can also add your training to see how much calories you burnt off.
Genes vs Lifestyle
‘Yeah, it runs in the family’ We have all heard this one before. Look, I am not saying that it can not be true. Of course there are diseases, that really are transferred. But bad eating habits are not embedded in your genes.. That’s just it, bad habits. I know, when you don’t have much money to spend on food, it can be difficult to make the right choices, because a pizza is very cheap.
After my near death experience in Andorra(read all about here) I quit drinking alcohol. I knew it was having some kind of influence on my life, but it turned out to be a much bigger one than I first thought. Drinking was making up a lot of (empty) calories in my diet, and it made me lazy as hell. Breaking a habit can be a big challenge, for me it was harder than I thought. But if I would still be drinking, I would not have been writing this article right now. It has changed my life completely. Find out what your bad habit is, be honest.. Going to the MickyD’s? Stuffing your face with potato chips every night? Or drinking one or two bottles of wine each day? Think about it, you need to break that habit. It will bring you closer to your goals, I am certain of it.
I stopped drinking alcohol in August 2016, took out most processed foods, almost no bread or other white food products, no dairy products and no meat, just fish. Lost about 14 kilo. Pretty much stable now at 86 to 89 kilo.
For me the answer to a healthier life lay in my bad habit.. I was not a complete drunk, not even close. But the ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ attitude we had in the Army, slowly turned into ‘Play Hard, Play Harder!’. Stop giving yourself an excuse. Identify that Bad Habit, and destroy it! Not enough Discipline? In this article are some tips.
Discipline Equals Freedom
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