New trends in nutrition
New trends in nutrition. How are you doing? I hope that you’re keeping healthy and are fitter than last month?
I have received a lot of emails asking me about nutrition; in particular people have been asking for advice on ‘new trends’ or relative new trends in nutrition. Last week one of my clients said to me at his arrival at the studio: “You would not believe how many calories and sugar are on this fat free yogurt!!!” I replied: “Actually I do”
Rather than write a list of examples on what is bad, what is good and what is best for you, I decided to write about how you should look at the food you buy and see the products you consume in the way that a trainer or athlete would approach it.
The first and the most important rule: Forget everything that you where told about food, what your friends and family think about it, and what the companies that sell you food tell you about it. Because, every time we think emotionally about something, the relevant data is generally the first casualty.
Second rule: Write down your main health & fitness goals. For example:
- lose weight,
- develop muscle,
- live longer
- override a specific weakness
So let’s say for example that you want to lose weight and build a long term healthier lifestyle (which is the most common goal on our society).
Now write down the greatest allies you can find on nutrition and the worst enemies.
For this case we could say the greatest allies are non root vegetables, animal protein, water, occasional whole fruit (not blended or juiced)
The worst enemies are sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar disguised as carbohydrate, alcohol and fat.
So every time you look at a product to consume, don’t concern yourself with whether it’s organic, gluten free, guilt free or endorsed by some ‘celebrity’; instead read the macro nutrients and when in doubt Google it. There are no excuses for lack of information in an era where the ‘Siri’ on your phone can read the whole California University studies on nutrition to you. It’s no longer sufficient to say: “That (50 gram of sugar per slice) cake was organic and gluten free so I thought it was good for me.” If there is no macronutrient information on the product, it’s bad, that’s why it’s hidden. Don’t let sales marketing keywords make you buy rubbish.
A recent research between people who were in a gluten free diet showed that 75% of then didn’t know what gluten was. That’s a worrying trend when we live in an information rich society. If you want to be healthy and fit please make sure that you know what macronutrients you’re putting in your body. If you have any questions please feel free to email me [email protected]
Keep well and see you next month.