WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FEEL OVERWHELMED WITH ALL THE CONFLICTING OPINIONS

So you're confused about what foods to eat in order to become a strong, lean and healthier person?

Sick of trying to figure out exactly how to eat for optimal health AND physical performance?

You’re not alone.

With thousands of conflicting articles, it seems like you can’t eat anything anymore.

“Carbs are evil” vs “You have to eat carbs to train hard and be fit.”

“Protein is essential for building muscle” vs. “Meat is going to give you cancer and make your face fall off.”

Fat. Protein. Calories. Macronutrients. The synergy the vitamin C in your orange has with its bioflavonoid complex

It’s maddening and leaves you helpless. You sit there thinking, “If this whole fitness thing is so complicated, f*ck it. I’m out.”

It doesn’t have to be this way.

You don’t have to become one of those weirdos who practices religious adherence to a certain diet.

And you certainly don’t have to feel your head spin as you try to navigate the world of nutrition.

There are so many things to think about when it comes to food that this may feel overwhelming. Often times, this leads to paralysis by analysis – so you end up doing nothing instead of trying something and possibly doing it wrong.

I’m able to maintain visible results year round, as are my clients, by eating just 3 big meals per day (44 around heavy training days) and not having to survive on boiled chicken breasts and steamed broccoli. In fact, we can do it while eating delicious meals every day of the week.

A few simple ideas mon ami.....

Do a social media fast

The worst thing you can do when feeling overwhelmed is to consume MORE information. Instead, you need to stop listening to all the noise.

And because the media are a terrible source of nutrition and health advice, I highly suggest you STOP watching TV shows and reading magazines on the subject for as long as possible.

Focus on what really matters

If you spend too much time obsessing over little details, you’re spending less time focusing on what makes a real difference.

Instead of spending hours wondering whether you should eat a certain food or not, ask yourself:

- Did that exist 200 years ago?
- Can I understand the ingredients list?

- Can this be grown, picked or raised?

If it fits the 3 criteria, you know this food is a good choice. If not, you know it shouldn’t be a staple in your diet.

Here's what I recommend going forward....

1) Eat real nutritious whole foods 80% of the time without all the BS confusion:

The healthiest diet consists of a wide variety of whole foods such as:

  • Protein

  • Potatoes of all kinds, squashes, and other root veg

  • Grains like oats and rice

  • Vegetables of every colour

  • Fruits of all varieties

  • Healthy fats >> coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, butter, lard, goose fat etc

2) Eat whatever you want 20% of the time

How do I know what 20% is?

OK so lets base this on you being fairly active and hopefully doing some resistance training each week.

 

So 3 filling square meals a day equals 21 meals a week, take 20% from this. 

Basically instead of going with an extreme approach, you need to find a diet that you can stick to forever and one that suits your lifestyle.

3) Get 3 - 4 resistance workouts in a week

To get a leaner, firmer body shape, more energy and a massive boost in confidence then hitting 3 - 4 intense resitance workouts per week will have you achieving this in no time. Whether that's bodyweight, dumbbells, kettlebells or olympic lifts any one of these will keep you looking and feeling strong.

The basics have been proven to work for hundreds of years. Start there and keep things simple.

Remember this: You should always eat based on your activity levels.