Need help with executing a plan on dialing your nutrition? I’m happy to help. Whatever the plan, it’s only as good as your ability to execute it consistently.
Here’s something to start with – keeping track of your macronutrients. It’s helpful in learning the following:
- How much energy we’re eating and burning.
- What nutrients we are consuming?
- Our concepts of portion sizing.
Record what you’re currently doing and see where you’re at presently:
- What foods are you currently eating and how much?
- What’s your activity level looking like? Do you come to the gym 2-3 times a week? 4-5 times a week?
- How much time do you need to invest in your eating choices?
- If you moved forward with a macro-based plan, how much of your current routine would you need to change?
Student: “Coach, how do I measure my macros?”
Coach: “Great question, Billy Bob. Here are a few methods that can help guide you on your journey to learning to count macros…”
Method 1: Reading nutritional information.
– I won’t lie to you, but this method is very tedious and time consuming. Will it help you understand macro’s more? Definitely. Is it time consuming? Yes. I just had a kid back in April, I know personally I would want to apply a method that is time efficient.
Method 2: Use an app.
– Who would benefit from this method?
- Busy people who want to track for a short period of time.
- People with advanced needs.
- Numbers-oriented folks.
Let me have you pause for a second and ask, who would this be dentrimental towards? People with a history or risk of disordered eating. As always, CONTEXT matters.
Method 3: Hand-based portion sizes
If you become overwhelmed with numbers, this method is for you. Here’s how it works:
Method 4: Mindful and intuitive eating
“Mindful eating means paying attention to the experience, feelings, and sensations around eating.
Intuitive eating is a similar system, but proponents specifically reject “diet” messaging and culture.
Both of these approaches are about slowing down in order to notice how your body and mind feel when you eat. We can then use these body cues to regulate food intake.
These approaches foster a healthy relationship with food — and ourselves. They can be applied anytime, anywhere.”
I’ll stop here for now. Next week: Establishing a realistic starting point.
If you’d like to set up a time to do one on one nutrition coaching, I’m happy to help out! Nutrition and coaching are two of my biggest passions and I love creating a plan to help others succeed and get to where they want to go!
– Coach Nick