Through my many years as a fitness professional, there is one thing I have established beyond all reasonable doubt: NUTRITION IS KING! We often hear various adages such as: “Abs are made in the kitchen”, or “You can’t out-train your diet.” Well, though they may seem trite, I am here to tell you that this is absolutely the case. Whether I am dealing with my own nutrition or if I am helping a client with theirs, there is simply no escaping the fact that it is impossible to have the body you want unless you are dialed-in with your eating.

If you’re anything like me, working out is the EASY part… I mean, who doesn’t enjoy cranking up the music, blocking out the worldly clamor, getting nice and sweaty, and feeling the great sense of accomplishment that only a good workout can provide? Personally these have come to be some of my favorite things. Conversely, however, I think we all can agree that EATING is by far the HARDEST component of fitness. We are all prone to moments of weakness induced by stress, we all find ourselves in tempting situations such as social gatherings or parties, and we all experience the occasional bout of boredom. When it comes to deviating from our nutrition plan, I have found that these are the usual suspects responsible for our demise. So the question is, how on earth do we combat this all-important matter of making healthy decisions!?

IN MY OPINION, THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR FOR LONG-TERM, SUSTAINABLE FAT-LOSS LIES IN MAKING AN ONGOING COMMITMENT TO MASTERING YOUR NUTRITIONAL IQ. All too often I will engage with a new client that tells me they have a very healthy diet yet they can’t seem to lose weight. I then ask them to discuss with me their typical nutrition intake and invariably I can immediately find room for improvement at nearly every juncture. The point I’m trying to drive home here is that we must take it upon ourselves to do our homework and to study the practical science of nutrition as it applies to a healthy lifestyle. I’m not asking anyone to embark on a mission to create a doctoral thesis for university study. What I’m encouraging y’all to do is TO MASTER THE BASICS! To be set up for success, I believe everyone should at least have a working knowledge of the following:

  • WHAT ARE THE 3 MACRONUTRIENTS AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?
  • HOW MUCH OF EACH MACRONUTRIENT DOES YOUR BODY NEED DAILY?
  • WHAT ARE THE BASIC CONCEPTS OF NUTRIENT TIMING?
  • WHAT IS INSULIN AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT BODY COMPOSITION?
  • WHY IS PROTEIN SO IMPORTANT?
  • WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF FIBER?
  • WHAT IS THE IDEAL WATER INTAKE FOR YOUR BODY?
  • WHAT IS THE “THERMIC EFFECT OF FOOD”?

 

Now I have never been one to sugar-coat things for my clients so if you just read through the list above and you have no idea what the heck many (OR ANY!) of these things are then you simply have no excuse. Let’s be totally honest with ourselves here…we live in the age of information and there is so much data being constantly broadcast towards us that we would be hard-pressed to avoid it. We all have super-computers right in the palm of our hand that can virtually provide answers to any question imaginable. Therefore, what we are dealing with is not a lack of information or a shortage of resources, but rather a LACK OF EFFORT!!! Yes, that’s right, I said it…YOU HAVE NOT FULLY COMMITTED YOURSELF TO BECOMING THE BEST YOU THAT YOU CAN BE. So, now that the cat’s out of the bag, the million-dollar question is:

            

                                                     WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT ?!?!

 

If any of what I just said, or even the way I said it, offends you….GOOD. Fitness, losing weight, and reaching your goals should be very emotionally charged endeavors. I firmly believe that passion is a necessary ingredient to effect dramatic change. My intention with this blog is to help people reach their goals, and if that means I need to ruffle some feathers, then so be it.

 

If you’re looking for SERIOUS nutritional guidance then you have found the right place. Stay tuned for my next post:

The Thermic Effect of Food”

 

Yours in health,

Derek Carlton