The answer to this question all depends on the type of coach you ask…
But a good coach has no answer. Because there simply isn’t a “Best Diet”.
A great diet for a client to successfully lose weight would be a diet with a slight calorie deficit so they can maintain a healthy rate of weight loss on a regular basis, it would be well-balanced when it comes to the macronutrients Protein/Fat/Carbs, it would have an abundance of nutrient dense whole foods 90% of the time, and it would fit that person’s lifestyle and schedule well enough to not cause any unnecessary stress.
Oh, and most importantly, it would be sustainable in the long run!
Many people start a “Diet Plan” and I ask them, “Do you see yourself being able to stick with this for the next year or longer?”
Most of the time the answer is, “HELL NO!”
So my response is simple, “What is the point? And what will you do after?”
That’s why when I coach clients we focus on an “Eating Plan” that they believe in and they’re confident that they can stick to in the long run AND that will produce better performance and results.
Might not be the answer you were hoping for, but it is the truth and hopefully will lean you towards the right idea of a successful nutrition plan.
If you need more help on figuring out what it is that YOU should be doing on a regular basis for nutrition or if you need more accountability to stick to what it is you’re doing, apply for a Strategy Session with me and lets figure it out together.
This one is a very popular one, with all the paleo and whole 30 camps that have been started and growing lately.
The answer and solution are extremely simple.
The answer – No. Gluten is not bad for you and you do not need to avoid grains.
UNLESS, you have celiac disease or FODMAP intolerance and if you do suffer from one of these, you would know.
So the solution is to simply remove the grains and/or gluten containing products from your diet for a week or so.
Do you feel better without them? Feel the same? Or maybe you miss having some whole grain oats and Ezekiel bread after your workouts and because of that, you have less motivation to workout…?
All you need to understand is your own body and if it is ok with processing and digesting the nutrient.
Most grains have a lot of benefits from the vitamins and minerals to the great source of fiber they provide. So before you rule them out, test it out and then determine if it is right for you.
Many questions come our way about Nutrient Timing, or when should I eat what.
The more studies are being done and published the more we’re realizing that nutrient timing isn’t as serious as we once thought.
For once, if weight loss is a simple equation of creating a calorie deficit at the end of each day then when you have those calories does not really matter.
Secondly, we’re realizing that protein synthesis and glycogen replenishment post workout is extended much further than the “1 Hour Post Workout Window”, so no need to run to your protein shake right away.
I do suggest clients eat after a good workout, specifically a whole food meal containing 1-2 handfuls of protein and carbs. But you have more than enough time to drive home, casually, and cook that meal.
And thirdly, the breakfast dilemma. With all the studies done on intermittent fasting, I believe it’s safe to say that skipping breakfast will not kill you or cause your bicep to fall off either.
If you love breakfast, eat it! If you’re not hungry and would rather wait til lunch to eat, then do that!
It all comes down to your schedule, your lifestyle, and what you feel works best to keep stress the lowest, satisfaction with your food the highest, and sustainability at its best.
The only time I ever consider or worry about nutrient timing is when it comes down to specific performances like getting on stage or timing peak energy levels for athletic sport or performance.
If body composition and generally getting leaner is your goal, nutrient timing doesn’t need to be at the top of your list.