Nutrition has become this weird battle of what is the one “right” way of eating.
You have to join a set way of eating just to claim you’re working hard…
Yet in this, lies the exact reason the majority of people diet 3 times a year and end up ADDING weight. Lack of awareness around what feeling good actually feels like, leads to just jumping on a style of diet (vege, paleo, keto, etc.) and then thinking this is the ONLY way forward.
This is a classic “confirmation bias” effect.
They’ll follow all the rules of the diet, they will sing and shout about how it’s the only way forward, yet they won’t stop for a second and actually consider or even ACKNOWLEDGE that other diets or let’s just say “ways of eating” that could be beneficial.
Even if not for you, maybe for others. There is a pretty indisputable way of lifting for maximizing muscle, fat loss, and longevity because you have a physical muscle to look at. And unless you’re a power-lifter this is probably how you should train for longevity, strength and feeling “fit”.
Yet with nutrition, there is certainly a continuum. It ranges from higher fat and protein utilization all the way to high carbohydrate utilization. One side might be best on a lot of meats and nuts, whereas others on a lot more carbs like rice and potatoes.
Some even claim to feel best on just fruit… (this I don’t recommend if hormones and energy are valuable to you lol), nevertheless, people stick by it.
So what I am trying to say is build an awareness and value for what you put in your body. The best thing you can do is take the bits that make sense and you feel good on, and throw out the stuff that doesn’t fit…
An example I went over in today’s video in the Muscle Mastery group was how a lot of men that got away with a carb heavy diet when they were younger find it very hard to stay in shape with even HALF the same foods now.
As you get older you tend you require a little more protein and fats to stay lean and strong as theirs a stronger signal needed to rebuild muscle tissue and support hormone function.
How do I find the right “diet?”
Just as building the “perfect workout”. It all depends on the person I am talking to, their structure, their weaknesses, what training phase they have just been in, etc.
The best diet would be dependent on your lifestyle, stress level, gut intolerance’s, time of year, body fat, etc.
I did a LIVE video on this in the Muscle Mastery Facebook group.
But I’m also going to dive into the main concepts I discussed.
I am not against a keto, or low carb or even vegetarian diet for the most part.
What I am against is people forcing their approach on others because they think this one approach is going to solve the world’s problems for everyone – coaches especially.
As I mentioned above, you need to learn their circumstances and what is going to be the best move forward for THEM regardless of what works for you.
Therefore, vegetarian might work GREAT for 3 months for someone who has really struggled with digestive issues or inflammation – but will likely be a less effective option long term if you’re main goal is body composition and muscle gain (or even blood health markers for many).
Fasting might be great for someone that needs optimal cognitive function and focus. But if your stress levels are high – this is likely not a smart move.
The list goes on and on,
My main point is don’t get stuck on one approach.
Just as one workout program will generally produce much less of a result after 4-6 weeks of following it. A nutritional approach should also be used for a special goal and should be at least regularly evaluated of its effectiveness and alignment with your goal.
What worked for you 5 years or even 6 months ago might not be the best option for you now.
If you feel awesome, your energy is high, your recovery is spot on, focus at work is great and all is well, then don’t try fix what’s not broken. But if you don’t feel all of the above, then you need to re-evaluate how you are eating and its effects on your body and well-being.
This is one of the pillars I focus on during the 4-Step Training where I give you back the control and momentum you lost with your training – to make sure you encompass a holistic, intelligent approach.
Because it is likely not the cookie cutter diets or plans that 99% of the industry regurgitates that is going to get you over that slump.
Remember there is not 12-week finish line, this is a LIFE optimization and you should feel awesome in your own skin as you grow and challenge yourself along the way, not suffer to the top.
If you haven’t watched the 4-step training we’re a dive into this and how it applies to the bigger picture, watch here: spotterinsider.com/4-steps