If you are in the training and nutrition world, you know the terms “macros”, “IIFYM”, “Flexible Dieting” etc… Today, I am going to be addressing weighing and measuring your food and a couple of things that should come before practicing using a food scale, measuring cups or scanning barcodes to “hit your numbers”.
Before I get into it, there are tons of pros and cons to weighing and measuring food. It’s definitely not a system intended for everyone, especially if you are just looking to improve your general health and wellness. However, if you are looking to optimize your performance or perhaps achieve less than ten percent body fat, weighing and measuring can be an option that you would want to explore. Weighing and measuring takes time and practice to find success with it and could potentially actually deter you from your true goals, especially if they aren’t sport-performance or aesthetic based.
So, now, what should I be practicing before I even start thinking about weighing and measuring? Well here are 5 habits you could start doing today that will improve your general health, performance and aesthetic:
- Drink roughly half your body weight in ounces of water per day.
- Boost immunity, recovery, energy, etc.. Come on now, we both know you need to be doing this.
- Eat every 2-4 hours.
- This will keep your metabolism revved up, balance your blood sugar and prevents overeating at one particular meal.
- Eat a complete, lean protein at each meal.
- Chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish, and eggs. Search for lean cuts and enjoy.
- Eat vegetables at each meal.
- Can’t go wrong here, add ’em in in plenty of quantity!
- Eat healthy fats daily.
- For right now, focus on adding in monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated (get’s a bad wrap, but think Coconut/MCT Oil) fats.
- Work to avoid processed, trans fats that occur with partially hydrogenated oils.
These are simply five things that you should be doing before you think about weighing and measuring the bowl of ice cream you have at dinner “to hit your numbers”. If you eat real, minimally processed, whole foods in moderate quantities and you will find the answers to most of your nutrition questions.
I will touch upon weighing and measuring your food and setting yourself up for success in a later blog post.
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