Eat to Thrive

Before starting any nutrition plan you have to figure out what your physique or performance goals are. Eating to perform and eating for aesthetics are not the same thing. A nutrition plan of a powerlifter who’s goal is to lift as much weight as possible compared to a physique model whose main focus would be to look lean/ripped are two different things. For Example: a 185lb male powerlifter could be eating around 4000 calories per day and carrying some excess fat around the midsection, whereas the 185lb male physique model could be eating 2500 calories per day to stay lean for a photo shoot or competition.

Also, don’t assume that two people with the same goals should eat the same diet. You have to focus on your body and eat accordingly. A common mistake people make is following a nutrition plan in a magazine or eating like a friend/colleague, people assume that if they eat like them and train like them, they will look like them. Unfortunately, most of the time this will lead to either overeating and gaining body fat or under eating and causing your metabolism to slow down.

Let’s imagine 143lb Tom picks up a copy of muscle and fitness magazine and starts reading and following a nutrition plan of certain bodybuilders.  The bodybuilders are 300lb and eating 4500+ calories per day.  Poor Tom is going to be piling on some serious fat or eventually damaging his health.

Here are some reasons as to why you should not follow a one size fits all plan:

* Different body types require vast differences in calories and macronutrients. We are all different, a typical endomorph (pear shaped body, can struggle to lose fat) would not do well eating like an ectomorph (hard gainer, maintains low levels of body fat easily).

* Metabolism. For example: We all metabolise and store carbohydrates at different rates, consuming too much or too little won’t be good for your physique or performance goals. Metabolically we are all at different stages, some fast and some slow, due to dietary and exercise history and many other factors.

* Food intolerances to certain food groups. Eating wheat each day when you have celiac is going to be damaging to your health. If you’re having reactions to food its worth getting checked out.

* Activity level’s. If you’re sedentary you require less than an active person.

In a nutshell, don’t follow everything you read and see! Figure out what works for you and be open to try new things.

Coach Cyrus