3 Huge Diet Mistakes To Avoid
When it comes to diet and nutrition it can get very confusing, one study says one thing, the other study says something else, how are we supposed to know what’s true and what isn’t?
I am going to cover the 3 biggest mistakes that I see when talking to my clients about getting their nutrition on track.
1. NOT ENOUGH PROTEIN
If your not getting enough protein you are literally robbing your body of potential lean muscle and strength. More lean muscle will result in your body continuously burning calories to keep your muscle. So the more muscle you have the better it is for your body.
Try to get your protein from eggs and lean meats (chicken, fish, lean beef, etc.) If you struggle eating enough protein try introducing a protein shake into your diet. Protein straight after a workout is essential.
2. EATING BAD CARBS
How many carbs you eat in a day is not as important as what kind of carbs you eat. Carbs should come from sources like vegetables, some fruits, whole grains and legumes.
Stay away from simple carbohydrates, instead eat complex carbohydrates which take more time for the body to break down and use, leading to a more even amount of energy rather than a spike.
3. SKIPPING MEALS
You can’t skip breakfast and lunch, pig out at dinner and expect to grow and develop muscle. The only thing you will develop is a round stomach. You should eat three meals and two snacks a day. I like to prescribe meals like this:
- Meal 1 – Breakfast
- Meal 2 – Protein Shake
- Meal 3 – Lunch
- Meal 4 – Protein Shake
- Meal 5 – Dinner
- Meal 6 – Protein Shake before bed (optional)
Another note on meal timing, most of your carbs should come before and right after your workout. This will give you energy for the upcoming workout.
This is by no means all there is to nutrition, but it is a good start. If you follow these simple steps I guarantee you will see results in the future.