his is a common misconception when it comes to obtaining a certain physique or body composition. People think they must eat less and exercise more. Or they conceive eating only chicken, broccoli and brown rice, unsalted and unseasoned, is the only way to obtain a “lean” abdominal region.

Stop.

Unless they’re being paid big money to eat like that for a show prep (think IFBB Pro Bodybuilders) they will more than likely fall off the wagon, sooner than later. Their body doesn’t appreciate three square meals of the same food, day in and day out.

The train of questions that usually runs through my head when I see this on social media with the hashtags #cleaneating #gains #shredded #lowcarb goes something like this: “Do they hate themselves? If you’re working out more than 3 times a week, especially with any sort of intensity, why are you #lowcarb? Why do you only eat 5–6 different types of foods?” The list could go on. So why do people do this? I’m not entirely sure, but here are some thoughts I have on the matter.

I think the lack of guidance from an early age, in regards to nutrition, is a big proponent to the mass misunderstanding of food. I also think there are so many diets for consumers to try, so they get overwhelmed with the number of choices. Finally, a lack of discipline to stay adherent to a particular way of eating because they don’t see immediate results is rampant. ‘Nothing in life worth having is neither easy, nor free. Learn to work and pay, with time, effort and, if necessary, money, for what you want. No excuses.’ That’s what I want to say to these people.

Switching gears: here’s looking at you.

If you want to find success with your nutrition, you will ask yourself these questions, you will think on them deeply, and you will answer them honestly. If you still don’t know what path to take, I’m here to guide you. Let’s begin.

  1. What foods do you like?
  2. What foods do you hate?
  3. How much are you eating now?
  4. What’s your reasoning for wanting to change the way you eat? Why is that your reason?
  5. How much do you sleep?
  6. How much water do you drink?
  7. Do you have a stress release outlet?

Footnotes to these questions:

  1. This will decide what you eat, within reason of course. You can’t eat only cake and expect to get healthy or achieve favorable results.
  2. This will decide what you don’t eat. Everyone has those few pesky food items which really don’t tickle your fancy.
  3. Because if you don’t know how much you currently eat, you can’t possibly know how much to eat in order to achieve your desired results. Hint: the answer isn’t in a celebrity or muscle magazine. Even calorie tracking apps are set to the lowest common denominator in terms of caloric needs for an individual. However, it doesn’t take into account all the nuances of the person who is using the app.
  4. This is your guiding “why”. You draw your strength from this and use it to keep you moving forward. It’s your end goal and nothing will stop you from achieving it!
  5. If your sleep sucks, so will everything else. No seriously. Sleep more.
  6. Simple enough. Hydration is a close second to your sleep.
  7. If you don’t have a way to let off steam, you will not see the results you want to see. Period.

Answer these questions for yourself and let me know what they are. If you don’t have the slightest clue on how to better your nutrition and make the progress you’ve been longing for, or to sign up for personal nutrition coaching, contact Nutrition@Forge-Rx.com. Don’t let excuses get in the way of your happiness. Thanks for reading!

 -Tyler