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Dieting doesn’t have to be difficult. So many of us look at creating a sensible and effective eating plan but don’t want to go through with it. Do you find yourself counting calories, eating only half of the day or trying to minimise your portions?

Whatever you choose and whatever your goals, here are some fundamental principles to follow for a healthy eating plan. Once you incorporate these rules, it will be easy for your specific needs.

Below are six principles when approaching food and nutritional needs. Now is the time to learn the realities of diet planning

1: Protein

Including protein seems like the obvious option, you need to take a look at your current eating plan and assess your eating habits.

Are you eating real protein? Do you take too many protein supplements? Have you spaced enough protein out throughout the day? Do you get enough amounts of protein?

All these questions are valid and make sense when you analyse them correctly.

Requirement: Take in a daily count of one gram per pound of body weight to get started. Make sure that the majority of your protein is coming from whole foods.

Whole foods are: Chicken, Lean meats, Fish, Greek yogurt, Eggs, Low fat cheeses and Low fat milk.

Some supplement use is fine but should be used when ending your training sessions and at times when you need a convenient, fast shot of protein due to having no real food available.

2: Fat

Most people believe that eliminating as much fat from their diet as possible is the only way to diet. That the less fat eaten means it turns into less body fat. This is not the case, the positive of fat and how it can fuel your training is shown below.

Requirement: Benefits including hormone regulation, energy production and inducing satiety, healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, nut butters and mixed nuts will help you achieve your goals. Since one gram of fat contains over twice the calories of protein you need to keep your intake in moderation.  Try and aim for 0.5 to 0.8 grams per pound of body weight.

3: Add Carbs

Carbs were always consumed and enjoyed. They gave us energy, nutrients and satisfaction. Now carbs seem to have taken a negative turn. Carbs are the worry of dieters everywhere. We can no longer enjoy bread without feeling guilt or the need to double our workouts in the gym.

Requirement: Ironically carbs are good! Carbs are our preferred energy source and although they aren’t essential, they are necessary in many ways for the high level athlete or gym person that would like to bulk. Try two grams per pound of body weight for four weeks and then adjust as required to your specific goals.

4: Eating All Day

There are more than several diet strategies out there promoting effectiveness as the only way to do things. Intermittent fasting and If It Fits Your Macros (IIFM) are just a couple that use extreme measures to promote marketing and goal promises. All types of new and improved ways of eating seem to crop up every year but what successes have been true?

Requiremen: Follow a simple plan of action. One that isn’t a trend or the latest marketing campaign trying to sell everything that is a quick fix. Eat balanced, nutritious meals that are spaced throughout the day. Eat enough protein, carbs and fats that include all of your required daily nutrients. Do this without extreme measures or long periods of fasting or eating whatever you want.

5: Eat Enough

Anyone trying to gain muscle will tell you that they eat a lot of food and can’t gain an ounce of weight. They act as though they are being cross examined when describing their journey to gain muscle.

Requirement: If gaining a muscular body weight is your goal then write down everything you eat for three days.

Look at what you wrote and see if it was consistent.

If it looks like enough to accomplish your goal and that it includes all of the criteria listed above.

6: Vary Nutrients

The majority of diet plans have you eating the same thing every single day without variation. It is true that some meals are great to have every day. Varying your diet is good for better health because you get more complete nutrients by eating a variety of foods.

Requirement: Try different types of fruits and vegetables. Switch up protein sources from meat to different varieties of fish.

Different sources of nuts, oils and fatty fish for essential fats. The more colourful and varied diet you have, the more you’ll benefit from a wider variety of nutrients.

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  1. Comment by Shashank Joshi

    Shashank Joshi Reply May 4, 2018 at 9:12 am

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    Very useful

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