Nutritional Goals for A Healthier 2022
The number of calories in a food is a minor piece to the larger puzzle of nutritional quality. Give your clients the tools to help them consciously and critically evaluate the food choices they make. Here are nutrition areas to focus on when working with clients on nutritional goals:
What’s the Best Diet to Follow in 2022?
All dietary protocols have their pros and cons. Your job is to help each client find the approach that works best for them, whether it be Paleo or vegan, high carb or low carb, tight budget or unlimited funds. The human body is amazingly adaptable to a vast array of diets. And the best diet is the one that both matches the client’s unique physiology and is something they enjoy enough to follow consistently. Consider working with your client on an Integrative approach to their health and nutrition.
Do You need to Count Calories?
Weight management is a pretty simple equation. Eat more calories than you burn, and you gain weight. Eat fewer calories than you burn, and you lose weight. Counting calories is an external system (outside of your body). You’re outsourcing hunger and appetite awareness to the calorie counting gods. Which trains you to ignore your own internal signals. Long-term success relies on you developing and using your inborn signaling systems. This is why calorie counting, while it sometimes produces results in the short run, can often backfire in the long run.
Should You Avoid Carbs?
Carbs are not inherently fattening, especially whole food sources. And getting adequate carbs can help most clients exercise harder and recover better, optimizing progress. Most clients would do best eating a moderate amount of quality carbs—whole grains, fruit, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, and legumes, etc.
How Important is ‘When’ You Eat?
What’s most important is that clients make high-quality nutrition choices, consistently, whenever it works for them. For your average client, as long as they eat good foods in reasonable amounts, timing doesn’t really matter. Meal timing can be helpful for a very small subset of the population. For everyone else, it can add unnecessary complexity.
Ingredients Should Be Your Focus
What are the ingredients in the food? Is the list long and involved and read like gibberish? Our bodies don’t need substances such as carrageenan, potato starch, and maltodextrin.
Fresh is Best This Year (And Every Year After!)
While processed foods may be more convenient in some ways, it’s hard to argue that they have made us healthier or happier. Fresh food is whole, single-ingredient food. It is mostly unprocessed, free of chemical additives and rich in nutrients. Think about apples, oranges, squash, and other fresh produce items. They don’t come with ingredient labels because they aren’t necessary.
Look Out For Sneaky Sugars
You can help your clients learn to identify hidden and added sugars in foods. This will help your clients understand how frequently they can find added sugar in common foods such as yogurt, marinara sauce, salad dressings, canned fruit, and cereals. Other names for sugar include barley malt, brown rice syrup, dextrose, dextrin, corn syrup solids.
Fat-Free isn’t Free of Trouble
When fat is removed from food, something has to take the place of the flavor that is a loss. This usually comes in the form of sodium or sugar. The typical low-fat product is often high in carbs, might contain trans-fats and at the end of the day has a very similar calorie count to the original product.
All coaches must understand stress management and how it’s connected to personal success, sports performance, fulfilling relationships and optimal health. One of the most beneficial ways to reduce stress and nourish the soul is by consuming stress-busting foods. Food is our most natural form of medicine. What better way to relieve stress than to indulge in a food that can potentially bring about a positive shift in mood. Encourage your clients to consume more nutrients to boost their mood, reduce stress, and fuel the body and mind including avocado, berries, and salmon.
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