Kids Nutrition - Their Future is at Stake
Did anyone watch the BBC nutrition debate this morning?
A very interesting debate on should we be eating fats, or carbohydrates, and is saturated fat bad?
No wonder people are confused, even the experts argue, and even they quote different bodies of science, so who's right.... ?
This is where I feel sorry for people trying to do the right thing by their health, if a Dietician and a Professior in the field can't agree on some of the fine detail, which clouds the overall message (where they agree on 90% of things), how do people make their mind up?
One say's don't have full fat milk, the other says do, what to think...
For me we need to look at what we do know...
1. Calories DO matter, eat too much, you will get fat.
So, to maintain weight, or lose weight, we all need to exercise some form of portion control, whether that be counting calories, going by hand portions, eating just until you are full, following the government portion guidelines etc
2. A diet, for optimal health, and for disease prevention, needs to be made up largely of whole foods 80-90% of the time
Fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, good fats, whole food carbohydrates like potatoes and oats, fish or fish oil
3. Get variety throughout your diet, lots of plants, lots of colour, lots of different fats (focus more on monounsaturated and omega 3) and eat where you can with the seasons
4. Exercise, this helps the body in so many ways its a whole different topic in and of itself, but get a decent amount of exercise every week, which you enjoy, and dont go overboard, its just as much of a stress as not enough exercise
5. Live as low a stress life as possible, be happy, move, don't try do too much and be everything to everyone, don't work to hard if you can, get lots of sleep, stay hydrated, have balance, take appropriate amounts of time off to re-charge, and value your health!
While the experts might disagree on some of the fine detail, we know 90-95% of the picture, so let's follow that and we are 95% there...
Let's not over complicate nutrition, let's simplify it
Change is in your hands....
Time for a rare selfie...
And this is how I look most of the year....
Yes I could be leaner, but it's not sustainable or enjoyable for me
This is how I like to look and feel, so I maintain enough consistency, training, flexibility but diligence to keep me in a good place
I'm also a product of my work, I have worked hard and consistently in the past to build a better physique, but now maintenance is far easier
For the body you want, hard work is ahead, BUT, once you get there, maintenance is far easier
I drink beer, enjoy good food, don't stress if I miss a training session, all while keeping on top of my body and my health
85-90% of the time I do all the right things to look and feel good, those 10-15% 'non ideal' things are fine cause I know how to manage it into the bigger picture, I've learnt how to manage it
I enjoy looking and feeling good, but I enjoy the fruits of life, and I'm happy with my balance and the outcome....
If not, change is needed!
My opinion on the new Joe Wicks TV show and the negativity in fitness around it right now...