Nutrition has always been the part of fitness I struggle most with. Sometimes it is so easy (especially when you are rushing from one job to another like me) to pull up to the Mcdonald’s window. Or if I crave a snack after I get home, it is less time-consuming to grab a bag of chips insead of something healthy that would take effort to make.
But here’s the thing: if I can put out the effort to do the exercises, then I have to put the SAME effort into eating right.
For a long time now, I have know that I should follow phase 2 of the P90X nutrition guide. This recommends that your caloric intake consist of 40% protein, 40% carbs and 20% fat. But I never understood how you determine that. You read a label that says 20g protein, 15g carbs, and 5g fat.
Okay…great…but how do I translate that into determining if I got the right percentages?
THIS is the kind of stuff that drove me nuts and made me want to just flub my way through nutrition, hoping I could use common sense to determine if I was eating right or wrong.
The other day, a friend said something to me that finally made things click. She said, “Forget the percentage part. Think of it in servings: 4-5 for protein, 4-5 for carbs, and 2-3 for fat, all the while making sure you aren’t eating past the amount of calories you should get in a day.”
This opened my eyes. It was like a revelation. Now all I have to do is look at the food we have in the house and come up with a menu for the week.
To avoid making it too expensive, I plan on repeating meals instead of always needing something different. However, then I run the risk of being bored by the lack of variety! However, I think that is a simple fix: all I have to do is make up a WEEKLY menu. Then I should be okay.
Here’s to my future nutritional success!
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