ACCOUNTABILITY: Nutrition is My Fitness Handicap!

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!

As always, feel free to leave comments below.

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About wcman1976

I am 38 years old, separated, father of four kids. I am a practitioner of a self-defense system called wing chun kung fu. My other hobbies include writing, playing guitar, reading, watching movies, and listening to music. Recently I have gotten back into fitness, and this time I am DETERMINED to get the washboard abs...whether my metabolism will cooperate with me or not! The purpose of this blog is to write not only about my hobbies, but also about whatever crosses my mind, whether it is something I don't understand or something that aggravates me. So join me as I indulge my tendency to think too much about topics that don't usually cross anyone else's mind!
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2 Responses to ACCOUNTABILITY: Nutrition is My Fitness Handicap!

  1. wcman1976 says:

    Thanks for the reply. I am familiar with this line of thinking; the first time I heard the word “ketosis” was when I read the book from Dr. Atkins. The only thing is, you also need carbs for energy. Without that, I don’t know if anyone could make it through the likes of P90X or Insanity. And not for nothing, but Tony Horton and Shaun T don’t restrict their carbs…but look at THEIR physiques!

  2. wcman1976 says:

    Thanks for the comments! If you want to reach out to me personally and talk more in depth, just go to my “About Me” page for my contact info.

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