I got a interesting post on tap for today. In this post, I’d like to discuss a little bit about dieting and aspects in that category. I hope you enjoy this (fingers crossed) quality read.
As I’m sure a ton of you know out there, diets and food in general are a very VERY sticky topic. What one person believes diet wise may go completely against what another person holds to be true. Whether it be “don’t eat dairy”, “gluten free”, or “NO RED MEAT”, everyone’s got a stance. And hey, if it works for you, all the power to ya.
I use to fall directly into these trends. I had my rules to abide by and when I saw others break these rules, I considered them wrong. So where did my boundaries lie? Well for one, I was all about protein. I had the idea that all protein was a great thing. (In my head)”Eating a ton of protein is good for you, eating a ton of protein will help you build muscle, eating a ton of protein won’t make you fat.” I had the idea that any carbohydrates past your post workout meal, let alone at night, were horrid! For some reason, I believe’d that if you even had a hint of carbs past roughly 6PM, they would get stored as fat. Also to boot, I believed that if you even touched a fast digesting carb, BOOM, fat. And we all have heard of the carb source referred to as bread right? Yeah, well that was on my “don’t even think about it list” as well.
Ohyea, the list goes on….
Diary, NOPE, not good for you. Can’t eat that, will make you hold water and get fat. Ready for this? Mix a fat source and a carb source in the same MEAL?!?!?! NOPE, fat! I remember once eating peanut butter mixed with oatmeal that my mother, unannounced to me, prepared and nearly refusing to eat it because I believe that it would make me fat. This is all very embarrassing to share haha. I literally had all these rules in my mind in terms of dieting that pretty much allotted me to eating chicken and veggies….. and maybe a sweet potato but only POST WORKOUT!
I was nuts. I was crazy. I was insane. I was I was I was.. Finally I smartened up. Thankfully we have a thing called the internet where you can perform a concept called “research.” LOL. Anyways, after performing research and opening my mind to other concepts, I began to see that I was (as you can probably guess) COMPLETELY WRONG! Everything I assumed to be true was backwards.
Yes protein is good, builds muscle, etc etc, but it is NOT the only source of food in your diet!
NO! Carbohydrates are not the enemy! NO! Eating carbs late at night won’t make you fat! No! Fast acting carbs don’t automatically get stored as fat!
DIARY! GET IT IN THE DIET!
Carb source + fat source……Jon are you serious??? COME ON MAN!
Finally I began to see the light. We need balance. We need an allotted amount of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. We need a daily caloric target level. Finally I got the train of though out of my head that “that food will make me fat” “eating this at this time will make me fat” “eating this with that will make me fat.” Thankfully away from all this now, I have been enjoying myself and eating right while keeping mental sanity. Now I will enjoy a bagel with peanut butter on it at 8PM. WAIT WHAT!? A carb source mixed with a fat source at night!? Yes, yes, because I realize now that my body needs a certain number of calories and a certain amount of carbs and fats. Eating this combo won’t MAKE me fat. Eating a SURPLUS of calories will make me fat. While rather hitting my daily caloric target level will help me progress.
Dr. Layne Norton is a HUGE name in the bodybuilding community. He is an EXTREMELY intelligent man when it comes to the science of muscle building and nutrition. One aspect that I really like about him is the fact that he doesn’t preach the rigidness that we see so often in the fitness world. He preaches practicality and the theory that we need to actually enjoy life over never eating this or never missing a meal. If you’d like, take a peak at this video posted below. I think you will learn a lot as I know I sure did.
Anyways, that is all for me for today. I am really happy I was able to share all this with you. Enjoy your Friday and I will catch up with you all tomorrow!
Keep dreaming big!
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