Let me start off by saying that I am not a nutritionist. However, there are basic nutrition and fundamentals I follow. Unless you are training for a sport or competition, you really do not need to know a whole lot about nutrition. Just know how to eat with purpose. Boom. That’s it. If you want to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight, you need to learn to eat with purpose. But before I explain what that means, let me help you with some basic nutrition.
All maintenance calories really means is the amount of calories it takes for your body to be the weight it is right now. Now, there are other variables that you have to calculate to find that number. The reason for that is because when you are active you burn a lot of calories, so naturally the amount of calories needed for maintenance is higher than someone who doesn’t do a lot.
If you don’t know what your maintenance calories are exactly, check this site out:
Maintenance calories are almost never entirely accurate so use it as a general guide.
Now, when it comes to weight loss or weight gain, all you need to do is eat lesser/more calories then what you are burning.
That’s it. That is an entire semester of nutrition summed up in a sub section of a blog post.
“That’s not true you get fat from eating sugar and cakes and pizza and anything fun”
Well…no. You don’t
You want to know how you get fat? You eat more calories than you’re burning. You want to know why that happens? Because the little workers in your body will just tell themselves
“Damn this dude is giving us way to much fuel to burn”
Then his buddy will say “Oh I know, let’s just put it in storage for later, and when he needs it for energy, we’ll burn it”
Now is that entirely what happens? No, but it’s enough to know how eating effects your body. Makes sense right?
If you do alot, you can eat more
If you don’t do a lot, you don’t have to eat a lot
If you don’t do a lot but eat a lot, you soon won’t be able to do even less.
Think it’s not that simple? Here’s a test. Buy 1 snickers bar everyday and only eat that. I guarantee you will lose weight from only eating that snickers. Because calorie deficit.
Eating According to Your Goals
Given what we just talked about, where are you in the conversation? Do you want to lose weight? Gain? Maybe just stay the same? It’s really up to you.
Wherever you are in the conversation, have an honest conversation with yourself. Are you eating in line with your goals? It’s really a simple yes or no question.
Once you start giving yourself the honest conversation you deserve, the sooner you will adjust where you need.
I’ve been doing Whole 30 and it has been lovely, and I will for sure be writing about it soon, but what I loved about it all is that it opened my eyes to nutrition density.
Meaning certain foods just have more of everything in it than lesser nutritional dense food. For example, eating a big ass salad thats maybe 470 calories will fill you up a lot more than eating 2 snickers bars (which is around 450 calories). Why? Well its got more macro and micro nutrition than a candy bar.
The cool thing about all this simple information is that it shows you that its ok to eat food you like! It’s ok to have eggs and coffee for breakfast, a salad for lunch, but maybe a slice or two of pizza for dinner. If you track the calories and it’s less than what your maintenance is, you will lose weight! Now, is it fast? No. But is it possible? YES!!
Start viewing the food you eat as a building block for your goals and eat with purpose. You don’t need to be 100% all the time, that’ll suck.
But if you’re 85% consistently, that will go far!