Nutrition. Hundreds of pop-up nutrition companies have defined this word differently over the years. We have all seen the various diets and products promising the world in weight loss and performance, but what do you really need to know?

Can you really have your cake and eat it too? Can you have it everyday?

I’m sure many of you have heard the term “macros” at least once over the past couple of years. People are finding a way to achieve weight loss while still keeping their favorite foods in their regular routine. The concept behind counting macros is this: “As long as I ‘hit my macros’ for the day, I can eat whatever I want.”

Since Day 1, Camp Rhino‘s nutrition program philosophy has been disease prevention. This program focuses on quality first, then quantity. Yes, you need both pieces to achieve optimal health and weight loss goals, but you need to be eating the right things first.

When it comes to our clients, we certainly do “set macros”. We give you recommended grams of protein, carbohydrates and fats for the day, but our program does more than that. How you feel after eating a donut as opposed to vegetables and lean meats is drastically different… even if both items fit into your macros.

With Camp Rhino‘s nutrition program, we start by looking at a typical day forthe client. What are you doing now? We need to find out what realistic steps need to happen for you to make a lifestyle change. Too much change all at once is overwhelming and tough to stick with long term.

Then, we focus on a phased approach. We start with cutting out most of the processed, high-sugar junk first. Then, we increase consumption of non-starchy vegetables, lean meats and plant based sources of fat. The next step is dialing in the portions and quantities of food.

There are many different ways to lose weight, some more extreme than others. I challenge you to look at the quality of foods you are putting in your body. Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, recently said “Each gym is a lifeboat in the tsunami of chronic disease.” I promise that you aren’t fighting chronic disease while eating donuts and cookies… even IF they fit in your macros. Am I saying you can never have a donut? Of course not. The key is moderation.

Final verdict: Choose Quality AND the proper Quantity

 

Written by Anna Gingrich-Bardis, Camp Rhino Nutritionist. Schedule a consult with her here.