Nutrition by Paul Carter
I am happy to announce that many of my top colleague will know contribute to my new guest blog “Two Things I Know for Sure”. Experts will give you information pearls of wisdom. Today’s first guest is Paul Carter on nutrition
1. It’s better to make a lifestyle change, than “diet” for success
Dieting is when you eat foods that make you sad.
And people can only be sad for so long before they want to eat foods that make them happy again.
The issue with most people is that they look to a diet to shed unwanted pounds, then when they hit their goal, revert back to the poor habits they had before. Then of course, they get fat again.
According to research, it takes about 66 days for something to become a habit. This is an average. It could take up to eight months. If you want to make a lifestyle change then you need to get the word “diet” out of your vocabulary, in regards to getting healthier, and think long term. Losing fat and improving health isn’t an 8 week program. It’s something that needs to be implemented as part of your life design.
2. Carbs don’t make you fat. Excess calories do.
The past many years there has been a war on carbs and blaming it for everything under the sun from obesity to heart disease to your spouse cheating on you.
It’s been debunked through enough anecdotal evidence and studies to show that low carb diets offer no advantage in shedding pounds as simply accounting for total caloric intake.
Bodybuilders in the 1980’s and 1990’s got shredded while still eating a significant degree of carbohydrates. Dorian Yates said all he did to get in contest shape was drop his calories from 5500/6500 a day to 3500 a day in order to get into contest shape. He kept the same foods in his diet, he just reduced portion sizes.
So while it is true that low or no carbohydrate diets do work for fat loss, they don’t work any better than simply accounting for your total caloric intake so long as your macronutrients are in balance. And low carbs have been shown to hamper athletic performance in comparison with diets that contain carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates, fats, protein, and fiber all play an important role in muscle building and peak athletic performance. Don’t short change that process by throwing the baby out with the sweet potatoes.
Want to know more about Paul Carter’s ideas and methods? His newest ebook A Meathead’s Thought About Life, Crap, Relationships, and Stuff is available for download here. You can also visit his Facebook Page