Nutrition isn't simple (you probably won't like me after this post)


Guest blog by Carrie McMahon, Personal Trainer

I’m going to be real here, you probably won’t like me after you read this post.


Because I’m about to tell you that what you have been doing for many years is pointless.

And sure, maybe you won’t believe me, but I wish someone had told me this when I was doing exactly what you are doing now.

Here’s the scoop:

Eating/nutrition is not simple. You look in the latest magazines for healthy eating tips, you mark ‘health’ as a topic of interest on stumbleupon to get the latest flat belly tricks, you follow fitness pages for a ’2 week detox diet to lose 10 pounds’… you get what I mean here.

While there are many videos, blogs, articles, tips and tricks online these days, they are forgetting to tell you just one thing: “Nutrition isn’t as simple as I am making it seem in this (video, tip, trick)”

It’s not as simple as switching from regular soda to diet soda.

It’s not as simple as using fat free milk in your coffee over 2%.

It’s not as simple as drinking fruit smoothies for 5 days straight.

It’s not as simple as not eating carbs past 6pm.

In fact, these little tips and tricks (which in fact are usually full of crap and backed by no/little science) are making nutrition much more complicated.

So, let me try and make it a little easier for you to understand…

3 Nutrition Facts that Actually Matter

1. Everybody requires different energy needs (calorie needs)

This can be based on age, height, expenditure amounts, efficiency of metabolism, weight, lifestyle etc…

2. Food is comprised of fat, carbohydrates and proteins. Fruit has sugar, cocoa puffs have sugar, at the end of the day, sugar is still sugar and the body will metabolize it as such.

3. You need a certain amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat per day (determined by the above factors)

That’s it. You need to just eat food. By eating food, you will get your daily protein, carbs and fat. Track these to fit your daily amounts and you are golden.

Sounds simple, right?

Well, it is, but the practice takes time. It takes trial, it takes error… it takes patience and persistence… and that is not so simple.

So, as easy as it is to fall for these simple tricks you read about, you actually make the situation so much more complicated by combining all these crap tips and tricks and hoping for a quick outcome. I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t work like that.

Nutrition isn’t just about some fad diet, or some quick fix. Long term health and results comes from guidance, patience and work. Stop making it seem so simple and get to work!

About Carrie


Hi! I’m Carrie. I’m a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn’t always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don’t be shy and say “hi!” to me! I’m usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)

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