The Quest for the “Perfect Diet”
Any Google search will yield unlimited results for the “right” diet. Reality is that there is not one perfect plan out there that will work for everyone – we are all unique in our bodies, metabolism, our lifestyle, everything. You need a nutrition plan that works with your body and brings balance to your lifestyle, a nutrition program that is sustainable so that you can feel great, look great, and not yo-yo back to current habits.
The truth is, many different nutrition and diet strategies can work on paper, but don’t work in practice if they don’t take into account personal tastes, schedule demands, convenience, comfort level in the kitchen, and more. Nutrition is a highly individual subject and we will use every tool at our disposal, including, but definitely not limited to:
- Daily goals instead of set meal-by-meal requirements for protein, carbohydrates, and fats
- Adjustable meal frequency based on schedule and family or social needs
- Education on meal preparation, including recipe ideas and grocery shopping guidance
- Portion control in a variety of ways, from traditional food weight to hand references (palm, fist, and thumb, for example)
- How to account for everything from a weekly cheat meal to more daily flexibility – some might prefer a Saturday night “date night” and some might want to indulge in smaller amounts, more frequently
- How to use food timing and combinations to help manage blood sugar and craving issues
All Strength Training clients will each work with a single nutrition coach to develop their program to ensure consistency of execution and to develop a more personal relationship with your coach. This allows us to get to know you inside and out and not just make for a great plan on paper, but in practice as well.
Nutrition for Your Goals
Your short and long-term goals are considered when developing your program. Here are just some examples of AST client goals that we’re presented with:
- “I am about to be put on a medication for my blood pressure unless I lose weight and get it under control. I don’t want to be on a pill for the rest of my life if I don’t have to”
- “I am getting married in six months, and I want to feel good about how I’m going to look in pictures and in my dress”
- “I turn 50 in a few months, and I don’t want to feel like this anymore. I need to make a change”
- “I’ve always been able to stay lean, but I’ve always struggled to put on muscle. I feel like I’m wasting my time in the gym”
- “I graduated college and gained weight really quickly, and I don’t have the time to go to the gym every day like I used to”
There is no goal too big or too small. Our nutrition and lifestyle adjustments are just as large of a part of our programs as the workouts you’ll do with us each week.
We include bi-weekly nutrition counseling with each of our training programs, but we are also available for nutrition-only programming. To find out how we can help you, click below for more information.