“I’m new to this whole nutrition thing. Where do I start?”
Healthy and balanced nutrition’s rule number 1 is: ‘One thing at a time’. You don’t have to go vegan, sugar-free or make any other drastic or radical changes. Start with small steps and changes that will last forever.
First identify and remove your major nutrient or vitamin deficiencies and make your first steps towards a more balanced way of living: having a bit more protein, enough vitamins and minerals, healthy fats and more water, and move your body more regularly. This will get your body working better in no time.
Then the next step would be to gradually start focusing on more specific things like food quality (i.e. eat whole, minimally processed foods), food amount (i.e. portions) and food pairing.
“Is there a universal diet and what’s the best one to follow?”
There is no universal diet that works for everybody. Hence, being a nutritional agnostic: someone who doesn’t subscribe to a particular dietary philosophy, is the best choice. Aim to mix and match the best practices across all diets. Finding a professional nutritionist who could help you do that and can offer a custom-made programme, a plan that will match your unique physiology, goals and needs and will be something you would enjoy enough to follow consistently, is another sensible choice.
Just a reminder that now 2 Health offers exactly this: professional personal nutrition programmes tailored especially for you! Our programmes are so much more than just diets. They are holistic in their nature, which means that they combine different approaches: nutrition, yoga, meditation, pranayama, workouts, and aim to heal the whole human being from the inside out. More information about the programmes here.
“Is it okay to cleanse my body by fasting, juicing or other detox methods from time to time? How efficient is it?”
A brief detox every now and then is perfectly fine, as long as you are in good, stable health and you are not pregnant or a child. Yet, there are a few things you have to bare in mind when it comes to detoxing and cleansing:
1. Don't expect wonders.
Fasting will indeed help your body get rid of part of the accumulated toxins in your body. It will also make you feel lighter, more energized and a lot healthier. Yet, properly functioning lungs, liver, kidneys and intestines are already doing a fantastic job of keeping your body free of impurities without any extra help. In terms of losing weight: fasting can help you lose a few pounds, but don’t expect to keep them if you embrace unhealthy eating habits after you are done with the detox. The good results will disappear in no time.
2. Be aware of the problems that may appear.
3. There is a better, more sustainable way to get healthier.
Building life-long skills and incorporating daily practices to improve your health, performance, and body composition without extreme and unsustainable things like detoxes, cleanses or fasting, is a much better thing to do.
“How often do I have to work out to get into perfect shape?”
The answer to this question has to be specifically tailored to your body, needs and goals. Yet, working out less then 2 times a week is not a serious approach and will certainly not bring any satisfying results or sensible changes to anybody.
Let’s put it this way: working out 2 times a week is a minimum. But you have to put limits to the maximum too. Exercising every single day can be not only exhausting, but also very harmful for you. You have to give your body some time to rest, restore and show results. In that sense, working out 4-5 times a week should be the maximum.
“Is working out enough to stay lean or do I have to watch my diet too?”
Exercising goes hand in hand with diet. Nutritionists and wellness coaches always say that the fit, healthy body relies on 80% nutrition and 20% exercising. So, yes, you have to watch your diet very closely if you want to stay lean.
This, however, doesn’t mean that you have to starve yourself or aim for a calorie deficit to lose weight. You have to embrace a balanced and healthy way of eating that features lots of fresh veggies and fruit, lean proteins, natural carbohydrates, sugars and fats, grains and other foods high in fibers. Don’t expect to be healthy and fit if you are consuming excessive amounts of processed foods, fat meat and refined sugars, no matter how often you work out or with what intensity.
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