I am always experimenting with different foods, varying my nutrition intake, calorie consumption, when to eat which foods, and when they are most beneficial, etc. I have been asked so many times, “What nutrition regimen did you use to lose the weight?” This, in all honesty, is a question that can not be answered directly. I have tried so many different things depending on my current goals; whether I was trying to kick a plateau, build muscle, gain results towards fat loss, feel more energized, etc.
Everyone’s journey is unique and mine is unique, in itself. I am always striving towards a new goal and changing up my eating patterns if it be related to macros, calorie consumption, or various nutrition lifestyles (i.e., Paleo Lifestyle, Intermittent Fasting, Low Carb/High Protein).
For me, this is not just a lifestyle for me, but my career and my passion. I am constantly experimenting with different things through my own life experience so I know what will work for you depending on what goals that particular client is working towards.
It is so important to have a healthy relationship with nutrition and feel fantastic while your doing so. My last, most recent experiments were Intermittent Fasting and Low Carb/High Protein.
I stuck to Intermittent Fasting for about two months. Intermittent Fasting can be done different ways and different individuals believe different things. The way I went about it was I only ate between the hours of 1pm and 9pm. The other hours of the day were my fasting hours. It took my body awhile to get acclimated to skipping breakfast every morning, but once it did, I wasn’t hungry anymore until after noon. At this time, I kept my diet at 50% carbohydrates and also ate carbohydrates in the later evening after dinner since I workout early in the morning. I need the carbohydrates to fuel my workout. I will be the first to tell you now that I have stopped doing this, but I had more energy than I ever have! I was getting up at 5 a.m. some mornings to do my pretty intense workouts. I was getting so much done in a twenty-four hour period and didn’t have to worry about making sure I had breakfast. When I do eat breakfast, I put a good amount of time into cooking, etc.
The lifestyle I am currently on, which I started two weeks ago, was low-carb/high protein. Now, I will start by saying I DO NOT PROMOTE THIS KIND OF LIFESTYLE OR NUTRITION. I knew before starting this that it may not be for me. Our bodies need carbohydrates for fuel to get us through our activities of daily living. If you are also adding in any kind of physical fitness as I do, then you just will not get the fuel you need on this type of diet. After an intense workout, you must refuel your depleted glycogen stores from your workout to regain the energy needed to function for the rest of the day. It’s not just important for your body, but for brain function, as well. Being on this nutrition plan, I have felt like I am dragging throughout the entire day and I have dark circles under my eyes. I am getting plenty of sleep and have slept in almost every morning until 9:00 a.m. For someone that was waking most mornings at 6:00 a.m., this is a huge difference. I was getting so much done in a day before my children would come home from school and since changing my nutrition plan to low carb/high protein, I definitely do not feel as accomplished each day. Even at 9:00 a.m., I sometimes have trouble getting out of bed and I look exhausted with these horrible circles under my eyes. The only plus to this is that I am eating breakfast again (even though it also adds time to my day, after already getting up so late), I dropped another three pounds (most likely just from changing up my diet plan), and I am fuller longer. I have also been able to stick to all clean, healthful foods and haven’t relapsed even once! This will definitely be my last week of this nutrition plan because it definitely does not agree with me. Who likes to feel drained all the time and without energy? Certainly not I! I eat right and exercise to take pride in how great I feel so why reverse it?
I will be switching my diet up again to mix up a few of the different things I have tried in the past. I will probably mix the higher amount of carbohydrates I was consuming while trying Intermittent Fasting, with sticking to my balanced breakfast plans (a good mix of protein, carbs, and fats), and not consuming any calories after 8 p.m. (I say “calories” because I usually consume Chamomile Tea into the evening before bed) . I am going to start adding more carbohydrates into my diet from fruits. I will not be adding any grains back in as all the bloat in my stomach is completely gone (something else I learned about myself that may not affect someone else in the same way). They will be in moderation and I generally stick to quinoa if I do add in grains.
I hope that this post answers a few questions since I receive them every single day. It’s so hard for me to respond to these types of questions because what works for me, may not work for someone else. Unless I get a lot of information and learn more about you, your current eating habits, lifestyle, amount of physical activity in a 24 hour period, your health background, etc., it’s hard for me to respond to anything nutrition related.