By Melissa Blair, RHN
If you want to optimize your results in the gym, being knowledgeable about nutrition is a must. The two work hand-in-hand. I have worked with many athletes, both in the gym and in the kitchen, and know the following to be true: You cannot out train a bad diet.
So let me clear up a common blind spot when it comes to eating clean: “Is it possible to have too much of a good thing?” When it comes to food and weight loss, the answer is a definitive “yes”.
I’ve had clients who were nutrition fanatics, fueling their bodies with whole grains, organic lean meats, fruits and veggies, but in one particular case, still struggling to drop an excess 15 lbs.
At first glance, her recall of daily diet, physical activity and healthy lifestyle habits did not add up to them being 15 pounds over optimal weight, so I thought it was time for me optimistically nit-pick her food journal in the hopes of finding the missing data.
After just 10 days of writing down the quantity and timing of all their meals, snacks and beverages, we found the cause of their weight not dropping. It was nuts! Yup Nuts. Turns out they were consuming about 1-2 cups of raw “healthy” nuts per day, that translates to over 1200 calories of nuts per day. Does this mean nuts are bad, and they should cuts nuts out of their diet? No, absolutely not. In 20-30g portion sizes, nuts are a great source of fat, fiber and protein. They are, however, very calorie dense and easy to overeat because of their portable bite size convenience.
The good news is that all it took was incorporating a premeasured nut container to their meal prep and they reached their weight loss goal in less than two months. The take away is, yes it is possible to have too much of a good thing. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, so be cautious of foods that are bite size and easy to mindlessly pop in your mouth such as, olives, grapes, dried fruits, granola, nuts and seeds.
Melissa Blair, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of Purica Ambassadors committed to providing you with healthy eating and training tips. For more information, check out her website or email her. And for regular healthy eating and training tips, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook
*A note on vegan and vegetarian options: At Purica, we’re committed to empowering you with the best in whole foods, supplements and positive lifestyle solutions. We support all athletes and active living people whatever your dietary preferences, although we will always do our part to raise awareness about the benefits of vegetarian or vegan options.