Half of all people have a propensity for insulin resistance. HALF. That means even if you think you’re fine on a standard American diet, you’ve got a 50% chance that this lifestyle is taxing your pancreas day in a day out. Give yourself many years of this, and there’s no wonder why we have a huge diabetes epidemic on our hands. What can you to do combat this? I am a firm believer that whether you’re a diabetic or not, there is no place for a diet with a high percentage of processed carbohydrates. It just doesn’t make sense, and it’s not good for you- period.
Now there’s a lot of hype out there recently about “If It Fits My Macros”, flexible dieting, Donuts = abs, etc. I hate to break it to you, but this is a completely different topic than health.
It is true, body composition can be manipulated via specifically targeting certain macronutrient ratios (fat, protein, carbs), but you have to be shitting yourself to think a diet consistently including donuts and ice cream is a good long term approach to overall health and well-being, even if it fits your macros. Abs are awesome, and dropping weight for a competition, etc is one thing, but just be aware of your individual goals.
I fully support the option to go for macros, if it fits, etc. Just keep the end game in mind:
- Are you simply looking for body composition to lean out for an event or maybe to make weight for a competition? Completely cool.
- Are you looking to optimize your performance? (Remember, nutrition for performance should be reserved for athletes.)
- Are you needing a nutrition program to target your overall health and well-being for the long term? Yes!
Depending on your goal, your nutrition prescription may be different in each of the above scenarios, but I urge you to shoot for long term, for lasting health- which means whenever possible, real whole foods for those macros.
Don’t be fooled by all the pics of ripped individuals on social media posting pictures of their donuts all the time.
Regardless of whether it fits your macros, processed sugar still ain’t good for you…and my bet is the bulk of that ripped individual’s diet is chicken and broccoli (but who wants to see pictures of that, right?).
Now I’m not saying you can’t indulge occasionally- just remember that 90% of your diet should be real whole foods- because you want to look good and feel good for the long run.
If you have questions or need guidance on your nutrition journey, feel free to hit us up. We’d love to help out.