Zach Columbia B.S. NASM. FPT.
The popularity of fitness models on social media combined with the growing industry of fitness competitions has had a major impact on nutrition. People often see images of men and women with perfect bodies and wonder if they can accomplish the same physique. What they don’t realize is the amount of effort, dedication, and consistency of nutrition that is required to obtain the bodies they are seeing. There is a significant difference when it comes general nutrition vs specific nutrition. What you are seeing portrayed on social media is usually only possible from specific nutrition. However, most people struggle to even maintain general healthy nutritional guidelines. As with everything, understanding your goals and what it will take to get there is the starting point.
General Nutrition is pretty straight forward:
- avoid sugar and processed foods
- eat your veggies and lean meats
- don’t consume too much alcohol, etc.
All things we already know. Of course, following these guidelines is easier said than done. On the other hand, Specific Nutrition is much more in depth.
Specific Nutrition means following a detailed macro nutrient plan. You still follow all the same General Nutrition health guidelines, but in addition, you weigh out and eat a specific amount of Protein, Carbs, and Fats at each meal and every meal, and snack. Macro plans are based on caloric output, specific goals, and work in phases where percentages of each type of nutrient changes over time. All of this requires way more work, preparation, and dedication.
What really matters when determine which type of nutrition plan you should and can follow is your goals.
If you constantly scroll Instagram thinking that you want the same body you are seeing, then a very specific plan is your only chance of accomplishing that. Understand what it’s going to take to get there though. Number one, it’s not going to happen overnight and number two, it’s going to require a lot of sacrifice. You’ll need a coach or dietician. You’ll need to shop, prep, cook, and eat the food consistently on a timed scheduled. If that sounds daunting to you, then you may want to reassess your goals and consider a general nutrition plan instead.
What will a General Nutrition plan get you?
Good results. You’ll lose weight and tone up. Most importantly, you should feel strong and energized. You’ll have a strong immune system and improved hormonal function. The best part is, you won’t have to be obsessive. Instead you can eliminate unhealthy foods and increase the healthy foods. Eat frequently and be consistent. Will you look like a fitness model, well no, but how important is that to you really?
If you want a realistic idea of what it is you can accomplish, based on how much you want to spend and how much effort and dedication you are willing to sacrifice, then talk to one of your Pulse Coaches.