With the recent trend in adopting a healthier lifestyle, many people have been capitalizing on the opportunity in the nutrition industry. In recent years, people have either started or adopted an older diet to fulfill their health goals. One “diet” that sticks out, in particular, is the keto diet. In recent years, the keto diet has soared in popularity. Now in some stores, you will find sections dedicated to anything from supplements to drinks that are keto-friendly. The issue with any new diet is the period of adoption and results, not to mention some of the new “fad diets” leave out important nutrients the body requires to function properly. So how can you ensure you receive all the nutrients you need? Listed below are some ways on how to stay healthy on any “diet”
Quality over quantity:
Depending on what your nutritional goals are, you’re either looking to decrease or increase your calorie intake. The main issue with either decreasing or increasing your calorie intake is empty calories. There are a plethora of food and beverage options that have more or fewer calories than similar products that provide little if any nutritional value. Some of these popular options include the majority of processed foods including soda, juice, chips, candy, etc. Instead, look for whole food options like greens, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. These options will provide you with the most nutrition and help you achieve your fitness goals.
Measure your macros:
If you ask any personal trainer or professional bodybuilder how they stay consistent on any diet, it’s all about macros. Macros are the labels you see on the nutrition facts including fat, carbs, and protein. For each person, their macros will vary depending on their fitness goals. If a person wants to grow lean muscle, they aim for a high protein, low fat, average carb diet. If a person wants to lose weight, they would aim for a moderate protein, almost zero fat, almost zero carb diet. Your macros go into your calorie count as well. If you have a high-protein diet (ie 150g of protein), then you are aiming for over 2,000 calories per day. If you have a low-fat diet (ie 50g of fat), you’re aiming for a caloric deficit which is lower than the recommended 2,000 calories per day. Either way, measuring your macros allows you to analyze how your diet affects your fitness goals.