steve's headshotNew Year, New U Challenge

Stevan Falk
Co-owner of The Union Yoga & Strength

It’s resolution time and a time for evaluating our progress over the past year.  For many of us, despite our best efforts, we did not end the year reaching all the fitness goals we had set out for ourselves. 

In my opinion, this is most often caused by a lack of a well-organized and executed nutrition plan. Simply put, you can’t outrun a donut (trust me I’ve tried).

The world of nutrition can be extremely confusing and intimidating. But this we know, that ultimately barring a true metabolic disease, many different nutrition methodologies can work because they allow you to consume less calories than you are burning.  This means that low carb, low fat, Medifast, Vegan, Carnivore, Mediterranean, can all be very effective ways to improve your health and fitness.  Therefore, the best nutrition plan is the one you will follow.

twinkiesThere are two main components to an effective nutrition plan: Quality and Quantity.  Yes, you can indeed lose weight on a Twinkie only diet if you don’t eat too many twinkies (this has been proven in a twinkie study – seriously). But our bet is that over the long-term, if we improve the quality the food that we eat, we will be healthier as a result.  So, what is high quality food?

I believe author Michael Pollan nailed it with his 3 simple rules: “Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”  Gregg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, developed his nutrition philosophy clinically by watching thousands of clients either succeed or fail. Results were important, and he encapsulated what works into one sentence: “Eat meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.”  The common threads are natural, unprocessed foods that do not include breads, pastas, cereals, cookies, alcohol, Frappuccino’s, french fries, etc.

In my opinion, it is not necessarily that all these foods are inherently bad or unhealthy, but rather they are very easy to overeat.  Five hundred calories of Fettuccini Alfredo are not that much actual food by volume.  Five hundred calories of chicken breast, apples and veggies is quite a bit of food! So practically speaking, eating unprocessed foods makes managing the quantity of food we consume much easier.

Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Regarding quantity, the creation of MyFitnessPal, Lose It and other highly convenient food tracking Apps makes monitoring the quantity of consumption ridiculously easy compared to the past.  Yes, you can overeat healthy food, though it is much harder than overeating junk. What most people who have trouble losing weight or maintaining weight loss find, is that when they start tracking and more specifically weighing and measuring their food (at least for a few weeks in the beginning), they are SHOCKED by how much they have been eating.  It’s not hard to consume five hundred calories of peanut butter in the blink of any eye.

calendar buttonSo, what to do? If you are looking to start 2019 off right, join us for our New U nutrition challenge.  The goal is to build sustainable nutrition habits, such that we develop a healthy long-term relationship with food.  The effects of these habits are less body fat, more lean muscle, denser bones, and more energy!  We will kick it off with a meeting at Hollywood Park on January 6, at 5:15 PM.

Cost to join the challenge will be $49 which includes personal nutrition coaching with Steve and a private Facebook group for questions, support and accountability.  We will have several check-in meetings during the challenge.

For increased accuracy and improved nutritional recommendations, we recommend you test your body composition at the beginning and the end of the challenge. 

Test in dates are January 13 at Hollywood Park and January 20 at Huebner Oaks.
Test out dates are March 24 at Hollywood Park and March 31 at Huebner Oaks.

For questions, ask Steve@theunionsa.com.

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