How many times have you tried a new regimen to accomplish your fitness goals?
Recently I did a 30 day Paleo challenge. - It was the worst month of my life.
My body composition did not change drastically nor did I feel much difference. I found myself to be consistently hungry and depleted of energy during my workouts.
Screw Paleo right?
We all have the same need for three basic nutrients: fats, carbohydrates, and protein. People need basically the same ratio of these nutrients to function. Some of us need those nutrients in slightly different ratios to function optimally.
Some function best off more fat, some off more protein, and some, like me, function off more carbohydrates.
A nutritionist may argue me on this but here is the thing, my body is my body and the only true way for me to discover how to get it to perform at an optimal level is to experiment with my nutrition and see how it responds. From my personal experience with the Paleo diet where the focus is on consumption of healthy fats and proteins I found myself severely lacking sufficient energy.
The proof is in the pudding and my pudding needs more carbs.
Some folks can jump tall buildings and leap across canyons practicing the Paleo way of eating. That just is not me.
Now could I be wrong and could it be more fat that I need as my coach so passionately believes? Absolutely, but the only way for me to find out how my body works best is to strategically test it.
This is true for each aspect of your health. Only you can discover how much rest you need. Maybe you only need 6 hours of sleep a night, maybe you need 10.
Only you can figure out what type of exercise, rest, and nutrition regimen will put your body at an optimal level of performance.
Maybe your body just loves Crossfit, but maybe your body loves yoga even more, or maybe your body needs a combination of both.
The truth here is not that you need to go on an ever reaching search for the perfect regimen.
The truth is that you need to begin to view your body as your greatest ally and insider to what actually works for you.
If you have been doing something for a consistent amount of time, which we will say is 8 weeks, and something just does not feel right then start asking questions.
- Look into alternatives.
- Get more knowledge on what you are doing and why it may not work for you.
- Listen to your body.
- Consult a health professional.
- Get outside your normal circle of influence and find out how others are getting healthy.
- Pick a new path and try it for 8 weeks.
- See what happens.
Chances are it will only take a few months and you will start landing on the exact path your body was built for.