Most-Asked Nu­tri­tion Qs An­swered

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HOW MUCH SHOULD I EAT TO LOSE WEIGHT, BUT ALSO HAVE THE EN­ERGY TO WORK OUT?

There’s a fine line be­tween eat­ing for en­ergy and mus­cle re­cov­ery and eat­ing to drop body fat. Weight loss will be a by-prod­uct if you’re burn­ing en­ergy at the gym, but shouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily be your goal over fit­ness, strength or en­durance. “Peo­ple think if they ex­er­cise more, they’ll lose more weight,” says Koidis. “But its ef­fect on weight loss is min­i­mal as hu­mans have a va­ri­ety of adap­tive and com­pen­satory mech­a­nisms to make up for the en­ergy burnt in the gym. Your ex­er­cise re­cov­ery goals should in­clude a good night’s sleep, a bal­anced meal con­sist­ing of all three macronu­tri­ents and re­hy­dra­tion.”

I’M CON­FUSED – DO I TRY PA­LEO, KETO, A DETOX OR A JUICE CLEANSE? HELP!

Don’t get caught up in fads. Clear con­fu­sion by tak­ing a step back and look­ing at a well­ness ap­proach that suits your body type, goals and life­style. A nutri­tion­ist or di­eti­cian can help you fig­ure this out. “It’s im­por­tant that changes you make are re­al­is­tic and sus­tain­able rather than short-term fixes,” says Koidis. “The key to a healthy life­style lies in in­di­vid­u­al­ity – what’s healthy for a celebrity or friend isn’t nec­es­sar­ily right for you. Make a note of how your body re­acts af­ter foods that you eat.”

I AL­WAYS ACE HEALTHY EAT­ING FOR A DAY OR TWO, THEN FALL OFF THE WAGON. WHY?

Peo­ple need sup­port and ac­count­abil­ity in reach­ing goals. Whether it’s from a nu­tri­tion ex­pert, a sup­port group or a friend, lock­ing in reg­u­lar up­date ses­sions will pro­vide vi­tal sup­port and en­cour­age­ment while keep­ing you on track. Go­ing it alone? Have a clear vi­sion of your­self look­ing fit and healthy. Imag­ine your­self feel­ing the way you’d feel and ap­pre­ci­at­ing your healthy body. Do this ev­ery time you fal­ter and your will power will be­come stronger.

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