After studying, researching, having personal results and having client results, I have learned that the biggest reason why people fail when it comes to diets is because diets are usually unrealistic. Most diets starve you, they complicate things with counting calories, and most people, especially men, do not want to live off of chicken and salads all day. People like to eat real food!
When it comes to athletes, people think that it’s more complicated, but I have come to learn that it really isn’t that complicated. Of course, everybody is different, and to get optimal results, it’s usually best to go to a nutritionist. I’m certified in sports nutrition and fitness, but a nutritionist will go deep into blood analysis and all the cool scientific stuff that I won’t get into.
For most people and young athletes, they can’t afford a nutritionist and worse, don’t have the time or patience to follow strict diets. Most diets require lots of cooking time and food deprivation. As a 41-year old man, it’s hard enough to squeeze in my workouts because of time. If I want to compete at an elite level, I can’t miss my workouts and I have to include my sports specific training, my rest time and I have to eat properly. This is why I took the time to research and learn how I can live a healthy athletic life.
So I have these simple rules to staying healthy, energetic, improving performance, strength, building muscle, burning fat and keeping lean muscle. For the most part, they're consistent. But as I get older and my body and metabolism changes, I adjust accordingly.
9. I eat oatmeal almost daily with nut milk. (I don't drink cows milk)
10. I eat plenty of avocado and peanut butter. (Not at the same time)
11. I drink plenty of water daily. More than half my weight in ounces.
12. I drink water with my meals the majority of the time.
This has worked for me for many years. We'll see how I feel later on in my mid and late 40's. Drop a comment below and let me know if this works for you or what rules, if any, work for you.
Jose Nilo aka Coach Nilo
So many things have changed in my life this past year. I've learned so much about myself and so many things that I'll be talking about in later posts and blogs. Learning to brand myself has been a tough one because I do so many different things. Why the change? How did I decide what to focus on having so many different options that I'm really good at on my plate? What's different?
Everything changed this summer, end of July beginning of August. For those who follow me on Facebook know that my baby was hospitalized and thank God, she's a lot better now. Well, what people don't know is that right after she was released from the hospital, I got very sick. Doctors didn't know what was wrong with me. It wasn't a flu or something that I could just take medicine for. For a week, I was down with headaches, joint pains, high fevers, sweating, eyes super red, not being able to hold my baby or my wife thinking that I might have gotten something contagious. Doctors thought that it might have been a spider or insect bite. All my blood and urine analysis were clean. It was weird and scary not know what was happening to me.
During those weeks that my baby and I were sick, I had a lot of time to think about life. I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life, and the last few years have been successful thank God. But I came to realize that I was working and focusing on making money. Even though I was helping many people, I came to realize that the businesses I was growing were not what I'm passionate about. I was finally able to answer my question of: "What truly makes me happy?" I was honest with myself and made a big decision in my life.
Ever since I was a child, sports were my passion. Even though I still ride bikes, and I really like riding my bike, I was always happiest when I was involved in team sports, like baseball and soccer. I talked to my wife and she was very supportive of the decision that was coming. Getting involved in team sports again.
I wouldn't let go of my businesses, but I would be focusing on starting up in team sports, so I became a Coach for a High School Varsity Soccer team. From there, God just has an interesting way of working, I was offered a partnership starting up a Futsal league and owning Futsal courts. Not too long after that, I was offered the opportunity to buy a professional soccer franchise, which I accepted with little hesitation.
I'm still continuing to offer my fitness and nutrition tips and products, which have been very useful in my return to team sports. Once in a while I'll post some business and leadership tips, which have also been very useful starting up my new ventures.
With me knowing exactly what makes me happy and what I want to do in life as an entrepreneur, it has been a smooth transition and I've been able to focus my energy on what I had once left behind.
I've gotten that spark back in my life and with the support of my loving wife and with God's blessing, I know this will be another successful venture. It has been a lot of work, like everything, but it's been exhilarating.
I want to take the time to thank you for following me, I want to thank my loyal clients, and I will do my best to keep giving you the best of me through my blogs and posts on social media.