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