Good or Bad?

The question should be, “Who are we talking about”?

     Everybody is different. We all have different strengths and limitations and our training and nutrition regimes should be designed in a way for us to succeed in the real world. The question should never be what food/exercise is good or bad. What is great for one person could be just the opposite for you. Generalizations only hold us back on the way toward our goals. Nutrition example: “Don’t eat pizza. It is bad for you.” Is it gluten? dairy? fat? carbs? flour? What about it is “bad” for you?

*Note: There are people with food sensitives (gluten, dairy, etc.). This does not mean gluten and dairy are bad. That is why everyone should have different plans.

1 slice of Pizza

  • 210 calories 8g of fat 25g of carbs 8g of protein

We must look at the whole picture. If a person only ate 7 slices of pizza over the whole day their total caloric intake for the day would be 1470kcal 56g of fat 175g of carbs 56g of protein.

Their weight/fat loss goals recommend 1576kcal 58g of fat 133g of carbs 130g of protein. So we could call this day a poor day of nutrition because the carbohydrate and protein ratios were so different from what their goals were. If this person had 2 slices of pizza and they were able to fulfill all of there other macro-nutrient requirements, then that was a good day of nutrition even though they still enjoyed some pizza! As soon as we get passed good, bad, and cheat foods we develop a much healthier relationship with nutrition and we are less likely to stray from the plan and binge eat.

“I think we get very passionate about something that works for us and we try to force it on everyone else. I’m guilty of this as well.  But remember, ‘those who are convinced against their will are of the same opinion still.’  Don’t try to force the IIFYM lifestyle down someone’s throat who isn’t interested, but if they are, try to give them good info to help them.”

-Layne Norton Phd