Let’s End Nutrition Frustration!

Who needs to know more about nutrition?

If you said “Me!” please answer these questions:

Which is healthier?
1. An Apple
2. A Candy Bar

Which is healthier?
1. Grilled Chicken
2. Fried Chicken

Which is healthier?
1. Water
2. Beer

Which is healthier?
1. Eating the right amount of calories
2. Eating too many calories

OK. Done? If you guessed number 1 on all the questions YOU ALREADY KNOW JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NUTRITION!! Congratulations!!


Now, in actuality I’m guessing that most of you got these questions right. So the real question is why do so many people have trouble with their nutrition? Well, I think there are a few reasons for that.

1. Too much information.


In case you can’t read that, it says that a quick Google search on “weight loss” will give you about 157,000,000 hits. That’s a lot.

2. The “All-or-Nothing” Mindset.


This is where you eat great for a week or two, have a cookie at a party and then figure that since you had that cookie there’s no use trying anymore and you should forget about everything.

Here’s the thing: I meant it when I said that if you answered those questions correctly you already know just about all you need to know about nutrition!

It is very rare that people’s issues with nutrition stem from a lack of basic knowledge. Most problems with nutrition actually stem from one or both of the two examples I just gave you. What I’m going to do here is give you a strategy for getting started in a sustainable and positive way.

  1. The first thing you must do is keep it simple. This cannot be overstated. So I’ll say it again.

Keep it simple!

The more complicated a strategy you use, the less likely it is to work. Nutrition is simple! You know what to eat for the most part. Use your common sense and it will take you a long a way. Yes, you probably have questions but if those questions involve anything more complicated than how to classify a food (is peanut butter a healthy fat or protein, for example) or how much you should eat, it’s probably not necessary to think about right now.

2. The second thing is to pick one thing you’d like to change about your nutrition. Please read through this before you pick something because I’m going to give you some suggestions in a minute. You must pick a specific thing. Eating more protein is not specific. Eating a palm size of protein at every meal is.

I say pick one thing because research has shown that if we try to change one habit at a time we may be successful 75% of more. If we try to change two things that number drops to below 40%.

Now picking one thing may not be easy and you might have to dig a litle to find it. For example, one of the most effective habits I’ve used with people who have a problem with portion control or emotional eating is eating slower. This allows them to better feel their body’s hunger signals, which is the true issue at the heart of the matter. Here are some common issues and some habits you can look at to help with them.

Stress/Emotional Eating

  • Take 10/15 minutes to eat your meals
  • Keep a food journal

Portion Control

  • Take 10/15 minutes to eat your meals
  • Use the Precision Nutrition Portion Control Guide below:

PN Calorie Control

Time Management Issues

  • Prepare one meal ahead of time

Of course these are just examples, but I have seen them work for my clients. There are many ways to approach this, but the most important thing is that you do it in a way that works for YOU!

3. Now the third thing to do is monitor your progress and make adjustments. I like to give my clients two weeks to perform their new habit and then see how it’s going. At that point we make adjustments if progress isn’t happening.

That’s it! That’s how we approach things. Let’s go over it again.

  1. Keep it simple.
  2. Pick one thing to change
  3. Monitor your progress and make adjustments

Another issue that many people have with nutrition and weight loss is simple frustration!

           Many people’s reaction to weight loss.

Even though the process of weight loss (burn more energy than you take in) is relatively simple, that doesn’t mean it’s easy! Sometimes it’s actually pretty hard!

I’ve found that much of the time the frustration actually comes from just realizing a few things. Some of it is mindset and some of it basic biology.

Next Saturday April 29th we’re doing a workshop called “5 Things People Should Know About Weight Loss, But Don’t”.

We’re going to go over some of the things that we find that people don’t realize. We want to make sure that people can avoid that weight loss frustration! You can go here to get all of the information and sign up:

“5 Things People Should Know About Weight Loss, But Don’t”

We hope you’ll be there!

Have a great day!

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Level 2 Lean Eating Coach, FMS
Mitch Rothbardt Fitness at 2861 Grove Way
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