By. Garrett Guzman
Sorry, but the title was just a teaser. There is NO BEST MEAL PLAN. That’s the bad news, but only if you look at it that way. Any trainer, coach, or nutritionist that advises that there is a single best meal plan is quite simply . . . wrong. Every individual has specific nutritional needs, and in every case, also nutritional wants (I’ll explain the “wants” below). What does this mean? Well, everyone has specific macronutrient (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) and micronutrient (vitamins, minerals) needs, in addition to specific meal frequency, timing, etc., that must be addressed. In addition, we must also consider one’s food likes/loves and dislikes/hates, and one’s specific lifestyle, which also assist us in developing one’s individualized nutrition plan. I have many clients that function optimally on a higher-carbohydrate, lower-fat nutritional plan, and others that function optimally on a higher-fat, lower-carbohydrate approach. I also have many clients that function best on higher fruit and vegetable intake, and others that function better on a higher meat intake. Some of this has to do with individual preferences, but much of it has to do with one’s hormones (and even diseases/disorders) as well. The greatest learning lesson is that nutrition must be an individualized approach.
This individualized approach is one that I specialize in figuring out WITH you. If you are looking for overnight change, this is honestly not for you. But if you are looking to improve your health and achieve an optimal and sustainable weight and body composition long-term, this is definitely a Refined Fitness service to consider. By thoroughly reviewing your past and current health, exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle, we are able to develop a specific nutritional plan of action that will help you achieve your goals. Moreover, the plan also includes weekly check-ins, which are also personalized to your actual needs/wants. If you are interested in improving your overall health, and struggle with finding a nutritional path that works for you, please reach out to me today to discuss what I can do to assist you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In closing, as Hippocrates wrote, “our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” And along the same lines, Thomas Edison wrote, “the doctors of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” And in my own words, consistent quality nutritional choices are the key to a happy and healthy life.