Thank goodness for technology and for the immense amount of information on the net to help us navigate all things food, fitness, fashion and more. However, this “free” international encyclopedia can also lead many people astray. It can become quite daunting when one reads about fitness and nutrition for example. There is a smorgasbord of options!
There are supporters of the bodyweight, high rep movement, and those pushing higher weights and low reps. And of course you have movements and groups supporting a combo of both. And then there is yoga, cross fit, long-distance running, HIIT, Zumba, Barre, TRX, and more. Where does one begin? If you have been a fitness fanatic for a while, I am sure you have found your “zone” and what you prefer. I will keep my preferences and “tips” to another post. Let’s first focus on the food world and particularly…..PROTEIN. How much? when? what kinds?
Just as the exercise world can be overwhelming, so can the world of “nutrition“. In the fitness world, there are many popular lifestyles such as paleo (lithic), vegan, high carb, raw diets, low carb, Keto (genic), IF (intermittent fasting), juicing, vegetarian, IIFYM (If it fits your macros) etc. They are all SOO very diverse, and each one is almost an “antithesis” of the other- meat versus plant, grain versus “against the grain”, and carbs versus fats. After trying many of these lifestyles first hand, the one thing that stands out most is a NEED for protein. Lets start with the basics. Don’t worry, this will be simple to read, as I myself was overwhelmed with so much information when I started on my own personal journey.