There are a few versions of this pyramid that you may have seen. This is our version and we will explain WHY we have structured in this way.
All too often we see people invert the pyramid and start at the top wondering which protein shake to take and worrying about taking it within 10 seconds of finishing class.
YOU NEED TO BUILD YOUR PYRAMID
Just as we have spoke about focusing on principles opposed to methods we need you to focus on the bottom of the pyramid as these will give you the most bang for your buck.
You have to understand energy balance - regardless of your goal
Calories in - energy taken in ~ energy absorbed
Calories out - TDEE, physical activity, Steps, NEAT
Getting an energy balance correct for your goal is the number one target when starting a nutrition plan. This is explained in more detail in the video as it can become complicated!
This has a huge role to play in terms of nutrient density, micronutrients and inflammation.
If the food we put in our bodies is of poor quality...this will equate to poor health and performance. Just like you wouldn't put crap fuel in a Ferrari, you wouldn't want your body to have to run on anything but the best.
Our tip is just to buy the best your budget allows. We will show you tips and tricks over the membership site to make this work for you. Remember every time you eat it is a chance to take you closer or further away from your goals
Next up is the ratios of protein, carbs and fats. In your nutrition guides we break this into percentages. Now we encourage you to start following our guidelines and then adjust based on your progress.
This is all about trial and error. Nutrition is N = 1 so we have to play around with what works for you.
Our tip is to keep protein intake relatively consistent and have carbohydrate and fats on a seesaw. More carbs = less fats. Less carbs equals more fats. The macro calculator will give you a great starting point.
Unless you have built your pyramid do not worry about chugging a protein shake within 20 seconds of finishing class. We delve into nutrient timing in much more detail over the membership site. However our top tip...
If you have not eaten a pre training meal (morning training) then ensure you eat within 30 minutes. If you have eaten pre training then ensure you eat within the hour post training. It is a balance over the day we are more concerned with at the start.
The top of the pyramid...but something that we are all guilty of focusing on before doing the basics.
Supplementation definitely has a place in your nutrition plan...just in the correct way.
Please talk to a professional or have some testing performed done before adding something in. Do not just add in at random
FOCUS ON QUALITY.