I know you've heard of a zillion different diets BUT have you thought about eating for you and your body type? I'm sure you haven't.
I've been on a mission to find foods that my body reacts well too. I began with eliminating certain foods and journaling how my body reacted. Unfortunately, corn chips at night did not make the cut. I would have the worst stomach cramps the entire next morning. I cut them out and no more cramps. Interesting and sad. That's when I began exploring other foods and whether my food was helping or hurting me. Let's call it eating for you.
Most people think that "body type" is just the way someone looks. "She has the apple look." Or the famous, "She has the hourglass figure." In fact, your body type also dictates how you respond to food intake, hormones, and various other areas of your body. Yes, your body type is genetic, so go ahead and thank your parents. They love you regardless! Once you have determined your body type, you can adjust your nutrient intake to maximize body composition and health related goals.
The three main body types are: ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph. You can change your body some and fall within two types but we generally fall within one category.
Ectomorphs are thin individuals with a smaller bone structure. They are the ones eating corn chips at night with no weight gain. 'sigh' They love endurance sports, have a higher metabolism and a higher carbohydrate tolerance. They don't have any issues with eating carbohydrates at each meal, they enjoy moderate protein and lower fat intake. They do need more carbs to drive their energy and endurance.
Endomorphs have a larger bone structure with higher amounts of total body mass and fat mass. Think football lineman and powerlifters. They are generally less active, thus meaning that their excess calories are more than likely stored as fat. They have a lower carbohydrate tolerance. They do better on a higher fat and protein diet with carbs being controlled and properly timed.
Mesomorphs have a medium sized bone structure and athletic build. If they are active, they typically have a considerable amount of lean mass. Think wrestlers or gymnasts. They tend to be testosterone and growth hormone dominant, leading to a predisposition for muscle gain and lower body fat. They typically do better on a mixed and balanced diet.
Macro planning is an easy way to succeed in my eyes! It's the first step in making things less "OMG, I'm dying already." When you have the proper information, things just start working. It's wild! I have some clients that have seen remarkable success with my programs and I always start with body type. Every single time. If you want a more detailed plan, let me know.
Hopefully this gives you some insight into thinking a little different about your nutrition. Mine has been off this week and it has been miserable. It's not hard to adjust your intake and get feeling better. I'm on vacation this week with my two best friends, both are fitness and nutrition bloggers too. We had a conversation today about getting started and how hard people think it is. They get this idea that things are horrible on the "other side" and they will live out their lives in misery. But at the same time, they want to change so badly. So, what's the one thing that makes you make that move? Go ahead and tell me, so I can help! Or maybe you don't know what it is yet. Either way, in order to succeed you have to find that desire, even if I give you all the tools - it's up to you.
Start with finding your body type and eating on the above macro suggestions for a few weeks. See what happens. I know the answer.. Good luck and find me if I can help!