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'One key point I've learnt from pursuing a career in exercise and nutrition’


Experts in their field spend a huge amount of their time and money educating themselves on the highly detailed processes and intricate behaviours associated with such practices.

The more I delve into nutrition and exercise science, the more I come to realise how small of a role the intricate details play within reaching our health and physique goals.


Being a nutritional expert and exercise enthusiast, I like to think they are the key to everything!

Though, as much as I hate to admit it, nutrition isn’t the be all and end all in achieving your goals, however, as some point they will play a pivotal role.


A good balanced nutritional diet can’t fix everything. There are many variables which are beyond what we can solve with a knife and fork. For example, genetics, accessibility, finances, immunity, environment, motivation and psychological attributes, are but a few which can overcloud our best efforts with nutrition.


Getting caught in the minor details, looking for the best diet and most optimal way of achieving certain results can further hinder our goals and cause us to develop unhealthy relationships with food.


This often leads to many of us overlooking the more important foundational priorities in which results are built upon, such as getting enough exercise, consuming enough calories from a varied diet with efficient nutritional values to best suit our goals.


That being said, nutrition is still a very important piece to the puzzle and one which should be a priority for us all.


However, firstly and more importantly, is the way we think, act and associate ourselves with our food!


Over recent years I have come to realise that our environment and psychology plays a vastly bigger role than many care to admit within the nutrition and exercise realm. This is partly because it is difficult for exercise and nutritional professionals to measure and assess an individual's psychological state, than to just provide them with a set calorie and macro-nutrient breakdown with a list of foods or meal plans for each to follow.


Many coaches and well educated individuals tend to disassociate themselves from the psychology behind maintaining and achieving a successful diet and exercise lifestyle. This is not necessarily their fault as most lack the experience or knowledge associated with psychology not being their main profession. Yet it is left for most to educate themselves through personal or multidisciplinary experiences.


Going forward it is important that we prioritise our mental health and daily habits to best suit our health and well-being before embarking on a strict diet routine in seek of physique goals, which might later cause us psychological or physical burden if we do not know firstly how to care for our own well-being.


Takeaway...


- It is easy to get lost in the fine print and intricate detail of what might be optimal for nutrition or exercise, but remember to look at the bigger picture, 'don't miss the forest for the trees'.


- Try to put nutrition and exercise advice/information into context, how does it fit with your goals and lifestyle?


- Daily exercise and behaviours which support your well-being are more important than your macro-split.


Take care


Craig


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