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Nutritional research in particular can often focus on a single, specific nutrient or individual components in order to create the nutritional recommendations we know today. However, this reductionist approach has been carried into real life and has led to much confusion and debates on not only food groups but individual foods.
When learning about certain foods / groups, it is important to consider a more holistic view; the diet as a whole rather than parts and food habits over just single foods. The relationship between diet and health is what is emerging as the most important for us in real life. One food will not make your diet healthy or unhealthy, just as there is not only one best exercise or workout to build a strong body.
New and exciting research is constantly being carried out. This growing evidence base means conclusions from the past may differ from those in the future.
It is important to also bear in mind that many of the conclusions or indications of studies are based on the average and we are not always the average.
For example, one person may introduce exercise into their life and increase overall energy out. Another person may introduce the same exercise, same duration, same intensity, however reduce their amount of movement throughout the rest of the day (reducing their NEAT) unintentionally. This would lead to overall energy out increasing only slightly, remaining the same, or in fact reducing.
Considering our overall dietary pattern, the way in which we eat, how we use that energy, and what we eat most of the time as opposed to some of the time can be key considerations in guiding us in the right direction.
This applies to exercise and training also. Look at your overall movement pattern, the adaptations you want to gain from movement, and how our preferences have a huge part in exercise and nutrition in order to promote longevity, consistency, fulfilment, and enjoyment!
I want to share with you what I have learned through years of self-studying. Researching, listening, critically thinking, absorbing, remaining open-minded, applying context, reason, logic, and common sense through a diverse range of resources whilst being aware of my own bias, personal anecdotes, and experiences with people is what has widened my knowledge. And what I have learned about training and nutrition is that the more I have learned, the less I realise I know!
When I see bold statements suggesting certainty such as “X is the best way…” or “The use of X causes…” as opposed to “associated with…” “contributes to…” “is linked to…” – I try to avoid it. And definitely, if it includes any connotations of “hack,” “quick fix,” “promise,” and the “answer to all of your problems!”
I will be working alongside experts in their field to help guide you in a direction that allows you to consider the current evidence available to you in a way that is relative to real life.
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