by Detric Smith, CSCS, USAW, ACSM-HFI
Do you often find yourself feeling overwhelmed with all the nutritional information that is out there?

Are you struggling to reach the body weight goals you have set for yourself and wondering if perhaps this is because you just aren’t eating as you should?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you need to start spending more time looking at your diet plan set up and nutritional protocol.

Eating right does take some time and effort, but it is effort that will pay off immensely when done properly. Your diet will influence everything from the body fat level you maintain, the energy you have on a day to day basis, as well as the risk of disease that you carry.

Whether your goal is to build muscle, burn up body fat, make physical strength improvements in the gym, or just make sure that you are the healthiest you that you can be, you need to have the right nutritional knowledge.

Let’s go over the main points that you must be considering and if you’re ready to really get started setting up a proper diet protocol, make sure that you pick our complete guide to Nutrition by subscribing to the newsletter on the right.

Why Calories Matter
Have you ever come across someone who said that they were eating all healthy foods but yet still not losing weight? Perhaps you’ve experienced this before. You cut out all the junk thinking that would ensure success, but it has not and you are still at the same body weight as you were before.

You bet. While eating healthy is an important element of the equation, if you eat too many healthy foods, you can still gain weight because of it.

You must be tracking calories and eating the right amount in order to make changes in your body weight, whether it’s gaining weight or losing weight.

Those who aren’t doing this won’t see results. It’s that simple.

Making sure that you learn how to effectively calculate your specific calorie needs, as we go over in our Complete Guide To Developing Sound Nutrition, you guarantee that you see results.

Looking At Your Macro’s
Once your calorie intake is set, you also need to be looking at how much of each type of food you are eating.

What some people still don’t realize is that each type of food has a different role in the body. A piece of chicken is going to cause a much different chain of reactions to occur as it enters your body than say an apple or a handful of almonds would.

The three main macronutrients – dietary fats, carbohydrates, and proteins are all required by the human body for various reasons.

Cut one of these out and you will be seeing extremely negative consequences because of doing so. If you want to produce the best body composition you can and make sure you fend off disease properly while sustaining good energy, you need the right amount of each of these nutrients.

And then you need to get them from the proper food sources.

Protein is required to maintain lean muscle mass (or build more lean muscle mass), carbohydrates are required for energy purposes as well as to provide a wealth of vitamins, minerals, as well as heart-healthy dietary fiber, and fats are required to maintain good hormonal concentration levels in the body as well as for keeping blood sugar stabilized and hunger levels down.

If you aren’t paying attention to these different nutrients, you are making a grave mistake.

Especially when seeking fat loss, like so many people are, if you aren’t taking in the right mix of nutrients, you could end up actually storing more fat and burning up lean muscle mass tissue.

This is precisely what you don’t want, which is why you need to learn how much of each nutrient to consume. We lay everything out for you in the Complete Guide To Developing Sound Nutrition.

Remember to also get these nutrients from the most wholesome sources possible. If there is one change that everyone should make to their diet, it’s cutting out all refined and processed foods entirely.

These are not going to offer you any benefit whatsoever and very often just set you up to experience high rates of fat gain. The problem is that in today’s world, most of our diets are eating only these types of foods because we eat for convenience sake. Eliminating them from your protocol will make all the difference in the world.

Being Wise About Supplements
Finally, the last step when looking at good nutrition is considering your supplementation strategy. One big mistake that many people make is relying too much on supplements while downplaying nutrition.

They believe that if they just take the right supplement, that will bring them success and they won’t have to worry as much about their diet plan.

Do not let yourself be misled like this. That is not the case at all and if you start to believe this, you’re in for disappointment.

That said, there are definitely some products that can help you see faster results, so by devoting more time and energy into them, you can move yourself ahead better. A high quality protein powder, a good multivitamin, along with a few other products that we go over in the Complete Guide To Developing Sound Nutrition will be the ones to invest your hard-earned money in.

So there you have some of the basic concepts that you need to put into place if you are going to structure a sound diet for yourself.

Set your calorie intake requirements, figure out your macronutrient needs, and then think about which supplements will help to compliment your efforts. If you can do all of these, you will be on track and seeing success almost instantly.