by Tony Gjokaj March 04, 2020 4 min read
Keto. Intermittent Fasting. Glycemic Index. Low-Carb. Caveman Diet.
You uncover so many dieting strategies and exercise methods and philosophies when you Google search for fitness and health advice.
I've tried all of them.
Some of them didn't work for me.
Some of them were only optimal for certain circumstances that I never dealt with.
Some of them worked for others around me.
To start, I believe it's all noise: let's worry about the "extras" down the line. It's unnecessary stress. In the beginning, we focus on making better habits and eating better.
Here at Reforged, we believe that simplicity is key: if you can get into better habits and they work for you, everything else will fall into place.
Over time, you will find things that do or do not work for you.
Here are some simple nutritional guidelines that you may follow to get started in eating better.
Hydration is a habit that should be prioritized, especially when it comes to improving brain power and mood, believe it or not. Staying hydrated also helps move nutrients, regulates body temperature, cleanses your body, and more.
It is essential to consistently drink water - especially when you engage in exercise.
Here are a few recommendations you can do in staying hydrated constantly:
As I write this, I have this obnoxious 64oz Hydroflask right next to me.
Keep it simple, and keep water on you at all times.
Eat your fruits and your vegetables. These provide us the fiber and micronutrients necessary for overall mind and body health.
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals: they help with providing you energy, immune function, cognitive health, bone health, and more.
Fiber keeps you full and allows you to properly use the bathroom. As a result, we improve our cholesterol health, maintain blood sugar, and more.
We live longer because of it.
To hit our micronutrient and fiber goals, a practical recommendation is having 3–5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Simple and practical.
I recommend having a fruit as a snack, along with a protein bar or shake, which we will discuss in the following section.
To start, most of us don’t consume enough protein in our diets, especially when we start exercising.
Protein helps keep you full for longer periods of time, providing you a satiating effect. While there are mixed studies on how much protein one could consume in a sitting, it’s recommended you split your protein into your meals throughout the day in order to keep yourself satiated and focused.
When focusing on work, I like to carry a protein bar and a protein shake on me daily. If I need to snack before lunch or after, I have something that’ll keep me satiated.
If you want to understand why you should consume protein in-depth, you can read our article here.
The PFFT Method is the Palm-Fist-Fist-Thumb portion control method.
If you don’t track calories or macronutrients in any way, this method will help you build great habits in nutrition.
PFFT is defined as follows:
In giving yourself a meal of this proportion 4–6 times a day, you can potentially be able to build a consistent habit in nutrition, and covering fiber and vegetables.
You can read more about PFFT and other methods in our Flexible Nutrition article. We cover some fat loss dieting strategies on this as well.
There you have it: some simple guidelines that will allow you to slowly craft and build your own Fit Habit.
Start small, master these basics, then add to it over time.
Any other practical tips you would like to add to reinforce habits? Throw them in the comments below!
Until next time legion!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged Performance Nutrition. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help bridge the gap between physical & mental health through fitness.
by Tony Gjokaj May 11, 2021 6 min read
Protein is an essential macronutrient that helps repair and develop new cells. These cells consist of our skin, muscles, nails, and physique. It also helps repair broken down muscles as a result of exercise.
Protein also helps fight fatigue and aids in muscle retention, which is extremely important when it comes to dieting for fat loss.
In this post, we are going to explore Protein Quality.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj May 03, 2021 6 min read
When I was studying in college, I committed to various activities that allowed me to retain more information, improve focus, and ultimately make things easier for me.
Some of the more notable differences consisted of exercise and supplementing with nootropics.
So in this post, we are going to go over 7 ways to transform your mental fitness so that you perform your best - regardless of what you do.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj April 26, 2021 6 min read
According to Urology Times, testosterone levels have been showing a steady decrease among young US men. When we hear declining testosterone levels, we usually think this comes with age.
But recent studies have shown this issue is not just a matter of aging, but also is a pressing matter of behavioral, health, and lifestyle deficiencies. For example, some of the decline of testosterone is connected to obesity and depression.
This means that we can improve our testosterone by introducing better habits into our lifestyle.
So in this post, we will discuss 8 ways to improve testosterone.
Let's dive in!
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