What’s the first thing you think of when you are thinking about losing weight or getting in shape? Is it, ‘I need to workout’? Or, ‘I need to start a diet’? Most people would choose the avenue of searching out a gym without seeking nutrition guidance. What people don’t really think about is what they are eating or how much they are eating. Nutrition is *extremely* important to one’s health and overall fitness. The United States is the most overweight country in the world. Our portion sizes are big and the quality of the food is *very* low. Restaurants want to make it palatable so you will keep coming back. Specifically fast food restaurants. Let me tell you something, I want to end this fast food reign and get people healthier! There are many diets out there you can find on the internet. There are several that are very effective and some that are not. ## The Ketogenic Diet The Ketogenic Diet is a popular one these days. This diet is a moderate-high protein, low carb and high fat. Yeah sounds weird doesn’t it? If someone was to have a high fat diet wouldn’t that make your fatter? Well our bodies use Carbohydrates as it’s primary source of energy. If we’re low on carbs then our bodies typically go to fat to burn as energy. So the idea is that it almost tricks your body into burning more fat than it would if you were to have plenty of carbs stored. While this diet will help your body burn fat, some other benefits include reduced inflammation in not only the body but in the brain as well. The Ketogenic diet is also used for people who just had to stroke to reduce the swelling in the brain. It really is a powerful diet. ## Macro-controlled diet There are 3 macronutrients: protein, fat and carbohydrates. Each has they own place and function in your body and give your body different effects. These nutrients are what your body uses as energy sources. Protein and carbohydrates contains 4 calories per gram while fat contains 9 calories per gram. The term “burning calories” when working out is basically your body using those calories as energy. So when your body is working harder than usual, it’s burning more calories because it needs more calories than usual. There are many functions to all three macronutrients. Some common functions to these are: - Protein: repairs muscle tissue - Carbohydrates: The body’s primary source of energy - Fat: Good fats have several health benefits to the heart and cholesterol levels Without getting into too much scientific mumbo jumbo about how each molecule is structured, there are good and bad ways amounts to each of these macronutrients and how they should be properly taken in. Most diets will take into account the macronutrients and how much of each a person should be consuming on a daily basis. For example crossfit developed a “block diet” which is somewhat productive for people. Here at Prime Performance Strength & Conditioning we take dieting very seriously. We’ve done our research on dietitians and nutrition coaches and we have partnered with a great nutrition coach to help you dial in on your nutrition. It’s easy to get caught up in doing crossfit without paying attention to what you’re eating. Some people’s only motivation to doing crossfit is so that they can eat junk food. We don’t promote that lifestyle at our gym here in Broken Arrow. Our gym is motivated to letting you reach your potential in any facet of life and fitness. You will feel better all around and set much better examples for your family and others around you!