The 5 Basics of Optimal Nutrition

This may be a cliché, but it’s worth repeating: what you eat affects your health.

Unhealthy eating habits have been associated with various health problems such as obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressures, and many others.

If you want to live a healthy life, you need to get your nutrition right. Improving unhealthy eating behaviors can even have a faster impact on your body than training, although the latter is also important.

But, what a good nutrition or healthy eating looks like?

Well, in a video we’re about to show you, Registered Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Luke Corey from UCLA Health Sports Performance, explains clearly and concisely what optimal nutrition is. Not only that, he also explains how to put it into practice.

The video is about 37 minutes long, but it’s well worth watching. Luke uses the balanced diet approach, which we also recommend.

A balance diet is a diet that includes all the nutrients your body needs in proper quantities. It can be distinguished from diets that severely restrict or eliminate a certain food group, such as the currently popular keto diet.

Although an unbalanced diet may help people with certain health issues―for instance, keto diet can help people with epilepsy―we believe that a balanced diet is the healthiest and safest approach to eating for most people.

In the first 7 minutes of the video, Luke explains the definition of nutrition, the impacts of nutrition on your day-to-day performances, and the differences between poor nutrition and optimal nutrition.

He then explains the 5 basics of optimal nutrition, which we think is the gist of this video. Those 5 things are: (1) eating schedule; (2) the key nutrients; (3) food selection; (4) portion sizes, and (5) hydration. This section is the longest part of the video.

To determine how much to eat, Luke uses the counting portion approach. In this approach, you don’t need to count calories, you simply need to pay attention to serving size. He teaches how to use your hand to measure serving size.

This approach is more practical than counting calories. The weakness, though, of this approach is that you don’t know for sure how many calories your food has.

After explaining the 5 basics of optimal nutrition, Luke discusses how to put those 5 things into practice by making a meal plan.

In the summary section of the video, he gives more actionable tips to help you implement the information he has given.

OK, this introduction is already long enough, so without further ado, please watch Luke’s video below. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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