What exactly does GOOD NUTRITION even mean?

Being a police officer, certified personal trainer and precision nutrition coach, I get asked this question all the time. It is a very complex subject, but in this article I want to break it down so it is easier to understand. You probably know that the quick fix, instant results, take a pill and everything will be better by tomorrow diet is not considered good nutrition, yet we still continue to seek them out with our crazy and unpredictable career.

The quickest way, never seems like the quickest way at first.

I’m a hypocrite too, because before I lost 100 pounds I was looking for a way to get to the promise land using as little time and energy as possible, all without making those three easy payments of $19.95. All I was doing was spinning my wheels.

But because you clicked on this article, that means you’re looking for some solid advice, and I want to do what I can to help. So you will not see any of that “stuff” in this article, and you won’t find any of it mentioned in any of my programs.

Let’s start off from the beginning, shall we? We need to build your foundation before you start putting in the loft. That means no paleo, low carb, ketogenic diets within a 4-hour window diets from day one. That rarely works when you don’t have a solid foundation built first.

Good nutrition (and a good plan) needs to fall within three guidelines that I’ve listed below in order to qualify.

If your plan does not qualify, then simply it is not a good plan. Keep looking. There’s one out there . . . I promise.

And trust me when I say that I tried many plans that did not fit the bill, but the sooner I stopped trying to follow the rules of various plans and began to understand more about nutrition, the sooner I started to see results.

Let’s start on these three important pieces.

Good nutrition improves your body composition

This is an important part of the equation. Generally we all want to look good naked, so if a program does not make us gain muscle, lose fat, or somewhere in between, we aren’t going to subscribe to it.  But there are plenty of ways to do this, including some evasive techniques. That is why we must not use this as the sole indicator and must move on to the next guideline that a good nutrition must focus on.

Good nutrition improves your health

Whether you are currently in the health danger zone, or you have a clean bill of health, good nutrition means that it’s improving your health. I know, I know, this throws a ton of dangerously low calorie plans out the window, including the three shakes and one salad a day plan, or the cabbage soup diet. We still are not done. Let’s add one more layer.

Good nutrition improves your performance

Yes, it needs to make us better at performing. Whether that’s lifting weights, cycling, cardio, or whatever you want to improve, this is a must. That means that it helps us perform both on and off duty. Getting home safe every day, yet still having the energy once we get there to play with those kids we love so much. This is the one that most people are missing. This throws out even a few more nutrition plans that people have been talking about recently.

Are you confused yet? I was too, and I don’t want to stop here and leave you without some solid advice on where to go next from here. I have put together a nutrition cheat sheet, where I will share with you one of the most important habits to have when eating healthy.

And believe it or not, you won’t have to change anything (yet) when it comes to the foods you are eating. If that sounds like something you would benefit from, check out my blog at http://marchildebrand.com/goodnutrition and download the free cheat sheet on that page.

Above all, stay safe out there, let me know if there’s anything I can ever do for you and thanks for reading.

Marc Hidebrand is a current LEO, precision nutrition coach and certified personal trainer who had his own struggles with nutrition. He used the information he now teaches to lose 100 pounds, and has made it his mission to help first responders everywhere make it home safe every night. To learn more, visit his website at http://marchildebrand.com.