Nancy and I spent a long time talking about endurance and basic assessments last week. We divided this conversation into six, hopefully more digestible, segments. These discussions are meant to get you thinking about fitness in different ways and hopefully make getting fit and healthy more accessible to everyone. This is part two, diet.
The most important thing to know about diet is that it is extremely important to understand exactly what you are eating before you change anything. Paying attention helps us to be more careful about when and how much we eat. Oftentimes big changes are not necessary. Increasing our protein and fiber intake while decreasing our fat and processed food intake is often enough to make some positive changes. Before you commit to a big diet change, do yourself a favor and track your diet for a week. Simply by paying attention, you may already be able to figure out what you need to do in order to move in the right direction.
I cover diet in my book, Fitness without Fear, in Appendix B. https://www.amazon.com/Fitness-without-Fear-Practical-Improving-ebook/dp/B093PJ9BTT