You decided that you want a transformation, you want a healthy and strong body – but what way is the right one? Every day, we see new diets, some “magical” ways to lose weight or some new anti-aging treatment. The wellness-industry spends millions upon millions for the marketing of new (and mostly increasingly expensive) super-fast methods and treatments that are supposed to “give” you a cover-page-kind-of-body. It is not easy to resist the temptation to try some of these. But how many times have you tried and found yourself at the beginning once again. Do you know why? No matter how they seem effective initially – short-term changes don’t give long-lasting results. The only way to get your body into shape and to stay fit, is to start living actively and start thinking about nutrition functionally – long-term. Sounds simple, doesn’t it, everyone can do it, but where’s the catch? There is no catch!!
HOW TO START – a guide through functional nutrition
Every change of habits is a process and it starts with the first step, start moving, and when choosing food, ask yourself “what does this food do for me”.
Functional nutrition aims to nourish your body with the foods you take in. Correct
By choosing the right foods, you can increase energy levels, physical strength and endurance, achieve a healthy body weight, improve mental functions, strengthen your immunity and strengthen your body to fight disease.
In this approach to nutrition, when choosing foods, you are not primarily concerned with the calorie value and the proportion of fat and sugar, but you rather think about the effects that consumption of these foods has on our body.
Here are some examples:
Does this food increase the appetite for other foods?
Does this food cause bloating and feeling heavy?
Does this food give me a lasting and stable feeling of being full?
Is there a feeling of guilt after consuming this food?
Is this food rich in nutrients – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Does that food give me the energy I need without the extra calories?
Does this food optimize my athletic performance?
In short, instead of asking “what’s in this donut”, ask yourself what happens when I eat this donut, what does it provide me with in order to optimize my diet.
One common scenario is a diet rich in simple carbohydrates (refined sugars and flour) that alters the body’s chemical image and results in a prolonged increase in blood insulin levels, which further stimulates the appetite and the brain sends signals requesting more food and so all day long you are hungry, lethargic and without energy. Two other hormones responsible for creating fat reserves are oestrogen and cortisol (the stress hormone), which is effectively leveled by regular physical activity. A diet high in starchy foods also blocks the hormone glucagon, which releases fats from reserves and which the body uses to produce energy.
What foods promote glucagon secretion? These are foods that are a good source of protein, such as fish, eggs, white meat…
This is an introduction to our book Hard Body Nutrition, authored by our top nutritionist Branimir Dolibašić, who has over 25 years of experience in the field of health and nutrition.
Whether you want a long-term, lifelong transformation of your health and quality of life, nutrition is, along with our Hard Body training, an extremely important factor in these processes.
Therefore, we suggest you get your copy of our Hard Body Training and Nutrition Book (authors Tomislav Dolušić and Branimir Dolibašić) and study it in detail, educate yourself and learn, in a very simple and practical way, how to apply healthy eating habits in everyday life.