Diet and nutrition are war zone topics in the health and fitness world.
A simple question like “What’s the best way to drop some fat off my body?” will make a person feel like they stumbled into enemy fire.
We’ve written a bit about what we feel is a sensible way to approach a long term view of eating. We hope you all know that GMB’s approach to fitness focuses on sustainable, realistic, and non-punishment oriented ways of exercising and nutrition.
Of course, we’re not the only ones with this kind of attitude towards fitness and health, and our colleague Nate Miyaki has a similar approach. We’ve been fans of Nate for a while now, and I’ve personally seen some great benefits from utilizing Nate’s advice about meal content and planning to support his training.
In this interview, Nate and I discuss the basics of his I-Feast nutrition guidance plan.
Check it out below, and learn how the I-Feast approach can improve your training and health.
Who is this Nate guy anyway?
Early in his career as a trainer and coach, Nate relates how he was able to design great training programs for his clients, but they were getting less than great body composition results.
And even though he knew that diet and nutrition were a key factor in getting lean (he was a former competitive natural bodybuilder), he initially failed to connect that to training other people.
He then went back to the drawing board to learn the best ways to apply dietary changes for solid results.
Nate found that the extreme diets were not as effective as a sustainable diet plan in maintaining condition year round.
In this interesting interview, he outlines the fundamentals of his I-Feast plan, which focuses on a practical structure which fits us instinctually and socially, and with the detailed adjustment for our own individual activity levels.
- Eat less during the day and have the biggest meal at night
- Sports Nutrition
- Carbohydrate intake and timing based on activity levels
Finally, a diet you can stick with!
Diet and nutrition planning and application can be so frustrating, especially with all of the conflicting information and newest fads promoted by celebrities, trainers, and lately anyone with an M.D. after their name. Who are you to believe?
Maybe no one.
But perhaps some common sense can help steer us in the right direction. You know that you’ll do best on an eating plan that you’re likely to follow for more than just a couple of weeks.
You shouldn’t be so deprived that you’re daydreaming of food while eating your dinner of rice cakes and celery.
In addition, every diet needs to be tailored to your personal situation. Someone who’s at a desk 9 hours a day and whose only exercise is walking to the car needs a different food plan than the person training several days a week.
Finally, a diet that sounds too good to be true likely is. “I can eat three pounds of bacon as long as I don’t have that biscuit with it? Sign me up!”
Yeah, good luck with that.
Unfortunately there are no magic bullets.
No, you don’t have to weigh every piece of food that you eat and only eat “clean”, but you should be aware of the need to make consistent good choices.
Nate mentions that the reason he looks the way he does, and can be in that great condition, is because exercise and nutrition is simply a part of his identity. He makes those good choices just as a part of who he is.
This is what impresses us with Nate’s dietary templates.
He offers sound advice that not only works (because almost any plan can work) but that is also manageable within a normal and non-obsessive lifestyle.
You do have plan on making consistent changes in your diet if you want to change your body, but you don’t have to be thinking about it every hour of the day.
Having tried out Nate Miyaki’s I-Feast nutritional plan with great results, I fully recommend this approach for changing your body in a healthy and positive way.