Are You Fueling, Feeding or Fattening Yourself

By: Coach Vince

This is meant to be a guide to help you better understand how to get the results you want or why you aren’t getting the results you want.  Quality and Quantity are very important when it comes to making food choices and getting your desired results.  Remember that everything you do produces a result…are you getting the one you want?  Associating a word (fueling/feeding/fattening) to your actions will help you better understand which result you are heading towards.

Answering the questions below before or after you eat a meal will help you better understand what are your behaviors around eating and where your strengths and weakness lie.  For some of us, this will be a lot of thinking. Possibly thoughts you’ve never had consciously when deciding what to have for lunch.  Being more self-aware of the decisions you make, typically leads to more favorable results.  Let’s take a look:

Fueling

Proper; quality and quantity. These people usually have; Very high conscious effort on who/where/how/what/when/why you eat.

  • Long term results: Typically achieved

Feeding

One or the other; proper quality and quantity. These people usually have; Some conscious effort on who/where/how/what/when/why you eat.

  • Long term results: Typically frustration

Fattening

Neither; proper quality and quantity. These people usually have; Minimal effort on who/where/how/what/when/why you eat. 

  • Long term results: Typically fat gain

Quality

Nutrient dense (vitamins, mineral, etc.) and/or improves/maintains biomarkers

Quantity

Is determined by desired results

When answering these questions, do you notice a trend on when you make favorable or less than favorable decisions?

AKA almost every time I eat alone, I make less than favorable decisions. Answer these questions for one meal/day/week/month to better understand your behaviors around food and where you can improve.

How - is the meal prepared, many chews per load, well is it digested?

Where - is the location of the meal (home, restaurant, car, work, other)?

What - is the number of grams/percentage of daily calories of protein/carbs/fat?

Who - is the meal with, others or by yourself?

When - is the last time you ate, when is the next time you will eat?

Why - is that meal chosen? What is the perceived long/short term view of the meal?

*Everyone is unique. The thoughts and views described above are generalities and will help most but not all.