I can’t tell you how many times I would have been left stranded on the highway if it wasn’t for my digital gauge in my car telling me how many miles of gas I had left.

Evidence-based nutrition is no different. 

Evidence-based nutrition is no different. It provides a quantitative input for us to gauge it’s effectiveness, whether its performance, body composition, or other biomarkers like HDL/HDL, Cholesterol, and even Testosterone.

When a specific outcome is beneficial to our goals we want to know exactly what we did so we can keep replicating the same conclusion.

An example would be a recommendation to my client to drink 1-cup of coffee (95mg of caffeine) exactly 1 hour prior to training. We replicate this test daily for the next 7 days.

No other variable was changed in her diet, lifestyle, or training habits.

She reports back the following week with 2 new PR’s, better stamina, and overall improved energy in her training.

This is a positive outcome. It was not an accident. I could test causation or correlation by having her go the next 7 days without any caffeine and observe her performance.

We could keep her on this protocol for a month or try an increased dose of 2-cups before training to see if the results were better, worse of the same. If it’s better, we increase the dose. If its the same or worse we reduce the dose to its prior recommendation.

 If it's better, we increase the dose. 

 If its the same or worse we reduce the 
 dose to its prior recommendation.

This is not a conversation about caffeine pre-workout (which I highly support), rather, it’s the idea that data in the shape of food or supplementation should always be quantified.

If something works you want to know why. If it doesn’t you can try something else.

The worse thing you can do for a client is telling them to eat healthy. Healthy is relative. You say fruits are good. Someone else says fruits are bad and have too much sugar. Even if it did have a benefit you wouldn’t be able to explain why. You have no data to back it up. You wouldn’t be able to give professional advice because you haven’t measured anything for your client to adjust or replicate.

In conclusion, whenever recommending any diet protocol be sure to Measure… Measure… Measure. It will get you the results faster and more consistently because you can quantify, troubleshoot, and adjust appropriately.

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