It doesn’t just take a six week challenge, or a three month effort, and certainly not a 30 day diet or detox to get your nutrition down pat. Nor will any of those help if you’re going into it with the quick fix mind set. There are no quick fixes or magic pills. It’s going to take months, and for some longer, to figure out exactly what works for you.

And then your body is going to change and you’re going to have to tweak it again!

If it’s not working, your goals change, or your body changes, how do you know what to change? The truth is that without some form of objective data, you will not know what to change. That is when knowing your body composition measures such as body fat, lean mass and limb girth, and macronutrient amounts become helpful.

Test – Observe – Measure – Repeat

You need to measure (body composition, health and fitness); make changes; re-measure and evaluate the results. It can take at least three months before some people start seeing significant change so you have to give it time.

If the trend is good, keep on with it. If it’s not good, look back at your food diary that you’ve been keeping diligently, and then make an educated change by using your current macronutrient amounts as a baseline. Even better, make a guided change under someone who knows what they’re talking about and has your best interests in mind. You shouldn’t be going it alone or taking stabs at it in the dark, you don’t need to.

And then keep observing, measuring, and repeating. It’s the only way you are going to find what really works for you. You will have to be patient. But if you’re in this for the big picture — sustainable health and fitness — then patience shouldn’t be MUCH of a problem!

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