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The Nutrition Pyramid

Today I want to introduce to you a concept that was founded by a man named Eric Helms. He designed what is called The Muscle and Strength Pyramid.

This pyramid is a great format for how you should set your priorities when it comes to your diet and nutrition goals. This pyramid clearly defines the hierarchy that you need to follow to be successful.

The great thing about this concept is it breaks down what is usually a complicated process into more manageable steps and actions. You get a starting point and know where to progress from there.

As you can see there are 5 levels of the pyramid. Without achieving the level below, the level above won’t have an impact. The best example of this is there is no point in taking supplements if you aren’t achieving the correct energy balance. There is also no point in worrying about your macronutrient percentages if you aren’t in the right energy balance for your goals. In other words, elements higher in the pyramid, won’t get you a result without having the foundational steps sorted. I’m sure after reading this you’ll be able to relate to doing this yourself in the past, which is very common. 

For most of you and 99% of the clients we deal with, we only ever have to worry about the first 2 levels of this pyramid. Once we achieve these two steps consistently with clients they reach their goals. 

If you missed our blog about energy balance and calories in vs calories out then you can catch up on it here – No.1 Weight Loss Rule

Key Takeaways:

  1. Energy Balance is the most important factor in your nutrition and needs to be your starting point
  2. Without having your energy balance in order all other aspects of the pyramid become obsolete
  3. Focus on one aspect at a time, don’t try to do everything at once

References: – Eric Helms – Muscle and Strength Pyramid

Nathan Spring

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