Separating fact from fiction when it comes to shaping your body

Story and photos by Robert Vencil, NewsNetNebraska

With temptations everywhere, watching what you eat is the start to getting the body you are looking for.

With temptations everywhere, watching what you eat is the start to getting the body you are looking for.

There are as many myths surrounding diets as there is the Loch Ness Monster.  A quick Internet search on how to lose weight will give you conflicting opinions and some of them sound too good to be true.  That’s probably because they are.

“Everyone is looking for that magic little pill that will give them Herculean bodies,” said Eric Payton, a nutrition consultant at Nebraska Elite Fitness, “Sorry to say, but that doesn’t exist.”

Majority of Payton’s clientele are adults in their early to late 20s and he has people come to him for help with weight loss to weight gain.  Payton said that he hears a new myth from his clients everyday and is no longer surprised when he hears what someone has been doing with his or her diet.

“A lot of people read the Internet and think they are experts on nutrition, but it can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make it,” he said.

Payton studied nutrition at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and received his degree in 2005.  He said trends have changed and science has improved since he graduated, but one thing has stayed constant.  If you are looking to change your body; watch what you eat.

Patrick Barney came to Payton three years ago looking to lose weight.   He cut out carbohydrates from his diet and ran two miles a day, but he wanted to see a consultant to make sure he was doing it the right way.  He lost 25 pounds in a year and a half.

“I was always told if I want to build muscle I need to eat more, and do the opposite if I want to lose weight,” said Patrick Barney, a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “I wanted to see someone to make sure I saw results.”

According to Payton, you need to make sure your body is getting the proper nutrients throughout the day.

“Lifting junkies think they can shovel Big Macs down after a work out and watch their muscles grow,” Payton said,” Keep doing that and you can say good bye to your most important muscle.”

Payton said the same goes for anyone trying to lose weight.  People tend to focus on keeping the fat and calorie intake low, and forget about everything else their body needs to stay healthy.  The body needs protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, potassium and much more to survive Payton said.

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“I just make sure I get a lot of protein in my diet and that’s all I worry about,” Barney said, “Really, I eat what I want because I burn it off anyway.”

“The best advice I can give without laying out a diet plan is look at labels and keep a log,” Payton said.

Starting out will the recommended 2,000 calorie diet is the easiest way to keep track of what your body needs throughout the day because that is what labels in the United States are based off of.  Payton recommends doing this for a month or so and adjusting your diet accordingly to get the results you are looking for.

“Anyone can shape their body the way they want through their diet and exercise,” Payton said, “It takes watching what your putting in and making sure it’s what you need.”

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