Cosby is a household name for many Americans, especially for those who grew up watching The Cosby Show. Dr. Braxton Cosby continues his uncle’s influential legacy by changing lives through his own career in Physical Therapy and Sports Nutrition.
I asked him to tell me about the importance of good nutrition and all that the topic implies. In this three part series, he shares how to find good nutrition using common sense practices.
Tamar Hela: So, what is good nutrition?
Dr. Braxton Cosby: As a personal trainer and sports nutritionist, I am always asked this question. So I answer back in the form of a question: What is considered bad nutrition?
I’m not trying to be condescending, but in my experience, a lot of people (more than you could imagine) who are trying to lose weight and eat right have no idea why they are losing the battle of the bulge. They focus so much on what is the right thing to do, that they lose focus on themselves and fail to realize that the things that they are currently doing are incorrect.
To me, an evaluation of the current standard you are living by is paramount. Just like when I practice physical therapy, I cannot make goals and set a prognosis without first establishing a baseline of which to work from, that encompasses a thorough examination of where the patient has come (prior level of function) and where they’d realistically like to be.
This is not much different from meal planning and life changes that need to occur in order to maximize one’s results. Therefore, you must analyze what you are currently doing: eating, exercise, time management, and activity level, before making any changes outside of this.
For example: Let’s say you go to the supermarket and buy all 100% whole 9 grain bread, fruits, vegetables, and switch to brown rice, or maybe even go vegan.
TH: Which typically sounds like the right way to go...
BC: Right. But if you continue to ingest too many calories on a daily basis, although you’ve removed a lot of the saturated fats and oils that slow the natural processes of your body down, you’ll still fail.
You have to ask yourself the critical question about “bad” nutrition (eating better, but too much) so that you avoid the pitfalls, get discouraged, and walk away from any idea of living better.
You must assess to see if you are eating too much of a “good thing” before going any further. Portion control and volume is continuously the most effective plan of attack in losing weight.
Special thanks to Dr. Braxton Cosby for sharing such great information! In the next post, he will share about the importance of hydration. Be sure to visit his website and check out his new Young Adult fiction book The School of Ministry: The Windgate.