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09-17-2010, 09:48 AM
Living the Steve Nash Diet for a week
Posted by Michael Schwartz on September 16th, 10:46 pm
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Some people think that Steve Nash (and Grant Hill) have found the fountain of youth in Phoenix.

Sure, Nash just put up the kind of numbers that no 36-year-old point guard ever has while leading his underdog team to within two games of the NBA Finals, but thereís no magic behind the reason for Nashís astounding longevity.

Along with his incredible work ethic, two major factors for Nashís late career success are in fact very simple: eating a super healthy diet and getting a good amount of sleep.

Just sleeping well and eating a much healthier diet wonít make you or me an All-Star-caliber point guard, but by seeing what this diet does for the Sunsí former two-time MVP I wonder how much better I would feel by eating like Nash.

So thatís my challenge for myself: I will follow The Nash Diet for a week and then report back to all of you my findings in both written and video form.

According to Nashís aforementioned Facebook post, here is what I will be eating for the next week:

Breakfast. It is the most important meal of the dayÖ. along with lunch and dinner. I feel if your diet is consistent and well balanced (think long term rather than short term) it isnít so important what you eat right before you play or the night before because your energy levels and recovery will be on target from the quality of your previous three to seven days of meals.

-Gluten and wheat free cereal, sliced almonds and almond or rice milk. (If you donít have the sensitivities I have look for a high fiber cereal. At least 4 grams of fiber.)
I will also have a whole fruit smoothie or an apple, banana or orange.
Green tea.

Lunch. A salad with grilled chicken or fish, vegetables, raw nuts and dried fruit.
I will also have fruit afterwards.

Dinner. Grilled or baked fish or chicken with vegetables. Sometimes Iíll have brown rice.

Again, plan ahead. If you get hungry between meals have a plan as to what foods youíll turn to and make sure you have plenty of them so your only options arenít will power or ice cream. My snack foods are, dried fruit, whole almonds or whole cashews. All natural, raw foods energy bars. Raw vegetables like carrots and celery. Whole fruit or whole fruit smoothies. It goes without saying drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. If you feel like you need electrolytes coconut water has the highest concentration of electrolytes but if your diet is good you should have plenty of electrolytes.

Soooooooo, bring on the chicken and fish, and goodbye sugar!

Before we go any further, you must know a little bit about my dietary habits. Iím not exactly a sweet tooth (although Iíll always go for a good slice of apple pie) so I donít think the sugar part will be that impossible. I think sodas are a waste of calories and very rarely drink them, as water is my drink of choice.

But calling me a health nut would certainly be stretching the truth more than just a bit, particularly if we were talking about college me (when three meals at Chipotle and two at Panda Express were an average week). I mean, back in college I had to write a green eating blog for class and even then I would report on the healthiest spots to eat at U of A but I would never eat there myself.

(Side story: I was interviewing the owner of a microbiotic restaurant in Los Angeles for that green eating blog, and out of the blue he tells me Grant Hill stopped in during a recent road trip. So even on a green eating blog for a journalism class I found a way to write about the Suns.)

Red meat still makes up a large chunk of my diet, and carbs account for another big part of it. My side dishes are never as healthy as Nashís typical brown rice, and my friends look at me funny if I ever order a salad.

So for one week I will be saying goodbye to my go-to meals, I will ignore any cupcakes brought into my office by my colleagues and I will try to eat as healthy as Steve Nash. Wish me luck.


Read more: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2010/09/16/living-the-steve-nash-diet-for-a-week/#ixzz0znIXomeG

Larry Staverman
09-17-2010, 10:31 AM
It is more of a lifestyle choice than a diet. A diet implies something you do for a period of time such as this writer trying it for one week which is a waste of time.

The only way you will have any benefit from this this is to make a commitment to a nutrition plan like this permanently.

MLB007
09-17-2010, 11:41 AM
It is more of a lifestyle choice than a diet. A diet implies something you do for a period of time such as this writer trying it for one week which is a waste of time.

The only way you will have any benefit from this this is to make a commitment to a nutrition plan like this permanently.

You are right.
But I would say that even trying that short term "should" manifest some noticeable benefits, ie balanced blood sugar means fewer "no 2:30 feeling" spikes and drops.
I'm not "that" hardcore, but I eat well most of the time and I can definitely FEEL the difference when I've eaten poorly (fast food etc) vs eating well for a few days.
Sluggish feeling after a meal vs high energy when consuming readily digestable and nutrient dense foods.

MLB007
09-17-2010, 11:43 AM
Read more: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2010/09/16/living-the-steve-nash-diet-for-a-week/#ixzz0znIXomeG

Good luck!
The effects will be VASTLY more noticeable if you work out regularly and the harder you work out the more you will notice the energy difference.
If you are sedentary you may or may not feel a whole lot of difference.
If you are working up a good sweat 3 or 4 times a week you ought to feel very energized instead of fatigued afterward.

jeffg-body
09-17-2010, 10:56 PM
If things go well with you I will have to definitely try it out.

JonnyB83
09-17-2010, 11:21 PM
He should be eating more than 3 times a day. Should be getting at least 4 meals. I eat 6 a day. That helps keep you from crashing and keeps energy levels up because your body begins to trust that it will be getting the food it needs when it needs it so it will burn the food you give it, and fat stores, at a higher rate.

cdash
09-18-2010, 04:28 AM
He should be eating more than 3 times a day. Should be getting at least 4 meals. I eat 6 a day. That helps keep you from crashing and keeps energy levels up because your body begins to trust that it will be getting the food it needs when it needs it so it will burn the food you give it, and fat stores, at a higher rate.

Where do you find the time to eat 6 meals a day? I am in between jobs and I still can't eat more than 2 meals a day.

dohman
09-18-2010, 10:35 AM
If everyone could eat like that america would be a much healthier place. My Diet is close but i have to add in more protein via shakes and I also have a sode sweet tooth so I do a 20 oz a day.

Ozwalt72
09-18-2010, 10:53 AM
There's nothing wrong with 3 meals a day. Your body will use what you give it. Don't forget - he mentions snacks.

Shade
09-18-2010, 10:58 AM
Yeah, you still only eat three actual "meals" a day, and supplement it with a snack in between each one.

JonnyB83
09-18-2010, 11:31 AM
I've lost 155 lbs and I'm a personal trainer now. I realize Steve Nash isn't trying to lose weight, God knows he doesnt need to I'm just sayin I kind of have an idea what I'm talking about.
I eat 4-5 "real" meals a day and 1 or 2 meals that are a protein shake and some kind of fruit. So I guess you could call those snacks if you want. I'm just sayin you should be eating more than 3 times a day.

JonnyB83
09-18-2010, 11:34 AM
Where do you find the time to eat 6 meals a day? I am in between jobs and I still can't eat more than 2 meals a day.

This is easy. I'm not fixing huge way over the top stuff and like I said 1 or 2 meals is a protein shake and some kind of fruit. But the easiest way to eat this much is fix stuff ahead of time. I would cook all my meats up on Sunday put them in baggies and when its time to eat just throw them in the microwave then microwave some sort of vegetable and boom in like 5 minutes you have sometime to eat. And for a while I was working 2 jobs, school, and working out I still found time to eat 5-6 times a day.

dohman
09-18-2010, 01:48 PM
This is easy. I'm not fixing huge way over the top stuff and like I said 1 or 2 meals is a protein shake and some kind of fruit. But the easiest way to eat this much is fix stuff ahead of time. I would cook all my meats up on Sunday put them in baggies and when its time to eat just throw them in the microwave then microwave some sort of vegetable and boom in like 5 minutes you have sometime to eat. And for a while I was working 2 jobs, school, and working out I still found time to eat 5-6 times a day.

BigJon is correct.. The best way to lose weight is by increasing the amount of meals you eat daily. The less you eat the more you will actually gain. The more you eat the more your metabolism works. The less you eat it thinks it needs to slow down so the food in your stomach sits and sits.

If you were to eat 3 times a day with the diet that nash uses you would be healthy and losing weight quick. The goal is white meats and fruits and veggies. Cut out all sugars and fatty red meats. It was hard for me to give up hamburger and steaks because I ate them almost everyday but it is what is killing america. That mixed with sugary sodas and beer is why america is SOO overweight. Proper nutrition should be taught every single year in school until you graduate.

People think well I will just work out or walk or do a little cardio once a week. That wont cut it. Until you evaluate the amount of calories you take in a day and compare it to the amount you should be taking in, you will never lose weight. Its a lifestyle and a hard one to get a grasp on.

I still have a hard time with the diet because I love my sweets. But I try to use moderation. I still let myself have a few items that I really enjoy as long as I stay under my calorie limit per day or very close to it.

5-6 meals a day can be difficult. But its not necessarily full meals. Something like a can of tuna or a protein shake is considered a meal. Snacks even work as long as they are natural like a apple, banana, plum, peach etc. It might sound like a horrible diet at first but that is because most Americans taste buds are fried from the amount of salt and sugar that we consume.

JonnyB83
09-18-2010, 02:01 PM
BigJon is correct.. The best way to lose weight is by increasing the amount of meals you eat daily. The less you eat the more you will actually gain. The more you eat the more your metabolism works. The less you eat it thinks it needs to slow down so the food in your stomach sits and sits.

If you were to eat 3 times a day with the diet that nash uses you would be healthy and losing weight quick. The goal is white meats and fruits and veggies. Cut out all sugars and fatty red meats. It was hard for me to give up hamburger and steaks because I ate them almost everyday but it is what is killing america. That mixed with sugary sodas and beer is why america is SOO overweight. Proper nutrition should be taught every single year in school until you graduate.

People think well I will just work out or walk or do a little cardio once a week. That wont cut it. Until you evaluate the amount of calories you take in a day and compare it to the amount you should be taking in, you will never lose weight. Its a lifestyle and a hard one to get a grasp on.

I still have a hard time with the diet because I love my sweets. But I try to use moderation. I still let myself have a few items that I really enjoy as long as I stay under my calorie limit per day or very close to it.

5-6 meals a day can be difficult. But its not necessarily full meals. Something like a can of tuna or a protein shake is considered a meal. Snacks even work as long as they are natural like a apple, banana, plum, peach etc. It might sound like a horrible diet at first but that is because most Americans taste buds are fried from the amount of salt and sugar that we consume.

Thank you. You can still eat your steaks and burgers just make sure you get the lean cuts. You might pay a bit more for them but you could live a little longer and make that money up. That's what I tell myself.
Soda is really helping make this country overweight like you said. So many empty calories. Obviously fast food help a ton. Have you really looked at how many calories are a lot of the fast food "food" we eat? For example a single cruchy tace from Taco Bell has 170 calories and 10 grams of fat. With fat containing 9 cal/gram that's 90 calories from fat alone. Over half of the calories are from fat. And I wondered how I got up to 368 lbs. Another thing is portion size. This is out of hand. A normal 3-4 oz serving of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards..... How often do you see that?
I could go on and on about this for days but I'll stop seeing as how this is a basketball fourm. If there's something else I'm a bit passionate about outside of sports its this fitness. If anyone wants to take a look at my old huge Jon pictures feel free to check them out on facebook. /jonnyb83

dohman
09-18-2010, 02:08 PM
Thank you. You can still eat your steaks and burgers just make sure you get the lean cuts. You might pay a bit more for them but you could live a little longer and make that money up. That's what I tell myself.
Soda is really helping make this country overweight like you said. So many empty calories. Obviously fast food help a ton. Have you really looked at how many calories are a lot of the fast food "food" we eat? For example a single cruchy tace from Taco Bell has 170 calories and 10 grams of fat. With fat containing 9 cal/gram that's 90 calories from fat alone. Over half of the calories are from fat. And I wondered how I got up to 368 lbs. Another thing is portion size. This is out of hand. A normal 3-4 oz serving of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards..... How often do you see that?
I could go on and on about this for days but I'll stop seeing as how this is a basketball fourm. If there's something else I'm a bit passionate about outside of sports its this fitness. If anyone wants to take a look at my old huge Jon pictures feel free to check them out on facebook. /jonnyb83

I am the same way. I feel I only get one body in this life so I need to keep it nice. Everything you said is so true and I can see why you lost your weight. People expect magic to happen and its more of a lifestyle change.

aceace
09-18-2010, 05:05 PM
That's almost the same diet (lifestyle choice eventually) that I'm on. I've dropped about 20lbs in 5 weeks so I know it works. I eat a lot of grapefruit which comes in a big jar (64oz) already ready to eat. Costs 6.84 at walmart and is equal to 10 grapefruits, no peeling, seeds etc. While the pounds come off slowly I feel 100% better.

JonnyB83
09-18-2010, 07:30 PM
That's almost the same diet (lifestyle choice eventually) that I'm on. I've dropped about 20lbs in 5 weeks so I know it works. I eat a lot of grapefruit which comes in a big jar (64oz) already ready to eat. Costs 6.84 at walmart and is equal to 10 grapefruits, no peeling, seeds etc. While the pounds come off slowly I feel 100% better.

Slowly?? That's 4 lbs a week! On average you don't want to lose more than 2-3 lbs per week. 4 lbs a week is flying off.

Ozwalt72
09-18-2010, 09:09 PM
Meh, we're saying basically the same thing.

The only way you'll lose weight is to burn off more calories than you consume. (Duh)

Breaking up your meals into smaller portions may speed up your metabolism a little, yeah, but there are a lot more variables. Specifically genetic variables. Some people won't see much benefit from it. Also, if you're an athlete like Nash is (whether its just a very fit individual, high school, semi-pro...pro)....your metabolism is likely relatively high anyway.

bellisimo
09-19-2010, 11:00 AM
yes - burn more calories tahn what you consume = weight loss

however, one needs to make sure those calories are not empty calories. the more protein you consume, the better as that way you would be inclined to lose fat moreso than muscle mass as well.