We are about to say something that may shock you.
It kinda goes against everything your parents probably told you growing up.
It is the opposite of what the food pyramid says.
It may even be something different than what your diet coach or personal trainer has told you.
And that is .. You don’t have to EAT multiple servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
What you need are the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants these foods provide.
But that doesn’t mean you have to force yourself to eat vegetables you hate with every meal, set aside a chunk of your daily carb allowance for multiple cups of fruit, or spend a fortune on a wide variety of organic produce.
We are NOT saying stop eating fruits and vegetables. You should prioritize whole foods and include them in your diet.
Think you are getting in enough?
When we saw the data of just how bad Americans are at eating enough produce .. we were blown away.
Most of us don’t even come close! Even those of us who eat a “clean” diet with our plates piled full of produce.
We are going to give you those numbers in a second and explain how being undernourished can lead to a host of issues.
Believe it or not, not getting enough micronutrients could even be the main reason you aren’t seeing progress with your diet and training.
If you struggle to eat enough of these foods, we also have a solution to tell you about.
There is a beverage we have added to our daily routine and put in all of our client plans.
Vince put together a video above going over what makes this beverage more than a nutritional gap filler. He also talks about some other interesting ways it may help you reach your aesthetic goals.
This special beverage we are talking about is, Sculpt Nation’s GREENS. GREENS not only helps fill the nutritional gaps that could be holding you back from reaching your fitness goals, but it also has benefits that go beyond what any typical array of fruits and veggies could ever deliver.
GREENS can help ..
- Improve digestion
- Diminish uncomfortable bloating
- Boost natural energy levels
- Support balanced pH levels (which is important for a bunch of things, including vitamin absorption)
It doesn’t take any planning or prep work, and you will actually enjoy the taste!
Many of you are probably saying, go ahead and tell me more! I know I don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
Or maybe you already drink a beverage that claims to help fill these gaps, but it tastes horrible. So, you are curious if there is really a greens beverage that doesn’t taste like dirt!
But some of you may be tempted to click away. You think your daily salad, cup of broccoli, and banana is enough.
But hear us out .. we can guarantee .. you aren’t even close.
MOST AMERICANS ARE NUTRIENT DEPRIVED
About 9 out of 10 of you reading this aren’t even close to giving your body the nutrients it needs.
According to the CDC, only 9 percent of adults meet the intake recommendations for vegetables, and only 12 percent eat enough fruit.
That number is alarming, but not really surprising when you look at just how much produce these health experts say we need to consume to be healthy.
Government dietary guidelines suggest adults eat anywhere from 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
They set a general recommendation of 10 full servings a day, but exactly how much you need depends on your age, gender, physical activity, and overall health.
If you continue to walk around undernourished, it will come with a cost to your health and your waistline!
Before we tell you about an easy solution, we want to tell you about a few ways that not getting in enough micronutrients could negatively affect you.
Being undernourished goes beyond being vital for your health. It could be why you aren’t reaching your fitness goals.
Yes, leafy greens are full of vitamins and minerals.
Yes, they are a good source of fiber (which keeps you feeling fuller longer.)
But have you ever heard of Cellular Burnout?
This happens when free radicals take over the body.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that can be produced in your body due to several factors. Most of which you have little control over … like pollutants in the air you breathe, or even pesticides used to help grow all that “healthy” produce you are eating.
When these free radicals are roaming through your body in excess, your cells become exhausted and STOP functioning properly. That is cellular burnout.
It is important to avoid because our bodies are home to over 37 trillion cells that control everything we do!
The health of your cells dictates the appearance of your hair and skin, determines your mood, impacts the gut, regulates metabolism, and more.
Have you noticed …
- You’ve not been feeling yourself lately.
- Your metabolism seems low, and it’s hard to burn fat no matter how healthy you eat or how hard you train.
- Your energy levels have tanked.
- Your joints ache.
- Your skin and hair aren’t as vibrant as they once were.
If any of these sound familiar, chances are your cells are damaged and in need of some serious repair.
The way to fight back against cellular burnout is to give your cells what they need to be optimal.
You do this by providing them good fuel through the wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
You find these in quality, pesticide-free, fruits and vegetables.
YOUR EXTERNAL GOALS START ON THE INSIDE
Cellular burnout from not eating enough micronutrients is only one way that being undernourished could destroy your physique.
Not getting in enough micronutrients is no doubt the most significant issue holding most of our clients back when we first start working with them.
But once we fix this, usually by incorporating that simple daily beverage we’ve been talking about, they suddenly feel alive again!
Out of nowhere, they start seeing significant changes when they look in the mirror. Their stomachs are flatter, the fat starts coming off, and lean muscle starts to develop.
How is this possible?
How can your body composition change without adding in additional gym time or making drastic calorie drops?
You cannot expect your body to be it’s best physically or aesthetically .. if you aren’t fueling it properly.
If you aren’t giving your body what it needs to be healthy on the inside
you will never see the results you want on the outside!
You will struggle with your lifts, continue to be exhausted all the time, have a sluggish digestive system, a slowed metabolism, and experience stalls and set-backs with weight-loss.
But if you fix this, by fueling your body with the nutrients it needs, we have no doubt you will end up like our clients.
Clients that tell us that the pounds start to melt off .. their stomachs flatten .. they begin to see significant improvements in muscle mass … sleep better .. and even say they see improvements in work performance because they no longer have brain fog.
Micronutrients matter .. more than you may realize!!
MICRONUTRIENTS ARE CRUCIAL TO YOUR FITNESS GOALS
Maybe now you have a better idea of exactly WHY it is crucial to eat enough of these foods.
It goes much deeper than they are good for you. Not consuming them could be why you are stuck in your weight loss journey.
But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s hard, if not impossible, to consume the amount we need to achieve our goals.
That is exactly why we started drinking one serving of GREENS every day to make sure we are getting ENOUGH.
In some ways, this drink could actually be even better than whole foods because it contains superfoods most of us would never pick up at the supermarket.
Things like … spirulina, alfalfa grass, bitter melon, goji berries, rhodiola root, and much more!
It even has a unique adaptogen blend of science-backed herbs shown to help fight inflammation and reduce stress, probiotics to keep your gut bacteria balanced, and a unique protein that you can’t find in fruits and vegetables, but is important for keeping your skin tight and joints healthy.
- It’s easy (no prep-work)
- It’s delicious (we guarantee you will want to drink it)
- It’s cost-effective (will only cost you just over a dollar a day.)
We would drink GREENS even if we figured out how to eat enough fruits and vegetables every day … because it goes WAY beyond filling nutritional gaps!!
BOTTOM LINE …
Your first priority, before you step foot in a gym or try to master following a meal plan or counting macros, is getting your body functioning properly on the inside.
If you are certain, you are eating 10 full servings of farm-fresh, pesticide-free fruits and veggies every single day….
If you are confident, you are getting enough variety by constantly rotating your fruits and vegetables ..
If you are already supplementing with inflammatory herbs like Turmeric, collagen for joint support, and probiotics for gut health ..
If you have the money to spend hundreds of dollars a month on produce ..
And if you enjoy preparing and eating that much food and your stomach can handle it without getting all distended and bloated …
Props to you .. you are doing great .. keep eating only whole foods!!
But if you are like over 90% of the world whose best efforts aren’t’ even coming close to cutting it … then you really should give GREENS a try.
Even if you choose to not drink GREENS, we hope this article encourages you to figure out a way to get in the micronutrients your body MUST HAVE if you want to FEEL and LOOK your best!!