So, from a nutritional perspective you will never hear me say 'you can never ever eat that' - but there is a time and a place.
If you speak to any health and fitness professional about your diet they will probably confirm to you that a persons nutrition is far more important than any hardcore workout, fitness class or boot camp. But how do you go about improving yours? Well. A good place to start is with our three main sources of nutrition which you are probably familiar with - Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins (Water is crucial but that is for another day/post). Carbs are the bodys primary source of energy, what we thrive on to get through our day; Fats are second in line, and will begin to be used when the body runs out of glycogen stores (carbs); The primary use of Protein is for muscle repair - which is why immediately after a tough workout you must ensure you are getting as much protein into your body as possible through supplements and meals.
A common problem in this country is the massive amount of Carbs and Fats we consume - some ready made meals can contain up to half your 30g daily allowance for Fats! There are many issues, but portion sizes and the timing of meals are two key factors in good nutrition. You will often hear personal trainers and nutrition specialists mention eating 'little and often' to improve the quality of your diet and the 'bonfire' analogy is a fantastic way to help you understand the function of your metabolism.
Many people use the old excuse of having a slow metabolism as the reason they gain weight - fair enough, but the function of your body is a result of your actions and habits, and holding yourself accountable will take you a long way! Imagine your metabolism as a bonfire, and imagine your meals as logs that will fuel this bonfire. The stronger the fire burns, the more calories your body is burning. If we only fuelled that fire 2/3 times a day, would it make a very good fire? Fuelling the fire frequently will constantly keep the flames alight - and you can keep your metabolism high simply by eating little and often. This stablises your blood sugar levels, means you will rarely feel hungry, and more importantly means that just by changing your eating habits you can burn calories all day long!