There are a lot of trendy nutrition fads out right now: paleo, intermittent fasting, keto. With all the information out, it’s hard to dig through the BS and figure out who exactly is legitimate and who you need to ignore. I’m not here to tell you who is right or wrong. All I want to do is give some simple tips to be successful in whatever goal(s) you have whether it be fat loss, general fitness, or being a pro athlete.
First things first, any time you decide to go on a “diet”, you’re doomed for failure from the beginning. See, the problem is “diet” is short term. You think you only have to be on a “diet” for a certain amount of time, one month, 3 months, or however long it takes you to achieve your goals. If you want to be serious about being healthy and improving your quality of life both now and in the future, because what you eat now WILL affect your body in the future, then you have to think of changing your nutritional habits as a lifestyle change. This is the only way to continually be successful. Crash diets will do more harm than good. I see it every day, someone tells me about how they lost all this weight in this diet in a short amount of time then put it all back on. Yes, you starved your body then once you fed it junk again, it held on to that junk for dear life. Go through a a lifestyle change and you and your body will feel better, move better and last longer.
Number two, when you’re making nutritional changes, do them one at a time. Humans are creatures of habit, plain and simple. Your nutritional habits have been acquired over the years and will generally stay the same unless
you consciously change them. But when you decide to make a change, do it systematically. Change breakfast first, make sure you have that down for 10 days or so. Next, make sure you’re getting a good, lean source of protein in at eat meal. A couple of weeks later, have a cup of veges at one meal per day. Do you see where I’m going with this? Small changes done over time create lasting habits…..changing your whole nutritional frame work at once is dooming yourself for failure.
Finally, when you go to the store, stick to the perimeter. There is almost nothing good in the aisles at the grocery store. I can maybe count the number of truely healthy items on one hand that you can find in the middle of the grocery. You can find EVERYTHING that you need along the outside….fruits, veges, lean ground beef, chicken, nuts, fish, eggs, it’s all around the perimeter. Stay along the outside and you’ll be OK!
There you have it. The quick overview on how to change your nutritional habits. Nothing ground breaking and all very simple. Remember, we are creatures of habit so make small changes. This w
ill allow to create consistently new habits to help improve your quality of life both now and in the future.