How to Eat Like a Champion
Atkins, Paleo, Weight Watchers, IIFYM, gluten free, clean eating, etc., with all the nutrition plans and diet fads out there, of course it can be confusing as to which one to follow. There are only two things that should come to mind when deciding on which plan to follow, if any at all:
1. Can you abide by that plan for the rest of your life?
2. Does it fit into your lifestyle?
These have to be the main things considered when choosing a "lifestyle change" because a diet is only successful for the amount of time you are on it. If you are on a diet and lose 15 pounds and then go back to doing whatever you were doing before, you will gain all those 15 pounds back. Fitting into your lifestyle is so important for many reasons. You cannot follow a diet that involves cooking all of your meals, packing them and eating six times a day if you hate cooking and you will never give up going to the café next door for lunch. This isn't a bad thing but it emphasizes the point that you have to find something that works for you.
Calories In versus Calories Out. Most important? Kind of. You definitely need to burn more calories and take in fewer calories if you want to lose weight. However that isn't the be all and the end all. For example, 5 candy bars equal about 1200 calories. If you choose to eat 5 candy bars in a day instead of 5 nourished meals with various whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and protein, there will be a significant difference in the way you feel, perform and look.
So which way is the best way? I'm going to give you some simple steps on how to make sure you can follow the BEST plan for you no matter which route you choose to go.
· Always have a lean protein source in each of your meals. That doesn't mean just chicken! Explore lean beef, seafood, eggs, turkey, bison, whey protein, and even legumes.
· Half of your meals should contain a healthy fibrous carbohydrate such as sweet potatoes, oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat bread. And half should contain a healthy fat such as olive oil, nuts, coconut oil, avocado, almond butter, and flaxseeds. You also need vegetables to be in the majority of your meals. The more vegetables you eat, the more fiber you will have and thus, the more the carbohydrates you can eat that will not be stored as fat.
· Avoid empty calories such as sugary soft drinks, juices, and even added flavorings to your meals using cream sauces and extra fillings. Try drinking extra water, decaf tea, and occasionally sugar free Crystal Light.
· Use natural herbs, spices, and olive oils with balsamic vinegar and lemon juice for seasoning foods. Natural is better!
Start here and with a little extra cooking, motivation, and guidance, you can be eating like a champion in no time!
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