I had a presentation last night at our local chiropractor office on fat loss, and nutrition. Quite a bit of my clients asked me to summarize the presentation because they had other commitments, and couldn’t make the presentation. Instead of spilling the whole presentation, I decided to cover it by giving you my top 10 tips for better nutrition.
1. Stop Dieting
Americans are known for yo-yo dieting. Americans are also known for being fat. There is some type of correlation within those two statements. Instead of jumping on the latest fad diet, or trying to lose 20lbs in 20 days, make nutrition a lifestyle change. It will benefit you in the long-term.
2. Less Fruits
Fruits are great. They have essential vitamins and minerals that we all need. The problem is we think fruits are the best thing for us so we load up. Well guess what? Among all the good things, fruits are loaded with carbs and sugars, and in excess will result in body fat accumulation.
3. Lower the Carbs
Fat gets burned as energy (see # 6). Protein is used for recovery. Where do carbs go? Straight to your gut! Well not really, but if you have excess carbohydrates, like that pasta for dinner, it will ultimately be stored as body fat.
4. Drink More Water
So you think your eating enough, but your still hungry? Well you may not be eating enough ( a blog topic in itself), but often times you could just be thirsty. So, you should be constantly sipping on water throughout the day.
5. Eat More Protein
Protein is known for being the tissue growth, repair, and maintenance guy in your body. Protein is what keeps you full, repairs your muscles, helps with soreness, and gives you that jacked/sexy look everyone is looking for. So eat your damn protein!
6. Don’t Be Afraid of Fat
Everyone is on that craze of getting low-fat, fat-free. Fat gives food flavor. So if something is low-fat, or fat-free, chances are it is filled with excess carbs and sugars to keep the flavor. And remember fat will be digested for energy, unburned carbs are what keep that belly big.
7. Eat Those Greens
Veggies! Eat them, love them, cherish them. They are a great thing. 90% of them are very low in sugar and carbs, especially the green ones. So load up on the veggies. Pair the grilled chicken with some asparagus, or throw some broccoli in your omelet.
8. Stay Active
When do you eat? A lot of times you eat because your bored. You got nothing on your mind except what can I eat next. By staying active not only are you keeping your metabolism high, you’re fighting the urge to have that brownie.
The triangle of results includes exercise, nutrition, and rest. If you are not getting ample sleep your body won’t recover, you won’t get results, and you will eat more. It’s that simple. Get your damn sleep!
10. Lift More
Do you want that brownie? Make sure if you are going to cheat, do it right after a workout. That is when your metabolic rate is at its highest. By having a good resistance training program, you will be burning calories long after you leave the gym.
So there you have it. My top 10 tips for better nutrition. Pretty general to some, but you are amazed at how many people don’t follow these guidelines.
Thoughts? Comments? Leave them below, and I will be happy to respond.