Incorporate the following diet secrets into your daily routine to naturally boost your metabolism, automatically lower your daily consumption of calories, and keep your motivation going strong, so that you drop excess fat quicker than ever before.
The pattern I've seen over and over (for people trying to eat healthier) is to eat "well" during the week, and then go crazy on the weekend. It's as if we think that weekend calories don't matter!
How you play out your weekend will make or break your body-composition and wellness results. With that said, we need to be aware of how we should approach Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to get "what we want" while not "thwarting" our "good" nutrition habits!
1) Think ahead!
Variety is the spice of life and we like a little spontaneity and surprise. With that being the case, going into the weekend without some kind of vision/plan as to how things are going to unfold (nutritionally) is a recipe for disaster.
This doesn't mean that you can't go out to grab a bite to eat or have some wine, but it means that you need to bring AWARENESS to the equation and see a general framework of when (at what times) you're going to eat (approximately) and what (the types and amounts of food) you might consume. This will give you bird's eye view of food intake which will help you regulate calories (AKA food amount) and keep your waistline in check! Now, things might not go according to plan, but just by bringing your attention to things, you're able to have a more balanced and reasonable approach!
2) It's ok to eat some "junk"
A little bit of junk food or unhealthy food is totally ok!
A glass of wine, a bit of chocolate, some french fries, etc. It's all about taking everything into account and subtracting to harmonize your nutrition-intake balance sheet!
- If you'd like to have a glass of wine with dinner, skip your carbs at breakfast or lunch.
- If you want to go out and eat a burger at night, go for it, but eat a little lighter during the day (low calorie snacks) and perhaps opt for some side vegetables instead of fries.
- Do you want to indulge in a dessert at the end of the day? Awesome! Skip your starch with supper and split your dessert with someone else!
These are just SOME of the nutrition strategies and tips we use with our clients at our NDG-based personal training studio Milesfit.
Life is about living! It's not about feeling deprived and restricted. But, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction! So, you can't just do whatever you want without awareness and balance!
As human beings, we're very black or white! We're either all in or we do nothing at all. This is where the "yo-yo" diet syndrome comes from and why so many of us gain and lose weight perpetually! As a matter of fact, the research is quite clear - diets don't work (in 90%+ cases). Funnily enough, we always seem to gravitate back to them because we know that they do work somewhat (at least for the short-lived time we follow them).
We'd rather go with the devil we know (doing the same thing that doesn't work) versus the devil we don't know (changing our approach and trying something new). Basically, I'm saying that the magic is in changing our approach and living in the gray zone (the zone of moderation and inclusion of all foods). When you have a healthy relationship with food and you don't say "no" to anything, now you invite into your life the possibility of controlling calories, enjoying food, and having a healthy and fit body! This is what I encourage ALL OF YOU to do this weekend!
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