As the new year approaches many of you are going to start rethinking your fitness and lifestyle choices. We are writing this blog to help you understand you don’t need to wait until the new year to start changing your habits. Don’t be a part of the 80% of people who fail to succeed in their New Years’ resolutions; the time to start changing your bad habits is NOW.
Here is a list of our top 5 nutrition tips you can apply right now.
Tip 1: Eat real food
- Everything seems to come in powdered, pill, or liquid form these days. I agree that supplements do have their place in an individual’s diet BUT you should not be replacing whole nutritious foods with powdered meals.
Tip 2: Stay consistent
Have you ever heard the quote “It takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends and family, and 12 for the rest of the world? The key here is consistency. I see way too many people trying new diets every Monday and giving up by Thursday; these things take time and you will need to develop perseverance if you want to make a change in the long-term.
Tip 3: Stop rewarding yourself every time you lose 2-3 lbs
- This is something I have experienced myself and have seen a lot of, a lot of people are starting to go on low/no carb diets to help them achieve weight loss. Within a few days of doing this your body will start to lose water and excess glycogen weight that can easily add up to 2-3 pounds of weight loss. By Friday you will feel so accomplished that you might consume your body weight in junk food. This is not how these diets work and you will fail to achieve your goals if you do this. This tip ties directly into tip 2.
Tip 4 Limit your alcohol intake
We can’t stress this one enough. Not only are you more prone to eat unhealthy food when you are intoxicated but the average beer contains 154 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates. How many beers do you drink on average? You do the math.
You can reduce your calorie/carbohydrate intake by choosing a low-carb beer, or by choosing certain low-calorie cocktails like a Vodka Soda. HOWEVER this does not make it acceptable to indulge on a constant basis. There are several other side effects that alcohol has on the human body, but that’s a story for another blog.
Tip 5 Stop excessively eating "health food"
It seems that people today are becoming more and more health conscious, which is amazing to see. I see many people meal-prepping daily and eating a reduced amount of fast food. Some “healthy” foods that we are consuming aren’t healthy when consumed in large portions, however. Let’s use avocados as an example: one large avocado can have up to 30 grams of fat, and I see many people eating an entire one with their meal. The fat consumption is very dense, therefore eating half or less would be much more ideal. Here are a few more “health foods” that have a high fat content; eggs (yolk), nuts, coconuts, peanut butter, and flax seed.
- These foods are GREAT to add into your diet, but be aware of the high fat content and don’t overconsume them.
We encourage you not to wait until January first to change your habits, apply these five tips today and we promise it will make a difference.