Changing your nutritional habits is never an easy process, especially with all the information out there telling us we need to be on the newest fad diet to achieve any results. Fortunately, this isn't true! Implement these tips into your diet as soon as possible and you will realize the shift isn't so complicated after all.
Here we go!
1. Eat Wholefoods
By eating whole foods you will ensure you're getting a sufficient amount of macronutrients and micronutrients throughout the day which will help improve energy levels. Also, by eating whole foods rather than processed foods you will ensure you're not getting any hidden calories that may hold you back from hitting your goals. Stick to the following whole foods;
Protein - Eggs, egg whites, tuna, ground beef, chicken, plain greek yoghurt, beans.
Carbohydrates - Bread, bagels, oatmeal, fruit, rice, quinoa, couscous, pasta, potatoes.
Fat - Peanut butter, olive oil, butter, avocado.
Fruits and vegetables - stick to a wide assortment
2. Avoid fad diets
The sentence "I'm going on the keto diet" is spoken far too frequently. These kinds of diets do work but they need to be implemented strategically. Even when they are implemented strategically there is still an increased chance that the diet will fail due to too many restrictions. Also, if you try to implement these diets on your own, chances are you will fall too far into a calorie deficit and your performance will decrease causing the "skinny-fat" look.
3. Stop restricting yourself
Along with fad diets, a huge problem is people restrict themselves from ALL the foods they enjoy, which causes them to fail quickly. The key is to eat healthy 80-90% of the time and allow yourself to eat "comfort" foods 10-20% of the time and get back on track after.
4. Have a starting point
If you go on a diet without having an idea where you are starting you will increase your chances of failing. Check out "The definitive guide to getting on track" by clicking here to figure out how to find your starting point, and go into your new journey knowing exactly where you are going. If you're still confused after reading click here to let us help you.
5. Have goals
We need goals to achieve anything in life, so why wouldn't you set them with your own personal health? By having goals and a well thought out plan on how you will achieve them you will dramatically increase your chances of success.
6. Avoid most supplements
Unfortunately, there is no magic LEGAL weight loss pill that you can go to your local supplement store and buy. By having the mindset that there is, you will pay less attention to your nutritional habits which are by far the most important part. You are probably nodding your head because you know exactly what I am talking about. That being said there are supplements out there that your body can utilize to improve your health, click here to check them out.
7. Have a tailored approach
What worked for your friend may not work for you. Anyone can lose weight by falling into a large calorie deficit but that isn't a good long-term plan. You need to come up with a plan that will allow you to get a healthy body weight slowly, ensure your performance isn't suffering, and improve your quality of life.
8. Eat a variety of foods
Macronutrients are very important but along with them, you need to ensure you're eating a sufficient amount of micronutrients throughout the day. You can do this by buying a wide variety of whole foods.