Eight Simple Nutrition Strategies You Can Start Today!
By: Robert Maalouf BS, CSCS, FMSC, CPT, CF-L1
From the minute we wake up until we go to bed we are harassed. Whether it is TV, radio, magazines, or billboards everyone is telling us what to eat and what not to eat. Every day, there seems to be new diet foods, the best new fat loss pill, or the celebrity that used a new meal plan to loose weight. In the end, we need to keep things simple for long term sustainability instead of falling into fad diet traps. Below are some easy tips to get your nutrition in check:
- Eat at least 3 meals per day. Ideally breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- If you feel the need to snack, do so in between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner about halfway in between. Examples of snacks for during the day: any kind of fruit, nuts (almonds, walnuts etc…), and/or healthy protein bars.
- TRY and have a protein source on your 3 main meals. Examples of protein sources: beef, chicken, fish, eggs, Greek yogurt, protein supplements…
- TRY and limit your carb sources to only one per meal. Examples of carb sources: rice, potatoes, spaghetti, breads, cereals, fruits, anything with sugar.
- Increase your vegetable intake and try to consume some raw vegetables and some cooked vegetables.
- When drinking alcohol, try and stick to non-sugary drinks. Examples: Wine, beer, straight spirits.
- You can get away with eating more carbs and more calories in general on days you work out.
There you have it; eight simple ways to kick start your results today! There is no need to try all of these guidelines at once, start with one and slowly start to incorporate the rest. Print this article out and put it on your fridge–that way you can see the tips everyday and slowly add them in to your lifestyle! This will help the transition to healthier eating become easier and sustainable. Also, if you get busy and fall off track you can always get re-inspired if you have this list on your refrigerator 🙂
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