Nutritional Tips

 

It’s a good idea to eat smart to create a leaner YOU. The best way to do this is to develop a diet and stick to it. But let’s not call it a diet. Since we are creating a smarter way to eat we will give it a different name. A good nutritional eating program sounds better. I don’t know about you but I want an eating program that I can follow year round, not just for six to eight weeks for a quick fix. So, I came up with an easy, five-step weight control plan that works:

 

  • Step 1: Make a plan! Make a decision, have a plan of action and begin visualizing the new you.
  • Step 2: Target a goal! Set a goal for how much weight you want to lose, and more importantly, how much body fat you want to lose, how many inches you want to take off your waist, etc. Be realistic and choose a target date that will motivate you to attain your goal; holidays, reunion, vacation, competition, etc.
  • Step 3: Keep records! Write down everything you eat for the first few days of your program and analyze it. You will be surprised how fast everything you eat adds up. Be honest! You will find that you eat less when you have to record it.
  • Step 4: Behavior substitutes! Recognize the moods you are in when you eat. What triggers your desire to eat? Are you stressed, bored, angry, depressed or does the smell or sight of food make you eat? First comes recognizing your patterns, then comes changing them.
  • Step 5: Caloric deficit vs Caloric expenditure! To lose weight, make sure your caloric intake is less than your caloric expenditure. You should always be burning more calories from your workouts than you are consuming. But remember, not to go to low in calories or skip meals, this will cause your metabolic rate to slow down making it harder to burn fat.