There are lots of people who start the New Year with radical diet changes to help them get fitter, some of them may even still be on them two weeks later! But radical diet changes don’t always work. As we ask our members WHAT THEY WILL #BECOME 2017 we share 5 diet changes to help you get fitter, that can last and give results.
The first thing to say is that the correct diet attributes to as much as 80% of some individuals realising their fitness goals, the second thing to point out is that diets need to work for you, they need to be sustainable and provide YOU results. We are all different, have different metabolisms and underlying factors, so try new things and find what works by listening to your body. So, you want to become fitter, right?
#1 Eat natural
As soon as we start to eat processed or pre-prepared food we aren’t exactly sure what we are putting in our bodies. Ok, we can check the dietary information and know the fat content but what exactly is all that stuff in our pre-prepared food that makes it last so long? The answer is it is substances that may not be particularly healthy or contribute to our fitness.
#2 Eat at regular intervals
Eating Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner may not work for you anymore, particularly if you are hitting the gym on a more regular basis. Eat food at regular intervals, this stops binging but also allows us to feed the body the healthy stuff that keeps us focused on a regular basis.
#3 Plan your meals
If you are going to Eat Natural and Eat at Regular Intervals then you need to plan your meals. Be sure to include ‘clean’ Carbohydrates pre-workout and Protein rich meals post-workout. Have healthy snacks and small meals ready throughout the day should you need them. The good news is that as you carry on planning you will find it easy to ‘schedule’ your weekly food.
#4 Eat ‘Clean’ Carbs
We need Carbs, FACT. But the choice of carbs that we use can make a serious difference to the outcome of our fitness journey. A prime example is the potato; a white potato is a complex carb but swap it for a Sweet Potato and your body will be able to process it and burn it easier. Bread is a very hard to digest and hugely complex carb as is some pasta. Clean carbs are vegetable, pulses or rice based. They are un-processed and the body can use them efficiently.
#5 Think about Alcohol
Alcohol is full of sugar, calories and gluten. One is hard to process and the other two stack weight on. It simply isn’t going to lead to a healthy diet. Make conscious decisions about your alcohol intake based on a number of units per week. Think about when you are going to consume them and stick to it. This may be the hardest but most rewarding diet change you’ll make.Back to Blog