If you want to get closer to your goals, you need to understand that dieting is going to get you there faster.
Let’s stop there!! The word diet to many people is scary, has old baggage of negative feelings or experiences. I get it. It does for me too. ‘Diet’ is actually just the word for the foods that you eat and drink. You could have a good diet, poor diet, liquid diet (haha please don’t), protein diet. You get the point. It’s only a word for how you eat.
So, no matter if you want to lose weight, put on muscle, get faster on your mile, keep up with your kids, or if you just want to feel healthier – dieting properly is one key to get you closer to where you want to be. But Coach, where do I start?
It’s not like your doctor has the time to really dive in and discuss with you exactly what you need to do. And sadly, many doctors are not educated in nutrition and dieting.
But I can help. In fact, I’ve been helping people just like you understand the role your diet plays in your overall success for many years. Here are some of my best and most effective tips when starting out:
1. Establish a Good Eating Pattern
One of the biggest obstacles is establishing a healthy eating pattern. This may mean eating a couple of extra meals or including a snack or two. You should start by eating at least three balanced meals each day. This may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised by how many people only eat once a day. Seriously. This may balance your blood sugar levels, give you sustained energy, and keep your metabolism elevated throughout the day.
2. Try Not to Skip
Skipping meals is not in your best interest. Not only does it slow your metabolism, but it may also make you hungrier later on. This may lead to binge eating, which leads to too many calories consumed. If you want to have the best results, try not to skip meals during the day.
3. Drink More Water
Did you know those hunger feelings you may be experiencing are actually dehydration in disguise? It’s true. Before you eat something, try drinking a tall glass of water. Water not only hydrates your body, and makes things work more efficiently, it’s also an easy way to control your appetite, and fill up your stomach to prevent overeating.
4. Choose Whole Foods When You Can
The right foods will go a long way to helping you reach your goals. Avoiding foods that are heavily processed and refined will help you get closer to any goal you have. When you can, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean (wild-caught or free-range) protein sources, easily digestible carbs, and plenty of fiber-rich foods. Dieting is a crucial aspect of a well-rounded plan. Without the proper diet, you may not see the results you’re after, or it may take a lot longer to accomplish those goals.
I have said this to all my clients…”You can out-eat the best training program.” It’s true, I have done it. So stay focused and follow the tips.
Choosing the right approach for you could mean the difference between success and failure.
And you have the right to choose success every time.- Be IMpowered!
Dedicated to your healthy lifestyle,