Diet is arguably the most important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Controlling what we put in our bodies can be a real struggle, especially when you are bombarded by terrible food choices on a daily basis. Fast food ads on TV, frozen dinners and quick meals are easy but bad for our bodies. As I’ve grown older, I’ve found out the hard way that I couldn’t just eat whatever I wanted anymore and not gain weight.
Making the wrong food choices not only plumps up the waistline, but has tons of other side effects as well. I’m not going to bore you with all the technical details, the point is simple, you are what you eat. If you eat crap, you can expect to feel like crap.
So the obvious solution to a healthy lifestyle aside from physical training is getting your diet on point. When I say diet, I don’t mean it as a verb. You are not going on a diet since that implies there will be an end at some point. Dieting and then going back to your regular eating habits is a recipe for failure time and again. A good diet means your day in/day out eating habits, what you eat and when you eat.
It can look complicated, but when you really get into it, eating healthy is pretty simple. When I decided I wanted to cut weight, I used this calculator to determine the number calories I needed to consume to maintain my current weight and then how many calories to actually lose weight.
Once I got that number, I then laid out my meals for each day. The idea is to eat lots of lean meats, veggies, good fats and just a bit of carbohydrates for that extra energy. This is one day of healthy food choices. Notice that I eat my main meal first, the one that contains the most amount of carbohydrates. This works out best for me, keeping my carbohydrate intake low (< 100) and eating those carbohydrates early in the day, rather than later or in the evening.
All of this food is extremely simple to cook. I buy my meat in bulk and large bags of veggies. My wife or I make all my food for the week on Sunday and then package it into Tupperware containers. Before I walk out the door to work, I grab my food and that’s it. I’m not tempted to eat out when I’m at work since I have food with me. I’m prepared and that is half the battle! If you treat your diet with as much thought as you do with survival preps, then you’ll be good to go!
Now of course, your body can be your worst enemy. Sometimes when you start on a new diet regime, you won’t see any loss for weeks! It took nearly 3 weeks for the me until the weight starting coming off. Then once the weight starts dropping, your body will try to adjust and prevent that. So you have to be ready to switch up your diet to trick your body. Your body will do whatever it takes to maintain weight so you have to be adaptable and not give up.
So many weight loss plans fail for the following two reasons:
1. People quit after the first few weeks of not seeing a change.
2. People quit after seeing weight loss but then hitting a plateau.
I look at it like this – a good healthy diet is just part of my life. I might not lose any weight for a week or more. Sometimes I might drop 2 or 3 pounds in a few short days. But as long as the weight loss is trending down, I’m good to go.
So make a plan and stick with it. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. To help with your diet plan, I’ve included a few links to my favorite websites.
Calorie Calculators, Meal Plans And More
Healthy And Simple Recipes