See how one simple change will make ALL the difference.
You are dedicated to getting in 3 to 5 workouts at the box per week. While you are at the gym, you give 100% effort. Sometimes that effort involves blood, sweat or maybe even occasionally, a tear. You are seeing increases in strength, speed, power, agility and endurance. So, why aren’t your pants getting loose? One word. Nutrition.
Believe it or not, the most common cause of an athlete’s inability to shrink his/her waist line is not eating enough! Hard to imagine, I know. But, when you deprive your body of frequent calories,
your metabolism slows down significantly. It goes into a state of hibernation, in a sense, and holds on to the fat. Good news folks! There is a relatively simple solution for this. EAT MORE OFTEN! Yes, your metabolism would like you to eat at least three meals per day, plus two small snacks.
Eat more food, lose inches? Can it be? Yes!! Part one, eat OFTEN. Part two, WHAT are you eating? A simple list below will allow you to make the best choices when combining your protein, fat and carbohydrate for your three meals and two snacks. Try to ensure that every meal and snack includes a lean protein, healthy fat, and veggie/fruit (AKA carbs). I would rather you focus on what you can put in your diet instead of what you should take out.
• PROTEIN: Chicken, Beef, Fish, Lamb, Bison, Eggs, Duck, Turkey, Pork, Bacon, Sausage
• FATS: Avocado, Cashews, Coconut Flakes, Coconut Milk (canned), Hazelnuts, Olives, all Nuts, Seeds like Flax, Sunflower, Sesame, Pumpkin, Coconut oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Ghee
• CARBS: ALL Veggies & Fruits (The darker the color, the better the quality), Homemade Oatmeal (No Sugar), Sweet Potatoes, White Potato/ Yuca (limited to a couple of times per week if you are working out). Eat more veggie than fruit in a given day.
Pick one from each category and VOILA! you have a meal/snack! Do that three to five times per day and your body will thank you for it!