Back to Basics: Creating a Healthy Diet Plan
Diet can make or break any training program. Follow these healthy dieting tips to ensure all your hard work isn't going to waste.
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The food that you eat will be the number one obstacle when trying to achieve your fitness goals. Whether you're a Paleo, Vegan, Slim Fast, Low Carb, High Protein, Low Fat Diet fan, consistency is the hardest thing and will be your biggest challenge.
Diets are often overly complicated and make it unrealistic for most people to follow them. Seeing results from a diet is extremely easy but sticking with one and keeping all the results is a different story. Stick with these realistic basics and you can expect: a healthy metabolism, more energy, more muscle, less fat, increased testosterone and, more importantly, a different mentality when it comes to eating.
Before you read any further ask yourself, what are the last three bad things that you ate and the last time you tried a diet, why did it fall apart? These problems will come up again if you do not fix them; most hurdles in fitness are behavioral problems that need to be altered. Most likely your last diet fell apart at one of these three stages of eating: buying the groceries, preparing your meals, and eating your meals.
Buying Groceries 101
This is where it all starts. If you're the person buying the food for your kitchen then try these strategies.
Go to the Supermarket After the Gym.
You'll feel motivated to keep up with all the hard work you just put in by buying the best options for your body.
Don’t Shop on an Empty Stomach.
This will shut-up that voice inside your head that tells you to buy those amazing looking Oreos.
Make a List.
Stick to basics and add or rotate one new snack/meal a week to switch things up. Don't know what to get? 9 Foods That Should Be In Every Diet >>>
Use A Basket.
It should be all you need. If you buy in bulk you'll be more likely to overeat.
Make it Fast.
Avoid aimless wondering, it will make you susceptible to temptations. You’re on a mission every time you go, in and out.
Shop the Perimeter.
Most of the food you’ll need is on the outside border of the supermarket. Avoid the snack and processed food that poison the middle of the store.
Don’t Be Fooled.
If it says diet, organic, or whole wheat do not assume it’s healthy. At Training for Warriors we recommend what we call the "Warrior 20" which are the foods most commonly found in the high-performing athletes, top trainers, and nutritionists kitchens. Focus more on good foods you can eat rather than ones that you can't. Combine that with a great exercise program and you got yourself a more improved body.