For men, the number one obstacle in trying to achieve their fitness goals is FOOD. Whether you’re a vegan, slim fast, low carb, high protein, low fat diet fan, consistency is the hardest thing and will be your biggest challenge to maintain.
Most people set very complicated & idealistic diet goals, and hence find it difficult to follow through. Diet results are easy to see but they are that much harder to stick with. When you manage to stick out with the realistic basics, you can expect: a healthy metabolism, more energy, more muscle, less fat, increased testosterone and, a different mentality when it comes to eating.
Here are a few Diet Do’s & Don’ts to help you:
1. Drink water before meals
You should always drink water before mealtime as it helps fill you up and makes you eat less. Study shows that adults who drank two cups of water before each meal lost more weight than those who didn’t. Some studies even show that drinking water, especially chilled water, can increase metabolism and help burn fat. And it also helps you stay hydrated.
Don’t skip meals
If you’re trying to lose weight make sure you don’t skip meals as you’ll feel hungrier later and be more likely to raid the fridge for junk, essentially running your day’s calorie count. Skipping meals can also leave you less energized, making it less likely that you’ll exercise, an important thing if you’re trying to lose weight. Having small, nutritious meals and snacks between your meals has been known to help men lose more weight.
Chew like a Cow!
Yes, you heard it right. The key to your weight loss could be chewing your food for prolonged periods like a cow. In addition to regulating your appetite and curbing the amount of food you eat, this can also turn you off fatty foods for good. Scientifically, there’s a lag between when your mouth says “mmm!” and your brain registers the fullness in your stomach. So if you put your fork down between bites and pace yourself by chewing your food properly, you’ll give your brain more time to tell your stomach that you’re full.
4. Don’t be spontaneous
Spontaneity is great for some activities, but eating isn’t one of them. If you are serious about losing weight, we recommend planning your meals and snacks to make sure they fit into a well-balanced diet plan.
Without a good plan to follow, you’re more vulnerable to the siren call of the nearest Pizza Hut or Burger King.
5. Keep a food journal
Maintaining a diary of what you eat can double your chances of weight loss. Writing your food intake in a journal makes you aware of how much you’re really hogging and it acts as a reminder to fix the bad eating habits. And a written record makes you that much more accountable.
6. Don’t avoid all Carbs
Contrary to the popular belief that when on a diet avoid all Carbs, your body needs this important fuel to work. It is healthier to avoid carbs from non-diet sodas and junk food and animal fats, while still eating some carbs from whole grains, fruits, and veggies.
It is important to 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.