You can’t out-gym a bad diet. Fortunately, by the time you’ve finished reading this article, you should be able to clean up your own eating habits.
The topic of diets is controversial at the best of times. But with more trends than we can keep up with, where’s a guy to start?
What is a proper diet?
The point of this article is not to give you the perfect list of foods, quantities or carbs. That is something you need to experiment with, using a coach if necessary.
However, there are some general guidelines to follow in creating a “good” diet:
- Eat enough protein
- Eat lots of veggies (mom was right)
- Eat good fats
- Eat carbs before and/or after your workout
- Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re satisfied
- If it didn’t have a mom or come out the ground, try avoid it
By following the rules above, you’ll already be ahead of most of the guys around the braai every weekend.
But the point of this article is to enable you to clean up your own current diet.
Step 1: What gets measured gets managed
The first step in cleaning up your diet is to know where you currently stand. Create a log and record your dietary intake for three days, including one weekend day. This will give you a good indication of what needs tweaking.
Step 2: Have a browse
Now take a look at your food log. Make notes on everything you think needs work. Don’t be shy here, and don’t worry what the okes will think if you made those changes. Remember, you’re doing this for YOU!
Step 3: Pick one
Now take a look at the list of changes you made in step 2 and choose the easiest one to begin. Ideally, it should be one which would make the biggest impact, but the main thing is developing the habit of sticking to these changes. So just pick one and start doing it for a week.
Step 4: Analyse
At the end of the week, see if you managed to stick to that first change. If not, try tweak things slightly to make it even easier to stick to, or choose a simpler habit to change.
Step 5: Rinse and repeat
If you were able to easily maintain that first habit, move on to the next item on your list of changes. Keep repeating this process until you have incorporated all the changes to your original diet.
So there you have it. By following the steps above, you should be able to clean up your own diet, no matter what your starting point.