MACRONUTRIENTS - You may have heard of them. They're Protein, Carbs & Fats.
Everybody, even YOU know what good and bad foods are, so why is it that we are still so completely useless at eating healthy? In a world where fast food is not only fast but cheaper as well, its not hard to see why.
What we still fail to do is plan ahead, cooking 5 meals and freezing them for the week is your work lunches DONE! One less thing you have to think about. However you will almost always come up with some BS excuse as to why you couldn't, why you can't, why you don't have the time - if your fitness goal is important enough to you - YOU WILL GIVE UP AN HOUR ON SUNDAY TO PREPARE 5 meals for the week
1. Prioritize what protein source will go into your meal.
Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Fish, Tofu, Eggs etc etc....etc - you know what these are. Adding protein to your meal first will keep you fuller for longer and stops you feeling the need to snack on crap. I measure with handfuls because the average person won't use scales so try one handful of protein per meal for starters.
2. Carbs come second.
If you've seen my post about carb-cycling you'll understand the difference between carbs and when they should fall into your day. I still measure these with handfuls as its easier to stick to - start with two handfuls of carbs per meal for starters.
3. Fats - they still have a role in every fitness goal
One tip that works particularly well is to start breakfast with a healthy serving of good fats - they include avocado, nuts, fish oil, etc (don't get caught up with the different types of nuts). Adding them in with breakfast and a good serving of protein sets up your metabolism for the day and research has shown that it assists in boosting your metabolism, among other benefits.
4. Measure everything with handfuls.
I've mentioned it already and i'll mention it again. Its easy, its simple, do yourself a favour and don't get caught up with weighing everything if you're just starting out. Getting the basics down pat will help you stick to your program - whatever it is.
5. Late night sweet cravings.
I get these all the time and not just late at night or before i go to bed. I'll always always always reach for a protein shake for late night sweet cravings. Not only is the protein going to assist recovery and keep me fuller for longer, but the natural sweetener (or artificial depending on what protein you use) will curb those cravings pretty damn quick and you'll feel better for doing it!
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