A healthy lifestyle is the key to successful weight loss. That includes the dreaded “D” word – diet.
Everyone is a critic when it comes to food. Everyone “just knows” how to eat. Growing up, I don’t know how many times I heard “If you want to lose weight, don’t eat.” Today, most people understand that’s not the way to go. So why do they keep using that philosophy over and over when it comes to nutrients?
This idea of limiting food intake pops up all over the place! Want to lose weight? Stop eating carbs. Want to gain muscle? Eat all the protein. Want to burn fat doing nothing at all? eat low carb/high fat, eat whole foods. Paleo people are eating like cavemen, but at the end of the day every human body needs the same things.
Of course, if you have a medical condition follow the advice of your doctor. But most people do well eating a wide variety of foods and exercising regularly. The following is sort of a “do’s” and “don’t’s” of your dreaded diet.
Can we all agree that an active person needs to hit a baseline of calories? It’s not rocket science! Eating food gives you energy and allows you to sustain your active lifestyle. Starvation leads to hunger and hunger leads to binging on calories and bad food choices. So, don’t do it. Don’t starve yourself to lose weight.
What’s more is that usually these binges happen at the end of the day when you are most hungry. Once your body goes into relaxation mode, your metabolism slows. This makes it almost impossible to get rid of those calories you consumed overnight. But if you eat small meals throughout the day, you will feel full and nourished by the time you go to bed.
Now let’s tackle the protein thing. Protein is a wonderful nutrient. Your body also needs carbs, fats, vitamins, water and minerals. The point is your body needs a varied many things to thrive. When trying to structure your diet think about your macros. Macros are percentages of daily nutrients. This is more important than looking at overall consumption in grams.
Most people eat between 50%-60% carbohydrates, 30% – 40% protein and 10% – 20% fat. You can play with those numbers a little and find what combination works best for you. Mobile apps like MyFitnessPal are great for tracking your macros. Make sure when figuring your daily fats you are choosing healthy ones. Sorry, Snickers bars are not a healthy source of fat.
Remember that looking and feeling great takes dedication and self-discipline. The kind of self-discipline offered in a martial arts program! That’s because it isn’t just about what you eat. Granted, diet is a sure way to lose weight, but diet with exercise makes you look and feel healthy. Diet with exercise improves your attitude and gives you energy. Diet with exercise will help you achieve perfection. When you choose to work out with us at BBMA, you will have fun – lose weight – and put yourself on the path to idyllic health.