Food Glorious Food
My First Simple Rule is all things in moderation
food wise. You need to eat less more often. Portions should be no bigger
then your closed fist since that is the size of your heart and stomach.
I follow the FDA Food Pyramid and try to balance the daily recommended
amounts over the 6 or so meal a day I eat.
Carbs ARE necessary. 10 years since
Atkins launched his diet and he is dead of heart issues and many people
who have followed his diet are also suffering serious heart conditions.
BACK TO RULE ONE. All foods in moderation.
Fat is also necessary for your survival and
wellbeing. The biggest mistake I see when I'm asked to make someone a
diet is they have cut the fat so much, their body's defense mechanism
has started to horde fat and consume muscle. Vitamins such as the B
family need fat to be absorbed into the system. I eat some
type of fat everyday at breakfast and take my multi vitamin with this
meal. My fat of choice is Peanut butter. Its high in protein, has good
oils and is tasty to boot. A toasted bagel is my method of delivery but
if your diet is carb rich and your trying to loose mass, then substitute
a piece of whole wheat (or as you Canadians say brown) toast.
Water is the essential element Humans need in
order to survive. It hydrates, and cleanses toxins from our bodies. So
work your way up to 8 glasses a day slowly since you can drink too much
water and cause your brain to swell.
Ok what about Junk food and Beer? EAT
THEM. But don't reach for that beer if you can't work it off in your
next workout. When I was bodybuilding I planned my diet with the notion
that every thing going in, had a role in keeping the machine working at
top speed. So if I wanted a Beer I would have to account for the
calories, and carbs in that days allowance.
As to junk food eat it. BUT
limit yourself to one item, and limit to one day. My "cheat" day was and
still is Sunday. If I want candy I eat it. By denying yourself the
foods you love you guarantee yourself to failure. If I was a real good
boy during the week and had great workouts, CHOCOLATE was my vise.
Reward yourself if you make a short term goal. Make your little
goals a stairway to the greater goal of being happier, fitter and better
REMEMBER Simple Rule Number Two. Keep the portions small
and eat it slow. Then figure where to cut the comparable amounts of carbs, fat and sugar from your treat in your next few meals.
Eat sensible clean non processed
foods when you can but don't freak out when you can't.