What is Diet to me?

To me a diet is about providing your body the right fuel you need to feel your best everyday. Everyone is individual with different lifestyles so for me simplicity is key. Diet is often associated with restriction rather than balance, which often leads to a short-term fix rather than a long-term lifestyle change.

Myself and my partner have a no specific diet, we just keep it simple. Cook from scratch so we know and are in control of what goes in our bodies,

A typical weekly shop consists of fresh Vegetables, Fruit, good sourced meat and fish. We keep it balanced with foods such as grains, pulses, whole wheat pasta and rice. We also try and keep it vegetarian once per week.

We both have very busy work schedules so the balanced meals we make help to keep our blood sugars stable thus keeping our energy levels high. 

Rarely do we stock up our fridge with processed foods but during the festive period that might change as we eat out more and are often cooking for others.

We do however balance this out by keeping active during this time. Having this relaxed and balanced relationship with food has allowed us both to maintain a healthy and lean physique for well over 10 years. 

In the New Year people often see this as their time for change and jump on the “new fad diet” which is always restriction over balance.

With so much information available people can often get flooded and not know what to believe then lose motivation so here’s my 5 tips to staying motivated that will last your lifetime.

TIP 1

KEEP IT BALANCED

Eat meals that include good sourced proteins, complex carbohydrates and fats. This will help keep your energy levels up and your mindset more productive.

TIP 2

FUEL YOURSELF

Food is fuel so it’s not about filling yourself up for the whole day it’s for the next few hours before you eat again. If fat loss is your goal then eat smaller portions on a regular basis to help keep your metabolic rate high.

TIP 3

DON’T CHEAT

Cheat days are only needed if you rely on restriction rather than control. If you want it then eat but just make sure the next snack or meal is a good one.

TIP 4

FORGET FAT FREE

Fat free doesn’t mean healthier as it’s often replaced by sugars and sweeteners that make you crave more. Read the nutritional labels so you know which products are better than others.

TIP 5

LOVE IT LONG TIME

Food and exercise should go hand in hand. Don’t continue bad food habits and expect your workouts to balance it all out. If you eat better you’ll feel better, which will help you train harder and recover quicker. It’s a lifestyle so enjoy it.

Alex Gildea

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