4 Easy ways to change the way you eat
My goal here is to help you create and develop a sustainable healthy way of eating, not a diet! Everyone has different goals, a different body, and is at a different place in their fitness journey. Here are some quick and easy steps for improving the way you eat. These steps are written in order of importance so if you already do some of these things down, skip to the next step.
#1 Liquid Calories- One of the easiest and quickest ways to change the way you eat is to cut out the liquid calories. You do not need soft drinks, sweet tea, juice, or creamer with your coffee. Stop drinking your calories and drink water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee. Try to cut out the calorie free sodas as well, although they may not necessarily have calories they do have tons of additives that are not healthy. If you absolutely must drink soda one of the only alternatives I have found is Zevia. They make a calorie free soda that is colorless, sweetened with stevia, and only has natural ingredients. For those of you that don’t like black coffee or unsweetened tea, it takes trying something 22 times to develop a taste for it so just make yourself drink it for about a month and you will be hooked! Change this one thing for 2-4 weeks before moving to the next step.
#2 Fast Food- How many time a week are you eating fast food? If you answered more than once then you need to change this. I know it is a hard habit to break but a good solution is to start small. If you eat out on average 8 times a week, start by cutting that in half. Then after 2 or 3 weeks cut it in half again. Going cold turkey is not always the best solution when trying to develop healthy habits. This step will be different for everyone and may take you as little as a few weeks or as long as a few months, depending on how frequently you eat fast food when you start.
#3 Better Foods-The next step is to start changing the types of food you are eating. One of the most simplistic approaches to this comes directly from Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, who says to eat a diet consisting of “meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.” The idea is to eat like this 90% of the time and if you have a meal or 2 a week where you don’t, it is ok. At this point most people can stay on this step forever or at least do this until they get to a point where they no longer feel that it is helping them achieve their personal goals.
#4 Find a Plan That Fits Your Goals- There are hundreds of different plans out their now days, some of which cost money and others that don’t. If you are looking to get down to a certain percentage of body fat, looking to fuel athletic performance, or just feel that you need a little bit more, you can find a plan to fit your needs. Most of these plans are based on tracking calories and macro nutrients. Many will require you to weigh and measure your food and track every calorie that goes into your body. If you think you have the discipline to take that next step here are some of my favorite plans: the Zone Diet, RP Strength, Eat to Perform, Working Against Gravity, and My Fitness Pal.
I hope this makes getting started on your fitness journey a little more simple and less stressful. Of course, supplementing your diet with a great workout regiment will jump start your results. I would love to help you get started on this journey. If you have any questions please call 470-264-0070 or sign up for a free workout by clicking the link below!