Dump the diet!!
I’m not kidding. Every time I see someone do some weird fad thing complete with strange rules like “don’t eat carbs after 5:37pm”, “only eat things that contain the color orange”, or anything peculiar like that, I want to weep. Eating healthy is not some obscure mumbo-jumbo and getting healthy isn’t something which can be done through temporary means or by engaging in anything extreme. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is trying to sell you something. My advice comes for free. 🙂
I’m going to boil this down to a science for you, and in a way that’s maintainable in the long term:
40% – Calories in, calories out. Need to lose weight or drop body fat? Then you need to burn less than you’re eating. Want to gain weight or build muscle? You need to be eating more than you’re burning. Looking to maintain? You need to break even.
40% – What you eat. 1500 calories of cookies is lacking the nutritional density of 1500 calories of whole foods. For the sake of moderation, aim for healthy eating 80-90% of the time and save the rest for the occasional indulgence. This way you can set up habits you can have long term.
20% – How active you are. This also helps with the calories in, calories out equation. And it’s not just about what you do at the gym but what you’re doing the rest of the day. Those of us with desk jobs struggle the most, and with good reason. My calories burned while sitting isn’t that much more than when I’m sleeping. Get up and move!
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