So, you’ve finally decided to start eating right. Well it’s about fucking time! What took so long? Seriously though, I’ll try to be a bit more supportive throughout the rest of the article.
I’m going to talk about what in my opinion are the biggest hurdles you will face. They are 1) portion control and 2) temptation.
If you think this represents both of those we have a much bigger problem.
Let’s start out with portion control. You’ll notice I’m not going into depth about which foods are healthy and which ones are not. By now you should have educated yourself about which foods to avoid. I’ll have an article posted soon about the worst and best foods you can eat, but for now I’ll toss you a bone.
No sugar. No bread. No pasta.
That’s where you’re going to start. Believe me, you probably have no clue how much of those three things you already consume. Cut them out and the pounds will melt away. But let’s get back to the subject of portion control.
Most Americans have been taught since birth that you are supposed to eat everything on your plate. So even when our plate is overflowing with food we seem to feel like the meal isn’t over when we’re full, but when we hate ourselves. Did you know that in most Asian countries it is actually considered rude to clean your plate? It tells your host that they didn’t give you enough food. Think that might be the reason why the obesity rate in most Asian countries is in the single digits, while the the good old USA its around 30%? Well I’m going to give you some tips both to better choose your portion size and to help control your daily food intake.
Any idea why I said no sugar, bread, or pasta? Those are all forms of sugar, and consuming them will fill you up briefly, but will actually make you more hungry again sooner, What you want to eat are foods that will fill you up and keep you that way – foods with lots of protein and fiber. Lean meats like beef, chicken, and turkey (not ground meat) and fish. Eggs are also a good source of protein. Beef jerky is the bomb for a good snack – just make sure you don’t eat the whole back in one sitting unless you’ve got a good workout routine that will use it to build muscle. As a good rule of thumb try not to more protein in one sitting than the size of your fist. Again – if you are trying to build muscle you may eat more. If not – your body will turn that excess protein into fat.
So how do you keep from going overboard on a daily basis? Its very simple actually. Buy a lunchbox. Here’s a good one. Every evening you are going to pack this sucker full of healthy foods. Include your breakfast, lunch, and two or three healthy snacks. That’s what you’re going to eat today before dinner. Now, when I say pack it – I mean just that. Fill it to the brim in the beginning. You should barely be able to close it. For dinner have something healthy as well. One serving of meats, one serving of greens, and one serving of starch. Try not to snack after dinner. Green Tea helps suppress an appetite. If you must snack, have some fruit.
Next, temptation. Let’s face it – this is the big problem. Our society is custom-tailored to make a buck off getting you to consume shit you don’t need. So how do you keep yourself strong? Well there’s only one trick I know, but it works.
That’s right. You need to start exercising. And the weaker your willpower is when it comes to resisting junk food, the earlier you’re going to need to workout. Do it first thing in the morning, preferably before you eat breakfast. Get those bones and muscles to ache. Then the next time you feel that temptation to eat unhealthy food – just remember that if you chow down on that crap, you’ll enjoy it for a few minutes but you’ll still be aching when you’re done – and all that work you put in to exercise WILL HAVE BEEN FOR NOTHING. That’s the only trick that has ever worked for me. Maybe you have something better in mind. Please feel free to share in the comments.