Humans are products of habits. No matter the habit, it can be challenging to change. I’m sure everyone has heard the term “you can’t out train a bad diet”. This is so spot on! I would know because for the first year of my journey, I didn’t change my diet not one bit but continued to train like a mad man. Need less to say I didn’t make great progress during that first year. I needed to see food in a different light and understand how to change my diet in order to sustain the new fitness lifestyle.
Food is fuel to our bodies to help us power through the day similar to how gasoline is fuel for a car. Whole foods with a solid nutritional profile is the premium more expensive gas and junk/processed foods is the regular cheaper gas. The main driver to changing the way I viewed food was by researching foods that enhance performance and energy for the gym. Junk food typically leaves us sluggish and not energized to do anything while whole food gives us a balanced source of energy to continue to operate efficiently. I’ve trained clients from all walks of life and there are foods that are more of triggers than others. If you can completely eliminate those triggers, great! But if you can’t, find healthier alternatives to help eliminate your bad habits in order to create new and better ones.
I’m addicted to Soda! I’ve never been a huge soda drinker so this one is pretty simple to completely eliminate due to the lacked of nutrients. If you look at the nutritional label on a 12 oz Coca-Cola you see this:
All sugar with no other nutritional benefits. If you are in fact addicted to soda, please look into sparkling water or soda water to satisfy that craving. These are usually zero calories, packed with vitamins & minerals and won’t ruin your progress in the gym.
I’m addicted to Pizza! Growing up in New York City, I can admit that Pizza is one of the most satisfying meals ever. The great thing about pizza is that there are a variety of healthy ways to to bake it. Cauliflower is a vegetable and believe it or not you can make a pizza crust from it. Once the great is done, all you have to do is add your toppings which can be a low fat cheese, lean cut of protein, peppers, onions, etc. and enjoy!
I’m addicted to Cheeseburgers! Not all burgers are bad. Sure a burger from a fast food chain is packed with a ton of fat but if you choose a turkey burger instead, you can save yourself from consuming too many calories. Want to save more calories? You can use romaine lettuce leaves as the bun especially if your following a low carbohydrate diet.
I’m addicted to Ice Cream! After a long day of work, nothing sounds better than watching some reruns and eating a bowl of ice cream. With the rise of the fitness community, more companies are adapting to healthier options of ice cream. Sea Salt Caramel from Halo Top is one of my favorite low calories ice cream. At 80 calories a serving and 320 calories for the entire container, it’s a guilt free treat that won’t drift you away from your goals.