Diet and exercise. We all know these are the basis of getting fit, yet while many of us has nailed down the exercise aspect, we struggle with the diet aspect due to the sheer amount of temptation the world around us throws at us.
– Oh but I don’t want to waste food…
– I was hungry and it was the most convenient…
– I want to eat healthy but I don’t have the time to cook..
– And many more…. EXCUSES (barring some specific cases) we make everyday to SABOTAGE our own potential fitness results
So here are some tips to help you control how much you eat and facilitate you to make healthier eating choices in 2019.
1. REMOVE THE JUNK FOOD/COMFORT FOOD FROM YOUR VICINITY AND MAKE HEATHY FOOD CHOICES CONVENIENT FOR YOU TO GRAB
Let’s face it, we are all lazy sometimes, and like to do things that are easy if possible. Afterall, why make our already complicated life more difficult right? This is also true when it comes to food: the chances of you eating that bag of potato chips 2 feet from when you are hungry is much more appealing than to drive 30 minutes to a local grocery store and buy healthier options to bring home, then prepare them, then eat them.
Ya, just thinking about that can make you “hangry”. So why in the world would you want to do that to yourself? How do you feel about yourself and your fitness after you give in and eat that bag of potato chips? Some of us have awesome willpower, but will power is not limitless, even the most resolute of us can still crack given enough temptation at some point. This is why the environment we create around us is ever so important to facilitate us to make the right choice every day.
If making healthier choices was made easier for you and you know you will feel good about it afterwards wouldn’t you want to make it more often? Let’s take the above potato scenario in reverse. You are hungry, and there’s a ready-to-eat plate of your favorite healthy salad 2 feet from you. Would you be more likely to be eating that than to drive 30 minutes to a local fast-food store? (if you are thinking local fast-food store still…we need to talk).
So why do that to yourself? Remove the temptations like junk foods and unhealthy snacks from your vicinity and stop buying them. This way you won’t have to feel like you are wasting food or money by having them in your cupboard or fridge. Also, make those healthy options closer to your vicinity so it stays at the top of your mind: like eye-level in your fridge for example.
Create an environment that serves your fitness success, not sabotage it. You wouldn’t want to have a healthier lifestyle that you can maintain long-term that helps you to stay at the physique you want, would you? Come talk to a personal trainer at Richmond Gym Crux Fitness to see what different ways we can help you create this environment FOR YOU.
2. EAT SLOWER
This one sounds so simple, yet so hard to do in practice as we are always pressed for time in the fast-paced environment that is the modern world.
It takes time for our digestive system to work and tell the brain that we have enough nutrients and is full. If you eat too fast, you can overeat very easily. With portions (think super-size) getting bigger so we get more “bang for our buck” at restaurants nowadays, it is vital that we slow down not only so that we can fully enjoy the wide range of culinary pleasures our taste buds can enjoy from food, but also to make sure we are fully in sync with our bodies to know when it has enough food.
Afterall, we didn’t get the most “bang for our buck” meal for the purpose of getting overweight did we?
3. MEAL PREP
This tides in with point 1. Make it easier on yourself to make healthier choices. Even when you have fresh and healthy ingredients for you, would you be more likely to eat that ready-to-eat bag of potato chips in front of you or spend 30 minutes cooking the healthy meal you know you body will benefit from?
If you answered that you will cook for 30 minutes, good for you, but unfortunately you may be in the minority. Also, let’s face it, unless you adore the process of cooking, most of us don’t want to spend 30 minutes cooking each meal per day. Meal preparation is the answer to this dilemma. You are more likely to eat a ready-to-eat healthy meal rather than that bag of potato chips if they were both presented to you if you are conscience about eating healthy.
Oh, no time? Are you telling me you can’t spare the 1-2 hours PER WEEK to prepare the food to HELP YOU stay fit and healthy for rest of the week? We all have 168 hours in a week, and if you are unwilling to spend even 1-2% of that time to ensure the fitness success for rest of the week then perhaps you don’t want that fitness lifestyle or physique that much afterall.
If it was easy then everyone else would be already doing it, you didn’t join a gym or get a personal trainer to be just like everyone else did you? For more tips on meal prep speak to a personal trainer at Crux Fitness.
TRUTH is we make the conscious decisions on how we want the environment around us to be, take control of your environment today and make it one that will SERVE YOUR FITNESS SUCCESS rather than sabotage it.
By Jacky Huang, Certified Personal Trainer at Crux Fitness