Have you been working out HARD and can quite seem to see the results, despite been able to have developed more strength, gained more endurance and feel like you are as fit as you have ever been in your life but nooooo, you still have that annoying layer of fat over your abs? You can swear they are under there, because you actually feel them but they never show up to the party? Well, if your response is YES, you might just be a victim of not so great eating habits, and how I know that is because I also struggle with my eating habits.
One of the harshest realities when getting into the fitness lifestyle is that you literally are what you eat and truth is you can’t out train a bad diet. Kind of reminds me of how as recently as 2years ago after my workouts I’d go get two samosas and two sausages to refuel. My logic was based on the fact that the meat in the samosas and the sausage were protein, sigh. Now the thing about many of us is that our nutrition is based on convenience broken down to two main factors: cost and availability ( atleast to me that’s how I would make my eating decisions). Now, in Nairobi if you are walking down Moi Avenue aka Chips avenue, that fresh out of the frier smell of fries drives me crazy, there is just something about potatoes which I would rather blame on my genetics rather than own up to my actual lack of self control. So before you even get to the fruit lady also on Moi avenue, you already have spent Kshs. 80 on fries when on the flip side you could spend the same amount or less on a Kshs. 30 apple, Kshs. 10 banana and Kshs. 20 for peanuts plus some water to fill in the spaces ;-).
Now, in order to know how to pick out what to eat, first thing would be to identify what your fitness goals are…if you are skinny and are trying to bulk up, you would inevitably need to eat more i.e. increase your calorific intake, and if you are trying to lose weight, you would still need to eat but of course you would have to have to burn more calories than you consume. This is a just a simplified explanation of what really needs to happen but it really is a summary of how to feed towards your goals. You would need to identify the different components of your meals which are simply broken down to: Carbohydrates ( used to generate energy), protein (for building and repair of muscles), fat (used for hormone synthesis, insulation and the last resort for energy production )minerals and vitamins and minerals(for building ones immunity for prevention and fighting disease).
Once your goals have been identified and you realize that you can’t indulge in a large pizza to replenish your energy, you will have to embrace the lifestyle of “Eating clean”.
Eating clean is about eating more of the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups—and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones. That means embracing foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats.
I get that sometimes if not always our meals are predetermined by what is available at home and perhaps you have no actual choice as to what is prepared for dinner, what you do have control over is your portions and I will share certain food you can opt for versus others or just give tips on how to prepare some foods different. (BTW potatoes are awesome and are a great source of potassium, just when fried they become the enemy).
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