Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? It could have a lot to do with the food you’re eating. I know, because I used to be the same. My diet was absolutely full of rubbish. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I’d often binge on sweet treats, eating chocolate bar after chocolate bar. I felt like rubbish, and had no energy at all. It took a few years, but I got to a point where I was sick of feeling that way. I felt like I’d really let myself go. I didn’t like any pictures taken of me, and I felt like no outfit looked good on me. So I changed. It took a lot of research, and a lot of effort, but I did it. I learned slowly. I changed slowly. I still had meltdowns every now and again; I’m only human! I have issues still now sometimes thanks to my sweet tooth. But I do have some tips I’d like to share. Here’s my guide to overhauling your diet:
Start Monitoring What You Eat
Start monitoring what you eat by downloading an app like MyFitnessPal. You’re not necessarily calorie counting here, although that can play a part in it. You want to check out the nutrition you’re getting from the foods you’re eating. You might be surprised at exactly how much sugar and saturated fats you’re consuming. The app is easy to use, as you can simply scan in the food you’re eating. You can then use the app to make sure you’re eating a diet that has plenty of protein, good fats, and good carbs. You can have treats in moderation, but it’s a good idea to track them too. It helps to keep me on track when I’ve fallen off the wagon!
Add Up Money Spent on Treats
I’ve spent a ton of money on fast food in the past. I used to order takeaways quite a lot. I still order the odd pizza now! Add up the money you spend on treats and you might have an incentive to cut down. Check out https://www.fastfoodmenuprices.co.uk/kfc-prices/ for an idea.
Stop Mindless Eating
I used to mindless eat, a lot. I’d be bored. I’d go to the fridge or cupboard and see what was in. I’d scoff something, but I wouldn’t be satisfied! If this sounds like you, stop and think for a second. Do you really want that chocolate bar or bag of crisps? Is there something you can do instead? Maybe you could see a friend, or read a book. Mindless eating will never fulfill you in the long run. It takes time to break these habits, but you will eventually.
Aim to Eat More Whole Foods
Eating more whole foods is essential. They are better for your health, and will keep you fuller for longer. I make sure I eat vegetables with every meal. For my carbs, I have white potato, sweet potato, and plain basmati rice. For my protein, I have quorn and tofu (I’m a veggie). I’d rather not have meat substitutes, but I find it difficult to get the amount of protein I need for my training (I bodybuild) if I don’t have them. I also have shakes and protein bars as a supplement if I need more protein.
Get Some Exercise Too
You’ll feel great if you get some exercise, and you’ll be less likely to ruin your hard work. Focus on changing your diet first, as that’s the most important thing. When you’re in a bit of a routine, introduce a class or something you enjoy!
Take pictures to monitor your progress and you’ll be amazed!