What’s International “No Diet” day? It is said to be a celebration of body image while raising awareness of the potential dangers of dieting.
In 2003, The Institute of Medicine stated: "Those who complete weight loss programs lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight only to regain two-thirds within a year and almost all of it within five years." Does this mean we shouldn’t evaluate what we eat?
Not at all. The emphasis here is with fad diets and the “obsession” with body image. Eating well and training hard is a lifestyle to assist us in making the most out of our lives. However, we should always be in the driver’s seat.
Taking control can be easy to do and starts with small changes, such as choosing healthier snacks. We asked Renegade Training founder John Davies of healthier snack choices and here is what he said:
You cannot ‘out run’ a poor diet.
With that said and done, we all ‘snack’ to some degree and said choices can either accelerate development or ruin your efforts. That simple fact, a bitter pill to swallow, is critical to understand but can prove to be a catalyst to goal achievement. In-fact the following basic tips are easy to implement and can assist most dietary goals.
Avoid these six common ‘snack’ errors:
- Late night binge eating or the dreaded ‘comfort food’ is to be avoided.
- Avoid processed foods and ‘no’, just because the package is green and says ‘natural’ does not mean it's healthy.
- Poor travel habits and packaged ‘snacks’ that are in-fact laden with chemicals that require third year chemistry to understand how you are harming your body.
- Water. Proper hydration isn’t ‘sugar laced’ low quality ‘energy drinks’. Choose water or go ‘the extra mile’ with Modern BCAA+
- Snacks that lack nutritional balance. Just like your meals ensure your snacks are properly balanced with the appropriate ratio of protein, fats and carbohydrates.
Don't ruin your training; choose healthy snacks for Iron Game success
- Nuts, almonds, pistachios, get in those monounsaturated fats to burn fat. ‘Fat to burn fat’
- Greek yogurt
- Salmon (pink), loads of protein and high quality fat (not farm raised)
- Eggs, i.e. add hard boiled eggs to your daily ‘in between’ meals
- Cottage cheese
- Peanut or Almond butter (natural only). Add a little to oatmeal to breakfast.
- Chocolate, more than 60% cocoa level can assist fat reduction in small amounts
Prepared by John Davies
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