All of us, myself included, are not really good, at the deprivation style of nutrition and burning fat. I do not really have to tell you what is bad for you and what you just should not eat because for the majority of people out there – you already know! The problem is in the way we try to deny ourselves those sweet and salty treats!
Whenever we simply stop doing something cold turkey and that includes eating or drinking a particular food our brain just sees it as something we can not have. Not only does this flick a switch in 99.9% of men that fights this principle just out of spite, but it also makes us feel that we are missing out on something that we like or even love. This is a strong emotion and extremely hard to control.
With this in mind, the big buzzword that is getting a lot of attention when it comes to better nutrition is SWITCH! What this means is that instead of stopping something outright and just hoping to fight the cravings and emotions with outstanding willpower, you actually replace it for a better option! It is very much like quitting smoking and where many successful people use alternate methods to keep their hands busy while quitting. This behavior switching technique can often make a world of difference as opposed to going cold turkey.
Same goes for nutritional choices. Do not try to quit something outright but actually substitute it with some better options. Try these five tips below to get you started on your way!
Fat Burning Nutrition Switch 1:
Leave desserts off the breakfast menu! Now I do not mean that people are having ice cream and chocolate for breakfast although sadly, some people do! What I mean is that when we really look at the ingredients in some of our most popular breakfast cereals and other common options, you soon realize that they are better off in the dessert bar! Lose the sugary cereals, sweet muffins, fat filled bagels and croissants and look at options like a good omelet, high fiber / low sugar cereals, yogurt, smoothies and plenty of fresh fruit for starters.
Fat Burning Nutrition Switch 2:
Monitor your eating schedule. Personally, I see no value in the arguments that eating after 7 or 8pm causes you any grief whatsoever. Yep, I said it! It is not eating after this time that causes you to gain fat; it is the rubbish that we binge on after these times that causes the problem! With this in mind, you can stop late night binges by eating a larger lunch and then having dinner that little bit later.
Fat Burning Nutrition Switch 3:
Lose the processed food and go natural as often as you can! Processed and modified foods or carbohydrates are just plain bad and are often stripped of real nutritional value. Try your hardest to replace these foods with nuts, vegetable or fruits. Examples here are pretty straight forward; when eating red meat, hold the fries and add some extra "trees" or a salad. Instead of a calorie filled chocolate muffin or Danish on your morning coffee break why not grab a handful of nuts? And even though it is an old favorite, switch the eggs on toast to eggs flavored with parsley or spinach and then finish it with an apple!
Fat Burning Nutrition Switch 4:
You do not want sugary drinks after a workout! This one is crazy! You go to all the effort of a hard workout, burning anywhere from 250 to 800 or even 1000 calories and then guzzle down a sugar filled energy drink, soda or juice and wipe out most or even all of your hard work in just a minute or two! You do not need it and it's a piece of marketing genius!
Fat Burning Nutrition Switch 5:
This one should go without saying, but do not just minimize the junk food in your house, but hide it! We are visual people and will suddenly get hungry when we see a nice yummy chocolate bar, packet of crisps or a stray dough-nut left around the house or fridge in full view.
So then, you want to remove as much junk food as you can from the whole house. But again, in both the light of not totally depriving yourself of sweetness and also keeping the rest of your household happy, feel free to keep some! However, keep them in a dark part of your pantry and make sure that you have plenty of bowls and containers of healthy, ready to eat foods like fruit and nuts. They not only taste great but are so good for you. Just get them in your eye line!
Here's one last bonus switch for you! Employ your own nutrition expert – YOU! Stop listening in hope at all the latest craze diets and instead home-school yourself on the foods you eat for at least 2 weeks. Note down everything you consume for that period and really open up your eyes to all the foods and drinks that are out there. Stuff you have never even tried before is a perfect choice! Eat the recommended servings and keep a good eye on the calorie counts and see how you feel and what happens over the two weeks. You will come up with some great wins simply and effectively that will change your whole diet.