When it comes to leaning out, diet is going to be 70% of your progress. It doesn’t matter if you are killing yourself in the gym if you are eating like shit! Trust me, I did this for years. My workouts were fine, but the overindulging was seriously hindering my progress.
You need both diet and exercise to achieve your goals, but for a lot of people (myself included) diet is the hardest thing to tackle. Read on for my 5 easy ways to get your diet in check and finally achieve those results you are working so hard for in the gym!
- Avoid snacking at work. This was a big one for me! Candy bowls, provided lunches at meetings, and shared treats can add calories to your day FAST. I started packing my own lunch for meetings rather than relying on the provided option (which was always high in calories) and only give in to office treats if I think they are really worth it.
- Find a breakfast you like and stick to it. By now you know that I am obsessed with protein oats. I eat this dish pretty much every single morning because it’s easy, full of protein, and keeps me full. Plus I can switch up the toppings so I never get bored!
- Log your food. I started using My Fitness Pal to log everything I ate during the day. Doing this can be sooooo eye opening because you can see how much you are actually eating throughout the day. It gives you a good baseline to go off of and decide if you need to make any changes. But be sure you log everything because if you cheat and don’t log it all you could be eating hundreds of extra calories that you don’t even realize.
- Stop the licks, dips, and tastes. I know it can be tempting to sample everything at the grocery store stations, take an extra spoonful of peanut butter while you’re making a sandwich, or eat an extra handful of chocolate chips while you are baking but these habits literally add tons of calories that you aren’t even aware of!
- Ditch the excuses. I was the QUEEN of excuses when it came to my diet. There will always be something in the way of eating healthy. Whether that’s a friends birthday, a vacation, a relative visiting, or whatever the case may be it can be tempting to say “I’ll just start tomorrow”. There will never be a perfect time in life, so you might as well start now and just deal with the temptations and special occasions as they come. Small plug for macro counting – I think it really helps with times like this 🙂 .