The amount of junk food you eat daily would surprise you
I recently read an article about famed rapper Missy Elliot in which she started tweaking her intake habits, and in four months it had played a definitive role in her weight loss and how she feels. Needless to say, she stopped drinking sodas and juices and opted for water instead. She also cut out her bread intake.
Many times that’s all it takes for individuals to start seeing the positive changes they desire. One would be surprised with the amount of junk food we eat on a daily basis. Take a look at some of the prescribed “healthy” food items. A lot of those items are filled with sugar that the average person wouldn’t think would be in the product.
Understanding and being aware of your food intake can create a level of change that you didn’t know existed, due to unknowing self-sabotage.
Being consistent in the gym with your workouts is only a portion of the battle. We have to eat to facilitate our health — physically and mentally. The kitchen is where the greatest portion of your health battle dwells.
Taking steps to tweak certain areas of our intake makes us want to know about our foods. It takes a simple Google search whilst you’re in the store to read about a product. By doing this, you can realize whether or not what’s in your pantry is the culprit for that last 10 pounds.
Now I’m not saying never treat yourself. My goodness — that would be a life of boredom that I wouldn’t want any part of. Sit me next to a homemade pecan pie and you’ll see who will win that battle. Telling yourself that this is a treat, and understanding how you feel mentally should be the purpose of the treat itself. The over-indulgent aspect of your treat is where you should also understand that you don’t want to regress and throw away all you’ve done to achieve where you are.
It’s clear, take the right steps to understand your hindrance and commit to tweaking them.
Creating substitutes for the things you intake that are deficient nutritionally for you can create a change in your fitness and lifestyle progression.
In the long term, this approach will help you realize that along with your hard work in the gym, it’s okay every now and again to indulge.
• Stay positive. Be purely consistent. Achieve more. And go get it! Emilio Bullard is a personal trainer at Balmoral Club. He can be contacted at [email protected].