Getting started on a new diet plan can be very overwhelming. The first place we always start with in is getting set up with http://www.myfitnesspal.com. Don’t worry, it’s not all about calorie tracking but it is where a newbie needs to start or someone that has fallen off the wagon for a refresher. The only way to make changes in the right direction is to see what isn’t working.
Step 1: Set up your www.myfitnesspal.com to discover what kind of calorie range you will need to stay within to reach your goals.
Step 2: Choose whole foods. This part is key to your success, this is the part where you will need to simplify. It will be time to rid the house of packaged and processed food as much as possible. It doesn’t matter if you are vegan, on a keto diet, intermittent fasting or any other named diet, you will need to stick to a whole and natural foods as your main diet ( at least 80% of the food you choose should be whole and natural foods that are not processed. )
Step 2.1: Make sure you cut out junk food and sugar! Refined sugar is addictive so do your best to go cold turkey as the more you feed it the more you will crave it. The sooner you cut it out the better you will feel mentally and physically. Try replacing those cravings with berries like blackberries, raspberries or blueberries. These all have fiber and antioxidants that will help clear your system of those refined sugars fast.
Step 2.2: Quit drinking alcohol! This is one of the most useless consumables for those with fitness goals. No matter how it is justified it has no benefit to you but quitting has a long list of benefits. Replace all beverages with water. Add fruit like lemons and cucumber or tea bags for flavor. No more pop, energy drinks, (beware of sports drinks too that are full of sugar of and or caffeine) or juice for you fitness enthusiasts.
Step 3: Create a food journal. This can even just be a note in your day planner as to the time you were hungry, how much water you have been drinking or the meals themselves. This journal will help you see your patterns so that you can better prepare for and combat cravings or overindulging. You will at some point be tempted but if you are prepared with healthier foods ahead of time you will be able to overcome bad habits and create long-term change.
Step 4: Decide on an eating routine and stick to it. You can not see results if you don’t stay committed to the process. If you are really unsure, schedule a private consultation with a BMM coach. ( Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Step 5: Get the full diet low down, grocery guide and recipes for a fitness lifestyle from the Diet Makeover Cookbook or look for healthy recipes that fit your macros and create your own custom diet.
Remember, there is no one diet fits all and there are no diet pills or fads that will replace steady dedication to daily healthy habits. You each have your own goals, either to gain muscle, lose fat, do both or just find a diet that will fit your schedule and give you the energy you need throughout your day. Learning what will work for you does take some time and effort but if you commit to making it a priority, there is nothing stopping you from achieving your best health and most desired body form. Thousands of others have transformed their body’s and so can you.
Here are some great journal notebooks to keep you motivated while you keep on track.
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