5 Basic Repairs To Dietary Errors; STOP FOOLING YOURSELF

Ugh, stop fooling yourself ladies!

I want to address some very common mistaken notions about what you put in your mouth (…I’m talking food yall)  that I keep hearing over and over again. There are too many excuses that attempt to justify or cover up misconceptions we all have about contain foods and habits. Basically I’m here to smack you over the head and call you a dummie; you’re only fooling yourself let me help you see why…

ERROR ONE:

I work out more than anyone I know, I’ve active throughout the week therefore I can eat whatever I want.

PROBLEM

Remember you are what you eat. You are forfeiting top health and performance when you take on this attitude. Just because you’re active and may work out 3-4-5 times a week does not mean you can afford to eat processed foods and junky snacks. Not if you’re aiming for optimum health.

THE FIX

Shift the bulk of your diet away from processed foods and instead eat whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruit. If you eat mostly processed foods, you’re going to feel like garbage for a reason: You’re stressing out your body. The old school way of thought is if you’re active and exercising regularly you will burn away anything you throw in the tank. Guess what? You can run all your life and still fill flood your arteries with cholesterol.

If your diet is a parade of processed foods, from white rice and white pasta to frozen pizzas and Captain Crunch, you’re paying for it with your health and how you feel. Ladies, remember a junky diet impairs energy levels, undercuts recovery and ultimately reduces the training effect you hard so hard to achieve.

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ERROR TWO:

I eat and drink the bare minimum during my training to teach my body how to burn fat.

PROBLEM

You have it completely backwards. Check this out, you are actually enabling increased fat storage!

THE FIX

Not fueling your body with enough calories leads to a negative state of energy. Top performance coach Matt Dixon says [not eating enough] “puts your body in a starvation state, adding to the physiological stress or metabolic stress to your body, and it provides urges or desires for you to eat lots of carbs later in the day.” Dixon also adds that these carbs are more than likely be stored as fat. Hear that? FAT.

One of the worst and most common mistakes is to skip breakfast. A huge no-no. Some think that because their bodies don not crave breakfast why not avoid the extra calories. Wrong, missing the first meal of the day propels you into overeating later in the day. There are also research stats out there that show reductions in stress hormone production when you eat breakfast.

Plenty of reasons to chomp on a banana, in hail some oatmeal and whip up those egg whites! Choose a breakfast that is high in fiber and complex carbohydrates.

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ERROR THREE:

Without coffee I’d die.

THE PROBLEM

Really?! Like really? Truth be told overdoing it on coffee leads to stress, poor sleep, fatigue, digestive problems, depression and interferes with your body’s ability to tone up and burn fat.

THE FIX

Look I know that the mere smell of coffee beans makes your body brighten up and the taste spells party time on your buds but perhaps this is a conscious thing. Time to teach your taste buds how to crave something else in the mornings. My personal favorite is peppermint tea with lemon and/or honey. Minimize or eliminate coffee from your diet, try replacing it with herbal tea or decaf green tea.

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ERROR FOUR:

I drink cola throughout the day, but it’s cool because it’s diet cola.

THE PROPLEM

Sugar or fake sugar; too much soda wreaks havoc on your health and dark colas weaken your bones.

THE FIX

The fix is nice and simple; just quit it out completely! You can do it! You’d be surprised by the weight you’ll drop by cutting out soda …I’d know, personally I shed 5lbs after one month of drinking only water and God only knows I was a ginger ale addict! The sugar alternatives they put in your favorite diets are doing you no good at all, in fact I’ve been told that many of the fake sugars are actually worse for you! Dr. Jordan Metzl says “There is something in the caramelization of the dark sodas that depletes the mineral content [in your bones].

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ERROR FIVE:

I like to trust my body’s cravings when it comes to choosing what I eat.

THE PROBLEM

If you’re craving cookies and donuts, you’re doing something wrong. Very wrong!

THE FIX

Cravings that lead you to make bad decisions should be considered red flags being waved frantically by your body. Although we all know that the smell of fried chicken or freshly oven baked pizza can be mouth watering we also know that these foods other than satisfying our souls is not satisfying what our working bodies need. We want to shovel in the right fuel to allow our bodies optimum performance like foods such as complex carbs, fruits and vegetables, the right oils and fats. If you can fight the craving your body will grow a stronger immunity to it the next time a craving attacks you. Teach yourself to know and do better. Discipline; eat it!

Study search; TJ Murphy and Bethany Leach Mavis

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