Probably the number one question that I receive from customers when it comes to losing weight and, more importantly, getting healthier is, “What should I be eating?” Well, as with everything else in life, you need a plan and your plan must be simple. Exercise and eating right doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s as easy as getting a calendar and a spiral notebook. I know you’re probably saying, “What the heck are you talking about, Robert?”
Okay, it's simple, know ahead of time when you're going to workout. Write it on a calendar or if you are more technical, put it in your iPhone, iPad, Whatever! Schedule out the whole month in advance! When you do this and see it actually in writing (or on the screen), you are a lot more likely to work out at those times... I know, it's crazy but it's true!
If you really want results and want them quickly, you have to stop eating what Tony Horton calls "FOOD PORN." Food porn is basically fried foods, refined flours, simple carbs, sodas and dairy (yes... I said dairy). Remove the porn from the house and buy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. If doing this all at once seems too daunting then try to do it for most of your meals. Some people will only be able to do the 50/50 plan which is eating clean 50% of the time and eating "not so clean for the other 50%. Three meals a day, seven days a week makes for 21 meals. Make 11 of them healthy (you know what that looks like) and keep the rest ugly. The hope over time is that 11 good meals becomes 12 and 10 bad becomes 9, etc. Some can go as far as the 90/10 plan. I lean more towards the 90/10. You have to decide ahead of time which meals are clean and which are PORN.
If you really struggle with your healthy diet then start writing down what you eat. Try this for just 3 weeks. Buy a spiral notebook and start keeping track of every morsel. Grade yourself at the end of each day. Healthy foods get no grades while junk/porn get a negative number. That blue cheese dressing in your healthy salad gets a negative 1. Add bacon bits and you're at a negative 2. On a 1 to 10 scale 8, 9, & 10 are best. Below 5 means you've been cheating all day long.
Your simple plan is to schedule workouts so that you can stay consistent and find a food philosophy that works for you. When you do this, you will be concentrating on what you are doing, you will be following a plan and you will be seeing greater results in no time!