You can’t outwork a bad diet.
You might be a beast in the gym but if the way you’re eating doesn’t complement your exercise regimen, you won’t get to where you want to be.
Several people seem to think that by eating less, they’ll lose weight. Although that can be true, why would you deprive yourself of food? You see, the key to losing weight is not starving, but rather eating a normal amount of healthy food.
If by hearing the word ‘healthy’ you instantly think of bland and tasteless food, you’re doing it wrong.
First of all, learn how to cook healthy food in a way that fits your preferences. At the supermarket there are these wonderful things called ‘spices.’ I suggest you start using them, because they can transform the taste of your food entirely. For instance, I like my meat to taste like BBQ. So, instead of using a bunch of sauces, I just buy the BBQ spice that usually has five calories per serving and TA-TA! My homemade burgers takes like yummy BBQ.
After you’ve learned how to season your food, start substituting your favorite dishes. Find a way where you can satisfy your craving for a certain meal by preparing it with different ingredients. For example, if you’re craving some spaghetti and meatballs, buy/prepare zucchini that has the same shape of spaghetti along with some lean meat to make your meatballs. Since zucchini is a vegetable, you’re basically eating protein and veggies instead of a carb-filled meal.
Once you start experimenting with the ingredients you use to cook your everyday meals, start looking for substitutes for your sugary cravings. For example, if you love chocolate and are unable to give it up, I advice you to try a protein chocolate-peanut butter frappe.
Next time you go to the store, buy some cashew/almond/coconut unsweetened milk along with some chocolate whey protein (or whatever you prefer). Also, try looking for powdered peanut butter, which has 85% less calories and fat. Once you have those ingredients, pour them in a smoothie blender that has the capacity to break down ice so that you can make a frappe. The end result will certainly satisfy your cravings for chocolate and make you extremely happy.
There are countless ways to curve your cravings by simply substituting a few ingredients and getting creative. You don’t have to give up taste to eat healthy. I encourage you to go in the kitchen, find some spices and start playing around. You never know… you might come up with a new recipe that will become your favorite.