I think at this point we all realize that fitness is a big deal. We know we look better when we work out, we might know it’s the reason we feel better, and we know that it’s just generally something we are supposed to do. What we might not realize is that weight loss, showing those new muscles, and getting the results we want in the gym comes down to the 80/20 rule.
80% DIET and 20% EXERCISE
You can practice the “perfect crunch” all day long, sport the gym outfit everywhere you go, and you can sit on that gym bike for hours on end, but none of that matters if you have a horrible diet. Now, as a college female and a self-proclaimed foodie, I am not saying cut the fun out of your life (and yes, I just said food was fun). You should continue to drink with your friends, eat the cupcakes at weddings, and never turn down the free birthday desserts at restaurants; however, you need to learn how to regulate what you’re eating on a daily basis.
Here’s what you should cut out:
- Soda- It can lead to weak bones, a weakened immune system, dissolving teeth, and each can increases your obesity risk by 1.6 times. So maybe you’re one of those people sitting there with your diet soda and applauding yourself for your efforts to drink your soda in a healthy way… really? I’m going to be brutally honest with you: Diet soda is worse than regular soda. Instead of the calories that are found in regular soda, you are increasing your risk of cancer and consuming methanol. Don’t worry though, according to many household cleaning websites you can use that soda you’ve already purchased to clean your toilet, eliminate rust, and remove grease from clothing! (Rule to live by: If you can CLEAN with it, you probably shouldn’t be drinking it.)
- Alcohol- Sadly, alcohol makes you fat. In no way am I saying you should cut out that glass of wine with dinner or a night out with your friends, just moderate what you are drinking.
- Fried Foods- Just don’t do it.
- Dessert- Don’t have it too often and I promise it will be more special when you do.
And make sure you add In:
- Water- You’re drinking juice with lunch? How old are you? Your drinks are an unnecessary place to reach your recommended sugar intake for the day. Plus, you’re supposed to have 8 glasses of water a day to fuel your body.
- Fish- Low-fat protein.
- Whole Grains- Different than whole wheat.
- Greek Yogurt- Twice the protein of regular yogurt.
- Fruits and Vegetables- The food triangle really wasn’t a joke…
- Nuts- Best possible snack. Tip: Make your own trail mix!
- Dark Chocolate- Full of antioxidants and a great way to satisfy that sweet tooth.
These are just some of the things I try to base my daily diet around. By no means do I think you should try to live by these lists. I just think they provide an easy way to regulate what you are putting into your body, and I promise if you stick to them (along with your fitness routine) you will see results!
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