So you’re committed to a good fitness regime but still not losing weight? It may be caused by your diet. It’s hard to change your eating habits, particularly if you’re a person who really enjoys good food. When we socialise with friends and family, most of the time we are together it involves food.
If you’re completely truthful with yourself, there may be a part of your brain that is unwilling to make more of an effort because you associate good eating with the words boring and bland. Visions of poached chicken breast and lettuces leaves spring to mind, but we’re going to de bunk some of the common myths about what good nutrition really is.
Myth 1: Eating healthy is boring
There’s no such thing as boring when it comes to food. It simply could mean you are lacking imagination in the kitchen. Professional weightlifters might stuff themselves with broccoli and chicken on a daily basis, interspersed with chalky protein shakes, but it doesn’t mean that’s what you have to do.
You can still eat like a king and lose weight. The key is knowing what to swap, using the right ingredients to create a well balanced food plan.
Myth 2: You can’t have treats
Oh, but you can, as long as you don’t go crazy! In fact you’re more likely to binge on the naughty food if you don’t treat yourself occasionally. Note the word occasionally. This is not an excuse to break open a packet of Salt n Vinegar chips every day. If you follow the 80/20 rule and combine it with exercise, you’ll find you stay on track. If you’ve not heard of the 80/20 rule it translates as stick to your good nutrition 80 per cent of the time with 20 per cent allowed for treats. You only live once and life is too short to be counting every single calorie.
Myth 3: Eating healthy takes too much time
After working all day, exercising, looking after your family, there doesn’t seem to be much time left in the day, so the faster we can get food on the table, the better. Pre-packaged frozen you can chuck in the oven or microwave or visits to the local fish and chip shop may save time, but they’re hardly nutritious. Just set aside half an hour at night to prepare your food for the next day. This eliminates sneaky trips to the vending machine and saves you money on buying lunch. There are lots of recipes that don’t take too much time. You just have to do your homework.