At some point in all our lives we have gone in to a restaurant and seen a thin, attractive woman sit down and somewhere in our minds we think, “I bet money she only orders a salad”, and then laugh to ourselves when she does. And we possibly rolled our eyes as well. Predictable, right? Well, that woman possibly ordered that salad because when eating out, it’s the one thing you can try best you can to control. When trying to lose weight, I mean, SERIOUSLY trying, one of the first things that has to go out the window is eating out. Why is this? Because you have no control over what exactly is going in to your food, and or how exactly it is going to be prepared. Say you go to a restaurant and order the fish entrée. Good choice… right? Not necessarily. Chances are that portion is going to be more than what you actually should be consuming at one time, or, the fish itself is possibly going to come with some type of butter sauce, and even more possibly was cooked in higher fat oil or a vat of butter, adding more calories than you could imagine.
Last week as a special treat I took my kids out to dinner…Waffle House…their choice. (Yes, believe it or not, my kids usually do eat very kid friendly food, despite that even when I’m cooking I cook myself something entirely different.) As we sit their waiting for their breakfast dinners, I stare at a $5 dollar menu, with about 10 different choices you could get all for $5. Listed next to these “amazing” breakfast deals are the calories in each meal. The average caloric intake was between 700-1000 calories! And these were not any thing you would normally think “well, that’s obviously unhealthy”. So, in other words, you go to breakfast, and you have just consumed over half of your daily caloric intake. I can guarantee if you were cooking for yourself something at home, your caloric intake would be less.
So, often when starting out on a cutting phase of a diet (usually phase one, also often the hardest, and most strict), it is imperative to also cut out eating out, and yep, you are going to have to learn to cook for yourself. Shocking, I know. We live in a world that we all have very busy lives, and yes cooking and meal prep, is time consuming. But failure to plan truly is planning to fail. At Wicked fitness, we understand hectic schedules, and so therefore in Wicked Fitness Counseling we take that in to account and I ask honestly, as far as diet goes, what can you honestly commit to. Grocery shopping is suddenly a bigger task because you have to read labels, and buy things you may not know how to cook.
It is quite the learning experience, but so necessary. If you can control how your food is being cooked, what it’s being cooking in, what’s going on it, how often you are eating, etc, then you will actually be one step closer to having the figure you are working out so hard to obtain. Fitness and food go hand in hand, and most people do not realize how important what you eat actually is.
I’ve trained clients in the past that would get upset because they felt they were working out so hard but weren’t loosing weight. Upon asking them to do a food journal they were actually taking in 3000 plus calories in a day! You can kill yourself for 2 hours in the gym, but if you are consuming that many calories in a day, no, you are not going to lose weight.
You must eat, and often to boost metabolism. This means preparing out your meals and snacks for the day ahead of time, in the event that you are out and not at a place you can sit down and have your next meal. That does take forward thinking. But if you do not plan it out, next thing you know, your next meal time rolls around, you suddenly are walking down the isle in Target and realize you are starving to death. You are more than likely to grab the first thing you can find, and or grab something on the go, and because you are then famished, over eat. Get a plan! Make a grocery list! Learn to cook. You never know, clean eating does not have to be torture. Your body will thank you, and your results will be worth every minute of planning and prepping.
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