A few have asked me about my diet and how I stay so damned skinny slim and make it look easy while still maintaining my energy levels. Of course my first response is IT IS EASY…if you are active, making it so that there is no real need for dieting in the first place. However, I realize for many it is not that easy to understand HOW they should be eating regardless of activity level. In the United States, the land of fast food and prosperity, we as a society don’t want to eat right. (At first one could say we forgot how, but that is a bunch of bull. We learn it in school, see it on TV, read it in advertisements, etc. So the main reason is simply because we don’t want to, or because we feel it is not easy. It is easier to get fat and sue fast food companies for our own stupidity.) Ahem, OK I will get off of the soap box.
Disclaimers: First, I am not claiming that eating the way I do will work for everyone. We are all slightly different, and you may need to tweak my diet to fit your lifestyle and activity level. Second, genetics do play a small part and I am naturally thin to begin with. However, I think this type of diet would be a good starting point for almost anyone. Third, I am not a physician or trainer and do not claim to know what I am talking about. (my wife is nodding her head) So please take anything I say and analyze it for your own usage, and BE SMART. You may also want to consult your real doctors prior to doing anything.
Let’s get rid of some unhealthy thinking in most dieters minds right away, before moving forward. One is starvation, another is weight loss supplements or energy drinks simulating a high metabolism, and yet a third is eliminating a food group, thus making our diet less rounded. While all of these may appear to work, in the short term, they do not work for any length of time and in some cases result in terrible long term health problems. These three notions should be gone from our minds so we can look at a healthy reality.
Before you switch to any diet you should really have a clear picture of what your current diet is like. I recommend that you closely track your diet for a week or two before doing anything new. I use a FREE program called Cron-O-Meter to track my calories and nutrition. There are many more out there, but I prefer this one. After you have a good benchmark of your current habits you can make changes in an educated manner.