I get asked a lot how to stay on track with nutrition.......and my answer is always to keep it simple!
There is so many 'diets' that are hyped to give awesome results, that will be the answer to your problems, will have you reaching your goals within 3 weeks, and to be honest it can be very confusing..... cut carbs, do high protein, low fat, eliminate sugar, cut calories, track macros.....whats best? or what is best for you?
I always advice simplicity.
If you feel its complicated your not going to follow through,
If its time consuming and a chore - your not going to do it.
If its unpractical, your not going to do it.
Nutrition does not have to be complicated, or time consuming.
My 5 simple tips;
Most people do not drink enough water, and all too often we mistake being thirsty for hunger.
The body needs water for all body functions and not drinking adequate amounts can impair how they function, cause brain fog and make you eat more as you think your hungry when you are thirsty!
Aim to drink half your body weight in fluid ounces daily. ie if your weigh 150lbs, aim to drink 75flozs daily - more if its hot or your exercising!
Reduce your consumption of processed foods
Processed foods contain added hidden sugars and salt, as well as other chemicals which impact your hormones. How often have you read a label and not known what the ingredients are? Eliminating processed foods will help reduce cravings, start to balance hormones, reduce bloating and help with weight loss.
Focus on portion control
Eating in the correct portions will not only ensure you get the correct nutrients but is essential for saiety, eliminating cravings and will help with weight loss if that is your goal. I use a very simple method to control portions which is very effective!
Eat Protein, Carbohydrates and fat at every meal
Each food group has a specific food group and combing these macro nutrients will help with safety and keeping energy levels steady. Carbohydrates include vegetables and fruit.
Being organised is key. Plan your meals, do your grocery shopping in advance, if your going to be busy prepare your meals in advance.
I like to minimise my preparation by keeping my meals nice and simple. A maximum of 5 ingredients and no longer than 15-20 minutes to prepare.