How many carbs do I eat? Should I have steak with every meal? Should I not eat after 8pm? What percentage should be protein?
These are the kinds of nonsense questions I see, hear and read all day long. I could tell you what foods you need to eat (and I will tell you some that will help in your weight loss and muscle building endeavors) but this is not that post. In this simple post I will tell you the simple answer and what not to do.
What shouldn’t I eat?
To reach your goals to be lean and strong follow this simple advice. Eat less, exercise more and eat more fruits and veggies. That’s it. For breakfast avoid carb and sugar heavy foods like cereal and reach for the eggs and fruit. For snacks munch on nuts and berries. For lunch and dinner eat a small portion of protein (we discussed in previous posts that more protein is not better), which you can measure by make sure it is no larger then the size of your closed fist. Have a large serving of veggies with this and you should meet your goals and food requirements.
Food requirements look like this 5-10oz of protein from meat, beans and legumes, 1-3 servings of fruits and 3-5 servings of veggies. And please, please, if you are drinking anything other then water, stop. Water is what your body is made to drink, nothing else will meet your hydration needs better then water. Soda, soft drinks of any kind that are sweetened are all immediately stored as fat in the body, no value.
So what should I eat?
If after what I have told you, in very simple terms, about what to eat is not clear enough this should answer your question. Any reasonable person knows what is good and healthy. If you are eating a bag of chips, a large soda and a hamburger from McDonalds I don’t care who you are, you know that is an unhealthy meal that will not help you meet your goals. Remember, every day is a new day. Missing a day will not ruin your goals but if you continue each day with a defeated attitude because you messed up on a meal or a day then you have already lost.
Oh and remember, don’t forget to cheat one day out of every week. Eat everything, as much as you like of cakes, cookies, burgers, French fries. No one can live their whole life as a saint. Plus, studies actually indicate that a spike in calories shocks the system to help keep metabolism alive and well, your safe on that day.