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The Unelite Athlete

The Fad Diet Is A Bad Diet!

Let’s talk about food.

One of my favourite things to do, especially after running is eat. I’m in the lucky category where I find I eat a good variety of food on the whole but, here’s the thing, I DON’T actually diet!

There are so many articles in magazines, where there is Mr or Mrs Hollywood on the cover, and inside they promise to provide you the holy grail of how a 30 day diet can get you looking like this!

They are practically ramming it down our throats, and it’s bad advice, and to make it worse, we take it. So for the next few days we start a diet, we feel extremely low and fatigued because of calorie deficit (less than we need), and when it doesn’t work we feel even worse than we did when we started.

What’s worse is, the people that printed the article have your money, which after all was their main objective.

It’s the same with supplements. Now I’m not shunning all supplements because I don’t know enough about them but, I’m shunning the marketing behind them. Some are sold at high end prices with the promise that the results are worth it but, think about the experience during the time frame of taking them.

Some request you to eat little to no food, while drinking an abundance of water, which leads to you needing to pee all day but, not having the energy to go to the bathroom! You end up either loosing weight but, feeling awful at the end, or you stop because you’re not happy with the overall experience, and you’re stuck with whatever is left, and a hole in your pocket.

I tend to rely on what I know works. I don’t restrict myself to no sugar, or low carb days, or whatever other rules that are hard to abide by. Simply put, I eat a lot of fruit and veg, I try to make good decisions on what to eat, and I make sure to treat myself to a donut or something pretty much when I feel like it.

The easiest way of sticking to a good way of eating is to look at the bigger picture.

Here is a few tips that I find help:

  • Don’t ban yourself from your favourite treats
  • Eat a large breakfast including fruit
  • Be realistic about what is good and not so good for you
  • Don’t graze on snacks at night while watching TV, grab an apple or some nuts

So here’s a good idea to try. It’s how I started eating a larger variety of foods.

Every week go to the shops and pick one fruit and one vegetable that you wouldn’t normally buy. Look online for ways to cook it, or things that it goes well with. After a few weeks you’ll find about four or five new foods in your basket that wouldn’t have previously been there, and you’ll feel pretty good about it. Give it a go and let me know how you get on!

Share your ideas with me and others in the same boat!

Catch up with you soon,

Calum

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