Eat more, not less to get lean
Many people starve themselves to get into a smaller dress size. This may temporarily get them down a few pounds, but then their metabolism bottoms out they rebound back to their original weight along with a ruined metabolism.
The problem comes from the quality of food many people are consuming. Calorie dense flavorful foods without much nutritional value leaves the body craving more and more. The end result is excess fat.
The solution; EAT MORE!
Start by eating more REAL FOOD. Minimize the prepackaged convenience foods that give you a bigger belly and focus on eating lean proteins, healthy greens, color fruits & veggies.
Take the following nutritious dinner: 6 oz lean oven roasted chicken breast with 1 cup sautéed onions, garlic and peppers, along side 1 cup mixed sauteed vegetables (carrots, broccoli, green beans), with half a baked sweet potato with a pat of butter & cinnamon sugar.
Total calorie count is around 350 – 450. Cooking and prep time is around 40 minutes. Total cost is approximately $3.
This is an example of a perfectly nutritious meal for less than $5 that takes very little time to make… yet there will be people who make excuses why they cannot eat this way.
EXCUSE 1: “IT’S CHEAPER TO EAT OUT”
Many people choose their foods for convenience. They’ll turn to a fast food burger for $6 that has 600 calories and little to no nutritional value. If they are cheap and in a hurry, they’ll grab a honeybun from a vending machine for 400 calories and zero nutritional value (and be hungry an hour later, needing to go back to the vending machine for more).
EXCUSE 2: “IT TAKES TOO MUCH TIME TO COOK!”
While time is a factor that needs to be accounted for, it is not a valid excuse for not eating well. While it would take a person 40 minutes to make the sample dinner, it would take virtually the same amount of time to also prep 3 additional similar meals to have over the next few days. Divided up, that’s 10 minutes of your time per meal.
EXCUSE 3: “BUT HEALTHY FOOD TASTES BAD”
What I hear is “I don’t know how to cook.” with the modern convenience of the Internet, anyone can look up recipes and tutorials within minutes and have an entire menu planned. Take the time to learn.
Don’t let excuses keep you from living a healthier life. If you are looking to lean out, start eating more real food!