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1.No fast food-never, that crap is the same as soda pop and cigarettes. It is designed to addict and kill you. There is no nutritional value. We can't control the air we breath, but we can control what we put on the fork. If you eat garbage what does that say about what you think about yourself.
2. No eating in front of the television. It is unconscious eating done to not satisfy a hunger but out of habit. Tends to be junk and will go on unlimited as long as you are sitting on your ass or until the bag of chips is empty.
3. Cut out the processed junk, same as 1 really but at home. Don't worry about GI or anything like that. The less processed the better. Fresh food. if organic or non GMO great if not at least fresh.
4. Give yourself a break. I love the idea of a cheat day. If you are disciplined all the time you will crack and crack big. Give yourself Friday or Saturday to eat what you want. If you are disciplined all the time you will probably find you still don't go for the double bacon cheeseburger, fries and six pack of beer, but maybe you will, oh well it is one meal in 21.
5. Tequila, beer has a lot of carbs.
Not really cycling related but translates well with a few tweaks.
1) if you buy it, you will eat it. So if you have an issue of sneaking a few choc biscuits late at night...don't buy the freaking things in the first place.
2) if trying lose weight - don't drink calories. Liquid calories help "bypass" some of the satiety "safeguards" we have. Conversely when trying to stack on muscle it's great.
3) calories in vs calories out is mostly correct (with some wiggle room). It cannot be ignored.
4) there is a deep, deep psychological relationship with food that we don't fully understand. Don't buy into any hype diet, or extreme viewpoint including the ones I just posted. An ice cream will not hurt. The odd beer won't change a thing. The "cheat day" is awesome - I love my "all you can eat" day. But eat it because you want to. Not because you deserve it, or that you've earned it. There is a difference, one is healthy, the other two...not so much. Recognise it and life will be good.
5) when you eat certain things can be just as important as what you are eating.
"I'm not a real doctor; But I am a real worm; I am an actual worm." - TMBG
Alcohol is also thermogenic and in limited quantity spirits balance out somewhat. Certainly though beer has significantly more, usually with between 7-15g of carbohydrate per beer (for non-light beers) and around 150-200 calories. Obviously this varies widely. Tequila on the other hand has a little under 100 calories and 0 carbs for a 1.5 ounce. Now if you mix it into a margarita, different story.
Don't get me wrong, I love beer but seriously try to limit it if training hard. Part of the reason I ride so much is so that I can drink beer without getting fat(ter). Can't use willful ignorance as an excuse like so many.
Tape brings up a good point about liquid calories. For those Canadians on here, a double double has as much fat as a big mac and a ton of liquid sugar. A coke has 22tsp of sugar. Store bought juice is essentially flat pop as far as nutritional content. Don't even get me started about milk fat.
I love the kooky French. Guess that is why they had the lowest rates of heart disease and highest rates of liver disease in the first world at that time.
1- don't eat anything sweet or salty out of a package- this cuts out an enormous amount of calories
2- if I have a huge hunger urge (outside of post-ride), grab a piece of protein. I like to scarf a bunch of sushi, but chicken breast or some other lean protien is good too, eggs work as well.
3- don't keep anything naughty in the house- if you really really want it and are dying for it, make yourself leave the house in order to get it. A little something naughty won't kill you, but you'll only end up getting it once or twice a week if you do this.
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