It’s sort of acceptable to pig out over winter. Keep yourself warm with mars bars and curries, I get it. But as we approach spring, we’re running out of excuses and so I’m here to throw you a (nutritional) bone. If you’re looking for a head start, and fancy starting your diet sooner rather than later, then look no further than these bloody marvellous tips.
Avoid Fad Diets
Most experts in nutrition and diet will tell you that fad diets are best avoided. Take their advice over the Instagram schmucks who try and sell you the maddest and newest craze and stick with what has worked for years. Firstly, many of them are designed for the short-term, meaning you might just go back to your old diet afterwards and gain back any lost weight or lose any gains you made. Some of them are also not healthy, restricting your diet in ways that could mean you’re missing out on important nutrients that are vital to keeping your testosterone high and body healthy.
Hip to be square
Eat 2-3 meals per day. A few squares per day has been recommended for years, working for just about everyone ever. My recommendation is to fast up until around midday then break the fast with a smallish meal. After that, you can have one huge meal or split it into two. This will keep you satisfied and curb over consuming at dinner time.
Have a Varied Diet
Varying your diet so you get lots of different nutrients keeps your hormones balanced and your nose dry. Some people will argue that there are some things you don’t need, like carbohydrates or dairy. I’d argue that these people are wrong and that every food group is required for a wholly healthy body. Ultimately, it’s your decision, but it’s useful to understand the professional advice. Switch up your fruit and veg intake, moderate your animal products, try to avoid processed wheat and keep man made foods to a complete minimum.
Check those calories
Cutting calories is a great way to lose weight, but you can go too far. It’s important that your body has enough to keep going and to burn the fat you want to get rid of. Drastic cutting of calories and prolonged calorie deficits can have a harmful effect on your testosterone, making you feel weak, lethargic and like an overall bad egg. Check out the infographic below for some facts about calories you may not know.