Abs are made in the kitchen! So are you going to start cooking them now? It’s never too late to tweak your nutrition, get your meal prep on point and get on the road to your dream body! A few simple changes to your diet like swapping the good for the bad will give you the groundwork you need to kickstart your lifestyle change. You want long term, maintainable results! Follow the tips below to start your own body transformation.
Tip 1 – Swap Milk Chocolate for Dark Chocolate
If you cant do away with chocolate do yourself a favour, swap the milky stuff for the dark stuff. Milk chocolate is extremely addictive and it seems the moment you take your first bite you can’t stop until it’s all gone. Dark chocolate on the other hand is more intense and will curb your cravings after only a few squares. Plus it turns out eliminating cocoa completely may not necessarily be the best idea. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Before you get too excited it doesn’t mean go and buy a foot long dark Toblerone. By eating or indulging in a couple of squares of dark chocolate a day (or even better, protein chocolate!) you will be doing your skin a big favour. Cocoa aids in hydrating your skin giving it a firmer more supple appearance.Your body, mind and skin will love you for this. Make sure you choose a dark chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao. It can also help reduce skin puffiness.
Tip 2 – Eat protein for better hair growth and condition
The staple ingredient of any fitness fanatics diet; PROTEIN! Who doesn’t want healthy glowing and strong hair? If you increase your protein intake and choose healthy lean proteins such as lean meat, fish, eggs, beans and lentils as well as nuts and seeds as part of a balanced diet, then you will soon notice the difference if you haven’t been eating them previously! Protein is needed by most cells and processes in your body as the fundamental building block. Give your body protein and it will grow bigger and stronger in all the right ways!
Tip 3 – Nourish your heart with Omega 3
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So it’s time to eat your way to a healthy heart! If you’re not looking after your heart then well, there’s not much point in looking after anything else is there? If you love eating fish then it’s your lucky day! Salmon and mackerel are the king and queen of happy heart foods. Why is that? It’s because these healthy heart foods contain an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven in studies to lower the risk of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries.) So you really want to be including salmon in your diet! Take care of your ticker and it will take care of you! Checkout our article on Omega 3-6-9 supplements for some really helpful information.
Tip 4 – Grapefruit the natural slimmer! Eat for a slimmer you and a healthy liver
It might not be the best tasting fruit ever but its benefits outweigh its somewhat tart taste. Grapefruit is brimming over with both vitamin C and antioxidants making it the perfect accomplice to your breakfast! This wonder fruit aids in the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, a bowl of tinned grapefruit or half a fresh fruit will help boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins. Some prescription medications, like statins, react with grapefruit juice (albeit in large quantities) so is best avoided if this applies to you. Read the information leaflets provided with your medicine if your unsure.
Tip 5 – Prepare your Food in advance
If you want to eat cleaner food or follow a diet plan you have to be organised and do what you can to resist temptation for takeaways or convenience food. Life can get in the way of diet, but not if you diet is ready for your life. Preparing your meals for the day in advance and taking them with you ensures you have all the food that you need for the diet you want to follow. Advance meal prep will help you stay disciplined and it is cheaper too. Check out our article on meal prepping for cheap for more information.
It is easy to get tempted to break good eating habits. Its hard to stay disciplined. If you are willing to prepare your food in advance then getting a meal prep bag is worth its weight in gold. It will become your most loved possession. These clever bags will allow you to carry your carefully prepped food for the day so you have your food available whether you are at work or outdoors on the move. Each time you pack or carry your meal prep bag let it serve as a reminder that you are progressing and getting closer and closer to your goals.
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Incorporating such small but great life choices to your diet will ensure you start feeling better on the inside and looking vibrant on the outside.