Dieting Shouldn’t Be Miserable

Dieting or clean eating doesn't have to be a chore. IFBB pro Sandi Forsythe shares ideas on how to get creative and make clean eating fun

April 16, 2013
Dieting Shouldn’t Be Miserable

Many ask me “how do you maintain a solid diet and workout regimen”. Well, the short answer is it’s not a diet; it’s a lifestyle that makes me feel good, and keeps my energy levels high. “Dieting” or “eating clean” does not have to be miserable. Let’s look at the misconceptions of dieting or clean eating:

1) It’s the same foods over and over. NOT true! A healthy, clean diet should consist of a variety of foods to include lean meats, complex carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. I cook with several spices and herbs which alter my recipes and keep my meals different and interesting. You have to get creative yes but once you learn to cook with different foods you will find clean eating can be very interesting and the furthest thing from monotonous. Try out some unique vegetables and spices this week to change up your meals. Bottom line is get creative and make clean eating fun! For unique meal ideas for the whole family follow me on my Facebook page here

2) I cannot eat out or be social while dieting. This is also a misconception. I eat out, and spend time doing things with friends and family. When eating out I ask for the food to be prepared how I want it and am sure to make healthy choices when dinning out. When dinning out it is also critical to watch portion sizes as many restaurants serve portions larger than needed. Stay with lean cuts of meat, around 4-5oz. Also be sure to ask for your meat and vegetables cooked with no butter as many restaurants cook with butter. I have yet to find a restaurant that does not serve grilled chicken or fish and vegetables.

3) I can’t ever have a treat. Well the trick to this one is eat clean 90% of the time and allow yourself a “treat” meal once a week. If your craving something “unhealthy” tell yourself that you can have it once a week. Set a night that you will eat off plan and enjoy your “treat” but don’t overindulge. My weakness is carrot cake but I only allow myself to have this special treat at my “treat meal”, this not only keeps me on point with my diet but also keeps my carrot cake a treat not an everyday indulgence.

4) It’s too expensive to eat clean. I hear this so often, it’s an excuse. If you watch for sales and pay attention to specials you will find that eating clean is just as cost effective as not. I understand that fruits and vegetables can be expensive but I buy them when they are on sale and when they are in season. With meats I watch for sales and stock up when meat is on sale. I either freeze the meat or cook it all and then freeze it if I am not going to use it all right away.

5) It’s too much work. It’s not too much work to plan your meals ahead, and map out your time at the gym. Giving up just one hour of TV or computer time a day can help you fit healthy habits into your life.

6) I don’t want to spend all my time at the gym. Neither do I, and I don’t! I don’t have time for endless hours of cardio. It’s about going into the gym and working hard when your there. Map out your workouts ahead of time so that you don’t waste time deciding what you will do that day. It’s not about how much time you spend in the gym it’s about how hard you work when your there. Try out supersets during your weight training sessions to keep your heart rate higher and workout time shorter. Also try including high intensity cardio training into your routine.

Eating healthy and working out don’t have to consume your life. Make them fit into your life and get creative. Don’t waste time making excuses for why you CAN’T make health a priority instead find solutions and remain balanced. Set new habits and break old ones. Healthy living is not just for you, it’s for the whole family!

IFBB Pro Sandi Forsythe
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