Because we haven’t talked enough about food, I went and consulted with a nutritionist last week to give us more to talk about.
When it comes to fitness and food, it boils down to a few key things, I was told by Dr. James Nabb, who was gracious enough to answer some emails.
Once you get past the very basics (be aware of calories, fats, no trans fats), he gave me a few simple tips to pass on:
Eat about 5 times a day. Make sure you eat breakfast, it really is the most omportant meal of the day.
“You need protein to jumpstart your metabolism,” he said. “Fruit, milk and oatmeal is perfect.” Eggs are good too, but don’t go overboard on the omelets (yum).
From there, it’s important to keep eating regularly to maintain your metabolism. A nut and fruit bar should get you to lunch, where you do your best to avoid the temptaion and ease of a drive through.
Once you turn down McDonald’s for that sandwhich and water instead of Big Mac and extra large Coke, you should eat a little something to get you to dinner. Avoid eating too late, keep it light.
The important thing is to keep a consistent rate. Starving yourself for a few hours than gorging isn’t going to get you very far. It’s also important you don’t eat too little. Studies have shown that your body will go into starvation mode if it doesn’t get enough calories, during which it will horde whatever it can get to keep you going.
To get more info on nutrition, check out nutrition.gov for a bunch of news and resources to eating better.