The biggest common misconception when it comes to a fitness diet is that you will eat less food. That could not be further from the truth. I eat more food now than I ever have. Not only that, but the food that I eat tastes a heck of a lot better than it did before.
A proper diet for any fitness regimen should consist of foods that you enjoy with the majority of your diet coming from smarter and healthier choices in food. Instead of eggs and bacon for breakfast, I have egg whites and turkey bacon. I actually like my breakfast more than any breakfast that I could get out and much better than the breakfast choice of most people I know – nothing. Too many people skip breakfast thinking that is a smart choice. Most of the time I add in a whole wheat pita or a wheat bagel with natural peanut butter. I choose natural peanut butter in place of the sugary alternatives out there. Is it loaded with fat? Yes, but they are good fats that we need in our diets. I also add a scoop of protein powder in my morning coffee to jump-start the muscles.
As far as my eggs go, for a little variance, I will add mushrooms and/or spinach to my eggs. Other alternatives that I use are salsa, asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, etc. The list goes on and on. I also properly spice my foods so that it is never bland.
What does my lunch look like? That varies day to day, but I never feel deprived. I may eat grilled blackened salmon, grilled tilapia, grilled chicken breast, grilled turkey breast, tuna, etc. There are so many proteins that I enjoy. I constantly mix it up and never get bored. For sides, there is always some green vegetables in there such as asparagus, bok choy, broccoli, spinach, broccoli rabe, kale, escarole, etc. I love my greens. For complex carbs, once again, I have a wide variety of foods such as yams, quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, etc.
Dinner looks very similar to lunch. I also incorporate other small meals throughout the day, but my highlight is the post workout shake. Besides the typical supplements, I use two scoops of protein powder with unsweetened almond milk, ice, a banana, PB2 (an amazing peanut butter substitute) and optional items like mixed berries, mango, etc. These shakes are simply amazing. Before bed, we are normally looking at cottage cheese, which I absolutely love.
While this may not sound like everyone’s ideal diet, it works very well for me. There is no reason that you cannot incorporate the foods that you love into your daily diet. Leans cuts of beet are just fine. I will eat beef every once in a while. I actually eat quite a bit of lean beef jerky because I love it. Are you feeling like you need something sweet? Go for it. You can eat whatever you want, but the key is to eat items in moderation. Ice cream, french fries, etc. are all fine, but need to be eaten wisely and in moderation.
The point of this post though is to tell you that your diet should not have you eating less food. You just need to eat better foods. Smarter choices are what will fuel you through your workouts and your daily activities.