Now. I’m not going to share a killer workout routine or some out of this world diet plan. Instead, I’m going to start off by saying that food is the final frontier, insofar as it is the one thing that we as a Western society have a very difficult time understanding in a 21st century way. What I mean by that is we budget, schedule and plan for so many things. In every other area we put in more effort to evaluate what we need and we don’t go for more than that. We try to be smart shoppers, smart investors, smart planners overall. Nowhere does this enlightened attitude fail more than in the realm of nutrition (drinks too, but that’s a whole other topic). We are woefully outdated when it comes to dealing with easy, cheap, addictive and bountiful access to food at every price point. If our bodies were machines, they would be considered 40,000 years out of date, as they still operate based on some very harsh living conditions of days long gone when food was unbelievably scarce; feasting days for whenever food was available, as well as gaining fat were indispensable survival strategies. For us modern humans who cannot take control over this primal strategy, too many days in every season are turned into feast days. In addition, too many meals often get turned into feasts. We feel a little bit hungry (often due to stress, not a real need), and there we go again- fried rice and General Tao chicken in excess of 1,200 calories.
In order to succeed in getting that beach body already by the first day of spring, we need to modify our primal urge to feast whenever we see plenty of easy access food around us. You need to build a solid foundation first so you are your best self every single day. Forget about magic pills, natural miracle supplements and all that stuff. Drink a proper amount of clear liquid every day (mine is 2.5 liters) and an extra cup of water for every cup of coffee you drink; take an excellent multi-vitamin; eat your daily recommended amount of protein and get at least 7.5 hours of sleep each night. After all of that, tell me you’re still very hungry, lethargic and what not every single day; hint- you won’t be able to. Now that you took care of the basics, you need to train yourself to understand food a little bit differently. I say train, as this doesn’t come naturally to human beings. You need to suppress your desire to feast just by looking at all the food available at the supermarket, your favorite coffee place, or that brand new artisanal chocolate place. Unless you specifically chose to dine outside or had smaller meals so you can buy a snack with your coffee, don’t listen to that primal instinct because it’s wrong. You do not need to feast, you have perfectly good food at home (if you don’t, start grocery shopping and YouTube how to cook the most basic meals you like), and you can wait because chances are you are far, far away from actual starvation mode (Google what real starvation is).
So to sum this up, when you’re hungry and you see really good food, your body feels as though you were an ancient hunter, the food was a wild boar, and if you want to eat and survive it’s now or potentially never. You hate when people around you talk nonsense, right? If you’re not going to listen to their nonsense, don’t listen to your body’s either. Do what you know is right, and you won’t spend another summer jumping in the pool with your shirt on. ;)