Here at FF, we know how hard it is to wrap your head around getting into shape.
With so much conflicting information out there, it’s a nightmare trying to figure out where to start. Atkins, calorie counting, running, weights, yoga, Zumba…all you really want is a simple routine that will get you results.
Everyone on the FF team recommends the same starting place: Diet.
By diet we do not mean ‘go on a diet’, we just mean your daily intake of food.
It’s 100% true what you read; results are mostly down to your diet. This is for a number of reasons; for starters, if you eat clean foods your body becomes much more efficient at using food for fuel and burning it off as energy, rather than not knowing what to do with it and storing it as fat. Secondly, if you’re working out, your diet staples need to compliment your training so you can really maximise your results. Thirdly, switching up your diet is a great way to shock your body into changing. The list goes on, but our point is simple: clean up your diet!
Here at FF we don’t promote starting off with calorie counting. If you struggle to eat healthily this should be your primary goal. Calorie counting, in my opinion, is for those who have mastered a healthy diet and are looking to kick their weight loss up a notch. When it comes to calorie counting, you also need to consider your macro split (carbs, proteins and fats). Your first job should be understanding what foods are good, what foods are bad, and trying to implement that into your daily lifestyle. This is a hard enough change initially, so don’t go too far too soon or you could become overwhelmed and give up.
We hate The Atkins Diet. This isn’t because it diet doesn’t work, it does. But carbohydrates (vegetables, fruit, grains and pulses) are ESSENTIAL to your body and brain function. Cutting them out is EXTREMELY unhealthy and can really mess up your metabolism. Permanently. It is ALL about EATING CLEAN and EATING IN CONJUNCTION WITH YOUR TRAINING.
So, we recommend a CLEAN diet. By clean we mean all natural foods that have no added sugars, flavours or preservatives – foods that are 100% unprocessed.
1. Carbohydrates – Oats, sweet potato, brown rice, pulses, fruits, vegetables
2. Fats – Avocados, eggs, nuts, seeds, meats, fish, shellfish, oils
3. Protein – Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cottage cheese, Greek yoghurt
Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are what your body needs to run on, you just need to make the right decisions when it comes to these 3 food groups.
All natural fat burners include lemon juice, cinnamon and green tea.
Also, drink as much water as you can throughout the day to keep your muscles hydrated, nutrients moving around your body and continually flush out your system.
Of course it would be impossible never have a glass of wine or a chocolate biscuit again (not to mention maddening in this day and age) which is why we recommend one evening a week when you can indulge. This one evening will not reverse your progress – in fact it will refresh your body’s response to the diet by boosting your Leptin (fat storing hormone) levels. The best of both worlds!
A clean diet – it works.