Not everyone can be Kobe. The Black Mamba dropped 16 pounds from an already cut physique in preparation for the 2012 Olympics in London. The rest of us struggle just to try and keep in shape all the rest of the year, and we still run like we’re hauling an old fridge on the court.
Diet is often the root of most people’s problems. However, most people think that “diet” means radically changing the way you eat. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Even the smallest adjustments, like these, can result in big changes.
None of these will result in big gains on their own, but paying attention to little things can help you push yourself past the plateau you may have been struggling with, or give you the extra energy you’ve been looking for.
Everyone knows you’re supposed to hydrate regularly, but the two to five cups of coffee you’re pounding at your desk during the day don’t count towards that. Have more water and you may find you’re actually more energetic during the day. What’s more, many people often confuse hunger for thirst, which can play hell with you when you’re trying to manage your caloric intake. Have more water, and you may find you’re not just feeling better, but eating less as well.
What’s more, when you reach for a glass of water when you’re thirsty, you’re limiting your intake of other dangerous calories – like you might find in a can of soda.
No High Fructose Corn Syrup
One of the most dangerous things you can put in your body, most of us aren’t even aware we’re taking in ridiculous amounts of high fructose corn syrup every day. What is it exactly? High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener, usually used as a cheaper substitute for sugar. It’s in everything from ice cream, to granola bars, soda – even peanut butter.
For some time, studies have suggested that high fructose corn syrup isn’t just addictive, but also responsible for obesity and weight gain. HFCS is harder for the body to process, and more often converted to fat than cane sugar. Most dangerous however, is how addictive HFCS is. More addicting than regular sugar, a one-off snack could turn into a regular habit if your body starts to crave that sweetness.
Check out what’s on the ingredients list while you’re at the supermarket, to avoid this common sweetener.
It sounds stupidly simple, but the fact of the matter is most of us don’t eat enough vegetables. More than half of our caloric intake should be coming from veg, but more often than not, we take in too much protein and carbs. That means more than half of what’s on your plate at each meal, should be greens. So why is it more than half of yours looks like it used to moo?
Protein, in the form of meats, have historically been considered a luxury, and so humans have it in us to think that more is better. That couldn’t be further from the truth. While we should have steady intakes of protein throughout the day, we should keep an eye on what we’re eating, and try and fill up more on things like veg.