If you ask people out there today what they’re main 2018 goal is, most of them will say to get in better shape. My guess is that the gyms are crawling with people and those people are looking for any quick fix pill, cream, or solution that they can find. I admire all of you taking even the smallest amount of action. Once the ball gets rolling, things get a lot easier. One of the most important things to remember when trying to get lean is to eat clean.
Before I get started, I’m not an expert on any of this. I’m simply sharing my personal thoughts in hopes that it may help you kickstart things in 2018 on a more positive note. If you’re looking for expert advice, then keep reading and reach out to one of the individuals mentioned below. They’re far more knowledgeable on the subject!
Clean Eating For 2018 – Read And Take Action
There’s one thing that most people forget and that’s the eating part of it. They tend to forget about eating right and it basically causes every other aspect of getting lean to fall apart. I’ve gone as far as sharing my exact diet that helped me get super lean. It’s called the ABC diet and it has worked like a charm (for me, in the past, but we’re all different).
However, I’m not here to talk about diets and stuff like that. I’m here to share some basic information and insight into eating clean. First things first, what the heck does this even mean?
When people hear me say that they’ve got to eat clean, they cringe. I can see the pain on their faces. What they don’t understand is that I’m simply referring to consuming unprocessed and whole foods. In my personal opinion, people complicate the heck out of this whole idea of eating clean.
If you’re looking to get lean and healthy, then you want to avoid unhealthy foods and those that have been processed. Simple as that. Calorie intake and nutrient consumption plays a key role, sure. But the type of foods you eat matter. If you’re working out and trying to consume a double whopper, fries, and a Coca-Cola, then my friend, you are doing it all wrong. Those foods are all that I’d consider being processed and they’re horrible for you. Not to mention, they will destroy your skin!
If you grab a bunch of microwavable meals because they’re convenient, then you’re doing it wrong. Fast food and those that have been processed e.g. anything that can be heated in a microwave out of the box and wrapped in plastic, you’ll want to avoid. Trust me, consuming this type of food will not help you get in shape. If anything, I’ve witnesses people struggle for months, all because of not eating clean.
Now, in my personal opinion, you don’t have to be super strict about this, just do what you can to make an effort. Some people live their lives very strict. They attempt to eat so clean that they end up falling off the wagon before the end of January. You do not want to be that guy or girl. That’ll crush your confidence and mindset completely.
Tips For Maintaining Clean Eating
Here are some simple tips that will help you keep to your clean eating schedule. I suggest you keep them close to you and take action with regards to what I’m sharing.
Start by eating 90% of your meals at home. Sure, you’ve got to go to work but bring your food with you. Home cooked meals are the easiest way to stay in shape. It guarantees that you know what you’re getting into and that you are getting the proper nutrients necessary. You never know what they’re cooking that chicken with or if that meat is loaded with unwanted fats. I’m strict about this but that’s just how I like to do things personally.
Avoid All Crash / Quick Fix Diets
Unless you plan on making a solid 12-to-14 week run with a diet, don’t try it. There’s no use in jumping back and forth between fad diets or trending supplement tips if you can’t commit. Stop looking for shortcuts.
Be honest with yourself and put in the work. Nothing great comes easy. The feeling of being in shape is so much better than the pain of being out of shape. Trust me, I’ve been there and I know the feeling!
Now get out there and start taking action for 2018! Remember that change is 100% possible if you want it bad enough!
P.S. If you’re looking for professional fitness, workout, or diet advice from some awesome people in the business, then I suggest connecting with Marc Megna, Co-Owner of Anatomy at 1220 or Muscle Tech Athlete, Dylan Thomas. Both of these guys know what they are doing and can offer far superior advice than myself. What’s most important is that you do something to make improvements.