Do you like to eat? I know I do! Many people think that the way to get the body they want is to stop eating. NO! No Skinnies does not want you to stop eating. Not eating is the quickest way to lose all of your energy and muscle.
What to Eat
Eat fresh, unprocessed food 90% of the time.
When you cut out the processed foods you will realize that you can eat way more food than you ever have before. Processed foods tend to pack a ton of calories into a small amount of food. Not only are the processed foods full of chemicals, high fructose corn syrup, and other ingredients detrimental to your health but they also usually offer very little nutritional value. If you feel that you are always hungry or always craving "something" it is likely because of the processed foods in your diet.
Start slowly. Ask yourself what the first processed food is you eat each day. Do you have cereal for breakfast? A protein bar as a snack? Whatever the processed food is, replace it with a healthy non-processed option. Only replace this one at first! In a week replace another processed food in your daily diet. Repeat this weekly until eventually you have cut out the processed foods in your daily life.
Save the 10% of splurges in your meal plans for special occasions.
Occasionally you are going to be tempted by pizza parties and birthday cakes. You want to be able to enjoy these special occasions! However, you will probably find that you no longer want these junk foods like you did before. I often find myself avoiding situations where I know there will be a ton of crap food just because I prefer not to be around it.
Say to yourself "I CAN have anything I want to eat. I CAN have a cookie. Then think about whether you REALLY want it. Think about how you will feel after you eat it. Sluggish, bloated, mad at yourself. Most likely you don't really want it.
Yep, You've Got to Workout
Working out is absolutely essential. I won't harp on cardio since most people seem to be ok with doing cardio. Let's talk about weight lifting though.
The body needs muscle. Muscle is your friend. The more muscle you have the more you can eat. Muscle takes up less space than fat so pound for pound a pound of muscle will take up far less space than a pound of fat. Muscle also increases your metabolism thereby increasing the amount of calories you burn at rest.
So, in addition to any cardio you feel you need, lift weights at least 1/2 an hour 3-4 times per week!
If you need a step by step guide to help you get started with eating healthy and working out use this guide. This guide will walk you through everything you need to get started. it also provides links to various templates and workout videos.