It’s time for another Austin-area sports medicine 101 class!
- Have an eating cut-off time. Cut off your eating two to three hours before your bedtime. Nothing good happens with food in contact with your abdomen and intestines through the night. Also, going to bed just a little bit hungry (not starving) makes you wake up hungry, so you’ll eat breakfast. Damage is done when you eat calories late at night, so avoid it.
- Eat a nourishing breakfast. So many people think they’ll skip breakfast and save those calories, but it’s not true. Breakfast is the most important meal. We know that people who eat breakfast eat fewer calories during the day. It buffers your hunger for later that day and night.
- Drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Your exercise will be more effective because you’re fully hydrated. Fat metabolism is more effective when you’re fully hydrated, as well.
- Eliminate six problem foods: soft drinks, trans fats, fried foods, white bread, alcohol, and high-fat milk/yogurt. Keep in mind that you’re not being asked to go on a formal diet, just to give up six problem foods that account for a ton of unneeded calories.
- Make eating a conscious act. So many unnecessary calories come from unconscious eating – not from the meals we eat, but eating between meals. Eliminate those calories. Know and enjoy your meals.
These rules for eating are unbelievably simple, but put them in your life and you’ll reap the rewards!