I am really struggling with my junk food habits! I have a real sweet tooth and love carbs! I am not currently over weight because I am very active (I am a college basketball player), however I know that my eating habits are likely harming my performance, energy level, and self confidence. I feel like I need to lose about 5-8 lbs. I need some strategies OTHER than just quitting...I know this is the obvious one and I am trying to stop...can you recommend something to help me! Thank you!
Not much you can do but make the decision to stop if you feel thats what you need. So called junk food is actually needed by many athletes to fuel their training but it should not be the base. you should have good basic foundation and then add that stuff on for your caloric need. Me for instance I need 5000-7000 calories a day and there is no way in hell I can do that with apples, salad and chicken breasts. I have to eta more dense food.
But they are just fuel. I have at times lived years on very clean food and held a very low bodyfat % you have to simple make the decision to eat real foods, just base your meals off meat, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, veggies, nuts, and fruit. If your eating enough you should not even want so called junk food and have energy. This should be the base of your intake no matter what and then add the pasta, pizza, potato chips, etc on for caloric need.
Load up be sure and get plenty of healthy fats in your diet and try a month of just eating real whole foods, when your hungry or even want something find something that can be found in nature an apple, nuts and milk as opposed to a cupcake etc. I big ribeye steak instead of pizza and see how you get along.
Food is a tool Amy dont let it rule you. Dont give it that power, Use it as fuel to reach your goals be it so called clean foods or junk foods. There are no real junk foods (aside from transfat and maybe high fructose corn syrup) only foods bad for peoples goals.
For more info you should join our free discussion forum, you will get lots of great advice and discussion there www.teamstaley.com start a training log. We can help with training, diet and then give advice on supplementation. We have another young high level sprinter from Ireland on the site as well by the name of Alan
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