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3 Diet Tips for You

Jul 25, 2008
Sticking to your diet and exercise program is tough when you travel. From airports to airplanes, hotel meals to inadequate hotel gyms, you might just want to skip fat burning altogether.

But here are 3 diet tips taken from my recent trip to Vancouver for a seminar that will help you stay motivated and stop you from cheating on your diet.

1) Make NO Excuses at the Buffet Dinners...

On Tuesday evening, there was a seminar reception buffet dinner at my hotel in Vancouver. It featured pasta, beef tenderloin, lots of breads and cheeses, seafood, vegetables, and fruit. Lots and lots of food. Plenty of opportunity to overeat...or eat well.

And it was easy for me to stick to the raw vegetables, smoked salmon, crab, shrimp, and fruit. A free meal should not be a free for all meal.

2) Do not eat dessert for breakfast.

Somehow, it became socially acceptable, recommended even, to eat dessert for breakfast. Muffins are just cake without icing. Poptarts are just pie slices you can stick in a toaster. Cereals are just pieces of crackers you drowned in milk. None of these have many redeeming qualities. Stick to real food instead.

3) Eat more fruit and less pizza

Today on my way to Stanley Park where I walked about 10 miles, I knew I needed to pick up a snack. My earlier lunch of salmon and vegetables was light, and I knew the walk was going to be long.

I thought briefly about getting a slice of pizza, but I take my position as a nutrition role model to you quite seriously. And even though I could have "snuck" the pizza in and not mentioned it here, I don't like to be hypocritical. So I found a grocery store/fruit stand and grabbed two bananas and a bag of local blueberries. Much better.

This is a choice that you can make too. Believe it or not, you'll actually like it. And you'll feel 10x's better choosing fruit over grease. Both physically and mentally.

Here's the Bottom line on dieting for fat loss. The REALITY of the situation is this...Eating takes about 5 minutes per snack, maybe 15 minutes for a meal.

That's it. And often even when we "give in" to a craving, it doesn't take us long to have that craving again. It's not like eating ice cream today takes our mind off ice cream for the next 151 days. Nope. Ice cream is right back in our heads tomorrow. Or even later today.

The old saying, "A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips" is pretty accurate. It really is ONLY a moment on the lips. Eating is not a 3 hour orgy of the senses. It's really over in a few short minutes. But your body and belly fat are there with you 168 hours per week, week-in and week-out.

Keep this reality in perspective, and it will help you make better nutrition choices. A moment vs. a lifetime, which will you choose? A little reward is fine when it fits the plan, a lot of cheating is
only going to ruin all your other hard work.
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Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men's Health and Oxygen magazines.
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