Eating healthy on the go can be a real struggle.
With so many fast food outlets boasting quick turn around times and minimal effort, it easy to fall into bad eating habits. If you’re try to stay lean, the most important thing you can do is eat clean.
It’s well established that to stay in good shape, diet carries more importance than exercise on a 70/30 split.
So when you’re out and about, rather than heading straight to the nearest Burger King or Subway, don’t. Instead, think back to the 3 Tips to Eat Healthy on the Go that we are about to outline in this article, and realise how much simpler staying healthy on the go can be.
Tip One: Be Prepared
The first step to being healthy is to think about what your going to eat. If you know you’re going to be away from home for lunch or for dinner, think about how and what you are going to eat. I’m fully aware that that sentence probably sounds incredibly patronising, but if I had a pound for every time I’ve forgotten my lunch and been forced to buy something not so healthy I’d be a very rich man indeed.
My tip is this, when you’re preparing a no doubt healthy meal the night before, cook much more than you need. Portion this out into tupperware boxes and hey presto, you’ve got yourself some healthy lunch.
Tip Two: Diet Tracking
My next tip is about tracking what you each. We live in the age of technology and what an age it is to live in. There a numerous smart phone apps that really put the power of staying healthy in your hands. Take the iPhone for example, it comes with a built in health kit that tracks your activity as well as calories burnt without you having to do anything out of your normal routine, it’s all in the background.
Well the iPhone health kit can be supplemented with some third party apps which can really help your diet. Take Lifesum for example, a app that tracks your food intake. Lifesum asks you to set a goal on start up, it gives you options of losing, maintaining, or gaining weight. Depending on your preferences, Lifesum gives you targets that you have to reach each day, in terms of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Whenever you eat something, log it in Lifesum. An in built database has stats of just about anything you can think of so logging is not an issue.
By logging what you eat, you can see which areas you are lacking in or over indulging in, both quickly and easily. Where it takes some conscious thought to begin with, it soon becomes second nature.
Tip Three: Drink Water
Drinking water is probably the most overlooked step of staying healthy. Keeping an appropriate level of hydration is key to staying in shape. There have been extensive studies into drinking water, and it’s been shown that if you are dehydrated when working out, your strength can decline as much as 30%.
Water is also key to flushing toxins from the body. When you have a high protein diet, your body is naturally higher in toxins, therefore drinking lots of water is essential.
Finally, drinking water can help you lose fat. For a start, drinking a glass of water can help you feel less hungry, reducing the temptation to snack between meals. Drinkning water also helps your water retention, which can often cause a small layer of fat to form over your abs. By taking in water, this retained liquid is no longer needed, and will fade in time which will only help to accentuate that six pack.