Saturday, January 21, 2012
Q& A - What I Ate to Lose Weight
One of the questions I get asked most from people is "what did I eat to lose weight and what do I suggest that they eat?" Here is a list of foods that I eat on a weekly basis that helped me lose 85 pounds and maintain a sub 11% bf.
I filled my diet with alot of protein and alot of fruit primarily to lose the weight. I ate lean sources of protein like chicken, steak, turkey burgers, fish, egg whites, and non fat cottage cheese.
Then whenever I wanted something to snack on I would skip the chips and go for an apple. I would also eat a lot complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat/ grain bread/pasta/tortillas.
Finally, I was always sure to get in healthy fats like nuts, olive oil, and fats in fish like salmon. With this combination of food your body will be energized all day and ready for you to work out and burn off any amount of fat you wish.
For snacking I always suggest fruit, especially apples, because they are very satisfying to hunger. One thing that I like to advocate is to not go on a low fat or low carb diet because in all honesty carbs and fat don't make you fat - its an excess of calories from protein/carbs/ and fat that make people gain weight.
A good rule of thumb that a lot of people use, especially bodybuilders, is the 40/40/20 ratio, that is... 40% of your calories come from protein, 40% from carbs, and 20% form fat. This creates a well balanced diet.