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Follow this simple rule to enjoy your favorite foods and still get in shape for summer

Ever wish you could eat your favorite foods and still get in shape? Well, if you follow a simple rule for when you eat those foods you can enjoy your pizza and still get in shape for summer.


Ever wish you could eat your favorite foods and still get in shape? Well, if you follow a simple rule for when you eat certain foods you can enjoy your pizza and still get in shape for summer, seriously.

I don’t want this to read as though you can always eat whatever you want and still get in great shape, that’s not what this is. Unless of course all you want to eat are healthy foods, but I’m guessing that’s not the case. However, this is a great rule to follow so that you can enjoy your unhealthy favorites quite frequently. It will also help you stay on track with your nutrition for the long term and prevent major cravings that can completely crash your diet.

Prioritize when you eat carbs

Eat the majority (or all) of the carbs in your day before and/or after your workout and then for the rest of the day prioritize eating healthy fats and proteins.

When most people think of unhealthy food, they think of carbs and/or sugar. So even though this rule doesn’t mean you can always eat whatever you want, it does make it easier to enjoy a high-carb snack or meal regularly.

Eating your carbs before a workout provides fuel for your workout and eating carbs after your workout will help your body recover and can contribute to muscle repair.

Is this a be-all-end-all rule that is going to allow you to eat whatever you want and still get ripped? No, it’s not. But it is a great rule that can make eating your favorite carbs in moderation a lot more beneficial for you and a little less guilt free.

For me, I love pasta and cookies (amongst a whole slew of other foods). So I will sometimes eat a small serving of pasta an hour before a long run or lift and enjoy a cookie shortly after (chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, doesn’t matter love ’em all). The pasta provides the energy I need for a good workout and the cookie can actually help speed up recovery by producing the necessary insulin spike I need to help my muscles recover.

Fitness articles and advice can often be overly complicated and I truly believe it is better to simplify things as much as possible. Especially for people who aren’t looking to become the next bodybuilding champion and just want to look and feel good. Having simple rules to follow makes it much easier to follow a diet for life and avoid “crash dieting”. I truly hope this rule helps.

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This GrowthHack was contributed by Keegan
This GrowthHack was contributed by Keegan

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