Start This Fall With An Awesome Diet

September 14, 2014


Fall is a great time to refocus on the goals you set back in January. Now that the lazy days of summer are over, you can prioritize your health as you settle back into your normal routine. If weight management was one of your goals in January, turn your attention to your body composition.

Rather than turning to a quick-fix fad diet, look at what small changes you can make to eat better, move more, manage stress and achieve healthy body composition this fall.

Be The Breakfast King

When we’re busy with work and life, and trying to fit healthy meals and fitness in there too, it can be easy to skip breakfast. Unfortunately, skipping out in the morning doesn’t set your day up for success.

Preliminary research on men also suggests that eating breakfast is not only helpful for improving body composition, but it also supports cardiovascular health.

Now that we agree on not skipping breakfast, the next question is what exactly to eat. For balanced energy throughout the day and to support constant metabolism, pick a meal that will keep you satisfied for several hours.

Smoothies are often the fastest breakfast you can make. Blend healthy fat, protein and fruits and greens with water for a balanced breakfast without the hassle.

Spend Your Weekends Snacking

After an exhausting day of work, it can be tempting to put aside dinner plans and just plop down in front of the TV, snack in hand. Pretty soon you’re uncomfortably full — a sure sign of mindless eating.

Mindless eating is very easy to do, but can lead to gastrointestinal distress and weight gain if it happens regularly. If your goal is to maintain healthy body composition and your optimal weight, use snacking as an opportunity to add in more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based protein.

If the 9-to-5 schedule keeps your bad dietary habits in check, it’s important to not let the weekends throw you completely out of whack. Because weekends typically lack structure, it can be easy to slack out of good dietary and exercise habits.

Motivate yourself to stay on track with workouts over the weekend by joining a group — either at your gym, CrossFit box, or track. Instead of overindulging when you go out to dinner or drinks with friends, eat a small snack beforehand to curb your appetite. That way you’ll be able to indulge without impulse.