As a professional athlete with several years’ experience in training and competing, I know exactly what to do whenever I step into a gym and a I know what food to eat in order to get in shape. Many of the people I meet ask me for quick tips for beginners because they simply don’t know where to start. It can be tough when you really don’t know how to begin…
I remember what it was like to be a beginner, and we all have to start somewhere. It can be very frustrating when you’re unsure of what to do when you walk into the kitchen or the gym, so I’m happy to share a few food tips and easy workout suggestions to help you lose a few pounds.
Foods to Avoid
- Simple Carbs & Sugar: Fruit, fruit juice, or anything with added sugar
- Dairy: Milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
- Processed Foods: Chips, flour-based products, most packaged and frozen foods
- Saturated Fats: Fried foods, fatty cuts of beef, etc.
- Soft Drinks: Sodas and most sweetened, carbonated beverages
Foods to Eat More Of
- Complex Carbs: Rice, potatoes, whole-grain foods
- Healthy Fats: Avocado, nuts, seeds
- Protein: White fish, chicken, sirloin beef, eggs
- Water: Lots of it
- Shoot for 30-45 minutes per day
Do this quick ab routine at night before bed or right after your cardio:
Sit ups: 3 x 35 reps
Leg raises: 3 x 35 reps
Oblique twists: 3 x 35 reps
Along with these quick tips for beginners, some of the supplements I’d recommend in addition to a well-planned diet would be a high-quality protein, multivitamin/mineral complex to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, BCAA to help with recovery, and Glucosamine Chondroitin for good joint health.
Note: For information purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.