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You aren’t a stupid person –not by any means.

In fact, I believe that you’re healthier than most. You exercise regularly. You watch what you eat. You keep up-to-date on the latest health concerns. You don’t binge on sugar. And you never – ever – eat fast food. Well, almost never.

But you do have a few unhealthy skeletons in your closet – ones that you probably aren’t even aware of.

The following 5 Stupid Habits are frequently committed by health conscious people. Once you break these bad habits, you’ll find that achieving your weight loss goals just became a whole lot easier.

1. You’re Dehydrated

It has been said that 75 percent of the population is chronically dehydrated. Would you disagree? When was the last time that you actually drank 8 glasses of water in a day?

Dehydration occurs when more fluid leaves your body than is taken in. Symptoms include: fatigue, irritability, headaches, nausea, rapid heart rate, and, in extreme cases, even death.

Dehydration also slows your metabolism, which hinders weight loss.

You shouldn’t wait until the feeling of thirst or dry mouth hits you, at that point damage has already been done. Instead, constantly rehydrate throughout your day to avoid dehydration.

The best way to do this is to incorporate water into your daily schedule. Have a water bottle at your desk and train yourself to sip on it often, and get into the habit of drinking a full glass of water with each meal and snack.

2. You Eat Out Too Often

Research suggests that most people eat out one out of every 4 meals and snacks. That’s an average of once a day.
Restaurant food is designed to do one thing: to taste good. In order to increase eating pleasure, each item is loaded with fat, salt and sugar. This causes you to eat way more calories than you actually need.
Even when you order ‘healthy’ items, you’re still taking in more calories and fat grams than you would if you had prepared the item at home. Imagine the last salad you ordered out. Didn’t it come with cream dressing, croutons, cheese sprinkles and a piece of butter laden bread on the side?

The main reason people eat out is for convenience, so with a little organization you’ll find that preparing your own meals takes less time than you thought it would.

On the weekend sit down and plan out your meals for the week. Then go to the grocery store and stock up on everything you’ll need for those meals. Pack your lunch and snacks each night before bed, then grab it on your way out the door in the morning. When you prepare dinner at home, make enough for at least the next day as well. Your efforts will pay off both in terms of weight loss and in money saved.

3. You’re Sleep Deprived

In Gallup Poll surveys, 56% of the adult population reported that drowsiness is a problem in the daytime. That’s more than half of us that clearly don’t get enough sleep.

Healthy adults require 7-8 hours of sleep each night. When you fail to meet this need your body goes into sleep debt, which continues to accumulate indefinitely until you catch up.

A lack of sleep negatively affects your immune system, your nervous system, and interferes with healthy hormone release and cellular repairs.

The best way to combat sleep deprivation is to set a scheduled bedtime. Your body will benefit from a consistent sleeping and waking routine, and you’re sure to get all the rest you need.

If you have trouble falling asleep once you’re in bed, then try these two tips. First, make sure that you don’t drink any caffeinated beverages after lunchtime. Second, don’t eat for three hours before you go to bed. This helps eliminate sleeplessness due to indigestion, and will also turbo-charge your weight loss.

4. You’re Stressed Out
I don’t have to tell you that we are living in a fast-paced world and that most of us have stress levels that are through the roof. But what you might not realize is that your stress levels are making you fat.

Stress creates an increase in the hormone cortisol, and chronic stress creates a chronic increase in cortisol. This is a problem because is slows your metabolism, leads to cravings and is linked to greater levels of abdominal fat storage.

The vicious cycle of stress and weight gain goes around and around. Stress causes you to eat emotionally, and your raised cortisol levels cause that food to be stored as fat.

One of the most effective ways to instantly eliminate stress is to sit down and write out a list of all the things that are bothering you. This should include things that you need to get done, issues that weigh on your mind and anything you believe contributes to your stress level.

Once it’s all down on paper, organize it like a to-do list and start resolving each item. Doing so will get the stress off of your mind and will put your body into the motion of resolving each issue.

5. You’re on Exercise Autopilot
You do the same thing each and every time you exercise. Same machines, same pace, same duration. While your routine sure feels comfortable, your results have long since halted.

A plateau occurs when your body adapts to your routine and weight loss stops. It is incredibly frustrating, and totally avoidable.

You don’t have to increase the amount of time that you spend exercising in order to see quicker, faster results. It’s all about challenging your body.

There are two simple ways to instantly increase the effectiveness of your exercise routine. First, increase your pace. Secondly, increase your intensity. Constantly vary your speed and intensity in order to keep your muscles guessing and adapting.

Another way to break through the exercise plateau is to do something totally new. If you regularly use weight machines then start using free weights. If you normally jog on the treadmill then start using the bike.

Are you ready to break the plateau as you take your routine to the next level? Would you like to know without a shadow of a doubt that you are going to lose weight in the coming months?

It’s my goal to see you achieve greatness. I believe that you’ve got what it takes.

It’s so simple. Call or email today to get started on a program that will improve your health and well being, and will get you amazing results.

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

David

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2) Cutting Out Carbs with no strategy in place.

The low carb diet craze has been in effect for over decade. Some of the more popular diets like Atkins and South Beach were two of the better known diets where you eliminate the majority of starchy carbohydrates in your diet and some things like fruit as well. This is a major mistake as an effective solution to long term fat loss. Why are carbs so important?

Carbohydrates are your bodies preferred source of energy. Meaning for you to have steady energy and blood sugar throughout the day you need to have carbohydrates in our diet. Why have the low carb diets worked so well for people to lose weight in the short term?

When you eat carbohydrates your body will use them for immediate energy/fuel and also store them as glycogen in your muscle in your liver for reserved energy. Most people are not aware that glycogen holds and attracts water. For every gram of glycogen your muscle holds it attracts 2.4 grams of water.

So when you eat carbohydrates your body will instantly hold more water. When you suddenly just stop eating carbs your body will hold less water. Make sense? So people who weigh themselves daily after cutting out carbs will see a 5-10 pound weight loss in just a few days. So in your mind Carbs =make you fat. However, you’re not losing fat your losing water. Water is temporary and meaningless in regards to weight loss. Your goal is to lose that ugly fat around your waist and behind and not just weight correct? Then you need to stop just cutting out carbs and have a real strategy to lose fat and keep it off.

The first strategy of carbs is to make sure you are getting the right ones. There are some carbs that are very healthy for you and needed and some that are very bad for you. You want to get all natural non processed carbs which are high in fiber and low in sugar

Good sources of carbs are foods like: sweet potatoes, apples, old fashioned steel cut oatmeal, and broccoli. (almost all fruits and veggies)

Bad sources: candy, potato chips, donuts (pretty much any food with simple sugar and white flour)

What if I told you carbs are essential for long term fat loss? There is no magic to just cutting out carbs. Just cutting out carbs with no strategy in place can really backfire.

A few things will happen on a very low carb diet:

1) Lose water weight (which is temporary and meaningless)
2) Mess up metabolism and lose lean muscle mass which will lead to more fat storage
3) Slow production of thyroid hormone

I educate my clients on how to eat the RIGHT carbs the RIGHT way to reach whatever goal they have whether it is to lose lots of fat or gain lots of muscle. Eating carbohydrates to see the best results and reach your goals requires proper knowledge and strategy. Do you know eating the right carbs at the right times during the day on a fat loss plan can accelerates fat loss by 50%? You need to learn not how to cut carbs but HOW to strategically manipulate/cycle them for the best results.

Contact me now to learn how to cycle and manipulate carbs to increase fat loss by 50%!

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

~David Modderman

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(some information referenced from Phil Kaplan’s article 2011 Mistakes)

Here are the fitness and nutrition mistakes most people will make in the first 2 weeks of January and beyond.

1. Going On A Fad Diet
Every New Year comes and people seem to start a diet. Whether it’s an extreme fad diet like detoxing your body, eating only soup or crackers or doing something that restricts calories like Weight Watchers, or South Beach. Following a “DIET” is a flawed approach. Most people fail to realize after all these years that any diet that restricts calories, or certain foods is doomed for failure! “BUT it worked for me before David! I lost 25 pounds on the Weight Watchers program.” My answer is well if it worked so well why aren’t you still doing it? And why are seeking me for help? :-) Sure maybe a low calorie diet will help you lose weight temporary but how will it effect your body long term? And can you maintain it for the rest of your life? Most diets will destroy metabolism. All restrictive diets will fail What people need is a balanced supportive nutrition plan with the right amount of calories, that includes real natural foods. The most successful plans to follow are those that will not restrict calories and will provide everything your body needs to build lean muscle, increase metabolism and BURN fat like a machine.

2. They will overtrain or not train properly
Overtraining is extremely common.. It’s the curse of most New Years Resolutions. For most motivation is quite high, yet the body’s recovery ability is low. The first few days of January, most will arrive at the gym, lift weights, bust out a few rounds on the treadmill or elliptical, and then do a few crunches or pushups before bed. For a few days you’re motivated and sore. Then . . . just sore. Then . . . you skip a few days and the soreness retreats, but so does the motivation. You need recovery to see results yet you must also train correctly to see the best possible results. This bring us to mis-training. Mis-training is a little different.

I am amazed how many people I see or talk to who have certain specific goals of losing weight or building muscle yet they are doing all the wrong things to reach their goal. If your goal is fat loss (not just weight) you need to create the correct environment to burn fat. Balancing on a bosu ball, taking 2 minutes rest periods between sets, and doing 2 hours of cardio a day is the not the answer. Yet, people are doing/trying this methods everyday with no results. It’s about following the right amount and type of resistance training, moderate aerobic exercise, and eating the right foods to increase your metabolism. Creating the right calorie deficit (not excessive) and then getting adequate rest is crucial. One of the best you things you to get better results is to get off the weight machine circuit at the gym and start to use all your muscle groups like you move in the real world. You should be training your body how it moves in the real world and burning more calories. You don’t live in a stationary position so you should NOT exercise that way.

3. They will buy the latest fad supplement or weight loss drug on the market.
I will make this very clear there is not a drug or supplement that will burn fat without the help of the right exericse and the right nutrition. If anyone says this supplement “WILL WORK” they are lieing because no supplement or drug will work on it’s own. Don’t waste your money on drugs like “Alli” or stimulants that contain caffiene. Most supplements that contain caffiene or stimulants (fat burners) that are highly addictive and can actually increase body fat long term do to increasing your cortisol levels (stress hormone) The only supplement that most people need to aid them in losing weight is a good whole food vitamin. The reason? Most fail to get all the nutritients they need from their nutrition so a good whole food vitamin will fill in those gaps. What whole food vitamin do I recommend? You can find it by clicking here: Whole Food Vitamin

4. They’ll cut carbs and calories
What are Carbs? Are carbs even carbs anymore? There are so many things labeled ‘healthy that are not” Carbs are our bodies preferred energy source. Yet, most people think they need to be eliminated completely to lose weight. This is not a good idea carbs are used for fuel to give us energy and help spare our proteins for muscle recovery. Our body is a machine and carbs and are fuel for that human machines. What are calories? Calories are a unit of energy! Meaning if you are not eating enough your body will actually feed of your own muscle to supply it with the energy it needs. Most people do not realize how many calories they need to eat in order to lose fat and keep it off. Don’t cut carbs or calories if you are looking for a long term solution for fat loss.

5. They’ll still expect aerobic exercise to be the answer
Most physcians still tell their patients the best exercise is to “walk.” Women still tend gravitate toward aerobic exercise classes and shy away from weights. Men and women find biking, rollerblading or running enjoyable and they mistakenly assume it fully takes care of the exercise component. Unless your only goal is to get more effecient and running or biking, then aerobic exercise will never be enough you to reach your goals. Aerobic exercise though important is still just a piece of the fat loss puzzle. One needs to challenge and protect muscle (even building a little bit won’t hurt) through resistance training. Resistance training is the key to maintaining/increasing muscle and increasing ones metabolism. Not to mention increasing bone mass and strength.

6. They’ll make too much of a drastic change and step a little too far outside of their comfort levels
Maybe this is you……, You went out on New Year’s Eve knowing it’s going to be “the last time.” January 1st, or perhaps January 3rd (Monday), you’re going to stop drinking beer, stop eating pizza and desserts, workout every day, and think only positive thoughts. The positive thinking is a good step, but you’ve developed habits that are with you until they’re replaced by new behaviors. Trying to change everything all at once is most likely gonna set yourself up for failure. You need to have solid structured plan of progressive steps in place or most likely you will not move forward effectively. For most cravings try to drive you to what you’re body is used to. Reduction in caloric intake leads to energy compromise, and then, before you know it, you’re failing to recover.

What you NEED is a properly balanced nutrition and exercise plan where you can set realistic goals, and from there continue to progress with the lifestyle change you need. You’re health fitness should just not be a 12 week program or 60 day journey but a journey that includes the rest of your life.

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

~David Modderman

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Now a days it’s so difficult to go to the grocery store to find and buy healthy natural foods. It seems like a large percentage of the foods now are prepackaged processed foods that will just add to your waist line.

The foods you want to buy are there….Unfortunetly, most do not know what to avoid and what to look for.

I have been taking my clients to the Supermarket for years and educating them on what to look for and what to want to avoid if they want to improve health, lose fat and build lean muscle. They are usally shocked when I show them how many deceptive foods labels are out there and how this is killing there weight loss goals?

Did you know there are foods are that are labeled sugar free that are LOADED WITH SUGAR!?

Did you know there a foods labled fat free that are 100% FAT!?

I recently took 94.5 Thunders Country’s Own “Flounder” to the supermarket to help educate him on what he should be looking for and what he should be avoiding when starting his new “Weight Loss Journey”

You Can View This Video Below:

Do you really know what your buying at the grocery store? I have only met a few who really do……..

If your not sure….I can help you!

Contact me today to schedule a Grocery Store Tour For You, and Your Friends and Family!

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

~David Modderman
david@davidmodderman.com

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    10 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight-Part 3

Reason 5) Eating Too Much

Eating excessive calories is probably the number one reason people are not losing weight. With the rise of fast foods and unhealthy foods everywhere we turn its no wonder that obesity has effected our population so much. It is said that Americans today eat 30% more than they did 20 year ago. Food is sold in bigger containers, and portions in restaurants have increased as well. When you eat more than your body burns these calories will most likely be stored as fat. The most effective way to treat overeating is to focus on eating less food but not starving your self. Focus on eating smaller portions, but also eating fewer calories. An easy way to do this is to eat smaller more frequent meals, and control the size of the portions you are getting. Not to mention getting less fat in your meals (which is higher in calories than protein and carbohydrates), and concentrate on getting leaner proteins, and more fruits and veggies. These natural foods will fill you up and be used efficiently for energy.

6) Not Eating Breakfast

If you want to really lose weight and keep it off you must eat breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for many reasons. Studies show that people who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be overweight.

The average 8 hour of sleep burns 450 calories. You must try to eat within 60-90 minutes after waking. Adding breakfast is what starts your metabolism up and prepares it to burn the rest of the day. If you skip breakfast your metabolism slows down and your blood sugar drops. You will increase hunger, have less energy and most likely store fat. You will crave high sugar, high fat foods, and tend to crave calories late at night. A recent study from the Weight Control Registry out of those who lost at least 30 pounds and maintained it for at least one year ate breakfast every single morning.

Look For Part 4 Tomorrow!

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

~David Modderman
david@davidmodderman.com

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Ahhhh Christmas is coming and so is the food…….and we can’t forget New Year’s Eve dinner and drinks and also New Years day football and food…….

With all the big meals and gatherings coming up in the next 2 weeks it will be easy to make the wrong food choices and put on some extra holidays pounds.

That is why I created 10 page e-book all about preventing the Holiday weight gain entitled “The Healthy Holiday Eating Guide”. You can download this great ebook for FREE here:

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

~David Modderman

 

 

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Last night my date and I went out to dinner. We had a nice meal at the Winter Inn in Greenville, MI. This was our first time there. It was an interesting atmosphere keeping in mind the place was built in 1902.

Not to mention in my opinion it could be haunted. :-)

After our dinner was done we are talking and I was expecting our waitress to bring us the check. But instead our waitress comes out to greet us with not a check but a dessert plate with 4 types of desserts. She doesn’t come out and ask “are you guys interested in dessert?” Or after asking us if we wanted dessert and we said yes then she could have brought out the plate. She just comes out and shoves it in our face like “here do guys like temptation?” Was I tempted? Never… dessert has never been my thing and I had a nice sweet potato and chicken breast for dinner and was perfectly satisifed.

Did I buy my date want dessert? Thats really not important is it? :-) What is important is that unhealthy food is being pushed on us everyday and the person doing it doesn’t think twice.

It could be a waitress who has no concern maybe someone at the table is trying to eat healthy and make better choices. She just wants a bigger tip….(she didn’t get one). 

It doesnt matter if its a owner of a fast food chain who doesn’t care that he/she is tempting people through advertisment and serving unheathly food to billions of people worldwide.

Watching the Texas and Oklahoma football game and seeing that 98% of the food available to buy at the stadium is deep fried and has no nutritional value.

Yes, I agree no one is making us eat this food, junk food doesn’t tempt me. But I know for billions of others it does..and ITS EVERYWHERE! Sometimes its the only choice!

I predict soon obesity will be the #1 death in the United States.

Does this bother you?

It should……..

 

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach

~David Modderman

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Have you seen this new tv commercial ad?

 

 

I can’t believe that they are trying to decieve you that High Corn Syrup maybe is not bad for you?

Give me a break!

High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener and preservative used in many processed foods. It is made by changing the sugar in cornstarch to fructose another form of sugar.

High-fructose corn syrup extends the shelf life of foods and is sweeter and cheaper than sugar. For these reasons, it has become a popular ingredient in many sodas, fruit-flavored drinks and other processed foods. Check your food labels. You may be surprised by how many foods contain high-fructose corn syrup.

Nutrition experts blame increased consumption of high-fructose corn syrup for the growing obesity problem. One theory is that fructose is more readily converted to fat by your liver than is sucrose, increasing the levels of fat in your bloodstream.

The facts about High Fructose Corn Syrup:

  • The average person consumes roughly 78 lbs a year worth of HFCS with an average close to 500 calories/day.
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  • Because obesity rates rose sharply in conjunction with HFCS consumption, researchers pointed fingers at the sweetener as a cause.
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  • The chemical make-up of HFCS differs from that of glucose in that fructose isn’t broken down before it arrives in the liver, and is instead converted to fat.
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  • Also, research has shown fructose to have a negative impact on insulin and leptin – the result being greater hunger.
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    Main Points to consider:

    Common Foods High in HFCS

    • Regular soft drinks
    • Fruit juice and fruit drinks that are not 100 percent juice
    • Pancake syrups
    • Popsicles
    • Fruit-flavored yogurts
    • Frozen yogurts
    • Ketchup and BBQ sauces
    • Jarred and canned pasta sauces
    • Canned soups
    • Canned fruits (if not in its own juice)
    • Breakfast cereals
    • Highly sweetened breakfast cereals

    Problems Caused by Too Much HFCS

    • It can lead to higher caloric intake
    • It can lead to an increase in bodyweight
    • It fools your body into thinking it’s hungry
    • It increases the amount of processed foods you eat, thereby decreasing your intake of nutrient-dense foods
    • It may increase insulin resistance and triglycerides

     

    Is HFCS worse than sugar? Maybe not but since when is sugar good for for you? Atleast sugar is not man made in a lab.

    Avoid it!

    How? Cut back on pop, regular and diet and read your food labels it’s in everything!!

     

    Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach

    ~David Modderman

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    Sometimes my clients are shocked when I tell them I eat pizza once a week!

    I know what your thinking “David don’t you preach supportive eating and no fast food”?

    Well yes I do…..but you must also realize I preach having a day once a week where there is no rules. I believe that if you follow a sound nutrition plan 90% of the time you SHOULD reward yourself 10% of the time for being good and working hard.

    So does that mean I endorse having a Hot- N- Ready $5 pizza once a week?  :-)

    Well yes I say it’s ok if you can have it the same day every week and you can eat supportively the other 90% of the week. I personally only have take out pizza once every 3-4 months.  So how do I get pizza once and even sometimes twice a week and not mess up my plan?

    I make homemade pizza once a week….and guess what it’s healthy!

    There are so many foods out there that are not good for you when you buy them already premade, but if you make them from the right ingrediants they can be very healthy for you! If you think what is actually in pizza its really not hard to think how to make it better for you.

    My pizza has no bleached or enriched white or wheat flour, no high fructose corn syrup (hidden in the sauce), and no hydrogrenated oils.

    So without further ado I give you:

    DMODD’S WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA CRUST.

    Ingredients:
    2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    1 package active dry yeast/instant yeast
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup hot tap water (120 – 125°F)
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon of organic honey

    Directions: Preheat oven to 425°FTo prepare pizza dough, stir whole wheat flour; lightly spoon into a measuring cup and level flour. In large mixing bowl add one cup of hot water and one packet of yeast and let sit for 5 minutes. Combine whole wheat flour, olive oil, salt, and honey or sugar. Stir by hand vigorously until all ingredients are well mixed; about 3 minutes. Then lightly spray your hands with olive oil cooking spray and knead the dough with hands and fist for about 1-2 minutes. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise to desired size. Place dough in greased (use olive oil or canola oil cooking spray) 15 x 10 x 1-inch jelly-roll pan or 12 to 14-inch pizza pan. Press dough to cover bottom of pan and up sides to form a rim. For a crispier crust place the dough in pizza pan in heated oven for 1-2 minutes before adding sauce and cheese.
    Add pizza sauce of your choice and your favorite pizza toppings; bake in oven 14 to 16 minutes or until crust is golden brown and toppings are done. 
    Servings: Provides 8 servings 
    Calories/Serving: 146 calories/slice of crust only  
    Nutrition:One slice of crust only provides approximately: 146 calories, 5 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 37 mcg folate, 2 mg iron and 219 mg sodium. I personally use all natural sauce (low sugar), fresh mushrooms, reduced fat mozzarela cheese. 

    For the meat lovers: use turkey pepperoni, lean ground beef, cooked diced chicken breast.

    Veggie lovers: peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.

    I make a cheeseburger pizza do die for, just mix half reduced fat mozzarela, and half reduced fat cheddar cheese, and add in some extra lean ground beef (96/4).

    Did someone say PIZZA! :-)

     

    ~David Modderman

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    supporitve
    I recommend supportive eating to all my clients. Which means eating in a way that supports:

    1) Metabolism

    2) Blood Sugar

    3) Muscle Mass

    4) Energy Levels

     Eating supportively means you are eating every 2-3 hours and eating a lean protein, a non processed carb, and a fruit and vegetable in each and every meal. This can be a tall order for some. So here is a few small steps to make this a little easier. Remember the goal is not perfection it’s progession!

    1) Eat at least 3 meals a day. This seems like common sense but the typical American doesn’t even do this anymore. Most will skip breakfast, have a big to moderate lunch, have a big dinner and eat junk the rest of the night. Most try to play catch up with their hunger late at night. 

    2) Eat something at least every 4 hours. That means if you had breakfast at 8:00AM then you should be eating again by 12:00PM and then again by 4:00PM and so on.

    3) Try to get at least one serving of fresh veggies and fruit each day( a fast food salad doesn’t count). I recommend 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruit each day, but this is very hard to do. So start small and work your way up to more.

    4) Take a Multivitamin. I hear people say all the time “I don’t take vitamins because I eat healthy.” Everyone can benefit from a multivitamin. Think of it as an insurance policy. I recommend a whole food vitamin like VGF +25.

    5) Eat Lean Protein with each mealthis is the one I am not budging on. Protein is crucial for maintaining lean muscle mass, and burning fat not to mention it keeps you full and satisfied and also stabilizes blood sugar. So you must eat it with every meal.

    So try these steps one at a time each day and before you know it, you will be improving your nutrition each day.

     

    ~David Modderman