Every time I hear one of my friends decide it is time to get going on a new muscle building/weight loss workout program, they begin to look for a gym. They buy new shoes, new clothes, etc. I do not like to act like a workout snob, but shortly after I ask them “so when are you going to the grocery?” I’ve heard too many times a response similar to “well I don’t have time for that, I’m just going to grab some fast food.”
This type of thinking really puts you in a bad situation. If you want to build lean muscle, lose body fat, bulk up (the right way) or just drop pounds, it all starts with diet. Think of food as fuel being put into yourself as a vehicle. If you don’t give it proper fuel, it can not perform the right way.
I always tell people my #1 tip when shopping for groceries is to stay along the outer wall of the store. The outer wall is where grocery stores keep all of their fresh produce and healthier foods. All the processed foods are in the inner aisles, and they are not usually healthy for you to eat. Of course, there are exceptions (stay away from the sweets in the bakery), but for the most part you can’t go wrong with fruits, vegetables, lean meat, dairy and the right types of grains.
Another technique I recommend is to drink a lot of fluids throughout the days. It helps to hold off hunger, and it also is healthy for you. Water is obviously the best, but there are a lot of tasty drinks with few to no calories out there as well. The sugar loaded drinks will dry you out and give you empty calories you will then have to burn off a later time.
Without proper nutrition, you are never going to achieve the muscle definition you want. While eating healthy is not exactly tasty all the time, you need to make a decision on what is important to you. Eating healthy can help your overall health and add years onto your life.