I’ve always said that you can focus on intensity and variety BUT if you don’t know what you’re doing and when to do it, you’re toast.
Life can sometimes puts you in situations where you’re stuck eating junk food… whether it be layovers at airports, road trip pit stops or thanksgiving at Aunt Meryl’s house.
But, frankly, how often does that really happen?
Ninety percent of the time we have control over what we eat, we stock our own refrigerators, plan our own meals, pack our own lunchboxes and pick which restaurants we eat at…. or at least make our own choices off the menu.
I’d like to welcome you to my next law of nutrition….
The Plan…. a healthy diet plan.
It’s a healthy eating plan for weight loss where you simply schedule your meals for the week, whether you’re eating at home, eating out or travelling. It’s about knowing in advance where you’re going, what you’re doing and how you’re going to shop.
Planning in advance creates accountability and also saves time.
Yeah, I know I know, sitting down for 30 minutes on Sunday afternoon to plot your eating healthy meal plan for the week seems like a hassle and a waste of but once you have that grocery list locked in it means only one trip to the store and possibly a second one to the farmer’s market. It also means you can cook meals or parts of meals in advance that way it’ll all be ready when you need it.
It also means you’ll have plenty of nutritious filling snacks on hand when you need them.
Don’t let The Plan slip when you eat out, pick restaurants that you know serve healthy dishes or that cater to whatever dietary doctrine you’re into, be it vegan, paleo or flexitarian. If you want to go somewhere new, hop on the internet and find their menu so you can make your choices in advance. That way, you’re less likely to make a bad choice because you’re hungry.
Another useful aspect of The Plan is food journaling. As important as it is to know what you’re going to eat, it’s also important to know what you ate. Food journaling allows you to look back at performance peaks and sags with an eye for what foods might have influenced those shifts.
It amazes me how so many people wake up in the morning and have no idea what they’re going to eat, or when they’re going to eat it.
We’re pretty good at scheduling when to go to work, how to make it to the 7:00 show on time or how not to be late for yoga class. Yet we find ourselves scrambling to grab a quick bite on the way home from the studio. The “fit it in whenever” approach might work for a little while, but if you want your workout to succeed in the long term, you need to have the right fuel and that won’t happen if you don’t plan ahead.
The best pieces of advice I ever got was that if you’re not particularly good at something or don’t have time to do it, hire someone else to do it so that you can focus on the things you excel at. I’m a fitness guy, and I like to spend as much time as possible helping other people join me in this passion. So sometimes that doesn’t leave much time to iron out the nutrition aspect of The Plan. That’s why I created Tony Horton Kitchen, a service that delivers a week’s worth of delicious, healthy meals to your door, for people like me.
It’s a great way to get a little help with The Plan.
The Plan is not just a healthy eating plan for men it is also a healthy meal plan for anyone who wants to lose that little extra weight that they’ve gained.