I eat after 7pm every single night at least one solid meal and a snack. Since beginning the team workouts I’m trying to fine tune my diet more, so after 7 I try to limit my carbs to almost nothing unless it’s veggies, as a means to keep my insulin cycle from spiking.
Eating a vegetarian diet is foreign for a lot us but especially in the personal training world. What does being a vegetarian actually mean? Most of us have heard the word vegetarian and vegan but we have no idea what that actually means. There are many different levels of being vegetarian besides just not eating meat. Some do not eat any animal products at all. Some eat eggs or dairy or both. There are three main types of vegetarians.
I am not a fan of fake meat products for the simple reason that they are exactly what they say they are...fake! Fake meat products are just processed foods with all sorts of additives in them to make them taste good. If you have committed to eat vegetarian, whether it is for a day, a week, a month, or permanently, then stick to it.
Oh boy! My first thought when I hear that word is that it's a polarizing topic. People tend to feel very strongly about being or not being a vegetarian. I have nothing wrong with people that choose to not eat meat, I just don't need a big profound reason as to why.
On a day that I do not eat meat I would be certain in increase my intake of these types of food in order to still get the proper amount of protein and amino acids that my body needs.
I have never tried eating vegetarian for any considerable amount of time. I have tried vegetarian meals at restaurants on occasion though and I was surprisingly impressed with the flavor of some dishes. Definitely too difficult for me to give up eating and enjoying delicious meats.
A major factor people tend not to consider is how we’re eating. How many calories do you consume in a day? How many meals per day are you having? When do you eat your last meal of the day? What time of day do you exercise? These have a lot more to do with weight loss than the year you were born or the “genetics” of your metabolism.
When we are younger we tend to be more active and can get away with more leniency as far as your diet goes. This means the exercise needs to be ramped up even more in order to fight "father time."
Now you obviously don't want to eat a meal that is high in calories or carbohydrates late at night but a 300-500 calorie snack consisting of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats is a great way to prevent our bodies from going into starvation mode and slowing down our metabolism. And always try and plan ahead.
I always recommend eating breakfast in the morning, especially if you're going to have an intense workout that day. I am like a bear coming out of hibernation every morning searching for food so I really cannot relate to people not being hungry in the morning.