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You’ve had a long, hard, stressful day at work and you just want to get home and relax. What’s the first thing that springs to your mind as you walk through the door? FOOD!
And you know what? I can’t blame you. After a long day at work, you do want to have some food to lower stress levels and kick back a bit. I do too. We all do. But how do we do this without slamming into the dohnuts, cupcakes and ice cream?
Ah, see, there is a BIG difference between eating/relaxing and pigging out.
Let’s get into it.
Optimise Your Food Timing With Intermittent Fasting
This is essentially just another example (among many) of why we need more calories in the evening, and why it’s absolutely crazy to have a large breakfast (and in my opinion, any breakfast at all).
Many guys will literally consume 30% of their calories in the morning, when they don’t need them. Breakfast often makes you more sluggish, and hungrier. Double negative guys. You need these precious calories later in the day. By pushing breakfast back, you can have an extra 30% or so in the evenings when you need to stress-relieve. It takes less calories to lower stress during the day, and more in the evening. Accept this reality.
Also, because you’re allowed to eat more in the evenings, you tend to feel in control, which prevents binges. You’re more likely to feel satiated after a small meal or a couple of snacks, rather than rummaging through multiple family-sized bags of minstrels and chocolate buttons. It’s just how people are wired. They feel out of control when they have too many restricitons on their behaviour and choices.
Guys who binge in the evenings are always running out of calories, yet their cravings are through the roof.
Many of you keep “treats” in the cupboards for other people, which is a nice intention. But the problem is that this intention ends up screwing yourself over when your willpower is low. You DO NOT want this to keep happening. It’s unnecessary.
If the food isn’t there, you won’t eat it. Honestly, I really don’t care if it’s “nice to have” certain treats for the kids/grandkids or whatever, these treats are not good for you. Nor them for that matter. These treats are horrendous for people’s health, image and self-esteem, and you’re not doing anyone any favours by keeping them in your cupboards.
That’s the truth.
My grandparents were always like this and I think it’s a nurturing trait, which in itself, is of course a great thing. But nurturing can be damaging if it’s in the form of excess calories and the resulting health and fitness problems that always occur. If not initially, then eventually.
Bad habits that form when young are the hardest to get rid of.
Instead of rewarding loved ones (and yourself) with sugar-dense treats in the cupboard, replace them with lower sugar variations, and do something else that doesn’t involve food.
The point is this:
GET RID OF SUGAR-DENSE FOODS – THEY WILL SABOTAGE YOUR DIET EVERY TIME. DO NOT LET YOUR WIFE BUY THEM EITHER.
Whilst I’m very much a fan of dieting slowly, being sensible with restrictions and your gym schedule, I do not like high-sugar foods at all. They appear to be too addictive to most people, and I think you should stay away. Furthermore, if you optimise your food timing so that you’re allowed more food in the evening, you actually don’t even want to binge in the first place.
You may think “But if I don’t eat anything at breakfast, won’t I be three times as stressed and hungry by the evening?? Then I’ll binge even more after work??”
No it doesn’t work like that, provided that:
A) You ease into the Intermittent Fasting routine, and
B) You have caffeine in the mornings, and
C) You have fruit and protein at lunch time
So shift your calories backwards chronologically and watch the content of your damn cupboards!
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