Following ADAM ROSANTE, and it’s a short, really short synopsis of rules and shopping lists in three colors.
#1 FOOD AS CLOSE TO ITS NATURAL STATE AS POSSIBLE
PLUS A LIST OF DIRTY DOZEN FRUITS AND VEGGIES (buy organic)
PLUS A LIST OF THE CLEAN FIFTEEN (not so important to get organic)
#2 EAT A LITTLE LESS
Stop eating when you feel about 80 percent full.
• Take smaller portions.
• Drink a full glass of water before your meal.
• Drink a full glass of water after your meal.
• Use a smaller plate.
• Don’t help yourself to seconds.
• Wait 15 minutes before considering another helping.
• Don’t finish your entire meal.
#3 EAT 5 TIMES PER DAY
Think breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner.
Say it with me: “Skipping meals is a fast track to fat.”
Eating five times a day isn’t hard.
You’re going to start with breakfast and then eat just about every two and a half hours.
#4 PILE ON THE PROTEIN
Green Light—These are your best choices, so eat these the most.
• Eggs (whole or whites)
• Fish (wild, not farmed)
• Lean poultry (baked, grilled, roasted, steamed)
• High-protein grains (amaranth, bulgur, quinoa, etc.)
• Legumes (peas, beans, lentils)
• Nut butters (Read the label and find an option that has one ingredient: nuts. Crazy, but a lot of nut butters add sugar and salt. Totally unnecessary.)
• Raw nuts
• Pea, hemp, or whey protein (find one that’s free of any artificial flavors or sweeteners, preservatives, or sugars. Go organic if possible.
Yellow Light—enjoy occasionally. Once a day is okay, but not with every meal.
• Fatty meats (Beef, pork, lamb. Go for lean cuts of grass-fed organic.
• Poultry skin
Red Light—avoid entirely, or at least eat as little as possible.
• Fast food (drive-thru burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, etc.)
• Fried fish and/or meats
• Processed meats (packaged bacon, deli meats, hot dogs, mass-produced sausage)
Now you know the good protein from the bad. But just how much is enough? This is really easy to calculate. Hold up your hands and take a good look. These are the only measuring tools you’ll need to control your calories and gauge proper portion sizes for your body.
Men: Eat 2 palm-sized portions of lean protein with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Women: Eat 1 palm-sized portion of lean protein with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
#5 EAT CARBS WITH CONFIDENCE
Green Light (go ahead and eat):
• Whole grains (amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, faro, quinoa, oatmeal, whole grain wheat flour, sprouted whole wheat)
Yellow Light (eat in limited amounts):
• Refined grains (processed cereals, white flour, white rice, pastas, any bread)
Red Light (seriously limit or, ideally, cut out altogether):
• Commercially mass-prepared baked goods (cakes, chips, cookies, crackers, doughnuts)
• Fried fast foods (french fries, onion rings, etc., from quick-service restaurants)
• Processed sugar products (more on this later)
#6 EAT MORE VEGETABLES
#7 FEAST ON FATS
#8 DRINK MORE WATER DRINK FEWER CALORIES
Your interest here is in losing weight. And for that reason alone, you should start drinking more water. Half your body weight in ounces to be precise. So, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should be drinking 80 ounces of water each day.
How to Drink Enough Water
• Buy a nice-looking bottle and carry it around with you. Pick something that’s BPA-free. I reuse a glass water bottle. Easy peasy!
• Set a glass of water on your nightstand or next to your bed and drink it when you first wake up.
• Drink a glass before every meal.
• Drink a glass after every meal.
• Add fresh fruit. Lemons, limes, kiwis, cherries, etc. Slice up whatever fruit you like and toss it in. It’ll flavor your water without weighing you down.
How can you tell if you’re drinking enough when you don’t have a measuring cup at the office? Simple! At home, measure out how many ounces it takes to fill your water bottle (if it doesn’t already tell you on the side). Let’s say it takes 20 ounces to fill your bottle and you need to drink 80 ounces per day. You now know that you should drink about four of those bottles before you hit the sack.
Another quick tip if you forget your bottle. At home, measure out 10 ounces of water and count how many normal swallows it takes you to finish. Jot that number down so you’ll remember it. Measure at home; drink anywhere!
#9 PUMP THE BREAKS ON SUGAR
#10 TREAT DON’T CHEAT
The 80/20 Rule. It’s a simple philosophy: 80 percent of your food choices are healthy and 20 percent are indulgences. The 80/20 rule allows you to treat yourself to the things you love every day, be it chocolate, ice cream, wine, beer, booze, or whatever else you fancy. That’s right. Every. Day.
#11 RAISE A GLASS?
Oh the dreaded A-word. You want to know if you can still indulge in alcohol, right? Here’s the potentially painful answer: yes, but only so much as your 80/20 (treat don’t cheat) rule allows.
Tips for staying in control around alcohol:
• Order water or seltzer in a rocks glass with a twist of lime and toss in a red straw. It looks enough like a cocktail for you not to seem like a buzzkill.
• Drink sllllowwwly.
• Have a glass of water after every drink. And drink that glass of water sllllowwwly.
• Order clear spirits with no mixers. Tequila neat or on the rocks with a twist of lime is seriously low-cal and packs a powerful punch.
#12 CLEANSES AND JUICES AND FASTS. OH MY!