► Water plays a big role in my diet, not even referring to helping me train for challenges. I drink about 2-2.5 gallons of water throughout the day normally. Yes I may be a larger guy that requires more water, but in my opinion 8-10 glasses of water is not enough for anybody. Water plays a very significant role in digestion and cleansing your body which is a major part of losing weight and staying healthy!! I have not been really sick since sixth grade (knock on wood), and I attribute that partially towards the fact that I drink a ton of water which helps keep my immune system strong. I start with a quart of water in the morning, and then I continue drinking a lot throughout the day. One funny thing is that when you start to drink more water, you will find that it easily becomes a habit to drink more water because your body starts to become thirsty a lot more often. I don't recommend drinking a bunch of water though before bedtime because then you will have to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I wake up normally at least once, but waking up once or twice does not really affect sleep patterns.
► You may have noticed that my diet has a lot less carbohydrates now. I have started to really limit the amount of processed foods that I consume each day. Processed foods are basically anything that is made by a manufacturer. Cereals, desserts, pastas, oatmeal, bread, and other similar carbohydrates that you buy at the grocery store are all made in a factory with a lot of different ingredients. I also try to limit the amount of dairy that I consume too, which is processed. These foods are all A LOT harder for the human body to digest. Back when cavemen were around, they were not eating Nutty Bars, bagels, muffins, spaghetti, rice, and Pop-Tarts. They were eating meats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. The human body was not designed to digest processed foods. As a professional eater, I always need my body and digestive system in peak operating condition!! Plus, many diseases and chronic illnesses today stem from bad digestive health. My digestive system obviously works really extra hard during the weekends, so I try to be easy on it during the week. Plus, we really don't need as many carbohydrates as we think. Even with a low carb diet, I still have enough energy for great workouts.
► Now I will address one thing that sabotages the diets of millions of Americans each year... ALCOHOL!! The easiest way to lose weight is by avoiding alchohol, especially binge drinking 20 of them at a time once or twice per week. During my Spartacus Diet
, I drank only one day during that entire two month period. That day was my one "cheat day" which was Mardi Gras. Other than that, I avoided it completely. To read a good article on how alcohol affects the body, click here
. Alcohol is full of "empty calories" which are good for nothing. The reason that alcohol is bad for a diet is because alcohol does not get stored as fat. The alcohol is the very first thing that the human body burns as fuel, and all carbs, fats, and proteins don't get burned until the alcohol is gone. This means that the fat-burning processes are basically halted to a stop, which is BAD!! That is why skinny people that drink a lot still get an unattractive "beer belly."
I myself love the taste of beer. I don't really enjoy hard liquor, and I only drink wine with girls. Other than that, I am a beer man, which is one of the worst kinds of alcohol during a diet. I typically only drink on the evenings after my challenges and/or contests, as long as I am not driving. Other than that, if I am really craving a good beer during the week, I limit myself to less than three. I really don't keep any beer stored at my house so that its a lot less accessible. Its like the remote control being next to the tv. If you have to get up to get it, that sucks!! haha therefore you settle for just watching what is on currently. Making it so that I have to drive up to the liquor store just to get a beer usually keeps me from actually having a beer. To find out about many of your favorite beers, please click here
► Just like almost every other normal person, I love & crave sweets!! Sweets, just like alcohol, can kill a diet plan. I try to avoid sweets during the week, and I usually have something to calm my cravings either right after a challenge if the restaurant will give it to me free or a few hours later. One really big thing that helps me is that I chew sugarless gum right after every meal. By doing this, I am giving myself something sweet to taste and not all the calories. This really helps me, especially all the new dessert gums that Extra
just created!! I love the Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
flavor!! Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum after every meal can cut your daily calorie intake by over 120 calories per day by helping to keep your from snacking or having a real dessert. Whats better for your diet... a slice of apple pie or sugarless apple pie gum??
► Finally, I want to discuss a big thing that helps me which I have hinted towards up above. When I do a challenge, I am consuming thousands of unhealthy calories at a time. Therefore, I get all of my cravings out along with that challenge. If I am craving beer, pizza, and ice cream, I will pick a pizza challenge to eat, have ice cream as dessert, and then drink a few beers. I get all the cravings out at once so that I can be very good during the rest of the week. That is one big thing that people don't understand. When trying to lose weight, its better to eat 7 cookies at one time for a dessert than it is to eat 1 cookie everyday for dessert. The way that I figure it... If I just ate 5,000 calories, what difference does adding a few hundred more calories make? Not much when you think about it!! I get everything out at one time so I can be good the rest of the week.