5 Diet Tips For The Busy Professional

5 Diet Tips For The Busy Professional

Coming to you live from the back of an Uber. Well, I guess by the time you read this, it won’t really be “live” anymore. But, I digress.

I’m ubering to work today because I’ve become so type A that driving sounds to me like it will just steal time away from my work day.

If you haven’t read my posts yet, my name is Dylan Conrad and I’m a fitness blogger, trainer, and owner of a private training studio.

It’s currently 5:30, and my sessions start at 6AM. Sessions go straight until 12PM, in which 30 minutes later I have a meeting with a potential corporate wellness account. Then I come back into session from 2-3, which gives me approximately 2 hours to work at my computer while I squeeze in my workout. Then sessions until 7PM.

Look, I’m not complaining. I love this. It’s what I’ve been put on this earth to do: Help people.

But when am I supposed to eat? And not only that, how am I supposed to eat in a way that will get me closer to my “Brad Pitt Fight Club Body?”

Here are 5 diet tips I use when time is not only working against you, but you’ll most likely be frazzled the entire day from an overload of work and stress:

  1. Work/Pause Eating

When you’re in the zone, but you are starving, chances are you’re going to rush thru your meal and over consume. On the other hand, if you completely stop working to eat slow and focus on your food, you may lose that work “zone” you were in.

My advice: try work/pause eating. You basically crank some work out, take a breather and take a bite. Focus on the texture, feel of the food in your mouth, and your hunger levels. Then once you swallow, go back to working. Repeat until you are full, satisfied, and all your work is done.

  1. Meal Prep

Meal prep is a great option if you don’t want to think about food during the week. Sunday seems to be national meal prep day, but if you like fresh meals add another day to your mix. Most elite bodybuilders and physique athletes opt for this method.

  1. Ready-To-Eat Food

Luckily, my gym is right above a meal delivery service. Ready to eat food works really well if you don’t know when/where you will be eating. You can have a couple meals in the fridge or have a freezer bag you carry around with you. Either way, it will keep you from going off your diet regimen. Also, keeping nuts, jerky, protein bars/shakes, and other perishables in your desk come in handy.

  1. Use Your Meals as a Meditation

I hinted earlier in this post, during the work/pause eating (#1,) to focus on your meals – the texture, and how satisfied the meal is making you. This is a way of eating called “mindful” or “intuitive” eating. Most likely if you don’t have any time in your day, you’re going to be super stressed and frazzled. Using your meal as a time for meditation will ensure you don’t mindlessly snack or just overeat for comfort. Eating fast and mindlessly eating will leave you even more frazzled than before. Using your meals as meditation will help you keep your cortisol levels (the stress hormone) down, preventing you from storing more body fat.

  1. Eat Foods That Make You Happy

A lot of will power is used up when you are working long hours. At the end of the day, you have nothing left. So why restrict yourself and try to use even more will power to skip out on that cupcake or beignet? Eat it, enjoy it, make sure it fits into your calories for the day, and don’t eat it as fast as possible.

In the pyramid of successful dieting, the most important change you can make is in your behavior. It doesn’t matter if you’re hitting your protein, carbs, fats, and calories if you’re just going to fall off your diet within a week or a month. Consistent adherence to your diet is when you start seeing year round results in your physique. And adherence is all about behavior.

These 5 techniques will help you adhere long term to your diet, continue being productive at work, have optimal health, and physique of your dreams.

In Love & Cupcakes,

Dylan

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