“These guys are the worst for getting fat,” he said. “Labs in general, but there’s something about chocolate labs. I’ve never seen a 4-year old chocolate lab in this good of shape,” he added.
“Yeah,” I said, “he gets a lot of exercise.”
But then the vet said something I should have known…in fact, he said the same thing I’ve been telling YOU for years!
“It’s not really the exercise,” he started…”It’s the diet.”
And that’s the truth! That’s the real deal when it comes to staying lean.
Diet is more important than exercise.
So today I’m going to give you Bally the Dog’s 3 Simple Nutrition Rules for staying lean.
Rule #1 – Eat more fruits and vegetables.
On any given day, Bally the Dog eats:
– 1/4 of an apple
– 2 slices of red pepper
– a handful of blueberries
– 2 small pieces of broccoli
– 1/6 of a banana
And only at the end of the day does he get 1-2 small little biscuit treats.
The rest of the day, he eats fruits and vegetables instead of highcalorie, processed treats.
(Did you know that one of the other vets once said Bally the Dog has six pack abs? I’m not kidding, she really said that!)
So bottom line for you: Replace all your processed, high-calorie snacks with fruits and vegetables. You’ll be full on fewer calories and you’ll have more energy and you won’t crash during the workday.
Rule #2 – Never eat while moving.
Okay, I’ll admit, Bally didn’t come up with this. If he had his way, he’d be eating every second of the day – even while rolling in the snow.
But for you, here’s a new rule that you can add to your life that will help you cut down on calories and bad food choices.
Rule #3 – Do not force yourself to eat when you are not hungry.
Ok, again, if Bally had his way, he’d eat breakfast, immediately followed by lunch, and then would want to have dinner served.
But if he had his way, he would just be another lil’ porker of a chocolate lab – which are really, really sad by the way.
So what does this rule mean for you?
It means that if you aren’t hungry when you wake up, maybe you don’t need to force down a 300-500 calorie breakfast or a 500 calorie
Oh my, did I just tell you that you don’t have to eat breakfast?
And did I just say that you don’t need a 500-calorie, 50-grams-of-sugar post-workout shake if you want to lose fat?
Hmmmm, well, the full answer to both of those questions is in this nutrition discussion I had with Brad Pilon last Thursday night.
– Metabolism Myths (including the myth that breakfast boosts metabolism)
– Nutrition Rules that EVERYONE has to agree on
– Controversial opinions on breakfast and post-workout drinks
– And the simplest nutrition changes you can make to lose fat
Hopefully we’ll simplify nutrition for you.
Your friend and personal trainer,
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Creator, Simple Nutrition
PS – I believe in Brad’s program…
…and I highly recommend it.