Hola my Ninja. I just came back from a month long trip in Costa Rica where my life consisted of surfing in the morning, taking a siesta in the afternoons and then surfing again at sunset.
If you haven’t been surfing before I would highly recommend trying it out. It is one of the most “in the moment” activities you’ll ever experience and if your’e a water animal like myself then you won’t mind wiping out in the warm ocean.
While I was living the lifestyle down in Costa Rica I made some pretty significant realizations. Some were personal, some were business related and some were nutrition related…which we’re going to talk about today.
The one principle that is consistent with diets is that, for long term success, they must be conducive to one’s own lifestyle.
Screw fat loss. If it’s hard to do in the long term chances are you’ll end up back where you were in the beginning.
IMPORTANT: Please note that I am talking about the long term play because in some cases, like an outlined transformation program, you should go to the extremes in following the prescribed diet to eventually find your balance.
The gist of it is that you cannot take the same strategy to different situations. It’s like using a hammer for every job around the house. It just doesn’t work and you’ll probably end up breaking a lot of furniture in the process.
In the past I have championed skipping breakfast as a viable tool for fat loss and I still stand by this conviction.
It’s easier to do, it allows for a more flexible eating window and if you work at a desk then NOT having food in your stomach can certainly help for more focus. In fact, I woke up at 6am today and it’s currently 9:57am and I’m still going pretty strong without anything but water and coffee in my system.
If you are working a job that requires you to sit for long periods of time and are fairly inactive outside of your time in the gym then having that fasting window from the time you sleep to the time you have your first meal in the afternoon is beneficial for hunger control, productivity, and, of course, fat loss.
But what if you have an active job?
What if you lead a very active lifestyle or compete in a sport that requires you to train more than 2 hours a day?
If this is the case then you must switch up your strategy.
There is an art to dieting and eating that should be flexible enough to correlate to your lifestyle’s needs.
Me, being the avid breakfast skipper, had to eat a meal first thing in the morning in Costa Rica because the demands of surfing twice a day for 2 hours per session demanded it.
I also had to increase my carb intake throughout the day to ensure that I had enough energy to use during my sunset surf sessions.
My strategy had to be altered due to the changes in my lifestyle at the time.
Eating breakfast first thing in the morning or skipping breakfast should be a decision that agrees with your lifestyle.
It SHOULD be flexible.
If you lead a very physical life that has you moving in an intense fashion for long periods of time* (construction work, firefighter, crab fisher etc..) then eating breakfast first thing in the morning is paramount to keeping a level of physical energy throughout your work day.
*This also pertains to people training competitively for bodybuilding competitions, Crossfit competitors, marathons etc..*
On the other hand, if you lead a rather sedentary life that is not particularly physical in nature (9 to 5 job, teaching, pharmacist, lawyer etc..) then skipping breakfast will help with focus, mental acuity, and of course, fat loss.
Wrapping Things Up
Now that you know this plan out your daily meals accordingly.
Remember that your diet plan is not the one outlined by “X” trainer or “Y” fitness expert.
Your diet plan must reflect your goals but also be conducive to living the life you lead.
Guidelines are great when choosing an eating strategy but the main idea to get across here is that you must be flexible and be able to discern personally what works for you and how you would mould it to your needs.
This is not only a great strategy for fat loss but just overall peace of mind.
What are your thoughts?
Do you agree? Disagree? Have anything more to add?
Comment down below and let me know.
Dedicated to the BEST version of yourself,