I’m always searching for new dieting trends and was excited to see that our friends at Midwest Dairy hosted Facebook live segment on ‘Diet Tips that Actually Work’ featuring registered dietitians Stephanie Cundith and Heidi Wells.
With beach season just a few short months away, there’s no better time to start following a good diet regimen!
Here are the top 5 diet tips they shared:
1. Have a small pre-workout snack.
Get something in your stomach before you work out and make sure it’s carb based. Eating something before you exercise gives you the fuel you need to get through a tough workout. Personally, I go with a Greek yogurt or a string cheese. Don’t overeat before a workout as you don’t want to cramp up or get an upset stomach.Heidi Wells: Go-gurt, or any type of portable yogurt in a tube, works well before a workout. It’s my personal choice and a top recommendation for the athletes I work with.
Heidi Wells: Go-gurt, or any type of portable yogurt in a tube, works well before a workout. It’s my personal choice and a top recommendation for the athletes I work with.
2. Refuel after your workout.
Recovery nutrition is super important (30-45 minutes after your workout). After your workout, you are breaking down muscle tissue, so it’s important to Refuel your body. Flavored milk is a quick option with a 2 to 1 carbs to protein ratio (carbs help to restore muscles and protein rebuilds tissues).
Heidi Wells: Reach for low-fat flavored milk. Or, make a whey protein shake or smoothie – add some fruit and milk!
3. Learn your labels.
Pay attention to ingredients, they can help you make informed nutrition decisions at the grocery store. No matter what the fat level of the milk, the protein content stays the same. You can be guaranteed to get the same nine essential nutrients.
Stephanie Cundith: Many people attribute “clean” eating to foods with few ingredients. Milk has only three ingredients – milk, vitamins A and D – which makes it a great choice.
4. Eat healthy throughout the day.
Good news! Snacking is ok, just make sure you make healthy selections. It’s important for your body to get good nutrients all day regardless if you’re an athlete or not. A few options for healthy snacks are fruit, carrot sticks, cheese, and Greek yogurt.
For added energy – pair a carb with a low-fat protein or a healthy fat.
5. Start the day with breakfast.
I know, I know…you’ve heard this one before. Probably many times. I’m also sure your Mom always told you this growing up, too… and we both know Mom is always right! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it helps us fuel for the busy day ahead.
Try overnight oatmeal! It’s super easy, a half cup of oats and a half cup of milk or yogurt & don’t forget to add in fresh berries!
Here’s Heidi’s go-to recipe:
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- Add in whatever toppings sound good, come morning!
Thanks again for the diet tips, Midwest Dairy! Check out their Facebook Live video here.
Do you have a favorite dieting tip? I’d love to hear it. Leave it in the comments section!