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Eating Out and Sticking to Your Diet!

When eating out at a restaurant most of us like to enjoy it, maybe feast on a 3 course meal packed full of bad calories. Most bodybuilders will have experienced a time where they are out with their family and everyone is tucking into exactly what their taste buds have wanted, and your there thinking ‘oh go on then’ or ‘what the hell can I have from here?’ Well it is always good to know what you can and can’t get away with when eating out, if you’re sticking to a nutrition plan of a proper athlete.

First of all, you must be able to distinguish the difference between good carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is the easiest thing in the world to do, to convince yourself that the chips are giving you carbohydrates and the burger is pumping your muscle cells with lots of great muscle building proteins. Reality check, their not and the only size you will be putting on whilst eating with an attitude like that is around your waist. You must be true to yourself, don’t try and lie to yourself in order to justify cheating. If your meal out with your family so happens to fall on your cheat meal, then indulge and enjoy, just make sure what you have does contain protein. For everyone else who is eating out with their family and is supposed to be eating clean, read on.

Getting back to basics, the kind of protein sources your diet allows are chicken breast, turkey breast, beef steak and perhaps a variety of lean pork. Sources of protein to add to this include cod, tuna, salmon and eggs. The only problem is, there aren’t too many restaurants knocking out 12 egg white omelets. Your diet allows you to get your carbohydrates from rice, pasta, sweet potato, potato and oats. Again, oats with water is an unlikely seller therefore that won’t be on the menu. So you need to be as creative as possible and look to get that clean meal you’re supposed to be having.

Some of the easy options you can generally get at the majority of restaurants include steak and rice, chicken breast and rice, pork medallions and potato, mince beef chilly and rice or pasta and chicken. The only problem with many of these meals is that they are served with mountains of source or gravy. Unfortunately, you must insist that your meal doesn’t come smothered with any of these garnishes and you will just have to imagine what that source your uncle is eating tastes like. This is the hardest bit; there are generally a few decent options for any bodybuilder in most restaurants whether or not you have to juggle the menu slightly and ride a few peculiar looks from the waitress. Nevertheless there are normally options, you just need to be able to take note of them and not lack the commitment to your goals and give in just for a serving of your favorite source on your potato. It goes without saying deserts are generally a ‘no no’, unless maybe there is a fruit salad option or natural yoghurt.

There then is a quick guide for when your next in that predicament where you want the pasta carbonara, but know the source is bad for you, and you know the chicken with rice is your option. Next time, think of this article before your teasing taste buds lead you astray. On my 12 week transformation I have been in the predicament several times, but it is all about preparation of the mind. Not for a second do I consider anything I shouldn’t. Before I walk in I know what I am having, don’t tease yourself with off limit foods!

I was always the small kid since I can remember and it was always the same when I started football when I was just 8 years old. This didnt change until I was 16, where for all of my sporting life until that point I hadn't had the luxury of being strong on the field or powerful. I remember I always wanted to have a '6 pack' so I would do around 2,000 sit ups a night (no that is not a typo) but apart from being seriously fit I didn't get many gains in the form of aesthetics. So in the summer of 2006 when I was 16 I bought a 50kg weight set from Argos where I trained my heart out in my bedroom 3 times a week completing a full body circuit and yes, I did grow! As soon I lifted my first weight my arms always seemed to grow well and my chest didn't and that is the same today! Then at the start of 2007 I was fortunate enough to meet for the first time I guy some of you may of heard of, Kris Gethin. It is by no coincidence we share the same sir name, he is my bigger cousin (older as well :)). Kris took me under his wing, gave me a training programme and a diet and said follow this, so I did. Kris probably got 10-20 emails a DAY asking questions because I wanted to learn and wanted to know everything right away! Over the years since then Kris always guided me and put me in touch with Neil Hill who I am blessed enough to call a very close friend today. Neil now guides me with my nutrition and training and that basically explains my background to date. In the last year I have also written masses of articles for various companies and magazines in the industry and I am also the editor in chief of my own magazine which came out January of 2011, Elite Physique Magazine! My future aspirations as an athlete is to achieve a very aesthetic 'beach body', my ideal would be a mini version of Arnie, that classic shape is unbeatable in my opinion. As an individual I strive to always better myself and my knowledge and to help others who are starting out like I was 5 years ago! Above all else, it is an absolutely huge honour to be the online editor of MonsterSupplements.com!


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