I eat around 1700 calories a day (net between 1400-1600). I don’t eat processed foods, dairy, added sugar, or grains. I like to keep my carbs under 120g for the day and my protein above 130g. The only time I go into the inner aisles of the supermarket is to buy almond butter (and I should really just make my own, but I’m too lazy), oils, and toilet paper. All the fresh stuff is on the perimeter, so that’s where I shop. My rule of thumb is that if it can go bad, then eat it. If it can’t go bad, then skip it. I eat this way 80-90% of the time.
For breakfast, I usually have something egg-based. Scrambled with potato hash, omlett, frittata, etc. I also have a latte with almond milk. For a mid-morning snack, I loooove Jamie Eason’s pumpkin protein bars. For lunch I usually make a big batch of soup on Sunday and portion it out for the week. This week I’m having chipotle lime chicken soup. For an afternoon snack, I have Jamie Eason’s turkey meatloaf muffins. I go to the gym after work then I have a protein shake. For dinner, I mix it up, but it’s usually a lean protein (chicken or fish usually) and grilled/roasted veggies. I make a lot of stir frys without the rice or lettuce wraps. If I want a snack at night, then I eat celery with almond butter.
I go to the gym 6 days a week for about 90 minutes. Monday I do chest, triceps, abs, and a 30 minute HIIT run on the treadmill. Tuesday and Saturday I have leg days (leg press, weighted squats, leg curl, hamstring curl, hip abductor machines, calf raises, and seated calf raises). Wednesday is back, biceps, and the HIIT run. Thursday I do an hour spinning class and abs. Friday I do shoulders, abs, and the HIIT run. On all the days, I stretch for about 15 minutes when I’m done.
I lift heavy weights (3 sets of 8 reps). The weight should be enough so it’s really hard to do the last rep in the set. Jamie Eason’s Live Fit program is great for starting out. I try to switch up the exercises and my schedule every month or so so I don’t get bored/my muscles don’t get used to the exercises.