Since boxers compete in different weight classes, every pound counts and a strong boxing diet becomes just as integral a part of training as cardio, weight training and sparring. For men and women who use boxing primarily for weight loss, it’s still important as it can significantly speed up your weight loss and help improve your metabolism. Even more so, a healthy diet can help keep sickness and disease at bay. But if adhering to a healthy meal plan were easy, there’d be no reason to wax on about it and the pages of Google results detailing how to stick to your diet wouldn’t exist.
Bottom line? Eating healthy is hard work and it takes dedication to stick to a boxing diet – especially after five weeks straight of eating oatmeal, hard boiled eggs and tuna. So how do you stay motivated enough to stick to a healthy meal plan? We use these 5 tips to stay motivated and keep eating healthy.
1. Start the day off right.
Breakfast is absolutely key in maintaining your boxing diet throughout the day. If you get derailed from eating well in the morning, it can set the tone for the rest of your day. Try to make breakfast a routine – if you can get that down pat, it’ll make it easier to stick to healthy food choices throughout the rest of the day.
2. Set goals and write them down.
Setting goals (especially short-term goals) is vital in maintaining a healthy diet since it gives you something specific to works towards. These may be in the form of a weekly weight loss goal or a decrease in body fat. Whatever it is, write it down and keep it on your at all times as a reminder to make food decisions that will help you reach that goal.
3. Substitue fruit for sweets.
We all have cravings for sweets occasionally. Instead of snacking on a brownie or ice cream though, try to curb your sweet tooth with fruits like apples and bananas. They carry far more nutritional value, less calories, and you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself.
4. Drink water regularly.
It’s been stated that two-thirds of Americans don’t drink enough water – even when they aren’t training or working out strenuously. With all the cardio, calisthenics and sweat loss that happens in a boxing gym, water is even more important. Plus, it can be difficult to differentiate between hunger and thirst at times, so drinking water throughout the day (at the very least, with every meal) helps to curb snacking.
5. Get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep helps your body restore itself and it has a huge impact on your energy level throughout the day. If you don’t get enough rest, your body’s leptin (a hormone that regulates energy) levels can decrease and cause food cravings.
Do you have any additional tips to sticking to your boxing diet? Let us know in the comments!