Since 2010, I have been committed to living a more active lifestyle. However, my diet has fluctuated tremendously. I went from eating very little, to eating a lot, to being very strict, to having a lot of room for great food. There has been a lot of trial-and-error. You'll discover that a type of diet may not work for you, depending on your personal fitness goals and other health-related factors.
I remember when I had abs, I wasn’t exactly nibbling on carrot sticks and sticking to a ridiculous 1,000 calories per day. By no means was I depriving myself of food. Also, I should note that genetics do in fact play a large role in how your body will react to exercise and diet. Although I had abs, lord knows that my thick thighs weren’t go anywhere.
When I had abs, friends and strangers alike asked, “Aly, what do you eat?!"
I’ll show you what I ate.
Whole chickens -- all day, everyday.
Most of the time, the chicken was roasted and the skin was removed. However, when I was feeling something very delicious, I'd have fried chicken. I can vividly remember being in a bikini, showing my abs, eating a whole box of fried chicken. That was my proudest moment as an "toned" ab owner.
Pizza is life. And I can probably out eat you.
I'll be honest here, I didn't have pizza every day, but I did have it pretty often. Especially when I started powerlifting, I'd have a whole box of pizza the night before I had to max out or if I was anticipating a very heavy weight lifting day.
Eggs are perfect.
If I told you how many eggs I'd eat in a single day, you wouldn't believe me. Okay, I'll tell you. I'd eat anywhere from 5-8 eggs a day. Eggs have a ton of protein, and you can use them in different ways. Also, if you're worried about cholesterol, according to the Washington Post, eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease. However, if you want to get to the nitty-gritty, it's always smart to see your doctor to find out about your cholesterol levels.
It's also important to keep in mind that even though I ate these foods, I didn't over do it -- at least not with my activity level. Since I was weight training twice a day, while adding high-intensity cardio, I had a bigger appetite and I ate to feed what I lost. The more active you are, the more fuel (food) you're going to need . I was more focused on protein-packed food and I reserved a lot of my carbs for post workout to replenish glycogen.