Friday, May 16, 2014

Mailbag: A Question About Diet

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I got this email from a reader:

"I keep trying to kick sugar. I last about a week, then fall off the wagon. Any words of wisdom on getting started?"

My response:

"Sure. Don't kick sugar, just manage it. Don't try to be perfect, be consistent. Remember the saying, as sweet as molasses? That was once the sweetest thing people could imagine, avoid eating things sweeter than that, even if it's 0 calories. Also you're more insulin sensitive in the morning and less so as it gets later in the day. So around lunch is your max ability to absorb carbohydrates, but usually people eat carbs in the morning and at night, lunch is their high protein meal. Make sure you eat breakfast and make it high in protein. Try to eat dinner early and small
Also see which kinds of carbs you're sensitive to. You may be able to tolerate certain carbs better than others and you may not need to avoid those as much, which gives you mental room so you don't have to rely so much on grit and willpower. That's all I can think of off the top of my head. 
Hope that helps."

Sam Yang from an early age has been obsessed with connecting the dots between martial arts and efficiency, health, mindset, business, science, and habits to improve optimal well-being. For more info, join his newsletter. You can also connect to All Out Effort on Facebook and Twitter.

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