3 Simple Rules For Eating: A Personal Trainer Shares

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Todd McCullough is a former University of Florida football player and creator of TMAC FITNESS. He specializes in helping busy people get into shape and is known for his uniquely effective workouts combining high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with yoga. We are thrilled to share his course, 20 Minutes to Strong, Healthy, and Fit: A 7-Day Personal Training Program, featuring workouts that can be done in 20 minutes or less with absolutely no equipment!

I have three simple rules when it comes to eating:

1. I only eat food that occurs naturally in nature.

And occasionally, a protein bar.

2. I eat when I am hungry.

I drink water like a camel, so I know that when I am hungry, it’s because I really need food. Most people would eat less if they simply stay hydrated.

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3. I eat food that tastes great.

I have some bodybuilding friends who are super ripped, and their food tastes like cardboard, plus they're farting their asses off all day. I enjoy my food. I don’t count calories or macronutrients.

The main adjustment I make with my clients looking to lose weight is I increase their fat intake and decrease their carb and sugar intake. If they want to gain weight I pretty much do just the opposite. The basis of my nutrition philosophy is tons of veggies, small amounts of high quality protein, fruit, and nuts/seeds.

Here is what a day looks like for me:

At 5:30 a.m., I wake up. I then have a hot lemon ginger tea with honey, a handful of blueberries and some raw almonds. F*ck off, Red Bull and coffee. I am now ready to go!

I then see my morning clients. If I don't have any, I get to surf! And by surf, I mean I paddle around. I can’t surf for shit, but, damn, do I know how to take cool shots for Instagram. My approach to fitness is similar to my philosophy on nutrition. I keep it real simple. I am going to move first thing in the morning. That is a given. It is all about starting the day with the right mindset. My schedule dictates what I get to do, but it is either surfing, hot yoga or one of my 20-Minute Workouts.

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Todd McCullough

Todd McCullough is the founder of TMAC FITNESS where they make fitness simple for busy moms and dads. Be sure and check out their 20 Minute HIIT Workouts. We love them at mbg. You can keep up with Todd @tmacfitness.
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