You've made it to the end of the 10 nutrition swaps: Congratulations!

The point of these 10 straightforward swaps is to give you clear tools that will really change how you eat. These are habits that are based in real life and also in solid research. They aren't necessarily easy, but they do work for most people. And you really don't need much more than this (unlike a lot of sites, we don't believe in inundating you with a ton of information; who has time for that?).

So now it's up to you. You have the basics and now you're ready to start experimenting with what works for you: Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Does eating more protein give you more energy during your workouts?
  • Does even one night of bad sleep leave you dragging and make you way hungrier than usual?
  • Does drinking more water and less soda affect how you feel?
  • What foods seem to give you more energy? What about drinks?
  • What treats do you need to keep in your diet (even if they're unhealthy) because they make life worth living?
  • When you don't feel like working out, what would make you feel like doing it (including a reward afterward)?

 All this stuff is very personal and you are the best judge of what works for your body and your workouts. By doing a quick check every once in a while of what's working and what's not, you can piece together a diet that is healthy (mostly), gives you energy for exercise and the rest of your life, and doesn't leave out fun stuff (life is way too short for that).

The point is simple: Play around with the rules here and break them if they don't work for you. Do what you need to do to make exercise suck less than it used to, a little bit at a time.

This is one of 10 swaps you can make that will get your eating on track and give you enough energy to fuel your workouts. If you make all 10 swaps, you'll be well on your way to a healthy diet.


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