As the seasons come and go I enjoy strength cycles, recovery cycles, and race season! Each level of activity certainly helps one be leaner and stronger, but that is only 1/3 of the equation.
To be healthy = lean, strong, fast … you must EAT the right foods and right amount.
I enjoy the Paleo lifestyle, which is sometimes massively hard. Pick one that suits your lifestyle.. that is not what I want to focus on.
MEASURE with a scale the portions / calories / nutrients of your snack foods. That is right, I believe you will eat right at dinner, but I found my own personal villan last year to be snacks.
Now my snacks were almonds, dates, walnuts, etc .. one would say these are healthy snacks .. I agree. The catch (isn't there always) is that these are extremely high in calories, etc… and your hand holds a whole lot more than you think!
9 almonds = roughly 140 calories, so if you grab a couple handfuls passing a bowl, you will consume 25% of your daily calories in roughly 3 fingers full!!
I didn't realize this was my villan till I started measuring them and on each bag I now write the total calories in the bag. If I want a snack I can now make an educated decision on what will be best and measure out what I need for fuel. As a result, I have also noticed if I eat some nuts (pistachio was the villan in this one example) and am not satisfied, I feel ripped off by that nut as I could have enjoyed something else with more punch / filling / satisfaction.
So .. eat well; train for an event, and measure those snacks!!!