Let’s face it! Anyone can lose weight! However, most of us have difficulty developing healthy eating habits which are long lasting. A “diet” lasts only for a while…the question is how do you learn to eat healthy and maintain a fitness lifestyle nutrition? What is a nutrition regime that supports your fitness goals and helps you be strong and sexy?
If your goal is only losing weight, all that is required is for you to reduce your calorie intake (How much should I eat for weight loss? ) However, this is not going to be an effective solution for building muscle, toning, shaping and feeling your best. You see, simply reducing calories will ensure that you lose weight, however you will also be losing muscle mass, and this will be defeating the purpose.
As I mentioned in my previous post (How to make your Weight Loss plan work!) a good eating plan combined with a training routine, should focus on health and wellness first, looking good and feeling great is just a bonus! Eating the right nutrients and food groups is an important part of the process. The fundamental goal is to eat and train right; the two together is what is going to be the killer combination.
Instead of focusing on a simple calorie counting diet, the smart way to do it is to take a closer look at macronutrients. Learning about carbohydrates, protein and fats will help you reach your goals much faster. On my next blog post, I will explain you all about macronutrients! My goal is to help you get a better understanding of your nutrition and make better choices. A good balance of macronutrients in your nutrition will help you to have the strength and energy to get the most out of your workouts at the gym and enjoy guilt free meals. 🙂
· 1 gram of protein = 4 Kcal
· 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 Kcal
· 1 gram of fat = 9 Kcal
Depending on your age, weight and activity level, your body requires a certain amount of calories made of a balanced ratio of macronutrients. Individuals with specific fitness goals such as athletes and fitness models make sure that they adjust periodically their macronutrients intake according to their trainings and professional needs. These ratios vary depending on different fitness objectives, lifestyle, personal preferences, health and much more. So, all and all a nutrition plan should be a reflection of your own lifestyle!
A search on the web about macronutrients, suggested “ratios” and different types of diets (low carb, ketogenic, high protein etc) will give you a tone of information that may be confusing and in same cases contradicting! My advice is to better consult a professional nutritionist who will help you find out what works best for you!
Until next time, keep working on your goals!