No one will argue if you tell them that eating a healthy, balanced diet will lead to better overall health and can promote weight loss, especially if you stay away from rubbish like crisps and fatty, deep-fried food. However, there’s more to good nutrition than just leaving off the fish and chips, as you can actually help your body build muscle if you provide it with the building blocks it needs to repair and rejuvenate itself after a vigorous workout.
a healthy body begins in the kitchen
Your body needs roughly three types of foods in differing amounts – fats, proteins, and carbohydrates – when it comes to providing energy to all the different cells of your body. However, each type of food is better (or worse) at certain things, but if you change what you eat on a daily basis in order to support your fitness goals then you can actually begin your quest for a healthy body right in your kitchen.
Lucky for you, the twin goals of weight loss and muscle building overlap very well when it comes to the types of food you should eat in order to meet your fitness targets. You need to ensure that your intake of fats is low to moderate – focusing on the so-called ‘good’ fats that are composed of unsaturated fat – and you have to severely limit your intake of simple carbohydrates that are rich in sugar and offer little in the way of fiber; on top of that, replacing those low-fiber carbs with meals that are high in protein will not only help you provide your body with the amino acids it needs to build new muscle but will also help keep you from feeling hungry, as it takes longer for protein to digest inside the human body than low-fiber carbohydrates.
NEVER JUST JUMP RIGHT IN
While these guidelines seem simple enough – and they surely are in practice – you should never embark on any new dietary regime without first seeking the advice of a qualified dietitian or at least consulting with your GP. Medical experts can point out important things that you need to know that you might otherwise overlook – things that could have rather unpleasant effects!
One such important thing to note, especially if you’re attempting to stick to a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet, is that your body’s need for water will increase quite precipitously. This is because, unlike carbs, proteins take a large amount of water to digest; you can actually all too easily run the risk of dehydration unless you take steps to counteract this, so make sure to drink plenty of water if you’re switching to a high-protein diet!
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