Rule # 1 for Burning Fat: Eat Well!
I hate to say it, but it’s so true; you are what you eat.
And if you want to lose weight (or gain weight) stay off that treadmill and don’t touch those weights until you’ve first taken a long, hard look at what you eat.
The trick to good nutrition (and therefore faster results) is to feed your body a combination of protein, vegetables and healthy fats every few hours, this ensures proper recovery from workouts AND optimal energy levels throughout your day. Balanced nutrition is the key. And believe it or not, for best results, you should eat 4 to 5 (small) meals each day instead of the “3 square meals” you’re probably used to, or worse… just one or two big meals a day.
Here’s a quick “ingredients checklist” you want to stick to when creating your own meals from now on. The better you stick to this, the better your body will be.
– Protein – Choose a portion of protein, such as chicken breast, ground turkey, fish or steak. Protein is essential for toning and building muscle. 75g to 125g for women and 100g to 200g for men should be about the right size.
– Vegetables – Add two portions of vegetables with each meal every day.
– Essential Fats – Consume unsaturated fats daily (coconut oil, olive oil or organic butter from grass fed cows). Not all fats make you fat!
– Water – Drink at least half 2 to 4 liters of water per day, more when you’re exercising.
Again, balanced nutrition is the key. You can do all the workouts in the world, but you just won’t be maximizing your results until you fix the way you eat. That’s why you need to start with nutrition first, otherwise most of the time you spend exercising is wasted. And that’s a lot of work to go to waste!