To get the best outcome, a weight loss and fitness program must be balanced with effective workouts, as well as healthy foods. We’ve seen the quotes and memes: you can’t outrun a bad diet. It’s true. I hate to use the word “diet” but for the sake of “society’s” norm, let’s just say you start a diet and a fitness program. It is very important that you choose foods that are filling and provide you the most bang for your buck, nutrition wise.
There are three main nutrients that are essential for life: carbs, proteins, and fats. Having a moderate amount of each of these in your system provides you with the energy you need to get through your day. That includes energy for your body’s processes to function normally also…but that’s another topic for another post later.
Many people assume that carbs are the worst, but they are very important. Yes, they turn to glucose (sugar) when broken down in your body, and that sugar is fuel. However, the right kind of carbs help spread that fuel out longer in your system. It’s like using 93 octane gas instead of 87…?
Complex carbs that come green veggies, fruit, beans, etc are the carbs you want to eat MORE of. Of course we will have our simple carbs like cookies, cakes, breads, but eat more of the complex carbs to feel full longer.
We all need this nutrient. We get it in eggs, cheese, meat, beans, fish, soy, etc. This nutrient packs a punch and helps you feel full longer. If you’re participating in a moderately intense workout plan, it wouldn’t hurt to increase your normal protein intake by 10-15% more.
Don’t run from these, but choose the better quality of fats. We actually eat these in lots of foods we consume. Some are healthier than others. For example, the fat found in beef isn’t necessarily good for you, so I limit the amount of beef that I eat (I eat it rarely). On the other hand, some fish contains lots of healthy fat. Salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines contain Omega-3 fats which are good for heart health. Oils like flax seed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and olive oil also provide this nutrient. However, it’s important that you read food labels and don’t overuse these just because they’re filling and good for you.
Contact me for more info on these macro nutrients, or if you want a personalized food plan that will include the right amount of nutrients for you.