During my initial intake of Be Fit Fit clients, those with weight loss-related goals are surprised when I ask them not to go on a diet -- at all. I also insist that they never come to my studio to train feeling hungry or hanrgy -- hungry-angry.
Without that initial boost of energy from the food you consume before training, your energy output at training will be compromised.
We want to build our bodies just like we build a house, with a strong foundation.
We mostly do that with any additional protein you can put your hand on through any given day. Unless you suffer from a kidney or urinary problem, increased consumption of proteins is super safe.
Proteins not only improve muscle strength and make you feel fuller longer, they also increase your metabolic rate, which means your body will burn more calories even while sitting or lying down.
Most protein sources are also rich in other important nutrients. Salmon and herring contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, which enhance insulin sensitivity and increase amino acid and glucose uptake. But not all salmon is created equal. Only eat caught wild and avoid buying farmed fish, which are fed antibiotics.
Grass-fed wild game such as bison as well as organic beef, deliver conjugated linoleic acids (CLA), which promote muscle strength and increase mass while decreasing body fat.
Carbs are also very important for anyone who is building a strong body. Healthy choices include a variety of vegetables and whole grains such as broccoli, brown rice, watermelon, Ezekiel bread, wheat germ, spinach, kale, and other fruits and veggies. Make a habit of eating some carbs before exercising for a boost of energy as well as throughout the day.
Last but not least, do not forget good fats that can be found in raw, unsalted nuts, olive oil, and avocados.
Improving your nutrition, not dieting, will give you the nutrients and energy needed to build a strong body while also supporting lean muscle growth and contributing to a healthy and speedy metabolism.
Magdalena is the owner of the Be Fit Fit Personal Training Studio (www.befitfit.biz) and a Realtor® at the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International in Sedona