We all could probably use a little boost in our nutrition. You know… tighten things up a little. Everybody knows that eating CLEAN is one of the most important parts of any nutritional plan. However, most of us don’t realize that we’re NOT eating enough! If you are exercising (which there is NO exception, you SHOULD BE)… you have to take in enough calories to support the extra calories you are burning.
Weight training should always be your main focus in an exercise program. Cardio second.
Reason being, if we only do cardio… we’re not going to maintain or even build muscle tissue. Therefore our metabolisms will either remain the same or even slow down! Increasing the metabolism to BURN FAT is a matter of increasing lean muscle mass. To do this, resistance training must take place. Now on the flip side, we have to increase our calorie intake to support this new growth. The newly added calories should primarily come from lean proteins. And without exception… you should be consuming a minimum of 5 meals per day.
I’ll attempt to not go TOOOO much into detail, and I have to warn you that this article might bore the living hell out of you simply because this is where I step up on my pedestal. =P But if you bare with me and take to heart what I write… your fitness goals will be achieved in half the time!
Simply put, the more meals we eat throughout the day… the less calories we can consume EACH meal. This allows us to get in enough calories throughout the day to still get in all the nutrients we need for our muscles to recover. But consuming less calories PER meal means a much lower risk of storing body fat. MAKE SENSE??? There is no such thing as a Fat Loss DIET, just strategic ways of eating to metabolize fat.
Our food pyramid shows most of our grains being the majority of our diet. You’ll notice it’s the largest portion of our pyramid. Not that carbohydrates are bad! We just have to understand which TYPES of carbs to eat. Carbs are our body’s main source of energy and a major key part in brain function and performance. So we definitely should NEVER cut out carbs. I don’t give a damn what any magazine or fad diet says. You’re now one of MY babies… I’m taking you under my fitness wing and by God… I’m going to teach you the TRUE way to go about things here! lol
So from my EXPERIENCE and knowledge of nutrition, I’ve found that switching out the carbs and proteins on the food pyramid results in a much leaner and more toned body. That’s what we are going for after all… correct??
All YOU have to worry about is getting some source of lean protein EVERY SINGLE meal, 5-6 times a day minimum. This protein can come from lean meats such as chicken, beef, fish, turkey… or even eggs and protein shakes. Once you’ve made this a staple in your nutrition… you can build on this with carbohydrates and fats. The GOOD ones of course! Now what general fat loss diet tells you to eat carbs and fats? =)
You know the saying nothing comes free. Well I don’t want to say that is completely true, but it’s damn near close! Unfortunately all kinds of people out there are coming up with the biggest and best new fat loss diet or workout gadget that promises INSANE results. Trust me when I tell you, 93% of what you read in mags, see advertising on TV or hear on the radio is a straight up lie. Unfortunately, the people marketing these products can make whatever claims they choose. They’re ONLY motif is to make more money for that bigger house or nicer car while the concern for getting you true results is probably little if none. So I want you to completely ignore all the silly commercials you hear from now on.
So the next crazy fat loss diet you hear about… block it out and go on with your day, because the second you hear somebody say things like “AND GET IT TODAY FOR THE LOW PRICE OF…” , ”THEY’RE GOING FAST! GET YOURS NOW AT THIS DISCOUNTED RATE!”… you can say… “Welp!.. Kyle told me so.” ;)