Exercise is only part of the picture for fat loss. How you fuel your body in order to build muscle and bone density is much more closely linked than people have been led to believe in the past. When you aren’t eating smart, you’re losing more than just fat when you work out.
Most people realize that they have to change their diet in order to lose fat. However, it can be a challenge to wade through all of the information online about how you’re supposed to eat for fat loss. Is the latest nutritional fad right for you? If not, how can you make positive diet changes?
Common Nutrition Trends
It often seems like your loved ones and the people you work with find diets that work for them, but that just don’t work for or appeal to you. The people in your life might be trying keto, paleo, veganism, intermittent fasting, cleanses, and other common diet trends. But when you try to get on board the diet doesn’t work, or it does work and you just can’t stick to it. Why?
How We Help
At PushFit we can offer specific dietary advice that is easier to follow than crash diets and sets you up for long term fat loss. While our recommendations are personalized to you, there is some general advice you can follow, that we’ll explain in the video below.
But first, you need to understand a few things, including macro-nutrients. These are the major nutrients that all humans need to be healthy, including:
- Fat: Diet crazes in the 80’s and early 90’s blamed fat for increasing obesity. However, this was a misconception and provided misleading information to the public. Everyone needs fat in their diet, but we have to be sure we are choosing the right fats – the healthy fats. Fat provides essential nutrients, helps our bodies move nutrients around, and adds a ton of flavor to food. It’s important to balance fat with other macro-nutrients and to focus on healthy fats.
- Carbohydrates: Modern diet crazes tend to revolve around blaming carbs for weight gain instead of fats. However, this is also a misconception. Our bodies need carbohydrates for short-term energy and our brain and immune system suffer without carbohydrates. Also, if you don’t eat enough carbs, your body will use protein instead, which reduces your muscle mass.
- Protein: We need protein to build and maintain muscle, as well as to support overall health. Different proteins do different things, from transporting nutrients to helping digestion and bone strength. In our work, we most often find people who aren’t eating enough protein. That’s why we recommend you start your day with the protein portion of your breakfast, and eat protein first at every meal.
We can help you learn how to balance your diet in a way that works for you. That’s often where craze diets fail – the balance of macro-nutrients that is right for your friend or your co-worker, may not be the right balance for you.
Once you understand your macro-nutrient balance, and where you can get each nutrient from, you’ll find that following a diet is much easier. But we have other tips that can help you make the most of your new well-balanced diet as well. Watch this video to learn about the importance of eating regular meals and sticking to consistent meal times.
For more information about how to get started on your journey, please contact us at Push!Fit Studio.