After having years of experience in the Health and Fitness industry, I still find that it isn’t the exercise that most people struggle with, but the nutrition side of things. Most of the time people over complicate the situation and end up not knowing what to eat, when really it is simple! The media are telling us day in day out what is good for us and what is bad which can also cause confusion, so we’ve come up with 4 simple points help you get started.
Eat protein with every meal
Protein is made up of amino acids which are the building blocks of our body, they help our muscles to grow, make enzymes and hormones, repair tissue and all of the rest. If you aren’t getting enough then your body won’t work properly, plus if you’re trying to build muscle in the gym then your body needs more protein in order to repair and build the muscle that has been used. Ensuring that you eat protein with every meal means your muscles are recovering and you also stay full during the day.
Eat 5 vegetables per day
Fruit and veg are full of vitamins and minerals that help our body in its day to day running, plus they are full of fibre that helps with digestion. Although it is recommended that we eat 5 fruit and veg a day, there is no harm in eating more, which is why we put 5 veg plus fruit. This is because a lot of people tend to eat more fruit than veg, although fruit is good, it has much more sugar which will be stored as fat if not burnt during exercise.
Drink at least 2 litres of water
So many people get through the day just having a cup of coffee in the morning and then drinking several cups of tea, but do you actually drink water? No. Although water doesn’t specifically make you lose weight, a lot of the time people think they’re hungry when if fact they’re thirsty, if you had a drink before having something to eat you may find that you don’t want to eat anymore.
Minimise processed foods
If you’re really struggling with what to do the best thing you can do is cook everything from scratch. If you know exactly what you’re putting in your mouth then you know whether it’s good or not. Many processed foods are full of things you can’t even pronounce and have ingredients you may not expect. If you’re prepared and make your meals in advance then you won’t be caught out.