An Insider Overview of the Ideal Nutrition Habit
Welcome back to Game Strength Insider!
You’ve learned the basics of cardio and HIIT. Now let’s turn our attention to nutrition…
I pretty sure Iâve said it before: Your abs are made in the kitchen.
Check it out, most dudes really don’t believe this simple fact so they work out ridiculously hard for countless hours in the gym and do things like up their protein intake so their bodies have the fuel it needs to build muscle (which is good). But the rest of their eating habits generally stay the same, including the steady diet of sugary soda, greasy pizza and fatty candy bars.
Not only is a diet like this extremely unhealthy, but it also works directly against your fat burning and/or muscle growth efforts.
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Eat clean. Honestly, just cleaning up your diet to eat healthier spurs fat loss and helps you grow muscle. In other words, if you start eating clean you may realize that you donât even need to pay attention to calories -at least not at first. (More on this in a moment.)
Take note of your calorie intake. If you’re trying to lose fat, then at some point you may need to start counting calories. Not obsessively, meaning you won’t have to get a food scale or anything like that. But you should get an idea of how many calories you need each day and how many you’re actually ingesting.
Again, because this noting your calorie intake isn’t something you need to concern yourself with just yet. For now, let’s turn our attention to what we mean by “clean eating.” Read on for tips:
Eat close to nature. Here’s the deal – food that is as close to its natural state as possible is healthier. This means, for example, that a fresh fish fillet is better for you than a frozen, breaded fish patty. Same goes for produce etc.
Avoid processed, packaged foods. This goes along with the previous tip, as unprocessed foods are closer to nature. For example, you should choose brown rice over white rice as it’s less processed. Same goes for items like whole wheat bread over white bread. Also, try to avoid any “instant” foods (like oatmeal that you can make in your microwave in a minute or two).
Avoid foods with additives, preservatives, etc. Again, processed and packaged foods (those that aren’t close to nature) tend to have additives that you don’t need. That’s why you should choose foods like natural peanut butter over your regular commercial peanut butter that has added sugar and other unneccary items.
Avoid sugar. If you follow the above tips, then you’ll naturally avoid sugar in your diet. If you need a sugar boost, then get it from natural sources such as fruit.
Eat multiple small, balanced meals. Finally, instead of eating three big meals with snacks between these meals, you should opt to eat six to eight balanced meals all through the day (every few hours). This will keep your metabolism stoked up and burning hot.
Now, you don’t need to make every single one of these changes today, especially if your current diet is radically different from above. Instead, commit to making one change today… and more changes in the days and weeks to come. Before you know it, clean eating will be a permanent part of your life style.
To your fitness success!