Diet is an extremely important factor when it comes to exercise! Get it right and you will see the results you have always wanted, get it wrong however and you will be left wondering why all your hard work in the gym isn’t paying off. The old saying goes 80% diet and 20% gym, it couldn’t be more true.
Losing Weight: The thing you need to be aware of firstly is calorie control. If you want to lose weight then obviously you need to restrict the amount of calories you eat per day. This does not mean you have to stop eating, that could even have the reverse effect and you may put weight on as the body goes into starvation mode so you have to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients. Dieting isn’t about feeling hungry so eat protein rich foods such as chicken, turkey breast and fish. These high protein foods will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Pair these up with some complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain and you will find that meals will keep the hunger away for longer.
Gaining Weight: If you want to gain lean muscle then you still need to follow a fairly strict diet. On the flipside however, you can be more generous with the portions and protein is your new best friend. Chicken, turkey, fish and high protein foods should be at home in your fridge and to make sure you’re getting enough protein to repair your muscles after a workout supplement your diet with protein shakes and/or protein bars.
Breakfast is extremely important when trying to gain weight. This is because you have been without food for the entire time you have been asleep, meaning your body is desperate for nutrients. A good breakfast should consist of fruit, wholegrain and protein.
Exercise: Whether your goal is gain weight or to lose weight, either way you need to sit down and work out a plan. A good gym routine is vital and by spending some time researching books or the internet you can find a tried and tested method and then see what works for you.
One of the hardest parts about exercise is missing sessions, we all do it and it can be extremely demotivating so do not let one missed session ruin the rest of your week.
Exercising doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, try and get a friend to exercise with you and change your routines often so you do not get bored. Think of this more of a change of lifestyle and you will be on the right track. Remember – Rome wasn’t built in a day!