There seems to be so many different diets tips out there to try, yet who says any of them are good for you? Or are able to provide you with long-term results? Your diet, combined with your individual exercise routine, is of great importance in achieving the results you’ve set out for.
Below are some guidelines to follow when you set out on your fitness journey.
- Don’t go too low!!
It can be a common mistake to think that the easiest and best way to lose weight is to reduce your calorie intake by a substantial amount. However, if you are to drop your calorie intake too much, your metabolic rate will respond by slowing down, and your body fat simply won’t go anywhere. Efficient fat burning is closely tied to an efficient metabolism, so please don’t over-do it! It is better to lower your calorie intake by about 10-15% at a time. Besides your body still needs fuel to enable you to work out in our gym, whilst exploring the wide range of fitness classes we have to offer you!
- Don’t drown yourself in protein
Protein protein protein!! It can be a known ‘thing’ to think you need to consume a ridiculous amount of protein in order to get ‘shredded’, or shall we just say get healthy? It’s worth noting that too much protein can have the opposite effect, leading to it being stored as body fat instead of muscle. Protein shakes and bars can be a positive fuel source for the body, being consumed after a workout, in order to help give muscles a boost whilst in the recovery stage. Skipping meals, and replacing them with protein shakes, isn’t always a good option, try to find protein in natural food sources instead.
Please note that the recommended consumption of protein can vary depending on the type of training your body is undergoing and other factors. It is always best to get advice to know your protein limits! Ask one of our PT’s here at i-motion.
- Don’t fear carbs
Carbs are neither good nor bad. It all depends on the way you use them! They are extremely valuable for building muscle, but can hinder your weight cutting if consumed in high amounts. Whilst too few carbs can result in your muscle tissue ‘melting’ away along with your body fat. Carbs don’t always equal fat!!
- Don’t eat carbs last
Here’s one underappreciated fact: including high-carb sources in your final meal of the day impairs your fat burning efficiency. Whilst dividing your total carb intake into six small meals a day is a smart move, the best idea is to make sure you eat most of them at breakfast and after training to make optimal use of their muscle-building properties, and to skip them at the end of the day to avoid unwanted fat storage!
- Don’t diet for too long
In the same way that dropping your calorie intake too much can have negative effects, dieting for too long, without any breaks, can also cause a metabolic slowdown, which will bring fat loss efforts to a halt. If you are following a strict diet plan, try taking a day off after 4-5 days and increase your carb intake. Repeating the cycle to get the desired effects. Don’t forget to take into account prescribed carb and protein intake!
- Don’t perform too much cardio
Indeed, cardio is an effective tool for accelerating fat loss, but getting too much of it can lead to loss of muscle and prevent muscle gain. Make sure you limit your cardio workouts to three to four times a week for 30-60 minutes maximum per session. Our fitness classes are the perfect cardio workout, just give them a try!! Ask our PT’s which fitness class will deliver you the best results to suit you aims.
Believe it or not, that is all! This very short list includes every important step to becoming successful. All you have to do is stick to basic principles.
Please remember everybody is an individual and needs a work out plan to suit them, along with the correct balance of nutrition. Speak to one of our personal trainer’s who will happily design a workout plan to suit your goals.
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