You can be putting in a tonne of effort at the gym, but your workout really isn’t going to make too much of a difference if your nutrition plan is not up to scratch.
You need to keep a healthy, rested, hydrated body, free of junk foods and chemicals as much as possible in order to get the most out of your workout efforts. Even just the smallest of changes over time do add up and help you on your way to your fitness goals. To put it simply, you need to eat clean if you are investing time into fat loss and building muscle mass.
One of the first things that our personal trainers always stress is water. Water, water everywhere! Keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least 2.5 litres every day, more if you are exercising. Consider starting every day with a healthful beverage consisting of hot water and the juice of a lemon; hydrating, detoxifying with an added vitamin boost. By staying hydrated you are helping to keep your cravings at bay. It may also help with fat burning by improving digestion thus enabling you to metabolise calories more effectively.
Another component of clean eating is making sure that your food is literally clean. We’re fortunate that in this day and age, organic health food stores are springing up all over the place and that sort of access to that is easier than it has been in the past. If organic is not available to you, or it’s too expensive, that’s fine, just try to go for hormone and antibiotic free. Because what you don’t want is you don’t want to be consuming tons of protein to try and build muscle mass, at the same time consuming antibiotics and growth hormones and all sorts of other substances that unfortunately is in a lot of lower quality meat. What you eat influences the type of bacteria that reside in your gut, this will have a huge impact on your hormone levels. We know that friendly microbiome feed on substances called lignans, present in some natural foods, including vegetables, fruit, healthy wholegrains and legumes such as beans and lentils. However, no amount of lignan containing food will help you if your friendly bacteria are out of balance with the bad.
Last but not least, it’s really important to enjoy yourself. So you should enjoy your food, you should pay attention to what you’re eating, how you’re eating it, when you’re eating it, and how you feel when you’re consuming your food. Because at the end of the day, consuming food should be pleasurable, but it should also be nourishing. The best way to know if something’s good for you or not is just listening to your body.It’s fine to indulge, but just indulge wisely. Do it in moderation. For example a glass or two of red wine may be very appealing after a stressful day. However, take note – this little habit is extremely detrimental to your gut. Studies show that just one glass in women and two in men can induce dysbiosis and bacterial overgrowth.
Most important is keep it clean, drink tons of water, and listen to your body!