Good nutrition is vital to successful body fat loss, lean muscle mass gains and overall general good health.
Many of us are left baffled and confused when it comes to selecting a diet suitable for what we are trying to achieve. Many so-called experts are recommending one diet over another when the truth is all diets have a time and place if you just know how and when to apply them.
There are three principles for good nutrition
- Calorific Intake
- Quality Of Nutrients
Most people don’t have a clue what their calorific intake is let alone how to calculate one when creating a suitable diet plan. If you get this number wrong you could suffer from a whole host of problems, ranging from increases in body fat, actually losing current muscle mass and in some cases you can cause a metabolic dysfunction.
Macros consist of three main sources: carbs, proteins & fats. Most people don’t track these intakes, therefore don’t have a basic percentage ratio to adjust and manipulate depending on how the body responds. For effective fat loss and lean mass gains you must periodise your macros much like your training.
QUALITY OF NUTRIENTS
Some people preach that it doesn’t matter what the quality of your food intake is as long as you hit your set required macros intake. In my experience this only applies to a handful of people, they can get away with it for a period of time but it will eventually catch up with them.
If you’re looking to make a real difference to the function of your gut and thus how you process and utilise food, you must choose quality every time. This isn’t to say that your diet can’t be pleasurable, it can, but within moderation.
You will need calculate your calorific intake and from there you can determine you macro ratios. After both those are done it is matter of creating a diet that fits those macro ratios and calorie amounts
I hope this helps get your head around what is required to make rapid changes to your bodies muscle and body fat levels.