Nutrition is where most people flounder when it comes to building and maintaining a good physique. You can have the best training program, get adequate rest, even take “supplements,” and still not get the body you desire. While you don’t necessarily have to undergo the strict diet that a bodybuilder endures when prepping for a competition, you should make healthy eating a lifestyle habit instead of a temporary trend.
Below are the top guidelines to adhere by:
Eat 4 to 6 meals a day. Your body burns energy throughout the day. Eat frequently to accelerate metabolism and maintain steady energy levels throughout the day.
Plan meals ahead of time. Sounds simple, but most people don’t do this and end up binging on junk food when they get hungry simply because there is nothing else around to eat. Purchase plastic storage containers and a cooler to store and carry your food. Having a nutritious meal within reach throughout your day keeps you on track with healthy eating.
Drinks a lot of water. Some people suggest 10 glasses, others suggest more. You need to stay well hydrated with intensive training. If you drink coffee or tea, drink more water to compensate for the diuretic effect of caffeine.
Portion sizes matter. Someone once told me that a “clenched fist” is the appropriate portion size per meal. Don’t go to the buffet and eat a bucket load of food. Obesity is an epidemic because people often equate more as better. In terms of nutrition, the key is getting enough of it, but in moderation.
Combine carbohydrates and protein at every meal. Our bodies work better with a balanced combination of carbs and protein. Protein is essential for building muscle and maintaining a strong immune system. It also reduces your appetite. Carbohydrates fuels your body with energy. Both compliment your training regime.
Aim for Consistency. Diets are fads. Look at most people who do the Atkins Diet, or the South Beach Diet. They quit after a while. Make your nutritional intake a habit. Always buy the healthy foods. Always prepare your meals in advance. Before long, you’ll become accustomed to eating healthy without making any conscious effort to.