By PT Manager Craig Danks
When it comes to effectively gaining muscle and losing fat, both training and nutrition are equally important pieces of the overall puzzle. In this blog I’m going to provide you few tips to help you stay on track for your diet and fitness goals.
Tip #1: Think about what your going to eat. If you’re just winging it every meal, you wont be able to maintain consistent intake of calories and macro nutrients. Create a structured meal plan for the coming weeks. Your diet plan should consist of balanced daily meals and should cover the duration of no less then a week.
Tip #2: Always prepare your meals. This is a key factor for maintaining a consistent diet. You probably have heard the old saying “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. If you’re not preparing your meals, then you are highly likely to eat takeaway or eat out. Preparing your meals in advance will save you time and will ensure consistent calories intake without compromising your healthy diet.
Tip #3: Chose foods that you like. You don’t need to stick to the old bodybuilding meal plans i.e.- chicken and rice. Use foods you enjoy and combine them with lean meats, vegetables, good carbohydrates, healthy fats and fruits. Try to avoid dip fried foods, fast food, processed food, sweets, sugar, soda and alcohol.
Tip #4: Don’t worry to much about the intervals between meals. Just structure your meal frequency and layout in whatever way you most prefer based on your appetite and schedule.
Tip #5: Allocate 10-20% of your overall diet to indulge in the foods you crave most. As long as these foods fit into your nutrition plan as a whole, in terms of total calories and macronutrients, it won’t negatively impact your results but will make your eating plan way more enjoyable.