You’re in pursuit of a great lean physique…
And no doubt, you’re spending a little more time at the gym, trying to get leaner and harder. It’s tempting too, to skip meals or snacks, in an effort to cut down your calorie intake and lose weight.
But that’s not the best way to do it. Ask any fitness model, physique athlete or personal trainer, and you’ll learn that they eat 6-7 small meals a day.
Doing this increases your metabolism, so your body is constantly burning calories, even when you’re resting. Plus, you keep a steady supply of nutrients to your body, which is ideal for building and maintaining muscle (and good health!). Remember, it’s best to keep your body in an anabolic (muscle-building) state because, if you’re not feeding your body regularly it will go into a catabolic (muscle-breakdown) state, literally ‘eating’ lean muscle for fuel. This is the last thing that you want, as a loss of lean muscle leads to a decreased metabolic rate and a loss of muscle tone, too!
But don’t resort to junk food, takeaways and processed meals. These will sabotage your efforts to achieve results and remain healthy. Instead, plan ahead. You know you need a healthy meal every three hours so prepare and cook enough lean proteins and veggies every evening, to carry you through the next day. You can also supplement with meal replacements and protein shakes. Don’t forget to pack some healthy snacks, such as low-GI fruit and nuts.
Say goodbye to the “less-is-more” diet, and say hello to healthy, wholesome meals that keep you going!
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.