Planning to lose weight? The first thing you’ll be looking for is a reliable diet plan and there are literally hundreds of them filling the world today. You’ll find fad diets, celebrity diets, and paleo-diets that all sound like hogwash – and they are. Instead, just follow this simple eating plan to lose weight, build muscle, or just stay healthy. Don’t worry – it’s backed by scientific research to be true!
Eating Way Too Much Fats
Fad diets are killing people. Too many of them suggest you need to load up on fats in order to burn something when working out. Unfortunately, this is a lot of nonsense and basic science can disprove it too.
Remember that fats contain a high amount of calories. You don’t have to count calories strictly but the basic idea is to eat fewer calories than you actually burn off during exercise to keep yourself at the regulated calorie-per-day standard.
This then leads to the next part which is getting calories from the right sources.
Carbohydrates are Important!
Too many diets suggest eating less and less carbohydrates. This is severely wrong and unhealthy. Carbohydrates are there to give your body energy to function properly and without carbs you’d be exhausted and in pain.
As a matter of fact, it is suggested that 45% to 65% of your daily calorie-intake should come from carbohydrates!
With the right amount of carbohydrates you’ll be burning fat efficiently post-workout and all through the night as you sleep.
Protein Before Working Out
Protein, iron, and a little bit of carbohydrates will go a long way if you take them before working out. Don’t take them in the morning because you should actually allow your digestive system to rest (fasting) in the morning and don’t take them after working out because then they’re just wasted.
You need to take them in the afternoon, prior to working out. This ensures your body has all the power it needs to work hard at the gym. You’ll be lifting weights and pulling tissue so having all the power-inducing proteins is important.
Water is going to be more than your best friend when trying to lose weight or build muscles; it is the most essential part of your eating plan.
Water will help you from overeating since it keeps you full (appetite suppressant) and regular hydration helps you lose water retention or water weight in the first two weeks of your diet plan. Staying hydrated also allows your body to better absorb all the vitamins and nutrients you get from the food you eat.
But there’s more! Water is a big factor in better metabolism and it also plays a role in muscle recovery, making it essential for weight loss and muscle building alike.
Don’t Restrict Yourself
Don’t say goodbye to those slices of pizza just waiting in the box for you to eat. Pizza might sound like junk but it is rich in calories and carbohydrates. All you need to do is know when to eat it – which is basically post-workout, right when you’re ready to sleep.
You don’t have to say goodbye to your comfort food and guilty pleasures. This simple eating plan allows you to eat your favorite food but you just need to time it right to allow your body to make the most out of it.