If you really want to achieve your fitness goal, only exercising is not enough. Exercise must be paired with good nutrition. Here is why…
Food is what gives us power, energy. Our body converts the food into energy so that we can use this energy to do everything we want: walk, swim, travel, party, exercise, even just thinking.
This process of converting food into energy is called metabolism and the number 1 thing that you should avoid in your diet is foods, and specially drinks, containing added sugar due to its potential to impair your metabolism, evidenced in several studies.
By nature, our body is built to perform best when eating good foods, and what are good foods? Any food given by nature: meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, etc. But once we process these foods too much, such as frying, the food becomes not as good anymore and our body will not function as efficiently when fueled by that.
So now that you know the importance of eating the right foods, you now need to know how much food you should eat. The answer is primarily based on your priority fitness goal. Are you looking to build muscle or burn fat?
Burn Fat Goal
As I mentioned above, eating is what gives us energy to do everything we want or need. This energy is measured in calories.
When we eat more calories than our body needs, this excess calories become fat in our body. And when we eat less calories than we need, our body will find this calorie deficit from either fat or muscle (lean mass) in our body.
Our body is so smart that, between fat and muscle, it will pick the one we need the least to convert it into energy for using. So if we want to keep the muscle and let go of the fat, we need to indicate to our body that we need our muscles, and we do that by using it, that is, by exercising. That’s why in a caloric deficit diet, we must exercise, in order to indicate to our body that we need those muscles more than we need fat.
It’s very common to see people going on a caloric deficit diet to lose weight and they don’t exercise, so what happens? They do lose weight in the scale but most of this weight loss is due to lean mass loss, so their body becomes flaccid, weak; in short, it’s not healthy at all.
So this is the number 1 reason why you should exercise, because you want to maintain your lean mass and let go of the fat.
So for the goal of burning fat, it is clear that we need to eat less than our body uses. Hence why the Meal Plan is customized based on your body data and information collected in the assessment meeting and according to your workout program. Following the Meal Plan will ensure that you eat exactly what you need in order to effectively achieve your goals.
Muscle Building Goal
The process of building muscle demands that you use the muscle in a challenging and consistent way and that you are on a calorie surplus, which is a state in which you eat more calories than you burn.
For example, if you eat 3,000 calories per day and burn 2,500, you have created a surplus or excess of 500 calories per day, which your body will either use to build muscle or store fat.
Hence why the Meal Plan is customized based on your body data and information collected in the assessment meeting and according to your workout program. Following the Meal Plan will ensure that you eat exactly what you need in order to effectively achieve your muscle building goals.