Knowing what to eat while you’re training hard is difficult. You don’t want to eat so much that you start piling on the pounds. But you don’t want to eat so little that you start feeling weak and can’t complete workouts.
Mostly, people who are training hard make two mistakes. First, they fail to eat the right kinds of foods, believing everything that they read on bodybuilding blogs. And secondly, they don’t eat enough. These two factors, in combination, are sufficient to derail even the best intentions and leave you feeling low on energy. Thus, it is imperative to get your diet right if you’re looking to become super healthy.
Rule #1: Eat Bigger Portions Of Healthy Food
When it comes to getting fit; what you eat is just as important as how hard you train. Without the right food, your body won’t be able to adapt to exercise. Recovery will be slower, and you won’t feel motivated.
A lot of people know this, which is why they switch to healthier alternatives. But there’s a problem: they often wind up eating too little. Fruit, veggies, beans, and whole grains are far less calorie dense than regular food in the western diet. Exercisers often choose their portions by the physical size of the plate. So when they switch to a new diet, they eat the same volume of food, believing that it is enough. It is not. If you want to feel full after a meal, you’ll need to double or triple the amount of vegetation that you consume. Don’t worry: it’ll never make you gain fat.
Rule #2: Don’t Eat Late In The Evening
While there are blogs out there that recommend eating throughout the evening and even during the night, that’s not a good idea for most people. The reason for this has to do with your circadian rhythm. When you eat late in the evening, you tell your body that it is time to get going. The brain then releases a bunch of hormones that make you feel alert, preventing you from sleeping.
Sleep is your ally when you train hard, so anything that negatively affects it is a big no-no. Don’t be afraid to stop eating after six in the evening. Your body will actually thank you for it long-term if you leave more time between your last bite in the evening and your first one for breakfast the following day.
Rule #3: Fuel Up Before Going To The Gym
Taking fat burners and other supplements before you hit the gym can work great to supercharge your efforts. But you also need calories in your system to see you through your workout. If you don’t have glucose in your muscles, you’ll find it challenging to work hard.
Getting fit isn’t about starvation; it’s about sending signals to your body that it needs to adapt to new circumstances—the more that you can do this, the more that it will respond. Eating enough food beforehand, therefore, is vital for your success long-term.
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