Can you eat and shape up at the same time? Of course you can, if you follow a few simple rules!
You know what you should eat and what you should limit or avoid completely. Now, you need to fine tune your body shaping program by planning your meals appropriately. Whether in the gym, or at the table, you always need to have a plan!
Although there may be varying instances, these are a few general rules to keep in mind when planning your meals:
Rule #1: Post Workout Nutrition
Gaining Muscle: Have a high carb/high protein meal or drink post workout. This will elevate your insulin and move protein into your muscle cells.
Losing Weight: The same rule applies, just in a smaller caloric intake.
Rule #2: Use Carbs Wisely
The best time for your body to use carbs (and not store them as fat) is at the morning meal (breakfast) and post workout. Start your day right and your post workout recovery!
Rule #3: Protein with each meal
Every meal (and preferably snack) should contain at least some protein.
Rule #4: Eat every 3-5 hours.
Yes, eat 5 to 6 times a day. It’s easy: Breakfast, snack, Lunch, snack, Dinner, snack! You body will burn fat and spare muscle getting you to your body shaping goal faster!
Rule #5: Eat Late?!
If you gain fat easily, you might try eating only a protein and fat meal (little to no carbs) before bed, or as your dinner. You don’t need as many carbs to sleep but you do need sustenance to avoid muscle loss. Additionally, many dieters find it very beneficial to avoid eating large amounts of fat and carbs at the same meal. Make one a smaller quantity.
Rule #6: Have a Plan!
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Check out the Nutrition area of ClubFit for sample menus, or get the highly successful, Weight Trackers Diet Plan at the Fitness Makeover Store.