So many of us strive to eat well and exercise with the aim of feeling healthier and stronger. This goal is often accompanied by statements like ‘I just want to lose weight and tone up.’
So how do we fuel the body for muscle growth and fat loss at the same time?
It can sound almost impossible, and with such an array of dietary advice out there, it can become quite confusing to know how to eat so that you feel full AND achieve your goals.
To help you on your way, here are a few healthy tips to achieving a balanced diet that works for you.
- Losing fat isn’t necessarily about losing weight.
When your aim is to reduce body fat and build muscle, the scales are not necessarily the best indicator of your progress. You are actively working to change the composition of your body, so your percentage of muscle mass may increase while your body fat percentage decreases. This process is commonly known as body recomposition. This knowledge is powerful as it allows you to focus your attention on fueling your body with the right stuff to support your goals.
- Nail the essentials
You probably thought we were going to say pump the protein in right? As much as protein is an important dietary component for muscle growth and repair, it is generally accounted for in a well-balanced diet.
The human body requires a certain intake of calories, protein, carbohydrates and fats. The foods we eat can actually work for us to lose fat and build muscle if eaten in the right proportions. A balanced diet should include a range of nutrient-rich foods, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein-rich legumes. Protein enjoyed throughout the day’s meals is enough to maintain muscle mass as well as keep you feeling full for longer.
- There’s no need to starve yourself
If you restrict your diet in a way that is not balanced, not only will you struggle to have enough energy to get you through the day but those muscle building workouts will feel even harder. What’s more, cravings often go into overdrive while the body loses very little fat, but plenty of lean muscle, water weight and fibre. The opposite of what you want to achieve!
At Body Balancing Nutrition we tailor eating plans to help you feel full, have energy and achieve your weight loss goals – all whilst eating more, not less. So there’s no need to go hungry!
- Keep it sustainable, work with your lifestyle
The best diet for reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass is the one that accounts for your body’s unique nutritional needs, personal preferences and lifestyle. The most sustainable diet is not an ‘all or nothing’ approach, but one that fits comfortably into your life, providing a balance of vital carbohydrates, protein and fats.
Body Balancing Nutrition can help you to understand the foods your body requires daily. We create individualised eating plans backed with science to help you burn body fat whilst retaining your precious muscle.
For a weight loss plan crafted to suit your specific requirements contact us via our webform or phone us directly on (08) 9388 1166, and book your free fat loss consultation now!