Arnold Schwarzenegger, the famous bodybuilder turned movie star, always said to his fitness admirers “abs are made in the kitchen”. Whilst most people aren’t seeking to look like the Terminator, there is a lot to be said for Arnie’s approach to fitness. Whilst exercise is key, fuelling yourself correctly will ensure you are recovering from your exercise regime and meeting your aesthetic goals.
Here are five easy-to-stick-to tips for your nutrition plan:
First and foremost, your exercise plan can’t be forgotten. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a balance and whatever your goal, being active is vital. Your fitness goals will depend on a healthy diet, but you must also be exercising to see the full effect.
Set targets and stick to them
Whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle, or just tone up specific areas, you should write your targets down, and stick to them. Write a list of concrete goals you want to stick to and put them somewhere visible in your kitchen. This is a simple, cheap, effective reminder every time you reach for the biscuit tin. You have to be strict on your intake and calories: if your goal is to lose weight, you have to have a deficit, but if you want to gain muscle, you need to be eating a surplus.
Fats aren’t always bad
A common misconception is that all fats are bad. In fact, fats are vital to a healthy diet. Healthy fats are full of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which can help reduce cholesterol and aid recovery. Keep foods such as olive oil, peanut butter and avocados in your diet plan and you will reap the rewards.
The benefits of protein are well documented but cannot be overstated. Protein will help your muscles recover from exercise, and repair stronger. Protein will also keep you full, so if you’re trying to lose weight, eat lean proteins such as turkey, chicken, and low-fat red meat.
Supplements are exactly that, supplementary to your diet. You should only take supplements if you aren’t getting the necessary nutrition from your day to day diet.
If you stick to these points, you can easily make sure that your nutrition matches your exercise. You will start to see the results you’re after sooner rather than later!