What is one thing most of us want when we start our fitness journey?
A flat midsection or definition around your abs. I am totally with you on that one too! I want to have those sleek abs that women in (photo shopped) magazines have But guess what? Many are failing to do the ONE thing that will get you there. Do you know why your midsection isn't coming through like you want?
Abs are made in the kitchen and your nutrition is your driving force on your body composition! Food prep and food planning is a fundamental success piece in getting your abs to show or a leaner looking mid section.
Training is necessary for overall caloric output and to build muscle but the synergy between what you eat and how you train is of utmost importance! For optimal success and progress, they go hand in hand. Here are my keys to success to plan and prepare your meals to ensure you are fueling your body.
Invest some time into studying the nutritional profile of the foods you’re eating and learn the calories per serving in addition to the macronutrient breakdown; how much protein, carbs and fat and stay within your requirements. From there, create a plan for the macros that YOUR specific body needs. If you don't know how to do this, contact me and we can work one out.
Make your own meals and pack your lunch and snacks as much as possible! This helps give you greater control over your food choices and enables you to pre-plan your meals and avoid extra unwanted additional calories which may frequently end up being the wrong type of calories. I.E. Restaurant salad dressings often contain crappy, cheaper oils and in general, contain ingredients you shouldn’t be eating on a ‘clean’ and healthy meal plan.
Track your food. You really need to understand the amount of foods you are eating and from what macro they are coming from. While protein and carbs have 4 calories per gram, fats have 9 calories per gram. This can impact your diet exponentially. Know how many calories you need based on your weight and activity level and get an idea of what you’re eating by tracking/journalling; at least for a while.
Eat slowly so you can be in tune to when you’re body is full and when you get those signals, STOP EATING and save the remainder of your meal as a snack for 30-60 minutes later, should you feel hungry. Your body assimilates smaller meals more efficiently and it's way easier on digestion.
Remember you are in control of what you consume daily. You can make the choices to eat an apple at lunch vs. chips. Stick to whole foods that are unprocessed for the best nutritional value that will nourish your body not just feed emotion!