The thing about weight training or gyming, in general, is that it leaves you extremely satisfied and happy. However, if there is an issue with your diet, it will only leave you annoyed and out of energy. This is why it is highly crucial to take care of your diet and ensure that you are taking proper nutrition to aid you during the workout.
Most people don’t understand that finding the right balance between nutrition and training is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Whereas most gym-goers believe that they need to buy expensive meal plans, it is absolutely not necessary.
There is plenty of information on the internet and you can find all that you need to kickstart your journey. In this arena article, we have all the information that you would need to take the plunge and take the right nutrition to feel satisfied after a workout.
So, if you are training to build muscle, you need to eat within your calorie limit, but you need to calculate your exact calories to know that you are taking the right amount of food. To calculate the calories, take your weight in lbs and multiply it by 14. The answer is your maintenance calories.
This is how much you need to take to maintain your body weight, cut down on the fats, and gain muscle. Now there is something else called macros. The essential macros for a human are fats, proteins, and carbs.
All three are extremely vital for healthy weight loss and weight gain. There is no point in trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you are not calculating them. A healthy body needs about 40% of protein. If you are a woman you need about 0.6 to 1 grams per lb of protein per day, whereas your male counterpart should stick to 1 to 1.6 grams per lb.
The rest of your calories are divided between the carbs and the fats and it all comes down to what you prefer more. If you are training four days a week, then it is best to take more carbs on those days, so that they keep you full and you feel sick during the workout session.
Another thing that a lot of people don’t understand is that you can’t stay on the right path if your diet is too restrictive. We are often motivated by athletes and read articles about them that mention that they take a certain type of diet and stick to it each day.
Even though that is a good strategy, it is not always convenient for a regular person, who doesn’t have a whole army of nutritionists, trainers, and dieticians on speed dial. Therefore, it is important to remember the 80 20 rule. Always fill up your stomach with 80% wholesome food and the rest is for you to enjoy your guilty pleasures.
Restrictive diets lead to a major binge after a few days, which makes your progress slow and as a result, you end up sweating it out too much at the gym, which is highly not advisable for a healthy lifestyle.
Lastly, if you want to ensure that your training session is as effective as you expect it to be, then keep yourself hydrated at all times. Water is your best friend and has many health benefits, such as clear skin, a healthy metabolism, and a high functioning body.
If you have any medical condition, always consult a doctor before making any changes in your diet and workout plan.
Always remember that you only live once, which is why it is important to take care of the body, take proper nutrition, and work it out at the gym. This is your golden key to a wholesome life!
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Marium (Team Sporforya)