When I decided that I wanted to really transform my body and get an athletic figure, I knew that my training would not be enough on its own. So I looked into my diet. It was daunting. Where should I start? I found there were hundreds of articles all saying different things. I couldn’t see the wood from the trees.
I did my research and decided that a low carb, high protein diet would suit me best. It seemed simple and studies showed that it worked.
As I began eating little and often I found that I was craving sugars and chocolate, but I stuck at it. After a few weeks I could see the difference, mainly around my stomach which was the area I was struggling with.
I was eating protein with every meal (including breakfast) as protein helps with muscle repair and growth which was important to me as I was weight training 6 days a week.
Protein is also important for fat loss, it increases the thermogenic effect of food, which is the energy needed to digest what we have consumed. This means you’re actually burning calories as you’re breaking down your food. As my lean muscle mass increased my body fat reduced…I was finally getting the shape I had been working so hard for. I couldn’t be happier.
When maintaining a high protein diet it is important to consume ‘good fats’ not only do they curb your cravings for carbs and help us to burn fat, but they are essential for everyday function and development of our bodies. I generally would turn to oily fish, olive oils and nuts to help top up my daily calorie requirement.
Just remember if you are struggling to start on your ‘journey’ start off with small steps and before you know you too will form a good routine.