Think going to the gym 5 times a week for 2 hour sessions will get you ripped? Think running 10 miles per day will make you shred off the pounds?
Physical exercise is not the only factor involved when you are training to get in-shape.
Nutrition accounts for 80% of your efforts and training accounts for 20%… so to see quick and lasting results you MUST pay attention to your diet.
Here is why eating clean is essential for getting in-shape and looking healthy.
1. Eating Clean Builds & Repairs Muscle
Eating clean means your focusing on animal protein sources that are rich in BCAAs.
Examples are: beef, poultry, and fish.
BCAAs also known as branch-chained amino acids, are made up of Leucine, isoleucine, and valine. When building and repairing muscle, these 3 aminos are critical, especially 20-30 minutes after your training.
When you workout, you’re actually breaking down muscles. It’s your diets’ (high in BCAAs) job to transition your body’s catabolic state into an anabolic and growth state so you recover fast and come back bigger and stronger.
To build muscle, you need sufficient sources of protein that are high in BCAAs.
2. Eating Clean Provides More Than Enough “Fuel”
Eating clean does not mean zero carbohydrates. This is unsafe as you need carbs for basic brain function.
When it comes to being active, I cannot deny that the right quantity and right type of carbohydrates after training is very beneficial because muscles need to store it in the tissue as glycogen.
This helps increase your performance and recovery.
Unfortunately, people who workout often eat the majority of their calories from high carb foods like breads, sugary protein bars, and cereals. This causes a spill over of sugar into fat cells.
The calorie from low quality, high carb foods usually replaces calories from higher quality foods that are high in animal protein, healthy fat, vegetables and fruit.
Your body needs the right types of carbs in the right quantities, at the right time.
3. Eating Clean Promotes Alkalinity Within The Body
Did you know that when you workout, your body is in an acidic state due to the by-products created by exercise?
When your body is acidic, it naturally neutralizes the acidity by breaking down your muscle tissue. This is not good. It’s even more important for people who workout to be eating more alkaline foods like fruits and veggies.
The whole acid/alkaline talk can get pretty confusing.
Let me simplify it for you.
After you digest your food, your body becomes acidic or alkaline.
Foods like grains, dairy or processed foods are very acidic. Replacing the lower quality acidic foods with loads of alkaline foods (protein, fruits, veggies) will make a big difference.
If your body is in an alkaline state, you will optimally build muscle.
4. Boosts Your Immune System
When your diet is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, it creates an optimal immune system.
Having a strong immune system is important when trying to be fit and healthy because you can’t train hard if you’re sick all the time.
Non-clean processed foods are low quality sources of these immune boosting nutrients making it harder for individuals to fight off colds.
Plants and animals are nature’s multivitamin.
Remember, eating clean is essential for individuals who train because:
1) It will speed up recovery and build muscle
2) It will give you the right amount of energy
3) It will alkalize your body
4) It will Provide you with all the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants to be healthy and fit.
To learn more about how nutrition can help you achieve your fitness goals I encourage you to send me a message on Facebook and/or join my Tabata Bootcamp 60 Day Transformation Program at The Physical Park Gym In Vaudreuil. For more information about the program please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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