For the majority of us, when we workout or go to the gym, its to improve our physique right?
To build muscle, tone up, and lose body fat.
To look great, feel strong, sexy, and attractive to our partners.
Of course health, fitness and all round performance are important too, and these thing will naturally improve with exercise.
But lets be honest about it, most of us go to the gym to improve the way our bodies look.
And, looking at the bigger picture, most people want a good body because if you look good, you feel good, have more confidence, and with that you are likely to have more success in all areas of your life.
All of these thing are important, but working out is the easy bit believe it or not and just a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to achieving this goal.
If you were just to workout, without paying any attention to your diet and lifestyle, then its highly likely you're going to be disappointed with the outcome. Even if you have the best workouts.
To optimise your results you need to be following a structured, well balanced diet. 70% of the way your body looks is down to the food you are putting in your mouth.
You can't out train a bad diet!
No matter how hard you try, you'll be fighting a losing battle.
I've been in the fitness coaching game for a long time and I can tell someones diet, just by looking at them.
So what does structured mean?
Well not something thats regimented and unsustainable.
By structured I mean a well balanced diet and it doesn't have to be super healthy, eating so called "clean foods" like chicken, brown rice and broccoli all the time.
Because that wouldn't be well balanced either, in my opinion, nor particularly healthy.
Whats of more importance is that you consume the right amount protein, carbohydrates, and fats, along with a good amount of fibre to support your physique goals.
So eating everything in moderation is a good starting point.
Most of us know the difference between healthy food and junk food, and that we should eat healthy nutritious foods with an occasional treat.
So if you eat mostly rubbish it's likely you'll look rubbish.
You eat good, you'll likely look and feel good too.
You are what you eat!
If you want to take it to another level, My Fitness Pal is a great app, for tracking your nutrition.
I often use it with my clients, and its quite an eye opener to see where your calories are coming from and how balanced and healthy your diet really is.
Your specific nutritional requirements will vary from person to person, so you can't just copy what your friend eats because he/she is in great shape.
If you get the the right balance of nutrients for your body correct, then you can expect a much more positive outcome with your training, not only aesthetically, but with performance too.
If you need some help finding the right nutritional balance for your body and goals, shoot me a message in the Facebook group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/92003894945/