Everyone seems to have their own concept of what constitutes “good nutrition”. High in fat, low in fat, high in carbs, low in carbs, loaded carbohydrates, intermittent fasting, high in protein, vegetarian, vegan … even the experts disagree, so it’s not surprising that there is a lot of confusion.
It seems like a new diet fad appears every week, which makes the nutrition world a maze that may seem so many that it is difficult to navigate. But you don’t need a degree in molecular biochemistry to understand how to lose weight and build muscle – here’s the simple story of what “good nutrition” is.
1. Good nutrition = Energy balance
The simple version is: If you eat more than you burn, you gain fat, and if you burn more than you eat, you will burn fat. You also need to control the correct energy balance.
If you limit your calorie intake for an extended period of time, yes, you will burn fat. But you will also reduce your lean mass. This is why people looking for a set of killer abs sometimes start looking younger even though they are thinner.
Diet and exercise go hand in hand, whether you’re trying to lose fat or build muscle. But it is important to realize that in addition to these two important elements, there is a third one – the interaction between the two, which is related to energy balance.
In short, your program must be carefully designed, eating the right foods at the right time in the right amount, and doing the right amount of exercise.
ups! A lot of work, right?
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