It almost goes without saying that in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle and to get the body you’re working so hard for you must avoid high-fat, high-sugar, processed foods. That’s a no-brainer. These foods aren’t natural, aren’t meant to be consumed on the regular, and will actually break down your muscular build, causing a host of diseases, not to mention will make you feel just yucky.
You must maintain a normal metabolism in order to build muscle; to do so require a balanced nutrition with protein at the forefront. When building muscle, you’re tearing and repairing, tearing and repairing. During this rebuilding of muscles, it’s the protein that will assist your body in repairing at an adequate level. So, what are considered good sources of protein? Start with natural animal protein such as chicken, pork, beef, eggs, fish. These foods will have the highest level of protein your body needs. Not that a vegetarian couldn’t achieve optimal protein intake as well, it just takes more variety to get the required amino acids in.
Eating these foods in moderation means to have a palm sized portion of protein with each meal. Try eggs or yogurt at breakfast, a serving of meat at lunch and dinner anchored by an assortment of vegetables. Know though that your body can only handle three to five ounces of protein at a time, so don’t overdo it! The protein your body can’t consume will be converted into fat for storage. Ask us for meal samples or ideas of what you can or should eat to gauge what works for you and your lifestyle.
Good nutrition isn’t just for shaping your body, it prevents injury as well. If you’re a teenager building your body for a sport or for good health, talk to one of our trainers to keep your body injury-free. Weightlifting among other fitness activities can have harmful effects on tendons and growth plates. We’ll discuss these issues and how we care for your body with you and your parent to teach you the right way to work-out without putting your body at risk.