Sometimes it can be overwhelming, how many different weight loss solutions there are out there. It can feel as though there are so many different options that you’ll never find the right fit.
We’ve seen some people trying to advertise that they help you lose weight while you continue to eat whatever you want. But here’s the thing: that’s not how this works, and we’re going to tell you why.
Good VS Bad Carbohydrates
This is a term you hear a lot when on a weight loss plan: “Carbs.” But what are carbohydrates? They are the sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products. Basically any group of organic compounds occurring in foods and living tissues.
It gets complicated, though, because even if carbs are needed to function, there are two different kinds you can consume. “Good” carbs, also known as complex carbs, and “bad” or simple carbs. Good carbohydrates are longer and break down more slowly, which means that your body has more energy to burn for a longer period of time. Bad carbs are shorter and burn out quickly, meaning that they provide you with little nutritional value in the long run.
Bad carbs are typically found in soda, candy, white rice, white bread and pastries, all items that provide very little nutritional value in the long run. What ends up happening is that you consume too many bad carbs and run out of energy quickly, but you’re left with fats and sugars that aren’t good for your body.
This is why consuming the right kinds of foods is so important. If you continue to consume bad carbs then you won’t have the energy for exercise, which means you’re not going to be able to lose weight.
Calories are another thing brought up often in the fitness and health industries. People “count their calories,” but what does that mean? Calories refer to energy consumed through eating foods and drinking fluids. You need to consume calories in order to give your body the energy to complete everyday tasks, much like carbs.
Unlike carbohydrates, however, calories don’t come in two categories, just in different amounts. Foods with higher calories tend to be less healthy, and many food chains now show how many calories are in their items to make it easier for people to keep track.
Depending on your gender, height and level of physical activity there are a certain number of calories you need to be consuming every day. That’s a big part of losing weight as well. If you’re consuming a massive amount of calories but not burning them up you’ll find yourself plateauing or even gaining weight even though you’re exercising.
It’s important to know how many calories you’re consuming versus how many you’re burning and make sure you’re keeping a good balance between the two. That’s why we offer nutritional coaching to our clients, to help them make sure they’re eating the right number of carbs to safely and quickly lose weight every time they work out.
If you’re working out but not eating well you’ll probably find yourself feeling tired or lethargic in your day-to-day life. Eating foods high in fats and sugars can make you feel bloated even after intense exercise.
Plus, when you work out with unhealthy and heavy foods in your stomach you will often feel sick because your body isn’t able to break down the foods quickly enough to give you the energy you need. Suddenly you can’t complete all of your circuits and you’re not getting the full workout at the high intensity that you need for maximum results.
This is why before a big race or athletic event you’ll hear of athletes “carb loading” the night before. Often times it involves a lot of good pastas; stuff that burns slowly, but that takes their body longer to digest. Then, the next morning, they eat something that gives them an immediate boost of energy so that they have a fuel reserve during long periods of physical activity.
While this isn’t a technique you would be using when trying to lose weight, the point remains that you should be fueling your body the right way for what you want to accomplish. That’s why you need to find the best nutrition plan for your specific needs.
The Bottom Line
Nutrition is just as important as fitness when you’re trying to lose weight. Instead of eating a burger before boot camp, try one of our awesome salmon recipes. You’ll find yourself with more energy in boot camp and outside of it, and you’ll lose weight more effectively.
If you ever want nutritional guidance along with your weight loss plan, contact one of our Fit Body Boot Camp trainers, we’re always ready to help you find the plan that fits your needs the best.