Here is some basic diet information that I feel people should know….
Easily the most important building block of muscle. Your source of protein should be lean and varied and account for around 30% of your total caloric load. Keep in mind, our bodies can only take in approximately 23-26 grams per sitting, anything beyond that does not get absorbed and is wasteful! So, all of these protein shakes on the market claiming to give 40+ grams per serving are just a sales tactic used on people who haven’t been informed.
Carbohydrate intake should be predominantly low-glycemic and account for about 40% of your total caloric load. Carbs can be a powerful source of fuel for the body, but there is no such thing as an essential carb. There are only essential amino acids (proteins) and fats (omega 3’s & omega 6’s).
It is very important to monitor your fat intake. Fats should be predominantly monounsaturated or polyunsaturated and account for less than 25 – 30% of your total caloric load. Limit saturated fat intake to less than 7% of total daily calories; trans fat intake to less than 1% of total daily calories. Healthy fats can be found in such foods as nuts, fish, vegetables oils, and seeds.
Calories aren’t bad for you! Your body needs calories for energy. It’s become very popular for people to count their calories. In my opinion, counting calories is a tedious activity and a complete waste of valuable time. Creating a calorie deficiency can help you lose weight, but can have negative effects as well. Instead of counting, start working!
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