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Why does it matter what we eat?

Why does it matter what we eat?

Calorie balance reigns supreme… Yet, the quality of your diet is equally crucial.

It’s a well known fact that for shedding fat, calories are pivotal.

When you eat more than what your body burns, it stores it as fat.

But why does our diet matter?

When eating fewer calories during a deficit, our food choices significantly influence our progress.

  • Satiety Opting for foods rich in protein and fiber aids in prolonged fullness. These tend to be higher volume foods, allowing you to eat more without exceeding your calorie need.

  • Thermic Effect of Food (calories expended during digestion) Protein & Fiber: 30% Carbohydrates: 6% Fats: 3%.

Incorporating foods like lean meats, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables can increase our energy expenditure.

Macronutrient Considerations

Protein - Essential for muscle repair and growth. It’s filling, which helps curb hunger and supports weight loss maintenance.

Carbohydrates - The primary energy source for our bodies, crucial for exercise, and they’re delicious!

Fats - Important for hormonal balance and the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals.

Micronutrients - Vital for development, immune function, and overall health.

ENJOYMENT - Including foods you relish is vital for long term success. After all, food is meant to be enjoyed.

Health is more than just calorie intake and expenditure.

In the realm of fat reduction, while calories hold the throne, it’s essential to acknowledge that the types of food consumed will affect hunger, hormonal balance, hunger levels, workout performance, and ultimately, sustained success.

Different foods will influence your hunger, hormones, satiety, and how you perform physically.

So take note next time you eat something that makes you feel good, not just when eating it, but 1-2 hours after it too!

PT:U Personal Training, Pinewood Centre, Old Wokingham Rd, Wokingham, RG40 3AQ


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