Protein, Carbs and Fats – What? Why? When? – Complete Nutrition

Protein

Protein is essential for muscle growth and recovery.

Most people are lacking protein in their diets and their metabolisms pay for this when precious muscle tissue is wasted.

If you want to lose weight, you must consume a minimum of 1 gram of lean protein, per lean pound of bodyweight daily.

Carbs

Carbohydrates are essential for energy production.

Too few carbs results in fatigue, and brain fog. Since carbohydrates boost tryptophan levels, without them you feel blah!

Carbohydrates are responsible for that little bit of extra “oomph” you need to assist in muscle contractions and power.

The workouts in this plan are intense and depend on carbohydrates for energy. If you try to do them on an empty tank or with very few carbs in your system, it will be like trying to drive a car with no gas.

Eat the suggested carbs on the workout days early in the day. When you fuel your body with the right foods, you will have the energy to rock out the workouts.

Fats

Fats are needed for hormone production, lubrication, and are essential for overall health and wellness. Omega 3’s are beneficial for heart health, aid in fat loss and combat inflammation.

Since our diets are lacking in Omega 3’s, supplementation is recommended.

Get your fat intake from the healthy sources in the grocery list. These fats are more apt to be used as energy on non workout days instead of being stored as fat.

Trans fats, and unhealthy fats from fried foods and baked goods are what pile on the weight. Eat small portions of healthy fats to keep you full and prevent you from binging.

If you have heard about the “super athletes” that have gone on very low carb diets, let me say this. A lot of them are changing their minds as they are slowly burning out.

They are finding out that they are stronger and can push themselves more when carbs are added to their diets at the right times. These super athletes are usually on extremely high animal fat diets.

I personally believe and have read a lot to support my theory, that this could possibly have long term repercussions.

This high fat diet could affect heart and artery health. In my opinion, the jury is still out as to if this is a healthy lifestyle and it is still considered a new trend. To be safe, lose weight and have energy, follow the amounts stated in this plan.

Save the fads for other people.

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