The types of food you should eat while weight training will depend on what your goals are and what you expect to have happen with your body while you are weight training. If you are trying to bulk up, then your diet will be different than if you are trying to slim down and lose weight.
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Weight training is an element of strength training, although typically weight training includes a cardiovascular workout in addition to lifting weights. Also, weight training can include multiple movements while lifting weights to increase the muscle confusion while working out, making the process more effective. When you begin weight training, you need to determine what your goals are, to lose weight and get fit or to lose fat and bulk up. Knowing what you want to do will help you when it comes to choosing your diet.
No matter what your goals are, you still need to maintain a healthy diet. Keep reading to learn what you should eat to achieve each of your goals.
What foods should you eat when weight training if you want to bulk up?
Gaining muscle mass is a goal that many people who weight train have, especially men. As you work out and gain muscle mass, you body becomes more efficient, which means that it burns more calories.
What this means for you is that if you don’t eat enough calories everyday, then you will reach a plateau that you will be unable to pass if you don’t change the way that you eat. In addition to increasing your calories, you want to ensure that you get enough protein.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can start eating candy bars and drinking sodas in order to get the calories that you need to keep bulking up. You need to get those calories from sources that produce sugar naturally, such as fruits and fruit juice. In addition, whole grains convert from carbs to sugar in your blood stream, providing you with another healthy source of calories.
Protein is very important for a healthy diet when you are spending a lot of time working on your body. The key is to ensure that you eat lean proteins. Fish is an excellent source of protein as is lean pork. You should avoid eating more than 4 ounces of red meat a week simply because even the leanest red meats will have an affect on your heart. Many weight lifters include supplements to meet these nutritional needs.
In addition to what you eat, you need to consider how much you eat. As mentioned above, your body will burn calories more effectively while you are weight training so getting additional calories is important. To achieve this, rather than eating more ate each meal, start eating snacks throughout the day so that you are constantly providing your body with what it needs.
What foods should you eat when weight training if you don’t want to bulk up?
Women who weight train typically don’t want to bulk up. Additionally, some men, especially runners and swimmers, will weight train in order to increase their endurance without bulking up.
While the diet you should stick to is very similar to that of someone who wants to bulk up, you will want to ensure that you eat foods with naturally occurring sugars in moderation. When it comes to snacking, for example, you will want to choose nuts instead of fruit.
When you are healthy, your body burns calories faster than someone who is overweight, but not as much as someone who is building muscle mass. Too many calories and you won’t be able to lose the weight that you want.
Some of the foods that you should be eating are:
- Lean proteins
In addition, if you don’t want to bulk up, you need to ensure that you include a cardio workout into your routine, which is an effective way to lose weight without gaining bulk. You can run, swim, play tennis, etc. as part of a great cardio workout plan. One area you don’t want to forget no matter what you want your results to be is drinking water. As you work out more, you will lose much of your stored water. You need to replenish this water. What’s more, drinking water will reduce excess water weight as well.
What foods should you avoid when weight training?
Just as important as eating the right foods is avoiding the wrong foods.
You should limit yourself when eating:
- Red meat
- Saturated fats
- Fast food
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