Monday, October 15, 2012

The 4 Foods Types That May Be Holding You Back From Acheiving Your Fitness Goals

Keeping weight under control is a big part of any men's fitness program, centered on building muscle, and body shaping. But, managing weight is easier said than done, and many people when first starting out find it hard to get a handle on it.
It's pretty obvious that weight and diet go hand in hand but all too often you will hear people say that they have a balanced and nutritional diet, but just can't seem to lose those few extra unwanted pounds, and all the working-out in the world, does not seem to help. This is especially true when people are trying to develop a ripped, six-pack.
However, most people who find themselves in this predicament are either willingly or unknowingly eating foods that are ultimately holding them back from truly accomplishing their goals.
There are certain foods that can really put a brick wall between you and the body of your dream, and unless they are removed from your diet, you will always be one step too short of been where you need to be.
Processed Foods:
Processed foods are bad for any diet. They provide very little in the way of nutrients, minerals or any other nutritional substance, but they are very high in additives, sugars, fats, carbohydrates and sodium.
Processed foods are very handy, when time is tight, but you will end up paying in the long term, it is best to avoid them completely if possible.
French Fries & Chips:
Although French fries and Chips fall under the processed foods category, I wanted to single them out for special attention.
There are some who say that in moderation French fries and chips every now and then will do no harm (in regards to your workout goals), which is technically true, as long as you are willing to put the hours into working them back off. Why take two steps forward, and then take three back?
You see! Fries and chips consist of nothing but starch and trans-fats (The worst kind of fat). Trans-fats are commonly found in commercially baked and fried goods such as French fries, chips, cookies, cakes and doughnuts.
Sweets can seem small and harmless but they contain no nutrients and are mostly composed of simple carbohydrates from sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and a myriad of other sweeteners.
Sweets contain high quantities of carbohydrates which lead to excessive amounts of calories which can be stored as fat.
Sweets increase your body's blood sugar levels, which decrease your chances of having a carved six-pack.
The composition of Alcohol is much the same as sweets, in that in consists mainly of carbohydrates. You should limit your intake of alcohol to a bare minimum, and if you can avoid it completely.
Alcohol also causes you to dehydrate which goes against the grain! Excuse the pun. It is very important to stay constantly hydrated throughout the day, and when you work-out on a regular basis it is vital that your body does not become dehydrated.
There is light at the end of the tunnel!
It does not take a brain surgeon to figure out that removing the above mentioned foods from ones diet can only be beneficial, if you truly want to get the most from a men's fitness regime.
If you must eat chips, and sweet things then make them at home. Sure, it's a little more hassle and time consuming but it is time well spent.
A men's fitness diet which is focused on building muscle mass, does not have to be boring, bland and without variety, with a little forethought and some culinary skills you can recreate most of your favorite foods, but from healthy, beneficial ingredients.

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