Eat Your Way to a Sexy Body

Eat Your Way to a Sexy Body

Posted by Lori Shemek; February 26, 2012

I have seen many people labor away with exercise, some for hours a day, every day, without any results – and they still look the same! Why? “They exercise faithfully, Lori!” You might say.

The truth is that exercise by itself is not enough to achieve that sexy or ripped body. I have had many clients come to me, fed up after months of dedicated, regular exercise with no real results. The reason is because they never changed their nutrition. Many were hoping that exercise alone would be the key because they would have rather exercised than given-up those Oreos.

The reality is that you must have the proper nutrition to go along with your workouts to get that lean, healthy body.

Here are three of the top diet guidelines that will help take you there:

1. Eat 5 times a day.
Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks every day.  Protein, healthy carbs and healthy fats are critical.  Ensuring that you have all three nutrients at each meal will balance your blood sugar, increase your metabolism and help you build lean muscle mass.

2. Eat lean protein with every meal and snack.
Protein is key in building muscle which helps stoke your metabolism. Muscle is metabolically active – it burns calories even at rest.  Protein also produces less of an insulin response. Insulin is your fat storage hormone.

3. Reduce or avoid refined carbohydrates. 
Refined carbohydrates such as sugars, white flour products (white bread, English muffins, pretzels, pita chips, etc.), white rice, desserts, potato chips and many more, create inflammation in the body and an insulin rush. Inflammation produces weight gain and weight gain produces inflammation – it’s a vicious cycle. The key is to start adding healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds and minimizing or avoiding refined carbohydrates.

To achieve that ripped or sexy body, you must combine exercise and optimal nutrition. These nutrition tips Combined with a fitness plan, will not only speed up weight loss and get you in shape in no time, but will create optimal health as well.