Have you ever heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen”? Well, turns out this popular saying is true. Of course, your abs aren’t literally made in the kitchen, but simply revealed through a healthy diet in combination with exercise. Having visible abs is all about how much fat is deposited around your midsection, meaning, if you don’t have much fat covering your abs, they will be visible to the world. Diet comes into play because it has a huge impact on your overall caloric balance each day. I am going to explain in three points why diet is just as important as fitness is!
1) Caloric balance
Staying healthy and fit has a lot to do with how many calories you intake vs how many calories you expend each day, aka your caloric balance. In simple terms, if you intake more calories than you expend, then you will gain weight. If you intake less calories than you expend, then you will lose weight. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule when you take into account some disorders, but generally that is how it works. In essence, you need to be aware of how many calories you intake each day if you are trying to lose or gain weight because diet plays a main role in your progress.
The above point should be mentioned, but nutrition can’t be simplified to just a caloric balance and nothing more. There are many other facets of nutrition that come into play, including macros. If you aren’t sure what this is, the three macros are carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Depending on your goals, you should be modifying what percentage of your diet comes from each of these three categories. For example, if you are trying to build muscle, you need to make sure you are eating an adequate amount of protein in order to feed that muscle growth. It is highly debated what kind of diet is best for weight loss, but you should keep your carbs and fats in check and find out what works best for you in that area (and do your research).
Yet another facet of nutrition that cannot be ignored when it comes to overall health is micronutrients. Micronutrients can be described as the vitamins and minerals that are critical to countless bodily functions. Micronutrients, unlike macronutrients, don’t supply the body with energy, but they are still invaluable to your body’s functioning. You should be focusing on eating a wide variety of fruits and veggies in order to supply your body with all the micronutrients you need to stay healthy. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your plate is colorful and filled halfway with fruits and veggies each meal.
Next time you are thinking about your fitness goals and wondering why you aren’t making the kind of progress you would like to be making, take a look at your diet. Examine it thoroughly and make sure you are following these three tips!