Taking It To The Next Level: Why Is It Important To Track Macronutrients?
Whether your goal is to lose fat, gain lean muscle mass, or to increase sports performance, your eating habits will play a big part of that.
If you are trying to lose fat but you are not tracking, how do you know that you are into a caloric deficit just enough to lose fat, but not so much that you are sacrificing muscle loss?
By tracking your meals, and comparing them to a solid nutritional plan you can be sure that you are on the path to reach your goals in a healthy way.
Why Do Calories Matter?
If you consistently consume more calories than you burn throughout the day, you will gain weight. If you consistently burn as many calories as you consume in a day you will remain the same weight.
Why Is It Important To Track What You Eat?
By tracking and controlling the ratios of macronutrients, you can reach your body composition and sports performance goals with better results than counting calories alone.
Without the proper amount of protein, you may be doing more harm than good in the gym because in order to build lean muscle mass you need to be synthesizing more muscle than you are breaking down (when you train, you are breaking your muscle mass down, it is when you eat and rest your body builds it back up and adds a little more!).
Without the proper amount of fat, you compromise the way your hormones function within your body, which can in turn compromise your body composition and performance.
Without enough carbohydrates, you risk extremely low energy levels, reduced performance in your training sessions, and muscle catabolism.
Drinking enough water is just as important as eating enough food. When you are dehydrated, following the strictest of diet plan will not be as effective. Being hydrated directly effects how well your perform in training sessions, appetite control, and the proper circulation of nutrients within the body.
As you can see there are many facets to nutrition, and bringing them all together only takes some knowledge of how the body works, and practice.
Anybody is capable of learning and applying the skills they need to reach their goals.
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