Nutrition plays a vital role in the success of your weight loss journey. Eating micro-nutrient dense foods will optimize fat loss and drastically improve your health
Many people who follow a weight loss program either fail at the workout or the dieting component, or even both. I have noticed, though, that far more often (I would say a ratio of 4:1) that it’s the dieting part where most people shoot themselves in the foot.
Even with a cheat day, it’s certainly not easy eating clean six days out of the week. It’s absolutely necessary, though, and I’m going to explain why nutrition is so important.
Nutrition Is the Building Block of Life
Vitamins and minerals, of course, are vital for your body to maintain regular function that keeps you alive. They’re also just as important for both muscle building and fat loss.
Multiple nutrients have been found to have an anabolic and/or fat loss effect.
Vitamins A and D, for instance, have been shown to increase testosterone levels, which is essential for muscle gain.
Likewise, potassium helps boost metabolism to help you burn more calories. There are a dozen of other micronutrients that have similar properties. There’s simply too much to list one by one.
Aside from essential vitamins and minerals, your body also needs essential macronutrients from protein, carbs, and fat. Not only do you need them, but you need them in the right ratios for optimal muscle gain and fat loss.
What to Eat for Optimal Nutrition
When formulating your diet plan, shoot for foods that are nutrient-dense. This means foods that are packed with multiple vitamins and minerals per serving.
Here are a few excellent food choices I incorporate into my diet due to their outstanding nutrition profile:
Personally, I prefer meat over fish, but I still make fish a mainstay in my diet because it’s a nutrition powerhouse. This is especially the case with salmon.
Aside from being a rich protein source, it’s also rich in omega-3s, which by the way has been proven in this study to aid in weight loss. Additional nutrients found in salmon include B-vitamins, selenium, and potassium.
Broccoli has often been touted as the king of vegetables. In my opinion, though, it ranks second, behind kale. Why is kale numero uno? It’s chock full of manganese, copper, vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium. Speaking of magnesium, the mineral is a proven testosterone supercharger, which has been verified in this study.
If you enjoy clams and oysters, then you’ll appreciate the fact that they are a rich source of B vitamins, iron, vitamin C, and testosterone-boosting zinc.
Organs are considered meat just as much as an animal’s muscles. The liver is especially packed with nutrition.
For one, it is rich in vitamin A in the form of retinol acid, which is far more bioavailable than the vitamin in beta carotene form. This makes it a stronger source of Vitamin A than carrots. It is also dense in high quality animal protein for building lean muscle.
The yolk is actually very nutritious and full of protein as well as antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthine.
Other Nutrient-Dense Foods Worthy of Mention:
- Collard greens
- Grass-fed beef
- Dark chocolate (unsweetened)
Superfoods Should Comprise the Bulk of Your Meals
The above is just a short list of what I typically include in my daily meals. The foods listed along with their information highlight why nutrition is so important. Most contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that directly or indirectly aid in muscle gain and/or fat loss.
Devising your own nutrition plan can get confusing... especially when you're new to fitness.
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