Want To Tone Up? Stop Eating These…
70% of weight loss is a direct result of your diet!
Don’t waste your valuable time trying to sweat your butt off without knowing which foods you should be avoiding to help you reach your goals.
Toning your body is all about building muscle while reducing body fat so avoiding these foods will help you to reveal your strong and sexy body sooner!
Packaged and Processed Foods
If toning is your goal then your diet should be focused on fresh vegetables, meats, quality carbohydrates and some fruit.
Packaged and processed foods such as cereals, biscuits, cakes, muesli bars, frozen meals and even canned soup can be full of calories that will prevent you from reaching your weight loss goals.
These types of foods can also be devoid of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to recover and adapt to your training load.
They can also cause you to crave more food as your body seeks out the micronutrients that it is missing.
The process of refining grains reduces the amount of fibre and other nutrients that are in them.
Fibre helps to regulate your gut and make you feel full for longer so try to replace white bread and rice with brown and wholegrain varieties.
You will simultaneously increase your vitamin and mineral intake, helping you to recover from your workout sessions.
Watch Your Fats!
Your body needs fat to be healthy and consuming it with every meal can actually help you to lose weight by increasing the satiety of foods and improving your body’s ability to use fat for energy.
However, when it comes to fats, quality and quantity are key!
Focus on consuming fats such as avocado, omega 3’s, olive oil and nuts and try to avoid processed fats that are found in things such as margarine, deep fried food, crackers and cakes.
Even quality sources of fats contain high amounts of calories so watch the amount that you are eating before you hit the peanut butter jar with a spoon.
Consuming excess salt leads to water retention and bloating.
Processed and packaged foods often contain very high levels of salt which makes the food taste better but disturbs the fluid balance in your body.
Instead, choose unprocessed foods, check labels for added salt and limit the amount that you add to food when cooking at home.
Soft drinks, fruit juices, flavoured lattes and energy drinks contain hundreds of calories that will stop you from shedding that excess weight.
For body toning the goal is to create a calorie deficit so replace drinks laden with added sugar with low or zero calorie options such as water, black coffee or green tea.
Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water each day will also help you to reduce water retention and allow your body to flush out toxins efficiently.
Diet Drinks and Foods
While it is true that a diet soft drinks do contain less calories than a regular soft drinks, studies have shown that consuming artificial sweeteners actually encourages your body to store fat.
In addition to this, foods and drinks that taste sweet make you crave sweet foods more, making it harder to resist sugary treats.
You should also try to avoid diet options of foods such as sour cream, desserts and snack bars that are highly processed, lack nutrients and often contain higher carbohydrate levels than their non-diet alternatives.
Alcohol is packed full of calories and most people will find themselves reaching for processed, high fat foods when they drink resulting in a huge total caloric intake!
If you are serious about getting toned cut alcohol from your diet for a while. Instead, find alternative ways to socialise and enjoy being able to hit the gym on a Saturday morning without the hangover!
If it is hard for you to completely remove alcohol from your diet, try to limit yourself to one or two drinks once a week.
If you’re committed to toning your body in the short and long term, these are the foods and drinks you’ll either have to cut out entirely, or severely minimise.
Keep positive and stay disciplined to get toned and look great all year round!