Sugars and high-carb foods can be stored in your body as fat. The more you reduce your intake of those items, you will naturally be storing less fat. Therefore when you go into the gym to work out, you will be burning off your previously stored body fat, in that case building more muscle!
You should be eating five to six meals a day. I like to tell clients that your metabolism is like a furnace for your body. The more you keep that furnace "burning" or “working," the more calories your body will burn throughout the day!
Think of it like this — if you heat your house with a wood-burning stove, you stoke the fire in the morning (eating breakfast). If you don't keep stoking it until late at night (eating dinner or late snack), that wood will most likely not even burn … therefore is stored at fat! The more often you stoke your fire, the hotter your furnace will burn.
When it comes to eating clean, DO:
- Eat five to six meals a day
- Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up
- For every carb you eat, pair it with a lean protein
- Drink about 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day
- Depend on fruits and vegetables for your natural sugar and fiber
- Learn proper portion sizes
When it comes to eating clean, DON'T:
- Eat processed foods
- Eat chemically-charged foods
- Eat foods containing preservatives
- Eat artificial sugars
- Eat saturated or trans fats
- Drink sugar-loaded beverages (like soda or juices)
- Super-size your meals