Eat to Fuel Your Body
At a time in your life where your diet may not seem as important, it’s all too easy to end up eating whatever is quickest and easiest. I dread to imagine the amount of pizzas I got through during that phase.
The food you eat affects your mood, gut health, body composition and more.
If your goal is to lose weight, then the most important factor to consider is the amount of calories you are consuming:
Total calories consumed < Total calories expended
In order to find out how many calories you should be consuming, you can use a calorie calculator online. This will give you an estimate, not a 100% accurate figure, so a bit of trial and error is needed from there on (try it for 2 weeks, if there is no change, reduce calories by 200).
However, more importantly; your diet should be viewed as your fuel for the day.
Consuming whole foods with low GI (fruit, veg, oats, etc.) will give you slow releasing energy throughout the rest of your day. Whereas although poor quality junk food may give you a short burst of energy, it will be over quickly and you’ll be left feeling exhausted once more.
Look for foods with high protein content, too. This includes meats, eggs, nuts and beans, amongst other things.
Protein is important for building and maintaining muscle.
If you are losing weight, protein will allow you to keep hold of your muscle and lose predominantly fat, creating a more defined physique.
‘But I don’t have time to prepare and cook all these meals every night!’
The easiest way around this is to meal prep for the week. This involves making up a large amount of a healthy, balanced meal (large enough to last you multiple meals) and freezing separate portions to use whenever you wish.
You now only have to put the effort in once and you’ll have lots of healthy meals ready to eat in under 5 minutes. Voila!
Some of my favourite options for meal prep are:
- Chili Con Carne
- Chicken Fajitas
- Chickpeas, veggies & rice (v)
- Thai Green Curry
Click here to see some more great options!
Not only will you save time and be eating yummy, nutritious meals; you will also be saving yourself a good chunk of money!