When it comes to getting a great set of abs, the nutrition that you using is just as important, if not more important, than the exercises that you are doing. For sure, exercise plays a key role, but if you aren’t eating right, you’ll never melt the fat covering those abs and see the muscle definition you crave underneath.
Sadly, nutrition is also one place where many people get led astray. Many make key mistakes that send them down the wrong path and only lead to slow if not stagnant results.
Worse, many think they are doing the right thing by what they are doing even though the truth is they are going horribly wrong.
Let’s go over the three biggest nutrition mistakes that you need to be on the lookout for and how you can overcome them and get back on track to superior results.
The Starvation Cycle
Think the fewer calories you take in the better? If so, you aren’t alone. It’s been drilled into many people’s minds that the less they eat, the faster their fat loss should be.
What these people forget to take into account however is the fact that when the body is faced with a serious food shortage, it has techniques it can use to fight back and defend against this. Essentially, it’s going to slow down your resting metabolic rate so that your total calorie burn starts to decrease.In effect, it’s basically trying to match your calorie expenditure to your calorie output. That will result in super slow weight loss progress. Not to mention, a lot of frustration!
A reduced calorie diet is a must for results, but you do not ever need to starve yourself.
Lowered Protein IntakeThe next big mistake people make is decreasing their protein intake too low. They figure that since their calorie intake is coming down, all nutrients need to be lowered. Not so. In fact, your protein intake should actually go up while on a fat loss diet.
When you are consuming fewer grams of carbs and fats, this means less usable energy is coming into the body. In return, this may mean your body starts turning to incoming protein as a fuel source. If it does that, this then means that you’ll have less protein left over to maintain your lean muscle mass tissues.
Muscle mass loss is what you want to avoid at all costs while dieting and protein is what helps to prevent this.
So for best results, focus on increasing your protein intake up slightly while decreasing your carb and fat intake.
Neglecting To Count CaloriesFinally, the last mistake you might be making is failing to track your calorie intake at all. You might think that as long as you eat healthy foods, everything will just fall into place.
Sadly, this isn’t how it works. You can still gain weight eating healthy foods if you eat too many of them, so you really must get your portion sizes under control. You want to be creating that calorie deficit for fat loss to occur and this is done through monitoring your calorie intake.
Yes, it will take a little bit of time to do, but it is the best way to guarantee that you see results.
So keep these points in mind and make sure that you aren’t committing these errors as you go about your diet plan.
Need more diet guidance? Be sure to check out Chris Johnsons book, ‘On Target Living Nutrition’ for complete assistance in the nutrition area.