Fact: no matter how hard you train, it’s all completely worthless if you don’t provide yourself with the right nutritional support. We’re currently in week 2 of the #BIKINIBODYCOUNTDOWN program and besides performing the video workouts, consuming proper nutrition is essential for you! Read now how eating enough micronutrients is essential to improve your health.
Eat enough micronutrients
In last week’s blog post I explained how you can calculate your daily required amount of calories in order to lose fat fast and become bikini ready. We also talked about how you should best build up these calories with macronutrients; carbs, protein and fat. Besides those, it is also important to give some attention to the consumption of micronutrients (different than macronutrients), which we are going to talk about today!
Micronutrients, what are those?
Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals and trace elements. They do not necessarily define if you will build up muscle mass or lose fat like macronutrients, but they do have a huge impact on your health and the well-functioning of your body. On short term, but especially long term you will definitely don’t (!) want to have a shortage of micronutrients.
How can I consume sufficient micronutrients?
With a varied diet you can assume it’s sufficient to consume daily enough vitamins, minerals and trace elements. However, if you don’t eat enough (or create a calorie shortage in your daily diet) there is a slight chance that you’ll fail. In that case, a nutritional supplement (multivitamin/omega 3/mineral preparation for example) can be a solution. Meanwhile, if you put too much of this in your system, it can be harmful. So make sure that you are properly informed, aware and choose a product of high quality.
Vegetables and Fruit
The best and most ‘natural’ way of consuming enough and proper micronutrients is by fruit and especially enough vegetables. You can easily eat multiple times a day a big portion of veggies and combine it with a diverse intake of meat, fish, dairy products, cereal, potatoes, rice, nuts and other (good) fats. Top that with two pieces of fruit a day and you are done!
BONUS: Eating more vegetables is beneficial in a way that you are full very fast. If you feel like you are more hungry, because you started eating less calories, vegetables can easily help you to get satisfied. Because veggies are very low in calories, you can eat a lot of them – no worries, girls!
For you to achieve a healthy and fit body, my advice would be to definitely eat vegetables three times a day and vary. Especially the dark green kinds of veggies, like spinach, kale, broccoli and sprouts are brimming with worthy micro’s!
@ Mart Jansen www.smartasstraining.nl