3 Main Goals to Follow for Everyone
The right diet is extremely important in losing weight and/or gaining muscle. It’s very important that you get the right balance between calories, carbohydrates, and protein. I believe there are 3 main rules to follow that will apply to everyone regardless of their own personal goals.
- make sure you get proper servings of every food group in the food pyramid
- make sure you balance out your calories intake and output
- you’re probably not drinking enough water
Step 1 – Your Proper Food Pyramid
Remember that food pyramid you learned about back in grade school? Well guess what, it’s still important! Whether you’re trying to lose weight or pack on mass, it’s important to still somewhat follow the recommended servings for the different groups. If you’re trying to lose weight, make sure you get exactly what it recommends, while of course watching your calorie intake. If you’re trying to pack on weight, you should be trying to double every recommended serving (minus the sweets). Here’s a link to review your food pyramid.
It’s important to watch how much calories you burn vs how many you’re taking in. Obviously, if you’re trying to lose weight, you’re going to want to burn more calories than you take in. If you’re trying to gain weight by packing on mass, you’re going to have to increase your calorie intake, by a lot!
The recommended water intake for everyone is considered as 8 glasses of water a day. I think this is actually too little, especially if you’re trying to change your body. You need a lot of water if you’re going to start engaging in a lot of physical activity. I’d suggest a gallon a day. I personally like to just carry a gallon jug of water with me every morning and make sure I finish it by the time I get back home. Water is the best thing to drink, so try and replace with it most, if not all of your beverages.