When you know how to properly balance what you eat, your body will be better prepared for weight loss, weight gain, muscle building or any other physical goals you set.
One of the key principles of the caveman diet is that starchy carbohydrates as well as any processed forms of carbs are excluded from the diet plan.
However, this doesn’t mean entirely eliminating all carbohydrates from your meal plans—not by a long shot.
In fact, quite the opposite is true. In order to see optimal results from a diet plan, especially if you are an active individual, some carbs must be present. They will fuel your muscles to perform the intense muscle contractions required to power you through cavemen workout sessions.
The trick is learning how to balance your carbs and fats properly for the best results. Let’s take a closer look at how you should go about doing this to get started on the right track.
Eat Carbs around the Workout Period
The very first thing to get in order is nutrition for your workout. The foods that you consume around the workout period are going to have a dramatic influence on your workout performance as well as the recovery that you make.
If you neglect to give your body what it wants at this time, you’ll have a much higher chance of suffering high levels of fatigue after the workout and will not be able to perform as intensely as you normally would.
When the carbohydrates consumed before and after your workout period come from fruits, they provide your body what it needs and help keep you energized. Be sure to pair these with a protein source so your body has the building blocks required to generate lean muscle tissue.
Choose Healthy Fats and Vegetables in Later Meals
Then when it comes to meals late in the day—a time when you are less active—you don’t require as many carbs as a fuel source. During this time, focus on healthy fats paired with your protein source, plus fibrous carbs that come from vegetable sources.
This will help to keep your hunger in check while keeping your blood glucose levels balanced for the best results.
Remember That Calories Count
Last but not least, remember that total calories do count. Don’t go off adding healthy fats and fruits to your heart’s content without any regard for your overall caloric intake.
You must balance the calories coming from healthy fats with the calories you’re consuming from your fruits to ensure weight maintenance or weight loss.
If you are looking to build lean muscle mass you will require more calories than normal, but even still, you don’t want to overdo it or you will suffer from fat gain.
Balancing carbs and fats in your diet plan will take a little effort, but the payoff it’ll have on your energy levels and body composition will be well worth it.
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