Weight Loss: all foods are not equal

We all know about calories and you only have to read food labels to check the energy content of foods.  However we also know that all foods are not created equal.  Check out some of the foods below to encourage your fatburning potential.

Protein foods
Foods like chicken, fish, pork, eggs and steak have a higher thermic effect.  This essentially means the food requires more energy for the body to break it down.  These foods are also excellent in suppressing appetite.

Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries etc are all fair game as they are super slow release, also suppressing appetite and encouraging the body to burn fat.

Nuts, Seeds and their Oils
These foods are high in fat and also calories, but the key is good fats.  We naturally crave these fats and even a truck load of burgers will not satisfy these cravings.  We need the good stuff.  Adding Olive oil to salads, increasing oily fish, nuts and seeds is all good.

The best foods to eat before training

Regular exercise should be a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle.  In some cases we invest a lot of time money and commitment in training, so it is important to get the food right.  Here we will cover the very basics of what is a major part of Sports Nutrition.

Don’t Panic!  

A lot of people worry they need to eat certain foods in order to exercise well.  An hour before training working up a frenzy of bananas, sports drink and water.  The other main fear is eating too much before training and feeling ill as a result.  This doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.

Enough fuel in the furnace

With trying to lose weight in particular a lack of calories can be a problem –  this can lead to dizziness and poor energy during exercise.  Which equals a poor workout and less than optimum results.

The best approach

Eating a normal diet for most people works the best.  We should generally be eating slow release foods and this is certainly what you want to happen for training – the energy needs to be releasing slowly.  Just be thoughtful in approach.  Some slow release carbs need to be eaten in the last main meal before training.

How soon before

The guideline for food is a small meal 1-2 hours before or a main meal 3-4 hours works for most of us.  Play with this to see what works best for you.

And in emergencies

Skipped lunch due to a meeting?  Rushing around with no water all day.  If you are on the way to training with an empty tank try orange juice, raisins, a banana or jam on toast (all pure fast release carbs) and plenty of water.


The author: Simon Lesser is a Personal Trainer in Bournemouth, Dorset.  For more info contact us on 07748 914368 – or visit www.simonlesser.co.uk for more information.

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