When it comes to appearance based fitness goals, a solid fitness diet plan is one of the most important but also one of the most difficult factors to get right. These five tips will take you through the process of sorting out a nutrition plan that works for you to take some of the guesswork out of your nutrition.
1. Start Tracking Your Nutrition
Practice makes perfect, start now and become a nutrition expert
A good first step in perfecting your diet is to start tracking what you are eating currently so that you know where you’re starting from. Get yourself a good calorie counting app such as ‘MyFitnessPal‘ and start tracking everything you eat as well as your weight day to day for about a week. This will not only give you a good baseline to start from but will get you into the swing of things in terms of tracking your nutrition.
2. Get a Set of Personalised Nutrition Targets
Start aiming for a set of numbers which really work
You can get a great set of nutrition targets for your current fitness goal by using our nutrition calculator. You can then compare your diet to the ideal nutrition targets from the calculator and highlight areas which you need to make changes to. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight and the nutrition calculator tells you to decrease your caloric then that’s probably a sensible suggestion!
3. Refine your Nutrition Targets Based on your Progress
Keep yourself heading in the right direction and be self-correcting
Stick to your recommended nutrition targets for a period of 1-2 weeks then assess your progress and make changes to your diet accordingly. For example, if your goal is to gain weight but you’re not seeing an increase on the scales then you may want to increase your calories. Make small changes to your diet, increase or decrease your calories by around 100-200kcal at a time. Don’t go nuts and start adding in 1000 extra calories at once! Getting your nutrition right is like pouring a glass of water -if you start making drastic changes you’ll either end up with an empty glass or a huge spill!
4. Hit your Nutrition Targets with Healthy Food Choices
There’s no point looking good if you’re unhealthy
Hitting your nutrition targets should ensure that you make at least some progress towards your fitness goals. If, however, you want to make the best possible progress and more importantly maximise your health then you should hit those nutrition targets with good food choices. Check out our article ‘Foods to Eat and Avoid‘ to learn what foods you should be eating and which ones belong in the trash! Also check out the recipes section of our site as well as our free Gourmet Fitmeals eBook!
5. Match your Nutrition Plan with the Perfect Training Plan
Take your body to the next level with a structured training plan
Getting your nutrition plan right is like fuelling up your car with high octane gas, it’s ready to go and ready to perform! The next thing to do is take it out on the open road – put that nutrition plan to use with a structured training and diet plan in order to achieve your ideal physique. All the nutrition advice we give is based on the same principles as the TEG Ultimate training plans. We get great feedback and results for our plans so check them out if you’re looking for a personalised fitness plan with full support from the TEG team.