What we eat matters for a variety of reasons. First of all, the body breaks down all nutrients differently for various bodily functions. The non-nutrient bearing foods/beverages we put into our body is stored as fat. Period.
So, let’s discuss how the body utilized the major nutrients - macros!
The body’s main sources of fuel are macronutrients - carbohydrates, protein, and fat. We digest carbs into sugar which the body turns into fat, unless immediately used; therefore, it is best to consume complex carbohydrates to both fuel our day and our workouts.
Proteins are digested into amino acids, the building blocks of muscle growth. Having a toned physique means you have muscle. Two components support muscle growth - food and resistance training. You have muscle mass on your body. Problem is, there are layers of fat covering them. So, we burn the fat off and reveal lean muscle. Issue with that is this: if we don’t continue to feed our current muscle mass appropriately while burning fat, our bodies will use the muscle mass for energy.
How do we prevent this? Simple, eat a diet high in fiber and healthy fat, and only consume the carbohydrates (fuel) you need to support energy-expenditure.
Fat. Let’s talk fat. First of all, fat is our friend when it is the healthy kind. When we eat healthy fats, our bodies convert them into vital molecules that turn into good cholesterol and insulation for the body while supporting healthy cell growth.
That leaves good ‘ole vegetables. We digest vegetables as energy and fiber. Fiber helps us feel full. Eat lots of non-starchy vegetables and by eating a variety of colors, you’ll ensure you are meeting your micronutrient needs, the smaller guys. Being small doesn’t mean they’re not vital, so eat your GREENS if you wanna be strong like Popeye!