Toning up is 80% diet, 20% exercise…

If you want to tone up you need to think about what you’re eating…

Diet is a really important part of toning up. Don’t waste all the hard work you put into working out by eating the wrong foods…

Here are the top 3 foods to avoid when toning up

 

Sugary foods

 

Sugar causes your energy levels to peak and fall. When you are working out or training hard, your body needs stability.

Sugar is not good for your body, it is difficult to process and slows down the way your body works. When your body is slower you’ll feel sluggish and demotivated.

Sugary foods have no nutritional value; sugar only adds unnecessary calories to your diet…

Obviously you will need to avoid sweets, lollies and chocolate…  But did you know that dried fruit and shop bought carton juices are also packed with sugar?

Avoid these too. Eat only fresh fruit and freshly squeezed juice.

 

Salty Foods

 

Eating too much salt is really bad for your body…avoid salty foods

Sodium takes a long time to digest, making your body retain water as it passes through. This bloats your stomach and adds extra unnecessary pounds. A bloated and sore tummy is not good for a work out.

Avoid eating too much salt as sodium throws out your body’s natural chemical balance. This affects muscle tone and the way your body store fats. A salty diet causes you to gain weight.

Instead of adding salt to your food, try cooking with a wider range of herbs and spices to increase the flavour of your food. Avoid particularly unhealthy salty snacks like French fries, potato chips and cured meats like bacon…

You should also avoid pre made cooking sauces and soups. Although these look like a healthy option they are often full of sodium…

And don’t forget too much salt also causes dehydration. Which can give you cravings for sugary drinks. Make sure you keep well hydrated with water throughout the day…

 

Diet Foods

 

Low fat or diet foods will not help you tone up…

You need a balanced diet full of fats, protein and carbohydrates for your body to use as fuel. If you cut these out your body will not perform to its full potential.

Don’t fill up on diet foods. Diet foods may be low in calories but they are also low in nutrients. Most snacks marketed as healthy are actually lacking minerals and subsistence. They are also full of hidden additives and sugars which cause bloating, stomach irritation and an unnecessary calorie intake.

Rather than snacking try to eat small meals throughout the day. Prepare your meals with fresh and natural ingredients. Use a variety of proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. Toning up is all about knowing how to look after your body. Eat in moderation, you should never feel too full or too hungry.

Make sure you avoid any processed foods of ready meals. Although they can look healthy they’re bad for your body. They’re full of additives, high in saturated fats and sodium and difficult for your body to process.

 

Toning up can be hard but it’s important to stick at it…

 

If you keep focused on your goal and get the right diet, you’ll see great results.

Don’t get distracted or bored by your routine, keep it interesting by looking up and sharing recipes. There are so many great healthy ideas out there for you.

The most important thing is that you feel happy and healthy.

What are your favourite food tips? Do you have any foods that you avoid? Let us know in the comments below…