What is the Best Body-Sculpting Diet?

by Belinda on June 17, 2012

When you think of body sculpting, you think of doing exercises which target specific muscle groups to lift, tone and tighten your body. And that’s true – that’s exactly what body sculpting does. However, you can’t achieve great results just based on exercises alone – you need to incorporate a good body-sculpting diet.

Now, a body-sculpting diet should be designed to achieve the following three goals:

1. Gives you enough calories to do your workout. Many women eat too little when they’re trying to sculpt their body. You need to eat enough so that you have the energy needed to give 100% in the gym. This also means you need to eat good sources of carbohydrates in order to boost your energy levels.

2. Gives you the protein you need to build muscle. A good rule of thumb when you’re lifting weights is to eat one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight.

3. Supports your body as it sheds fat. In order to achieve this, you’ll need to avoid processed, packaged and sugary foods. Instead, eat foods that are as close to nature as possible. This means choosing fresh, wholesome sources of carbohydrates, protein and essential fatty acids.

OK, so what does this body-sculpting diet look like?  Like this:

Eat Small Meals

Instead of eating three big meals with snacks in between, you’re going to eat six smaller meals spaced all through your day. For example, if you require about 2000 calories per day, then you’d split this into six equal meals of 333 calories each. This gives you a steady supply of fuel all through the day, plus it keeps your metabolism humming along.

NOTE: I used the calorie count just for illustration purposes. However, that means you don’t need to start off counting calories. Rather, just focus on cleaning up your diet – eating non-processed, wholesome foods – and you’ll find this clean diet helps support your body-sculpting goals.

Eat Balanced Meals

Generally, each of your meals should include a balance of moderate protein, carbohydrates and fats. For example, roughly 20% of your calories might come from essential fatty acids, with the rest of your calories divided equally between proteins and fats.

Again, the key is to eat wholesome sources of these nutrients, such as:

  • Carbohydrates: Yams, brown rice, quinoa, whole grain bread, steel-cut oats and other grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits.
  • Protein: Whey protein, egg whites, tuna, chicken breast, lean cuts of beef, cottage cheese and other meats and low-fat dairy products.
  • Essential fatty acids: Olive oil, natural peanut butter, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, fish oil and other seeds, nuts and oils.

Avoid Sugar

Once you take the processed, packaged foods and beverages out of your diet, then you’ll naturally avoid most sugars. But be sure it’s not sneaking into your diet through surprising sources, like in your fruit juice.  Sugar not only contributes to your body storing fat, but it also puts you on a rollercoaster energy ride – neither of which supports your body-sculpting goals.

Bottom line: Yes, body sculpting tends to focus on the actual exercises you need to do to tone, tighten and lift parts of your body. But if you want spectacular, jaw-dropping results, then be sure to pair your body-sculpting workout with a clean, balanced body-sculpting diet.

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