If you’ve researched health and fitness to any degree, you may have heard the term ‘body composition’. But what does it mean? Your body composition describes your muscle, fat, and other areas of your body. When you want to get fitter, for instance a tighter stomach, changing your body composition is the best way to go about it. If you simply focus on limiting calories and running, for example, you won’t change your composition. You might lose weight on the scales, and even get a little smaller. However, as your muscle and fat ratio doesn’t really change, your shape doesn’t change. You’re the same, just a little smaller. Do you understand? If you’re going to properly alter the muscle and fat in your body to create a tighter, more defined physique, you need to make sure you’re doing the right things. What are they? Read on to find out…
Eating The Right Type And Ratio Of Foods
You can’t count your calories, but not pay attention to the types of foods you’re eating. If you eat just the right amount of calories to lose weight, but fill your diet full of one type of food only, you’re not going to be changing your body composition! You should be getting enough protein, healthy fats, and carbs to support your changing body. You can use calculators online to work this out. Depending on your goals, you’ll be given a calorie amount, along with how many grams of protein, fat, and carbs you should be eating. It might seem difficult to understand at first, but downloading an app like MyFitnessPal can help to do most of the work for you. Learning how to read nutritional labels will help you to. You can still include the odd treat, and maybe even a reasonable cheat meal, but doing this regularly is important to get the results you want.
Incorporating Different Kinds Of Exercise
In theory, you don’t even need to exercise to change your body composition. If your eating is spot on, you can get the results you want by simply being consistent. However, different kinds of exercise can definitely help you to speed up the process and build a body you want. There are a number of ways you can speed up the process, even with treatments from Cosmetic Laser Dermatology. However, exercise can be free, and one of the most satisfying ways. Many people make the mistake of putting an emphasis on cardio. While cardio is important for healthy hearts, and can even be fun, too much of it can eat away at your muscle. We need a good amount of muscle in order to change our body composition and look fit! This means having just a few cardio sessions a week, and make the rest all about resistance training. Making your muscles stronger will make you look more defined, and help you to burn fat easier. Don’t be afraid of bulking up, ladies – we don’t have the same amount of testosterone as men do. This means we won’t bulk up, we’ll simply slim down and change our body shapes!
Consistency is the final key to the puzzle. It’s that simple. Eating right, exercising, and repeating this for the best results.