When most people come to Fog City Fitness, they’re interested in one thing: building muscle. This isn’t unique to our gym. Most Americans who decide that it’s time to get into better shape do so to build muscle and lose weight. These two goals go hand-in-hand—but they’re not always so simple to achieve.
To build muscle, we need a proper balance between a healthy, effective exercise routine and a muscle-building meal plan. Bluntly, if we don’t have the proper diet to fuel muscle growth, we’re just not going to reach our full potential. A healthy diet is essential to building muscle to burn fat and to give our bodies the fuel they need to function most optimally. Here’s what you should look for in a meal plan to build muscle.
Food as fuel
No matter the shape you’re in, your body needs healthy food to function at its best. This is especially true if you’re out of shape or overweight—for now. Once you adopt an exercise regimen and a personal training program with Fog City Fitness, you’ll quickly discover that your body craves the healthiest fuel available.
What we put in our bodies makes a huge difference in what we can demand of them. Even with a sound exercise routine, if we’re not getting the calories we need, or we give our bodies the wrong calories, we’re just not going to get the desired results. What’s worse is when we consume unhealthy foods and do more harm than good. But don’t worry; we won’t let that happen when you come to us.
Change your diet, change your life
The hardest part for many who are determined to get into better shape is changing their diet. Humans have powerful associations and relationships with food. For many people, eating certain foods (especially those high in salt, sugar, and fat) sparks powerful feelings of happiness, safety, and comfort.
But these foods are not what we need when building muscle. We need nutrient-dense, protein-rich foods to give our bodies the building blocks for repairing and growing muscle. Some of these foods include:
- Lean meats, like chicken, fish, and bison
- Unprocessed nuts and seeds
- Fresh fruits
- Leafy green vegetables
While it’s OK to have a few processed and sugary foods every now and then, they can be detrimental to a healthy lifestyle. When you book a consultation with Fog City Fitness, we’ll discuss your current diet and then construct a muscle-building meal plan to help you reach your goals and cut out the foods that are keeping you from reaching those goals.
Why a muscle-building meal plan?
Knowing what to eat and how much to eat is a game-changer—and it doesn't have to be a rigid diet. While many people may think that a diet plan means many restrictions and eating bland foods, that couldn't be further from the truth.
While it’s true that you’ll want to eliminate or drastically reduce your consumption of certain foods, we’re sure you’ll love discovering just how great you feel when switching to a healthy diet. It might be an abrupt change at first, but once you modify your consumption, there’s no doubt you’ll only want to stick to your diet to get the muscle you want—and the nutrients your body craves.
We’ll help you determine the following:
- Which foods to cut or limit
- Which foods to incorporate or increase
- How many calories you need per day and when to modify
- Macronutrient ratio
- Subbing any foods to accommodate any food allergies or sensitivities
But besides giving you the meal plan to reach your goals, we’ll provide another key ingredient: the support and experience you need when sticking to your plan. It’s up to you to stick to your plan, but your personal trainer is here to help you when you need it.
Get in the best shape of your life with Fog City Fitness
We know that making the decision to hit the gym is a big one, and making necessary diet changes to reach your goals is just as much of a heavy lift. Fog City Fitness’s personal trainers know you’re determined to make the changes you need, and we’re determined to help you reach them. Contact us today to take the first step in getting in the best shape of your life.