Fitness models are known for eating healthy foods and balanced meals. If you’re just starting out on a journey as a Fitness Model before you begin, here’s a spoiler alert: It’s not always about counting calories!
Although you might be tempted to start planning your diet by looking at the calories every food contains (especially if you want to go on transformation), take some advice from Andrea Albright “Count Chemicals, Not Calories!™”.
Eating clean means eating healthy and fresh foods. So processed, manufactured foods are out of the question. Fruits and veggies are crucial, as are the right combinations of healthy proteins through meats such as chicken, turkey, and fish. Fibers are also highly advised, from foods such as oatmeal and quinoa. But we’ll talk some more about that later on. All in all, the key is in the right balance of Protein, Carbs, Fat and Fibre.
It’s also really important to mention that the choice of foods in your fitness diet also largely depends on your metabolism type, as well as your nutrition goals. Keep in mind that as an aspiring fitness model you’re eating schedule should be well planned, 5 – 6 meals per day are the best option. And above all, make sure you’re drinking LOTS OF WATER throughout the day so your body stays hydrated and fresh.
To help you get started with planning your fitness diet, here’s a list of the top 5 foods that should be included in every fitness models diet plan.
Eggs are the most popular food among fitness models and bodybuilders alike. This is because they are pure healthy proteins and the best food for building muscle. Eggs provide the feeling of fullness and they are also rich in calcium. They’re usually advised as a post-training food, after a good workout.
Bear in mind that egg yolk is high in cholesterol. So, if cholesterol levels in your blood are often at a higher value you might want to avoid it and eat just the egg white.
You might want to check out this comprehensive guide on Eggs as the best source of protein by Health Ambition for some more interesting information.
Chicken breast (boneless and skinless) is by far the most protein healthy food every diet should include. There’s so much you can do with it. You can choose from a huge variety of healthy chicken recipes, and invent your own if you wish. Chicken breast is also very rich in minerals such as Potassium and Phosphorus, which are key for hydration and endurance.
Although Turkey has a higher value of amino acids (healthy proteins), chicken breast is much easier to acquire in stores all-year-round. The price is usually slightly lower than the price of turkey.
Blueberries fall into the category of the world’s healthiest fruits because they contain the highest amounts of antioxidant compounds than any other commonly consumed fruit. Along with antioxidants, Blueberries contain high amounts of Fibres, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Manganese. So clearly, blueberries are a necessity if you want to eat clean.
One of the best things about Blueberries is that they are full of Nutrients, yet low on Calories! They also have a number of health effects such as; anti-aging effects, protection from various diseases as are cancer and heart disease, they’re good for the brain and memory, for helping against urinary infections. Last but not least, blueberries protect you against muscle damage.
Quinoa is the most fiber and protein-rich superfood you can get your hands on. As we mentioned before healthy proteins and fibers are essential for any athlete, especially for Fitness Models. It’s also rich in Magnesium and Vitamin B especially B2, which are craved by your body if you’re exercising on a regular and intense basis.
Due to its diverse health benefits, quinoa was considered a sacred food during the Inca Empire. It is a natural gluten-free edible seed, which makes it great for you if you have gluten intolerance. Above all, quinoa can be incorporated into a bunch of different recipes; salads, stews, soups, and desserts.
Keep in mind, that before any preparation of quinoa, you must wash it thoroughly. Quinoa has a bitter coating which acts as a natural insecticide.
Last but not least, my favorite superfood of all, his majesty THE AVOCADO. Avocado is a tree plant native to Central Mexico. There are different types of avocado, green to almost black, and pear-shaped or round. But all in all, all avocados contain the same nutrients and health benefits.
Avocados are extremely rich in potassium. Along with that, they have lots of vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, vitamins B5 and B6 and vitamin E. Avocados have little to none cholesterol, but they are the most calorie rich fruit out there. These calories don’t come from any types of fats. The fat avocado contains are monounsaturated fats, mostly coming from oleic acid. The same types of fats in olive oil which have a variety of health benefits.
It’s important to mention that most of the nutrients of an avocado are found on the outer part of the avocado flesh. So peel it with care!
Recipes? Well, being such a popular superfood among healthy eaters, there is so much you can do with an avocado (Guacamole, yummy). But, if you decide to cook it in a stew or similar, remember that avocado is rich in its own fats. Adding oils to it will make the taste of the meal bitter, so olive oil and all other oils are out of the question!
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