Calorie Deficits and Physical Exertion

If you are participating in a low-calorie diet, but don’t want to give up your workouts, have no fear. It can be done, but you should use caution. Educate yourself on how to properly fuel your body based on the level of exertion you choose, and know your body’s limits. Here are a few tips for working out while in a calorie deficit.

  • Get your electrolytes. Electrolytes are electrically-charged ions that help regulate fluid balance in the body. Excessive sweating and dehydration, common side effects of an intense workout, can lead to an electrolyte imbalance. To get your body back on track, drink plenty of water, nix high-sodium foods, and fill up on dark, leafy greens like broccoli or cabbage. You can also try an electrolyte supplement. (Moxifit offers lots of yummy flavors like lemonade and watermelon to tickle your taste buds!)
  • Refuel with “good fat.” Fish, like tuna and salmon, contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which are superb for muscle development. You will also want to get plenty of protein from items like eggs and dairy products such as Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.
  • Don’t forget your BCAA’s. The branched-chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine are three of nine essential amino acids that cannot be made by your body. Instead, they must be obtained through your diet. BCAA’s are often used to aid muscle growth, decrease muscle soreness, and reduce fatigue from exercise. Good sources of BCAA’s include beef, chicken, salmon, and turkey. BCAA supplements are also quite common. (Moxifit can hook you up with these as well!)

Training your body through physical activity allows you to stay strong, flexible, and resilient simultaneously with fat burn.  Listen to your body, and never hesitate to contact a health and wellness professional for additional guidance!

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