10 Foods to Help You Build Muscle and Lose Fat

Find out which nutrient-rich items to stock up on.

10 Foods to Help You Build Muscle and Lose Fat

There are plenty of resources out there explaining how to lose weight and we are all familiar with the traditional method of creating a calorie deficit to drop some pounds, but if you want to be fit, strong, and healthy, you likely have two goals in mind – to lose fat and gain muscle. This is where it gets tricky because you need a lot of energy and specific nutrients to accomplish both of these at once. In order to be successful, you should keep one eye on your calorie count, but above all else, eat the right nutrient-rich foods. Ready to make a change? As always, speak to your physician before making drastic changes to your diet and lifestyle. Once you're ready to embark on this journey, you can work these foods into your diet, challenge yourself in your workouts, and be sure to drink plenty of water to build muscle, lose fat, and feel your very best.

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Eating enough protein is crucial when it comes to building muscle. Egg yolks have been getting a bad rap recently because many believe that that they're fattening but the yolk contains so many vital nutrients your body needs, so think twice before ordering an egg white omelet. If you have high cholesterol, you can be mindful of your egg consumption but don't rule them out entirely. Instead, focus on cleaning up your diet and speak to a trusted physician to improve your numbers.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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