Many of us will be looking to achieve a more toned or ‘defined’ look. Toning isn’t the same as losing weight. It’s the process of losing fat and building muscle at the same time, to alter your body composition. This results in a leaner, more defined and sculptured look.
Low calorie diets can result in both fat and muscle loss. To maintain muscle mass when dieting, however, you need to combine a high protein low calorie diet with resistance exercise.
If you’re serious about toning, you need to ensure you eat the right foods alongside your workout regime. Eating protein will help sustain muscle during weight loss as it builds and repairs muscle after workouts. Protein also helps your body feel fuller for longer!
Foods to help tone your body include lean meat like chicken and turkey, but also fish such as salmon and tuna, eggs, beans and legumes. High protein snacks, natural yoghurts, nuts and seeds are also great toning foods.