Never forget the basics when looking to change your physical appearance. Sometimes we forget just how important the foundations are when looking to increase weight, reduce body fat, improve fitness, build bigger muscles etc. Pursuing your goals is no easy task but that doesn't mean you should forget about doing the essentials when it comes to fitness. In this post I will elaborate on why you need to follow the basics in terms of workouts, nutrition and supplementation to continue to reach your goals....
Yes, your workouts can be fun by including some cool exercises but in terms of foundations it's important to remember that the 'basic' exercises are the ones to include on a regular basis. For instance, squats, deadlifts, bench press and the likes of are all 'basic' exercises in terms of they have been around for many years. They are far from basic with how they work you body but they are certainly foundation exercises for most body parts when you train them. I strongly recommend you include these exercises in with your workouts to benefit seeing some awesome results.
When it comes to nutrition, the saying is true ''you are what you eat'' and ''you are what you digest''. Depending on where you are with your goal will determine how many cheat meals you can have, but in all seriousness these should be limited to once a week. I say this because your body relies on good, quality nutritional food like fruits and veg, carbohydrates such as sweet potato, brown rice and meats. These are the staple foods that will help your body grow or lose body fat because it's all healthy and very good for you.
When you have your training and nutrition sorted i believe supplements should also be considered too. The basics in supplements are things that are staple just like the above in terms of nutrition. So products like protein and branched chain amino acids are supplements which should be consumed year round. This is because you always need to hit your protein requirements and bcaas help with recovery, strength, energy and the general role in muscle stability.
The basics doesn't mean you can't be experimental with exercises and nutrition, or even your supplements. The point is to remind you that the basic foundations are there to keep everything in place so that you can build upon this. You can't beat the basic movements and food groups which are available to you, they are the foundations for you reaching your goal.