Changing Your Body Composition : It’s A Dynamic Process

Changing body composition is a dynamic process. In changing one factor on the ‘energy in’ (calories we consume) side of the equation, we also effect things on the ‘energy out’ (calories we burn) side of things. This is to do with your calorie composition…

The composition of the calories you consume will determine the way they are processed, the rate they are processed, and the way they are used. The calories we consume come in the form of different macronutrients, these include carbs, protein and fat, and for some people, alcohol. Alcohol is per gram, higher in calories than both protein (4kcal) and carbs (4kcal), second only to fat which delivers 9kcal per gram. Alcohol requires no digestion and is thus empty calories that pretty much go straight to your mid-section! Protein requires more energy to breakdown than both fat and carbs, this means we burn more calories during the digestive process. Food exerts a thermic effect on the body which elevates temperature and metabolic rate (rate of burning calories), and protein produces the highest thermic effect.

So increase the protein content of your diet in order to help burn more calories and change your body composition. The more carbs and fat you consume the more likely you are to store body fat. Protein increases your muscle to fat ratio and makes you feel fuller helping you on your way to a lean, relative fat free physique/figure.

Protein in the form of whole food or a shake is a great addition to your current diet.



About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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