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Body Composition vs Healthy Eating

Body Composition vs Healthy Eating

Anytime Fitness Australia

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Feb 22, 2022

Your body composition refers to the percentages of fat, bone and muscle in the human body. Improving your body composition is very important as high levels of visceral and subcutaneous fat around the body are linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. 

Improving body composition usually involves reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass, through the right combination of diet and exercise. 

Different diets can support the improvement of body composition. Such as the Ketogenic diet, which uses the body’s fat stores as energy resulting in fat loss.

However, whenever you partake in any ‘extreme’ form of diet to alter your body composition, if you are cutting out certain food groups, you must be careful as long term they can often lead to negative health consequences in other areas of the body. 

An example of this is the Keto diet. When following a Keto diet, you might consume lots of processed meats and dairy which can have carcinogenic effects on the body. You also consume very low levels of carbohydrates, which means your body won’t get the many vital micronutrients contained in these food groups such as fruits and vegetables. As such, these diets are not recommended long term. 

It is important to understand that when you are on a diet that has high levels of certain macros and low levels of others, you still need to consume a good balance of micronutrients for your body to perform at its optimum level. 

Although improving your body composition is a great outcome, it is not the only marker of health that you need to be conscious of. Eating a balanced diet and understanding your body’s nutritional needs will help you find a better-balanced diet, that will both improve your body composition and contain the necessary micronutrients. 

If you want to learn more about nutrition you can check out our Thrive Blog which is packed full of informative, easy to read articles.