You might think of yourself as a fitness guru – having perfected your regimen, your number of sets, your max reps…even going so far as to embrace leg day. You may even already know that healthy eating habits play just as important a role (if not more important) as your workout when it comes to staying in shape. What you put into your body determines what you’ll get out of it, so it’s important to practice healthy eating habits at all times. Let’s take a deeper look at the relationship between food and fitness.
Healthy Eating Habits – You Are What You Eat
Simply put, food is fuel. If you want energy, you’re going to need to eat. However, just like anything else in life, quality plays a huge factor not all sources are created equal. It is NOT ENOUGH to just eat whatever may list carbohydrates, proteins, etc. You need to carefully distinguish between good fats and bad fats, processed sugars and natural sugars, complex carbohydrates and simple ones…the list goes on. More importantly, you also need to calculate your daily caloric intake needs based on your activity level.
All Together Now
Higher qualities of food will yield better nutrients that are easier for your body to break down and absorb. Think organic non-GMO whole foods – the fewer and more recognizable ingredients there are, the better. This translates into a higher quality of fuel and more sustained energy levels. But what are you going to do with all of this energy? It’s not just fitness from here on out. You have to make sure you’re consuming the right nutrients, at the right time, and in the right ratios. The process of change that body undergoes in order to synergize itself into a lean, mean, fighting machine require different levels of fuel. It’s all connected. All of it.
Timing is Everything
Of course, the whole ‘digesting’ bit actually interferes with exercise, as taking apart nutrients directs your body’s resources (AKA energy) inwards – digestion is not the same as metabolism. This means it’s important to time your meals accordingly (at least 2 hours before a workout) and make sure you eat a lighter meal or smaller energy-packed snacks beforehand.
In the end, healthy eating habits will do more for you than fitness alone, because you’ll be working harder and smarter at the same time. You can’t build a body without the right materials, and when it comes to something as precious as the self, why not invest in the best the world has to offer?
The nutrition game is always changing – one minute sugar is out, next it’s in. Is a low carb diet actually good for you? Your best bet is to enlist the help of a professional nutritionist.
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