Have you ever heard the saying “You can’t out train a bad diet”? Even if you’re exercising every day, your food choices affect your health more than the number of burpees you might do. Good nutrition is a vital part of leading a healthy lifestyle, but what does “good nutrition” mean and why is it so important?
When combined with exercise, eating the right food can help us to reach and maintain a healthy weight as well as having a positive effect on our overall health. Eating a balanced diet is a central part of good health and wellbeing. Good food provides our bodies with the energy to perform well in our physical activities; protein to repair and grow our muscles; and essential fats, vitamins and minerals to help us function properly.
Our food needs can be simplified into two categories: macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Complex carbohydrates take longer for the body to break down into fuel, which means that the energy spike is more sustained and puts less strain on our bodies to process. Where can we find complex carbs? Green vegetables, whole grains, beans and lentils, and starchy vegetables.
Protein helps our bodies to build and repair tissue. This is particularly important when we are training and lifting hard. Good sources of protein can be found in seafood, white meat (such as chicken or turkey), dairy, and eggs.
Good fats help us to stay mentally alert, fight fatigue, and even minimise join pain. Good fats are found in avocado, salmon (and other fatty fish), nuts, and green leafy vegetables.
Other important macronutrients are fibre and water.
Micronutrients are required in lesser quantities than macronutrients. These are minerals such as iodine, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron and others; and vitamins.
Good nutrition is the foundation of building strong muscles. It provides us with energy to help us perform in our day-to-day lives, and just like a car, our bodies need the correct fuel to reach optimum performance. If we eat the best quality food that we can afford we are 80% of the way to achieving the best health we can reach. For an individual nutritional plan contact us as WOF to see how we can help you fuel your body and reach your goals.