Nutrition Basics

Diet plays an important role in getting the maximum benefit from your training. In setting goals, we always want to be sure that what we are doing is going to get us what we want. If we feel that our efforts are bringing us no closer to our desired outcome, motivation is very likely to decrease. For many, the motivation to train is to feel and look good. Diet is the key to any weight-related goals. However, addressing your diet will be the primary key to lifelong health and wellness. To that end, training yourself to eat better is as important as training yourself to exercise better. It is a key component in your overall exercise program, and it is one thing that will benefit you well after your training session is complete.

Therefore to exercise consistently, you need to provide a good supply of high-quality energy to your working muscles. The easiest way to this is to eat a balanced breakfast and continue eating a variety of high-quality foods throughout the day.

Brief Overview Of Nutritional Requirements

  • Protein should be lean and varied and account for about 30% of your total caloric load.
  • Carbohydrates should be predominantly low-glycemic and account for about 40% of your total caloric load.
  • Fat should be predominantly monounsaturated and account for about 30% of your total caloric load.

What Should I Eat?

In plain language, base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. That’s about as simple as we can get. Many have observed that keeping your shopping trolley to the perimeter of thegrocery store while avoiding the aisles is a great way to protect your health. Food is perishable. The stuff with long shelf life is all suspect. If you follow these simple guidelines you will benefit from nearly all that can be achieved through nutrition.

What Foods Should I Avoid?

Excessive consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates is the primary culprit in nutritionally caused health problems. High glycemic carbohydrates are those that raise blood sugar too rapidly. They include rice, bread, sweets, potato, soft drinks, and most processed carbohydrates. Processing can include bleaching, baking, grinding, and refining. Processing of carbohydrates greatly increases their glycemic index, a measure of their propensity to elevate blood sugar.