Good nutrition is defiantly the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. It is essential to maintaining optimal physical and mental performance, to defending against infectious and chronic diseases, and to living a long and healthy life.
Yes I admit I have sometimes have an aggressive approach when it comes to achieving results. Now when I say this I don’t want to come across as arrogant, but rather come across as logical.
For example, I know that its easier to walk with comfortable shoes and its certainly easier to fly somewhere on a long distance trip than driving.
These examples may seem silly to you, yet many people don’t use this logic when trying to prepare for an event such as a Half marathon or a obstacle course (like Tough Mudder/Rock Solid Races) or when trying to accomplish certain physical goals.
I want to address the importance of nutrition. First, Good nutrition can help protect against chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, and heart attack. Additionally, it can help make you leaner and stronger, making you look younger.
Additionally when competing in athletic related events or just trying to be in the best shape of your life nutrition is roughly about 80%-90% of the total program. If you look at certain athletes and events this is obvious when you actually take the time to think about it. If you have seriously competed in any event in the past then you know how true this really is. Nutrition goes beyond just eating healthy even though healthy eating is a good start. You must have an understanding of nutrition and how it relates to you and your specific program.
For instance, if you are a competitive runner you certainly have to make sure that you get a sufficient amount of calories before competition.
Though here the key is not just eating everything in sight. If you are an endurance athlete like a runner you want the extra calories, but you want to make sure you take in many complex carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, potatoes, and breads.
These will provide sufficient energy for you that will last you for an extended amount of time because of the time it takes the body to break these nutrients down.
Obviously the individual trying to lose weight wants to try to limit these in their diet.
Here are 4 Guiding Principles of Nutrition..
Good nutrition can be simple: learn the basic principles and practice them consistently. Just like anything in life, optimising nutrition requires knowledge and discipline. Below are guiding principles of nutrition that can be applied across a wide variety of individual needs and preferences.
1. Consume a well-balanced diet consisting of recommended amounts of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats) –
A Normal Person’s diet consists of excess sugar and unhealthy fats. The well balanced diet consists of a more sensible combination of necessary macronutrients (15-25% proteins, 50-65% carbohydrates, and 20-25% fats). Each macronutrient serves essential roles within the body, so a well balanced diet must include all three (protein, carbohydrates, and fats).
2. Choose “healthy” proteins, fats, and carbohydrates –
Within each macronutrient class, there are healthy options and unhealthy options.
• Proteins – Healthy proteins include lean meats (particularly organic, grass-fed meats), eggs, and dairy (all in moderation) as well as whole-grains, beans, nuts/seeds, vegetables.
• Carbohydrates – A vast majority of carbohydrate consumption should come in the form of complex carbohydrates (whole-grains, vegetables). Avoid simple carbohydrate sources (sugars) with the only exception being fresh fruits.
• Fats – Healthier fats include monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats (fats from plant sources). Limit saturated fat consumption (fats from animal sources) and completely avoid trans fat consumption.
3. Optimise your nutritional intake by choose whole-food options over processed alternatives –
Processed foods are certainly more convenient in this fast-paced society. However, refined foods are stripped of essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Food manufacturers fortify processed foods with vitamins, minerals, and fibre, but these added nutrients do not have the same health-preserving effects as whole-foods. Whole-foods also possess more of these essential nutrients, and the nutrients are more easily utilised within the body.
4. Start the day with a healthy breakfast and continue to eat regularly in moderation –
Eat a basic breakfast consisting of complex carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats. Continue to feed yourself every 3 to 4 hours with moderately sized meals consisting of complex carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats.
The bottom line is to make sure that you are informed and that you are being logical about the fuel you put into your body. This is the secret to your physical success!
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