Have you all been thinking about food as much as I have this week? Are you all finding a balance between exercising and healthy eating?
Your diet is so important and not only affects your health but also your performance. It affects how energetic you feel, your stamina, your strength and your power. It is undoubtedly the biggest factor when it comes to body weight and body composition.
Eating a healthy diet and maintaining proper hydration will improve your performance, keep you healthy and promote fast recovery.
Why it’s important to get your nutrition in check early on?
1. You can’t separate nutrition and training. The two work together regardless of your goals - gaining muscle, losing fat, conditioning, etc. You will get less than-optimal or even non-existent results without paying attention paid to both.
2. Look at gaining muscle or losing fat in three parts - weight training, cardio training and nutrition with each part like a leg of a three legged stool. Pull ANY one of the legs off the stool, and guess what happens?
3. In the beginning mastering nutrition is far more important than training and should become your number one priority. Improving a poor diet can create rapid leaps in fat loss and muscle building progress. E.g, if you've been skipping meals and only eating 2 times per day, jumping your meal frequency up to 4 or 5 smaller meals a day will transform your physique very rapidly.
4. If you're still eating lots of processed fats and refined sugars, cutting them out and replacing them with whole fats and unrefined foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains will make an enormous and noticeable difference in your physique very quickly.
5. If your diet is low in protein, simply adding a complete protein food like chicken breast, fish or eggs at each meal will improve your muscle growth.
6. The muscular and nervous systems of a beginner are unaccustomed to exercise. Therefore, just about any training program can cause muscle growth and strength development to occur because it's all a "shock" to the untrained body.
Once you've mastered nutrition, then it's all about keeping that nutrition consistent and progressively increasing the efficiency and intensity of your workouts, and mastering the art of planned workout variation.
No matter how hard you train or what type of training routine you're on, it's all in vain if you don't provide yourself with the right nutritional support.