Fitness Food Tips For A Healthy Diet
When we talk about fitness, the common perception is someone with remarkable endurance such as a marathon runner or a triathlon competitor.
While these are certainly worthy examples of fitness, how would either fare in a full court game of basketball or a rugby game?
Thus your level of fitness depends on your goals and objectives.
But training is just one component of a health and fitness program.
The other component is your diet.
We have been conditioned to believe that a diet is just for losing weight.
But a diet in the true sense of the word conforms to a way of eating that meets your health and fitness goals and objectives.
So what is the right way to eat for fitness?
Determine Your Goals And Objectives
If you want to lose weight by running long distance, you should have more carbohydrates in your diet since this is your body’s immediate source of fuel.
However, if you want to build muscle or perform well in explosive, anaerobic type sports as rugby, football and sprints your diet should have more protein for recovery and less carbohydrates.
Always Choose Quality Sources
How you perform and the results of your health and fitness program will be influenced by what you feed your body.
Healthier choices of food are less toxic for the body and provide important vitamins and minerals.
For carbohydrates, choose unrefined, organic sources such as wild rice, quinoa, sweet potato and cruciferous vegetables.
The best sources of protein are lean animal meat, eggs and fish. The best sources of healthy fat are olive oil, walnut and avocados.
Program Your Eating Schedule
Food provides your body fuel through calories. The best way to optimise the benefits of these calories is by programming an eating schedule.
For example, if endurance training is your main activity, 60% of your carbohydrates should come in before training.
If weight training and anaerobic sports are your preferred means of exercise, 60% of your carbohydrates should come in after exercise but have your protein spread out the entire day.
Eating for fitness is not that difficult but it requires dedication and discipline.
But once you’ve determined “Why” you want to get fit, it becomes easier to find out “How” to eat.