In the simplest of terms, nutrition is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for the health and growth of a living organism. It, therefore, refers to the intake of all the minerals and nutrients one needs to survive and thrive. So it encompasses your diet and any supplements you may take, whether medically prescribed or otherwise.
Why is good nutrition essential for a healthy athletic lifestyle?
Committing to exercise regularly (whether it be CrossFit, strength training, yoga, or otherwise) is a great start to getting healthier. However, without committing to the right diet plan and sound nutritional guidance, achieving your goals may be impossible. Tough workouts demand the right kind of fuel — and that fuel comes from the foods and beverages you consume. Also, if you only work out, your efforts are mostly just offset the effects of any processed food you might intake. In addition to which your health is harder to maintain.
Introduction to Gym Nutrition for Beginners.
So while I'm sure most of you know generally know what steps to take for better nutrition generally, most of you are unaware of what constitutes gym nutrition. So we are going to covering a few key elements of gym nutrition for beginners.
Here are nine rules you should always follow:
1- You should eat small meals every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism working and preventing it from storing food as fat.
2- Take some Protein with every meal since it is vital for muscle building and burning fat. Therefore, you should eat at least 1g of protein per pound of body weight every day via white or red meat, legumes, nuts, eggs, or dairy.
3- Eat most of your carbs before lunch to stay lean, then intake slow-digesting carbs, 40-60 minutes before training, and more fast-digesting carbs, such as potato, directly after.
4- Drink tea, Green Tea and Black tea are particularly effective since it prevents weight gain.
5- Choose your fats wisely and substitute trans and saturated fats for unsaturated fats found in vegetable products, as they will also fuel weight loss.
6- Consume plenty of fibre as it helps you feel fuller for much longer and supplies your muscles with a lasting release of energy and nutrients.
7- Schedule cheat days weekly to avoid feeling like you are constantly depriving yourself.
8- Do not go to bed hungry as otherwise, your body steals amino acids from your muscles to fuel your brain in the absence of food. To avoid this outcome, you should eat slow-digesting proteins like peanut butter, cottage cheese, or protein powder - which is available in GymRat's collection of gym nutrition supplements in UK.
9- Additionally, check for any nutrient or mineral deficiencies you may have and try to overcome them through whatever means available to you. For example, in GymRat's collection of gym nutrition supplements in UK, we offer our customers everything from Cod Liver Oil to DGL.
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