I Only Have Fries For You
So, you’re working out now. A little cardio, a little weight training…sure does build up an appetite. Here’s the thing, and you may have heard this before. In the battle to be fit (and to fit – into your pants) nutrition is 85% of the battle. Nutritious eating habits combined with personal training are critical if you want to get in shape. And by “in shape,” I mean better health, a higher energy level and lower stress through improved cardio fitness, a higher lean muscle-to-body fat ratio, and muscular development.
Understanding what you need to eat and how much to eat is a great start. Balancing your nutrition with the right intake of protein, fat and carbohydrates will help you achieve your goals.
Here’s why: The foods you eat provide the macro nutrients — protein, carbohydrates and fats — that give you energy to sustain you through your workout and help build stronger muscles. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber found within real, wholesome foods nourish your body, providing the best fuel for your workouts. Note I’m not addressing myself solely to “serious weight lifters.” This is for you, the one who knows he or she is good, but who’s just trying to be better.
For too many people, daily calories come from heavily refined and processed foods, “convenience foods” on the shelves of many food stores. These include, for example, canned soups, frozen meals, boxed side dishes, soda and snack foods.
I plan to hammer you more about this in the future, but for now, drop that Twinkie, partner.