29 Jun Are you eating right to support your physical workouts?
You may have been doing plenty of exercise, but each time you look at the scales you notice a very limited shift in your weight. Perhaps your muscle tone is okay, but you still carry flab. You are exercising as often as you can but feel quiet fatigued. So what gives? Well it’s like the saying goes ‘WEIGHTLOSS is 80% diet and 20% physical activity’. In my 10 years of experience, I have helped plenty of individuals achieve their most challenging and significant health goals, to agree that this concept is true. So why hasn’t it worked for you? There could be many reasons, but the main focus is to understand how you gained weight in the first place. So why is diet more important than exercise to achieve weightloss or maintain a healthy weight? Because evidence shows you can lose weight without exercise, but you cannot lose weight if your nutrition counteracts your energy expenditure through exercise.
Nutrition can help enhance physical performance. An active lifestyle and exercise routine, along with eating well, is the best way to stay healthy. Eating a good diet can help provide the energy needed to finish a workout, casual sport and other activities. You are more likely to be tired and perform poorly during sports when you fail to consume enough:
Iron, vitamins, and other minerals
The average persons exercise routine is for general health and fitness, has more modest goals and each person usually has unique physiological needs. Therefore the key is to focus on food quality and quantity, whilst eliminating nutrient deficiencies, ensuring portions are the right size and developing healthy eating habits. The amount of each food group needed will depend on FITT, the Frequency of activity, the intensity of activity, type of activity, and the time/duration of the activity.
It’s easy to overestimate the amount of kilojoules you burn per workout so it is important to avoid taking in more energy than you expend when exercising.
To perform better I recommend to avoid exercising on an empty stomach. Everyone is different, so I help individuals to learn:
How long before exercising is best to eat
How much food is the right amount for them
And most importantly how to achieve optimal fitness, whilst getting enough good food.