Why nutrition is just as important as training…
We know that regardless of what you eat, you are going to benefit from doing Crossfit training. However, if you are constantly working really hard in the box to reach certain goals, then you need to think about nutrition too. Like the saying goes, “You can’t out-train a bad diet’!
In fact, Nutrition is the bottom line when it comes to maintaining a healthy body. Nutritional habits will have a far greater impact on your body composition and physique goals than any other part of fitness. Yet when a combination of exercise and healthy nutrition are put together, this is when a successful change happens.
Did you know that you can change your body composition through diet alone without exercise? However it’s the combination of both that gives you a complete healthy package and optimum results.
How do nutrition and exercise work together?
Nutrition and exercise not only complement each other but they need each other. Even if you eat a perfectly balanced diet you need to exercise to burn the calories. and you also need to exercise to strengthen your muscles, heart, and lungs.
Food gives you energy, and you need energy to exercise. After you exercise you need food to restore your energy. And if anything, nutrition is important when exercising so that your body is able to endure your workout, recover from it, and get stronger!
Whether you’re doing strength training or not, it’s always important to have a varied and balanced diet. Keep in mind the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in your diet plan.
For those who want to build muscle, protein is by far the most important nutrient. Proteins, especially the amino acids, are essential for bodily growth and repair. They are essential not only to the building of new muscle tissue but also for quick recovery.
A lot of people think carbs are bad, but this is largely due to fad diets that offer quick weight loss with minimal effort. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of quick energy. A person who isn’t eating enough carbs will have a hard time generating the energy that they need to get through their day and will have a harder time pushing themselves during a workout.
It is also important to get a little bit of fat in your diet, but it must be the right kind of fats. Like carbohydrates, fats are an important source of energy too. While carbohydrates offer quick energy, fat offers stored energy.
There are two kinds of fats: Saturated and unsaturated. Greasy fast food is probably the best example of a food that is high in saturated fats – these are the ones that really cause weight gain. Most natural foods contain unsaturated fats, which are not as easily turned into concentrated fat.
So, if you find yourself thinking ‘I workout a lot so I can eat whatever I want’, that is only going to cause you to form bad habits and not help you to reap the benefits of the hard work you’re putting into training.
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