If you did not already know then you will after this, nutrition is 3/4 of the battle with getting into shape and looking better. The foods we eat determine how much energy we get and where its all stored!
Greens For growth
We all know that you should have your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables but apart from the obvious health reasons it is also vitally important for losing fat / weight and building serious muscle! These power foods help to balance your body's acid levels helping you maintain prime interval environment to achieving your goals. In easier terms, helping your body with the necessary nutrients your body requires for energy, weight loss and muscle building. Now even though these foods are not to good in the taste department … well for me anyway they help optimise digestion to ensure you build only lean body mass, while the vitamins and minerals that fruit and veg contain are vitally important even they are hardly a sexy selling point, the plus side is that their phytonutrients antioxidants are hotly researched compounds that can benefit your body in ways you can see and feel.
Summary: Fruits and Veg are not just for decoration, they are critical for your quest for physique perfection!
Key Foods: Broccoli, Peppers, carrots, kale, spinach, squash, tomatoes.
Feed the Warrior:
No for most people trying to get in the right meals at the right times can be really hectic with work and families etc, but I must stress it is vitally important if you intend to reach you goals. Light meals consumed before and after exercise are highly beneficial as they supply energy and key nutrients to your hard working muscles. A light Protein and carb meal eaten an hour or 2 before training, can help ensure peak performance during your training session. You then need to have some protein and carbohydrates shortly after to help enhance your recovery. So make sure you feed your muscles before training, as you will lose weight if you are trying to put on weight and if you are trying to lose weight you will equally suffer as you will not be able to work as hard without the extra energy the meal will give you.
These are the nutrients commonly associated with supplying the body with energy. Carbohydrates will power your workout and help muscle repair of you damage your muscles. There are 2 types of carbs … fast releasing and slow releasing carbs. For most of your meals you want to take a slow releasing carb but before a workout a fast releasing carb for the burst of energy is crucial. Make sure you eat the right carbs at the right times.
Good Carbs: Black Beans, Broccoli, lentil Rye bread etc.
Bad carbs: cake, chocolate, biscuits, fizzy drinks, white bread etc.
good pre workout sources, bananas chocolate milk, protein shake, sports drink.