If you didn’t 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!
Choose Power Foods To Reach Your Health Goals
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!
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.
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. Now for most people trying to get in the right meals at the right times, this can be really hectic with work and families etc, but I must stress it is essential and important if you intend to reach your goals.
Proteins & Carbohydrates To Gain Or Lose Weight
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 two before training, can help ensure peak performance during your training session.
You’ll then need 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.
However if you are trying to lose weight with protein and carbohydrates you’ll want to choose foods that have low calorie counts and high vitamin and mineral counts. For example- foods with low energy density levels will help you stay within your calorie count without feeling hungry. Some of the few choices that will help you to maintain your count are lean brown rice and beans, cooked oatmeal with nonfat plain yogurt, turkey breast with 100 percent whole-grain bread.
Protein and carbohydrates are the nutrients commonly associated with supplying the body with energy. Carbohydrates will power your workout and help muscle repair if you damage your muscles. For most of your meals you’ll 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.
Controlling Your Food Cravings
Nutrition is also responsible to replenish proteins to the muscles. Our body needs loads of different nutrients each day to be able to carry out its normal functions. It’s also essential for protecting the organs from disease.
A high-fat food might be something you crave, but after you have eaten a high fat fast food meal you will feel tired, right? There are not enough nutrients in food like that and too much of the unnecessary stuff. So after you have eaten loads of it you don’t feel so good. Some people will even feel a bit down or depressed after having eaten fast food or a high fat/high sugar dessert.
If you eat nutritious food on the other hand, such as fruits and vegetables, you will feel good and have lots of energy. Maybe up until now you have been eating just because it’s dinner time or because you carve something or only to fill up your tummy.
But now it is time you know about the importance of nutrition and why you should eat well. Nutrition and nutrients – Nutrients are nothing but all those substances that provide us with good nutrition. We can differentiate those two words by saying that nutrition is the process of food intake, while a nutrient is the good stuff found in the food. In fact there are hundreds and thousands of different nutrients in food.
I believe that fruits and vegetables have the best nutrition facts profiles of all foods. Nuts and seeds come second. The best advice I can give you for your well-being, weight loss and beauty, is to replace the “bad stuff” with lots of fruits and vegetables! Fruits can come in handy because they are especially filling.
The Difference Between Physicians, Dietitians & Nutritionist
If you needed help with your diet, I would go to a dietitian or a nutritionist? Most people just assume those are two words for the same profession, but that is definitely not the case. One could even ask if you would go to your physician, dietitian or nutritionist for help with a diet and my answer would be the same for both questions. We all know that physicians are required to go through a lot of school, training and know a lot in the health field. But there are only about 25% of medical schools in the U.S. that offers nutrition courses. And of those 25% only half of them even offer more than one course as an elective.
These numbers are getting better though, so by the time 80% of people in America are obese the doctors will be able to help a little more. But as for right now I would not recommend going to a physician for dietary help. One it’s not their area of expertise and two, they would charge way too much for the consultation and advice.
Now let’s compare dietitians and nutritionist. A dietitian is a person trained in nutrition, diet planning, and food science. Many times they are referred to as an RD or registered dietitian. A nutritionist is someone who studies nutrition. Some nutritionists are RDs but others are self-proclaiming experts whose training is questionable and who are not qualified to give advice. So always look for degrees and credentials listed after a person’s name such as RD, MS, PhD, LD, or MD.