This is the first installment of a series of blogs I am going to do on performance nutrition.
When you chose to be involved in our Lean Body Boot Camp you separated yourself from the regular people who “workout” that don’t want to go the extra mile to get real lasting results. Most people thinking about joining a workout program don’t do it because they like to sweat and gasp for breath, they believe doing so will help them to lose weight, drop body fat, get lean, toned and more importantly feel great about themselves and the way they look!
This is definitely true but we can’t forget one important piece of the fitness puzzle that can not be left out if you are going to achieve your full potential. That piece is what they call Performance Nutrition.
If you are going to fit back in those skinny jeans then you can’t eat like everyone else. You have special nutritional requirements if you are seriously committed to looking great, feeling great and raising your self-confidence! You must treat your body like a high-performance vehicle and fuel it like one.
Performance nutrition is important to you for 4 major reasons. First, you need proper fuel to sustain your performance in the gym or on the mat. Second, the correct fuel will also help you to build quality muscle and prevent injury. Third, eating correctly will minimize body fat levels, which will allow you to be faster and improve endurance. Fourth following correct nutrition habits will prevent future health risks, lengthen your career, and lead to increased self-esteem.
This blog series is not designed to be the end all be all for your nutrition. I am not going to get deep in the science, but I will give you the real-life practical valuable information you need to get results!
If you have trained with me before you probably have heard me say “You can’t put on your tie before you put on your shirt.” Before you start taking supplement other than regular Vitamins, EFA’S and Protein, first begin with the basics. Nutrition needs to first be seen as simple before you look at it deeper. For all my clients I usually have them start with the following six pieces of advice and a diet composed or roughly the same foods.
- Make sure drink at least a gallon of water a day.
- Eat 4-6 smaller meals
- Eat less than 35 grams of sugar a day
- Make sure that there is a balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat in every meal
- Make sure you have a HIGH-QUALITY post workout Whey Protein Isolate Shake after every workout.
- Try to eat an hour before exercise
I know you are thinking Duh that’s simple to follow. But the truth is I rarely see athletes let alone everyday people that have the discipline to stick to it. I want you all to take out a pad and pen and write out the answer to the following question. “What is more important to me, to feel healthy and vital every day, or to eat poorly?” Now take it one step further and write out what you will look like a year from now if you continue to eat poorly, 5 years from now, 10 years from now? Now ask yourself what will you look like a year from now if you do eat healthy and come to as many training sessions as you can? 5 years? 10 years?
Hopefully, that little exercise gave you a little bit of pain to move away from and a great deal of pleasure knowing that you can literally choose which future you will arrive at. That’s it for today, next time we’re going over PHYSIOLOGY 101 THE SIX BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE. Talk to you then!
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