Understanding nutrition properly, combined with using the correct training techniques can be the key to reaching your training goals but what is it? Essentially good nutrition is made up of two components, Macronutrients (Carbs, Proteins, Fats) and Micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals). It's about finding the right balance based on your lifestyle to fuel your body efficiently.
With so much "fast food" and processed food availability it's very easy to ignore what your bodys Macro and micronutrient requirements actually are and just pick based on which packaging looks prettier. With that in mind, check out some of the tips below to help you get on the right path for the goal you have in mind.
Ok for this one I'm going to first define what the word supplement means - "a thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it."
And there we have it supplements are something you add to your diet in order to enhance it. Not as some see it to substitute for something that is lacking.
Sports supplements is such a broad subject and one I could spend forever and a day going into, but in the interests of not wanting to make anyones brains hurt from reading too much I'll keep this short and just say, do your research or ask a professional, go with a brand that is either known or you know someone who has used them before and make sure you record data points to check you are actually getting any benefit from using them.
Avoid the Fad Diets
They may sometimes work in the short term but look at your bodys requirements properly and your body will adapt, shed unwanted fat, look and perform better. You will notice the difference.
Portion size and meal timing
This may be teaching you to suck eggs as it's I'm sure it's not something you've ever heard of but the theory behind it is sound. Looking at your portion sizes means you're concentrating more on what your body needs and less on what it wants. Regular meals stops your body from guessing when it's next getting an input of energy and storing it in another form.
Cut back on the sugar
Contrary to most I'm not going to tell you that sugar is evil.. It tastes nice and when included in a recipe can add flavour, but as with everything it does need to be in moderation.
Sugar does contain a lot of empty calories, (with no essential nutrients) and it's for this reason you should limit it's use.