How to Eat and Train Effectively
If you’re like most of us, you enjoy eating food and likely have certain eating tendencies you’re used to. Some of us have a sweet tooth and prefer sugary flavors, while others prefer savory flavors. Regardless, we all have our preferences. When it comes to working out, there needs to be a healthy balance between the calories taken in and the calories burned during a workout. Depending on what your fitness goals are and what workouts you do, this may mean making some changes in your diet.
The Average Joe
If you work out to stay in shape, trying to fit some workouts in occasionally during the week, your diet plan can stay simple. Individuals exercising for general fitness should focus on keeping their nutrient intake balanced, eating balanced and portioned meals, and avoiding unhealthy foods such as sodas and chips. For most people fitting this description, their main goal is to stay healthy.
For those looking to slim down and make losing weight their main priority, their diet will vary from that of the average individual looking to stay healthy and in shape. A diet with a focus on weight loss will often include an emphasis on vegetables and low-fat food options. A typical diet might include options such as fish, leafy greens, eggs, and fruits1. Losing weight can be boosted with a strong training regiment with a mix of cardiovascular training and weight training. Even walking for a few extra miles a day can make a big difference with losing weight. The main goal is to burn more calories than the amount taken in each day.
In contrast to the diets previously mentioned, in most cases, athletes are encouraged to consume more calories than the average individual consumes each day. Since athletes burn a tremendous amount of calories through their training regiments, it is important for them to replace the calories burned. For some athletes such as distance runners, this means eating more carbs, which store energy that can be used when training2. Additionally, athletes need to consume large amounts of protein from sources such as chicken, steak, and nuts to help build muscle mass. With that being said, it is still important to eat a healthy balance of foods that includes fruits and vegetables and avoids sugary drinks such as sodas.
1 “The 20 Most Weight Loss Friendly Foods on The Planet”, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/20-most-weight-loss-friendly-foods
2 “Workout nutrition explained”, Brian St. Pierre, https://www.precisionnutrition.com/workout-nutrition-explained
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