Active people need a diet that provides enough energy in the form of carbohydrates and fats as well as essential protein, vitamins and minerals. That translates into eating a variety of foods every day – grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, lean meats, and low fat dairy products. What each individual should eat will vary on the individual, I wish there was a simple answer but there is not.
Fluids, especially water, are also important to the winning combination. Dehydration can stop even the most fit individual from playing his or her best game, shut down key systems, such as digestion, and result in poor performance and lethargy. Start with trying to consume at least 8 glasses of water a day and go from there. We all think we drink enough, but when it comes down to it, on average we only consume about 2 ½ glasses a water a day, resulting in almost 75% of the population being dehydrated.
When wanting to make changes, we assume that by increasing exercise and decreasing food intake, we will lose weight. Not necessarily. It’s important to remember that with increased exercise you may need to increase your fuel intake as well. So many of us don’t eat enough or don’t eat enough of what we really need to achieve our goals. What type of fuel and how much is as important as your exercise program itself.
Every body is different and investing in yourself with someone who can help you understand how to fuel your workouts properly will get you to your goal quicker and more efficiently.