Hey Angels and Alphas,
In order to be successful at achieving your fitness goals, you need to have the right diet in place. One of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to their performance diet is that they don’t follow one at all. While this may not hinder you as much when you’re just starting out and are still trying to figure out what works best for your body, if you want to achieve maximum strength, speed and endurance, then you need to follow a diet designed specifically with those factors in mind.
Why what you eat matters
Everyone knows that nutrition is important, but it’s often neglected. The truth is that what you eat has an impact on your performance and recovery. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that diet is simply about weight loss, but there are a lot of other benefits for athletes. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids will help with inflammation as well as balance hormones; protein helps repair muscle tissue and aids in muscle growth; and carbohydrates provide energy for intense exercise. If you’re looking for ways to improve your gym performance, then you need to start paying attention to what you put into your body.
How a performance diet can help
A performance diet can help you feel more energized and recover faster. It will also fuel your workouts with the energy and nutrients they need. There are many different diets that can be used for a performance diet, however, one popular one is the Paleo diet. The Paleo diet eliminates processed foods and relies on whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, meat and fish. This is not an all-or-nothing type of eating plan; there are ways to make small changes here and there if you’re not ready for something drastic like this yet!
What to eat for breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is because it’s when your body has been without food for eight hours, and needs its energy source to power you through your day. There are many factors that go into what constitutes a healthy breakfast, but there are some basics that should be followed by anyone who wants to lead an active lifestyle. Focus on a good Protein-to-Carb Ratio. The protein-to-carbohydrate ratio is one of the most important things that can make or break your weight loss goals. Breakfast should consist of 60% carbs and 40% protein on average.
What to eat for lunch
-Make sure you’re always eating enough protein. Protein is essential for muscle growth, as well as for keeping your immune system up, and it’s also important for building strength. You should aim for around 1 gram per pound of body weight.
-Stay hydrated. It’s important to drink enough water throughout the day, but it’s especially important before and after working out because you’ll be sweating more than usual. Plus, drinking water will help replace electrolytes (especially sodium) that are lost through sweat.
-Eat plenty of carbohydrates before and after your workout–but not during–as they’ll give your body energy so it can perform better during the workout.
What to eat for dinner
After a long day of work, we don’t always have the time or energy to cook. But what can we eat that will help us feel our best? Protein! Along with complex carbohydrates and healthy fats, protein is essential for strength training. Protein provides the amino acids you need to repair muscles and increase muscle mass, which leads to more muscle growth.
When you consume enough protein, your body stops eating away at your muscle tissue for energy and instead burns fat as fuel. It also helps create testosterone and human growth hormone which are needed for recovery from workouts. So after an intense workout it’s important to get at least 20g of protein within 30 minutes post-workout or else your body will start breaking down muscle tissue for fuel.
Snacks and dessert
Eating healthy when you’re on the go can be tough. That’s why I always bring nuts, fruits, and granola bars with me at all times. When I’m feeling like something sweet, I like to indulge in an extra square or two of dark chocolate. A popular favorite include granola bars because they have a good ratio of fruit and nuts with no added sugar or preservatives! It is important to have healthy snacks on hand at all times so that you can make better choices when you are hungry and don’t know what to eat.
Other tips for success
A performance diet is composed of both the quality and the quantity of your food. It’s all about what you put into your body for it to do its best work. Eating well not only helps you maintain your weight, but it also optimizes your workouts.
– Start with a balanced breakfast such as eggs, bacon, fruit and protein shake. This will get you off on the right foot for the rest of the day by giving you fuel for energy and making sure that you’re getting important nutrients like protein and calcium.
– Fuel up before or during training with something light like bananas or granola bars or power bars. These snacks are easy on digestion so they don’t bog down your stomach when you’re working out hard.